Macedonia Heading toward Early Elections

Macedonia Heading toward Early Elections

According to the Macedonian news website Albeu, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has spoken about early elections after the failure of the negotiations with Ali Ahmeti’s BDI. He stated that new elections are the only way in which Macedonia can get out of its current political crisis. Meanwhile, BDI spokesperson Bujar Osmani stated yesterday evening that […]

Draft Law Decreases Number of Officials under Scrutiny

Draft Law Decreases Number of Officials under Scrutiny

Late 2016, Socialist Party (PS) deputy Vasilika Hysi prosed a draft law to decrease the number of civil servants that have to declare their income at the High Inspectorate of the Declaration and Control of Wealth and Conflict of Interest (ILDKPKI). This proposal was sent to Parliament together with the seven draft laws of the […]

Shkodra, Citizens Demand Compensation for Floods

Shkodra, Citizens Demand Compensation for Floods

On Sunday, inhabitants of the parts of the Shkodra region that were flooded in 2010–2011 protested on the main roads of the city, demanding the compensation promised by two consecutive governments. The protesters addressed the government with the slogan “Don’t single out Shkodra because of the political perspective.” The total damages of the floods in that period […]

Dear Minister, Ignorance Is Not a Virtue!

An open letter directed to the Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kamenos.

Dear Minister, Ignorance Is Not a Virtue!

Honorable Minister of Defense, I am in awe of a series of news items, according to which you request maximum punishment for seven recruits of the Greek army with Albanian origin. Their mistake apparently is posing for a picture with crossed hands, a symbolic gesture that visually illustrates the eagle in our flag. According to daily […]

KED Members Elected by Lot

KED Members Elected by Lot

Today the President organized the lottery for the election of the first members of the Council of Judicial Nominations (KED). The following members were chosen by lot: Vladimir Kristo (Constitutional Court) Besnik Imeraj (Constitutional Court) Rovena Gashi (General Prosecution) Mirela Fana (High Court) Kastriot Selita (Administrative Court) Brikena Ukperaj-Lubonja (Appeals Court) Ervin Metalla (Appeals Court) […]

EC Responds: Vlahutin’s Villa Is Best Deal

EC Responds: Vlahutin’s Villa Is Best Deal

While other ambassadors from EU countries live in more modest accommodations, European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijančič has responded yesterday to allegations published in several newspapers regarding the acquisition of EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin’s €1.6 million villa in Rolling Hills. The decision to choose the residency of the head of the EU delegation in Albania came […]

Blushi: Rama Has Weakened Albania’s Role in Region

Blushi: Rama Has Weakened Albania’s Role in Region

During the parliamentary session today former Socialist Party (PS) deputy and founder of LIBRA Ben Blushi accused Prime Minister Rama of damaging the relations with neighboring countries and weakening the role of Albania in the region. According to Blushi, the Rama government “has sweetened the relation with Serbia,” while “poisoning [the] relations with Greece.” With Macedonia, […]

US Embassy Revokes Visa of Corrupt Judges

US Embassy Revokes Visa of Corrupt Judges

The US Embassy has revoked the visa of at least 10–20 judges implied in corruption affairs. The statement, published today on the website of the US Embassy, doesn’t specify the exact number. Owing to confidentiality regulations, the names of the magistrates who had their visa revoked have not been made public. This is the full […]