Prosperity Index: Albania in the Nether Regions of Europe

Prosperity Index: Albania in the Nether Regions of Europe

According to the Prosperity Index 2016 of the Legatum Institute, a public policy think-tank established in London, Albania ranks lowest in Europe as regards economic quality and the natural environment. Albania is currently ranked 74th out of 149 countries evaluated worldwide, but according to the report is at risk of falling lower over the coming years. […]

Rama Denies EU Accession Conditions

Rama Denies EU Accession Conditions

In his declaration yesterday regarding to the European Commission recommendation to open accession negotiations with Albania, Prime Minister denied that these were conditional: Albania has today received a positive recommendation for the opening of the [EU accession] negotiations without conditions and only with the understanding, quite naturally, that until the moment we start working at […]

EC Recommends Conditional Accession Negotiations

EC Recommends Conditional Accession Negotiations

Today the European Commission (EC) recommended the twenty-eight EU member states to open accession negotiations with Albania, which are, however, “strictly subject to credible and tangible progress in the implementation of the judicial reform, in particular the re-evaluation of judges and prosecutors (‘vetting’).” The EC writes that Albania has made progress on the five priorities set […]

Albania Drops 19 Places on WJP Rule of Law Index

Albania Drops 19 Places on WJP Rule of Law Index

In comparison with last year, Albania has fallen nineteen places on the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index. The Rule of Law Index is a global survey, this year including “more than 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide.” […]

Trump President, Rama Backtracks

Trump President, Rama Backtracks

Back in April 2016, Prime Minister Edi Rama appeared on the program “Quest Means Business” at US cable news channel CNN to discuss the possible nomination of Donald Trump as Republican candidate. America is a shining city on the hill. The proposals that we are listening [sic] from Donald Trump are really frightening and are […]

Floods Cover Albania, Three Victims Reported

Floods Cover Albania, Three Victims Reported

Over the last 36 hours heavy thunderstorms and excessive rainfall have caused the first victims, while the entire country has been covered in floods. A 40-year-old man drowned in the Mat, which had left its river bed. Floods of the Tirana river caused another victim, also about 40 years old, near Kamza. In Këlcyra, a 50-year-old […]

Tirana Flooded, Government Helpless

Tirana Flooded, Government Helpless

Heavy rainfalls have caused floods in almost all of Tirana. The Lana has left its river bed, flooding most all the main axes of the city. The neighborhoods of Selita, Don Bosko, Komuna e Parisit, Kombinat, and the large market are completely flooded, as well as Bregu i Lumit. The highway from Tirana to Durrës […]

Minister Tahiri Presents New Police Uniforms, Again

Minister Tahiri Presents New Police Uniforms, Again

Today, Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri and Prime Minister Edi Rama presented the new uniforms of the State Police on the premises of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, in the presence of the heads of the police forms, as well as a large number of police officers wearing their new uniforms. Minister Tahiri declared […]