Follow the Concessions…

Follow the Concessions…

“Follow the money,” said the informant of Bob Woodward of the Washington Post after he wasn’t able to unravel the Watergate scandal. But when he followed the money trail, this led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon. “Follow the money,” said General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa to his collaborators investigating the mafia. “Follow the concessions,” we can say […]

Rama Forgets His Favorite 5-Star Hotel

Rama Forgets His Favorite 5-Star Hotel

Today Parliament debated the fiscal package for 2018, which includes the government plan to offer 4- and 5-star hotels 10 years of VAT exemption. Even though the IMF has expressed doubt that this will a viable policy to attract new foreign investments, and suggested it opened the possibility of unfair competition, the Prime Minister passionately defended […]

KKT Approves Three New Clientelist Projects in Tirana

KKT Approves Three New Clientelist Projects in Tirana

In complete silence and without any documentation available on its website (which hasn’t been updated since July), the National Territorial Council (KKT), which is presided over by Prime Minister Edi Rama, approved last Friday a number of building projects of architecture firms tied closely to his government, as well as numerous scandals. Garden Building The […]

Rama Supports Move to Fire Chairman of KQZ

Rama Supports Move to Fire Chairman of KQZ

During the meeting of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party yesterday, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that he supported a proposal by deputy Taulant Balla to fire the chairman of the Central Election Commission, Klement Zguri. I fully support the initiative of [Balla] to start the procedures to dismiss the chairman of the KQZ, while together […]

Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

The Balkans Media Days have just ended this November 10 in Tirana. Far from the expected political correctness, the debates gave rise to intense discussions and drew a very dark portrait of press freedom in the region. But did the EU receive the message?

Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

In a crowded hall attended by nearly 250 media professionals, the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, a regional meeting organized by the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) Johannes Hahn, is off to a flying start in Tirana on Thursday  November 9. Recognizing the importance of press freedom, the Albanian Prime Minister […]

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Yesterday, closing the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn once again expressed the “non-negotiable” conditions of the European Union regarding press freedom: We want to see sustainable accomplishments in the judicial reform and freedom of media. I believe these to be non-negotiable for the member states of the European Union. Commissioner Hahn, however, […]

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha has called Rama’s speech yesterday at the opening of the EU–Western Balkans media days, in which he attacked the media and accused them of violating human right, “criminal”: The speech yesterday of Rama against journalists is a criminal speech. Journalists are among the people most at risk in the world, […]

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

During a press conference today with Prime Minister Edi Rama, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn spoke in the slipstream of the opening of the Media Days about the progress Albania has made on the road to accession negotiations, and about the need to communicate those results. It is worth having a closer look at […]

Rama Opens EU Media Days with Complaints about Fake News

Rama Opens EU Media Days with Complaints about Fake News

At the opening of the two-day conference EU–Western Balkans Media Days, Prime Minister Edi Rama continued his attacks on the Albanian media, which he claimed were untrustworthy and “violate […] the dignity of people in Albania […] from morning to midnight”: It is a fact that Freedom House, Reporters without Borders, EC in their reports […]

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