Albania’s parliament in deadlock as opposition disrupts proceedings over investigative commissions, electoral reform

Albania’s parliament in deadlock as opposition disrupts proceedings over investigative commissions, electoral reform

TIRANA, Jan. 19, 2024 – Albania’s parliament has started the new year in deadlock with now familiar scenes of opposition MPs disrupting proceedings in protest of what they say are “anti-democratic maneuvers” by Prime Minister Edi Rama to exclude the

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As Ecuador violence makes global headlines, experts point to Albanian connection 

As Ecuador violence makes global headlines, experts point to Albanian connection 

TIRANA, Jan. 16, 2024 – Ecuador’s war on organized crime has made headlines across the world recently as the country’s president declared an internal state of war following armed clashes, unleashing the army to take on powerful gangs. The violence

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Heir to Albanian throne, wife announce they are divorcing

Heir to Albanian throne, wife announce they are divorcing

TIRANA, Jan. 16, 2024 – Crown Prince Leka, grandson of the late King Zog of Albania, and his wife, actress Elia Zaharia, have announced in separate statements that they have started divorce proceedings.  The announcements come after weeks of speculation

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Albania government reshuffle leaves experts puzzled 

Albania government reshuffle leaves experts puzzled 

TIRANA, Jan. 14, 2024 – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has revealed the latest in a series of changes to his cabinet, reshaping two ministries and establishing a new one.  The changes feature the establishment of a ministry dedicated to

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Albania’s former prime minister and leader of largest opposition group, Sali Berisha, placed under house arrest, ordered not to communicate with public  

Albania’s former prime minister and leader of largest opposition group, Sali Berisha, placed under house arrest, ordered not to communicate with public  

TIRANA, Dec. 30, 2023 – Sali Berisha, Albania’s former prime minister and leader of the country’s largest opposition group, has been placed under police-supervised house arrest and ordered to stop communicating with anyone outside his household through a ruling of

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Reflecting higher emigration, remittances to Albania hit decade high

Reflecting higher emigration, remittances to Albania hit decade high

TIRANA, Dec. 14, 2023 – Reflecting renewed emigration, remittances to Albania during 2022 saw a significant increase, reaching the highest levels of the past decade, data released by Eurostat this week reveals. According to Eurostat, remittances exceeded €1.2 billion in

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Albania risks losing another 13% of its residents to emigration in the next few years, AIIS report warns

Albania risks losing another 13% of its residents to emigration in the next few years, AIIS report warns

TIRANA, Nov. 30, 2023 – About 13 percent of Albania’s resident working-age population is likely going to leave the country in the next few years unless immediate measures are taken to increase local incomes and lower the cost of living,

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Albanian Constitutional Court suspends approval of Rama-Meloni agreement

Albanian Constitutional Court suspends approval of Rama-Meloni agreement

TIRANA, Dec. 14, 2023 – Albania’s Constitutional Court has suspended the approval process for the contentious deal with Italy to establish a third-country migrant processing camp in Albania under Italian jurisdiction. The court has instructed parliament not to proceed with

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Critics say majority has shut opposition out of parliamentary oversight

Critics say majority has shut opposition out of parliamentary oversight

TIRANA, Nov. 23, 2023 – Albania’s Parliament, controlled by the ruling Socialist Party, approved the 2024 state budget this week in less than two minutes and without any discussion amid chaotic scenes that saw opposition MPs lit up stadium flares

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Council of Europe raises human rights concerns over Italy-Albania agreement on asylum seekers 

Council of Europe raises human rights concerns over Italy-Albania agreement on asylum seekers 

TIRANA, Nov. 15, 2023 – There are human rights concerns over a recently concluded agreement between Italy and Albania regarding the disembarkation and processing of asylum applications for irregular migrants rescued at sea, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

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