Politics

Florian Hahn in Bundestag:Albania is undermining the credibility of the  European partners

Germany opposed the massive renunciation of the mandates and violent protests in Albania. The spokesman for the European politics of CDU / CSU parliamentary groups in the Bundestag, Florian Hahn, underscored that Albania is undermining the credibility of the  European partners. Hahn states that: “Albania is currently playing very much with the credibility of European friends. If the prospect of ...

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Albanian Politics plunged into gridlock / EP Delegation is expected to ‘deploy’ in Tirana

Following the renunciation of the mandates by the opposition, Albanian politics has been plunged into a gridlock. Consequently, a delegation of the EP Foreign Commission is coming to Tirana. The delegation is expected to arrive in Albania on the 27th of February. MEPs will hold meetings with key political figures in the country to have a clearer picture of the ...

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Jagland: The right of assembly and demonstration should be exercised peacefully

Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, commented about the decision of the opposition to renounce the mandates as members of the parliament.”In a democracy, the legislature is the first step where political issues affecting the whole country must be debated and solutions need to be sought. Albanian opposition should not abandon parliament “. said Jagland. Focusing on the ...

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Press release of High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn

In view of the protests in Albania today, we reaffirm the right of citizens to engage in peaceful demonstrations as an essential feature and a core value of democracy, but we strongly denounce any rhetoric by political leaders calling for violence. Furthermore, the decision by the opposition to relinquish their mandates seriously hinders the functioning of democracy in Albania. The Parliament ...

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Minister Cakaj meets with the rapporteur for Albania at EP, Fleckenstein

The acting minister for Europe and foreign affairs, Gent Cakaj started his official visit in Brussels and will have meetings with high representatives of the European institutions. Cakaj started his series of meetings with the rapporteur for Albania at the European Parliament, Knut Fleckenstein. During the meeting it was discussed the latest developments in Albania and the efforts of the ...

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OSCE strongly criticizes the relinquishment of mandates by the opposition MPs

The OSCE has strongly criticized the relinquishment of mandates by the opposition MPs as well as the violent protests. Through a media announcement, OSCE calls this act as a deviation of responsibilities. The institution in question expressed regret that DP and SMI did not hear international partners. On the other hand, the OSCE says it is an undemocratic pressure. “The ...

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Ruci: Opposition’s renunciation of mandates blows up negotiations with EU

Following the decision of the National Council, the Democratic Party MPs have signed renunciation of the mandates. They have signed a statement to the Assembly of Albania expressing their irrevocable resignation. The opposition is expected to hold tomorrow the next protest in front of the Assembly. That is the reason why the Speaker of parliament Gramoz Ruçi canceled Thursday’s session. ...

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EU ambassador Soreca met with the leader of DP, Basha

After meeting with Pm Edi Rama two days ago, the ambassador of EU in Tirana, Luigi Soreca paid a visti to the premises of the Democratic Party and met with the head of DP, Lulzim Basha.  Prior to this meeting, it was the German ambassador Susanne Schutz that met with Basha. Soreca discussed with Basha the possibility of retreating the ...

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Meta: Time for the opposition and the majority took steps back

President Ilir Meta gave an interview for “Deutche Welle” in Berlin where he made comments about the renouncement of the mandates by the Albanian opposition. Meta says that any extreme action affects not only democracy, but also the strengthening of institutions. President Meta wants the majority to realize the responsibilities it does have to govern the country.  “I do think that ...

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Kukan: Albania has many experienced politicians, who can find solution to the political problems

European Member of Parliament, Eduard Kukan, commented on Tuesday the latest developments in Albania in an exclusive interview for IBNA. Mr. Kukan confirmed that currently, the situation in Albania is tense, while adding that he doesn’t agree with violence, referring to February 16 protest in Tirana which saw a number of incidents take place.He says that the fact that the ...

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