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Cannabis, politics and family links: “who’s who” and the drug trafficking surge in Albania

Cannabis, politics and family links: “who’s who” and the drug trafficking surge in Albania

Who are the Habilaj brothers and Dritan Zagani? How do they relate to the former socialist Minister of Interior? What is Rama’s official position and why family links are so important in the Habilaj – Tahiri scandal? How the Xibraka ...

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Saimir Tahiri, former SP Minister of Interior, involved in drug trafficking arrest in Sicily (Italy)

Saimir Tahiri, former SP Minister of Interior, involved in drug trafficking arrest in Sicily (Italy)

The Guardia di Finanza of Sicily has arrested on October 16th 2017, a group of 11 persons from Albania and Italy involved in a criminal organization specialized in the drug trafficking between the two countries. The group was headed by ...

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Basha to PM Rama: "It is your fault, not Europe's"

Basha to PM Rama: "It is your fault, not Europe's"

"There is no patience fatigue amongst Albanians regarding the EU enlargment process. Albanians are exasperated by a captured government that protects criminal networks and drug lords who have taken over the national economy and state authorities. This is why Albanians ...

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Pollo meets EC's  Danielsson: “EU would help by speaking truth to power"

Pollo meets EC's Danielsson: “EU would help by speaking truth to power"

The Chair of the Albanian Parliamentary European Integration Committee Mr. Genc Pollo, met with the General Director for Enlargement at the European Commission, Mr. Christian Danielsson on October 9th 2017 in Tirana.

By expressing Albania’s thankfulness for the given ...

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DP supports law  boosting ethnic minorities' rights in Albania

DP supports law boosting ethnic minorities' rights in Albania

Under a new draft law, Albania will officially recognize nine national minorities, adding the Bosniak, Egyptian and Bulgarian minorities for the first time. The latter was added consensually to the initial bill in the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee.


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IN DEPTH - Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, & Corruption: Albania’s No. 1 Threat

IN DEPTH - Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, & Corruption: Albania’s No. 1 Threat

(Picture : 4 tons of cannabis seized by Italian police on Sep. 6th, 2017 worth 20 million euros)


The U.S. ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu recently said that fighting organized crime and corruption is the biggest and most ...

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Widespread allegations of vote-buying - CoE and OSCE final report findings

Widespread allegations of vote-buying - CoE and OSCE final report findings

The electoral observers' report of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly has noted serious deteriorations of the election standards in Albania during the last legislative elections held on June 25th 2017. These findings are in line with the overall assessment ...

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Revival of dictatorship’s symbols - DP seeking new legal framework with the support of KAS

Revival of dictatorship’s symbols - DP seeking new legal framework with the support of KAS

The Albanian public opinion has been widely troubled by the recent coming-back appearance of Enver Hoxha’s portraits and of communist symbols during numerous public memorial activities. Albania is today the sole former communist European country where two former high-level communist ...

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