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MEP accuses #Albanian opposition party of block EU accession

MEP accuses #Albanian opposition party of block EU accession

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

A senior Member of the European Parliament has accused Albania’s main opposition party of effectively blocking reforms widely seen as being vital in keeping the country’s EU accession ambitions alive, writes Martin Banks. Slovakian centre-right member Eduard Kukan was highly critical of the current position of Albania’s Democratic Party (DP) which, he warned, threatens to […]

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#Macedonia’s political crisis takes ethnic turn

#Macedonia’s political crisis takes ethnic turn

| March 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

A political crisis that has paralyzed Macedonia for two years is sliding into an ethnic dispute, with nationalists taking to the streets over a series of demands by the country’s Albanians. The issue seemed to be closed after 2001 when, following a seven-month ethnic Albanian insurgency that left more than 100 people dead, a peace […]

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#Balkans must join EU eventually, European leaders say

#Balkans must join EU eventually, European leaders say

| March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

More Balkan states can still join the European Union if they stick to a path of economic and democratic reform, Europe’s leaders said on Thursday (9 March) at a summit meant to cement the bloc’s long-term commitment to stabilize a region mired in political crisis, writes Robin Emmott. EU leaders placed the Balkans high on […]

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EU and leading NGO unite in calling for adoption of key judicial reform in #Albania

EU and leading NGO unite in calling for adoption of key judicial reform in #Albania

| February 24, 2017 | 5 Comments

Leading non-governmental organisation Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) has joined forces with senior European Union political figures in urging members of Albania’s opposition Democratic Party to back planned reforms seen as crucial in boosting the country’s EU accession ambitions, writes Martin Banks. HRWF, a respected, Brussels-based international advocacy group, called the reforms “essential to guarantee the independence of […]

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#Albania opposition to boycott parliament, defying EU appeal

#Albania opposition to boycott parliament, defying EU appeal

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Albania’s opposition leader announced a boycott of parliament on Wednesday (22 February), defying an appeal from the European Union not to disrupt parliamentary approval of judiciary reforms vital to starting EU accession talks, writes Benet Koleka. Several thousand members of the Democratic Party and its lawmakers have camped out since Saturday in an 800 square […]

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EU #enlargement: Albani, Bosnia and Herzegovina must prove their commitment to EU values and preserve stability in the region

EU #enlargement: Albani, Bosnia and Herzegovina must prove their commitment to EU values and preserve stability in the region

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

MEPs adopted, today (15 February) in plenary, the progress reports on EU-related reforms in 2016 of Albania, an EU candidate country since June 2014, with accession negotiations still on hold and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a potential EU candidate country, having its application assessed by the European Commission.   ALDE MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk (Bulgaria, Movement for […]

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Global operation #CiconiaAlba delivers major blow to organized crime

Global operation #CiconiaAlba delivers major blow to organized crime

| October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fifty-two countries and four international organizations teamed up with Europol to deliver a major blow to organized crime groups operating across the European Union and beyond. Co-operation with partners from the private sector was also key to this successful operation. Focusing on disrupting the most dangerous criminal networks currently active, investigators put an emphasis on […]

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