Austrian Chancellor meets US president Trump, Kosovo is discussed
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has met today with US president Donald Trump in WashingtonDuring this meeting the two leaders also discussed the issue of Kosovo After the meeting Kurz said that the US has a lot of influence on Kosovo and this influenceshould be exerted in a positive wayMeanwhile chancellor Kurz sees dialogue between the president of Serbia Alexander Vucic and Kosovos president Hashim Thaci as a positive thing and that hes ready to support the idea for territorial swaps although this is quite a delicate issueIf the two sides come to an agreement then nobody should stand on their way he said ibna...
IBNA Interview with Zef Bushati, chairman of the Democratic Christian Alliance Party
In this interview given to IBNA the chairman of the Democratic Christian Alliance Party comments the recent political movements in AlbaniaThe main Albanian opposition party announced that its abandoning its parliamentary mandates and the same decision was also endorsed by the allies This is a normal thing to do in a democratic state and what is the effect of this initiative on Albanian politicsThis sort of situation is unthinkable in Europe Parliament is the voice of every partys voter A question arises is this decision acceptable for democrat voters Do they agree with the fact that their voice will not be heard in parliament The mandate does not belong to the MP it belongs to the voters who voted him They have the power to take the mandate from him This is the reason...
The arrest of former senior officials in North Macedonia sparks a heated debate
Special Prosecution Office in North Macedonia has announced that it has launched an investigation against five former senior state officials over their alleged involvement in the violent events taken place on 27 April 2017 in the countrys parliamentFormer Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski who has fled to Hungary and former parliamentary speaker Trajko Veljanovski are among the suspects Meanwhile authorities in the country have also arrested former Transport minister Mile Janakievski and former Education minister Spiro RistovskiFormer Parliamentary speaker Trajko Veljanovski has been interrogated by police for two hours and then was released until parliament decides on his immunity as hes an MP of the opposition party VMRODPMNEThe two former ministers are still being...
Growing concerns over escalation of the situation in the Balkans
The president of the European Commission JeanClaude Jucker declared from Brussels that Western Balkan countries should have a real perspective in their EU accession pathOtherwise he said theres a real threat of going back to the 90s when the region suffered a period of bloody conflictsIf these countries do not become part of the EU then theres a real threat that we may go back to the 90s I think that this is an issue of war and peace Juncker said in a joint press conference with Slovenian president Borut PahorOne of the most delicate issues which could spark tension is the open conflict between Kosovo and Serbia along with the so called Republika SrpskaIn Kosovos case efforts are being made to find a peaceful solution through the process of dialogue bet...
Foreign ambassadors intensify their meetings in light of the recent political crisis in Albania
Representatives from the main diplomatic centers accredited to Tirana have intensified their meetings in the light of the recent political crisis in the country after the opposition announced its decision to abandon its parliamentary mandates These meetings follow the official statement issued by the US embassy two days ago urging politicians in the country to respect democracy and not threaten stability Yesterday German ambassador to Tirana Susanne Schutz held two separate meetings with the two leaders of the opposition The first meeting was with the democrat leader Lulzim Basha while the second meeting was with the leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration Monika Kryemadhi Albanian Free Press learns that the meetings focused on the oppositions decision to abandon its par...
Albania: Fears over a violent scenario,  parliament session canceled
As parliamentary speaker I have the obligation to prevent any illintentioned scenario for lawmakers This was declared today by the countrys parliamentary speaker Gramoz Ruçi who announced the cancellation of todays parliamentary session fearing a possible violent scenario in todays protest that the opposition will hold in front of parliament We all witnessed a moment of political aggravation last week and this had a high cost for the countryThose images are bad for investors and consumers he said adding that the violent protests also had a damaging effect on the integration process The political criteria which is an important requirement for the launch of accession talks in June received a serious blow the assembly speaker said Meanwhile parliamentary speaker R...
Will the Democratic Party manage to keep up its struggle?
By Eduard ZaloshnjaThis article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper andwwwalbanianfreepressalTwo years ago the leader of the Democratic Party struck a deal with the leader of the Socialist Party Based on this agreement the key positions in the government and other institutions would be divided between these two parties until a new government came out of the June 2017 elections Meanwhile the chairman of the Socialist Party would continue to be the head of this mixed government This agreement was reached despite the fact that the chairman of the Democratic Party had sworn many times that he would not enter the elections if the Prime Minister didnt resignWhat happened 150 thousand fewer voters participated in these elections compared to the previous ones Mea...
Donald Trump: Prespa Agreement is the most historic achievement in the Balkans since the Dayton Accords
On behalf of the American peoplecongratulationson the ratification and implementation of the Prespa Agreement This is the most historic achievement in the Balkans since the Dayton Accords and it is a testament to your courageous leadership says United States President Donald Trump in a letter addressed to Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran ZaevThrough your efforts with Prime Minister Tsipras you have secured a more stable and prosperous future not only for your two countries but for the entire region Your country will now take its rightful place in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as the Republic of North Macedonia says President TrumpHe expresses hope that the Prespa Agreement provides inspiration for other countries in the regionIt underscores ...
Cavusoglu: "With Tsipras we discussed all the problems, after Turkey protected all its rights in the Aegean"
Many heads were turned by the statements of Turkish Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu who revealed that during Alexis Tsiprass recent visit to Ankara Turkey protecting all its rights in the Aegean Sea discussed with Greece all the problems and came up with a common solution on the issue of the reactivation of the mechanisms for not increasing tension and the resumption of bilateral contacts where we discuss all issues Before the visit of the Greek Prime Minister the spokesman of the Turkish Presidency Ibrahim Kalin had said that in the TsiprasErdogan meeting issues such as the Turkish minority in Thrace and the islandswould be discussedCavusoglus statements raise questions about what has been discussed and about the decisions taken by the two sidesThe Turkish Fo...
North Macedonia: Authorities arrest former Assembly speaker Veljanovski and two former ministers
North Macedonias former parliamentary speaker Trajko Veljanovski and former cabinet ministers Spiro Ristovski and Mile Janakievski were arrested today by police in SkopjeTheir arrest relates to the violent events occurred on 27 April 2017 in parliament where protesters stormed in and used violence against many of the former opposition MPsThe arrested former officials are being interrogated by a Criminal Court judgeThe trial on the events taken place on 27 April is nearing its end At the beginning of the process the number of people who were being tried was 33 After the current government passed an amnesty in parliament the number of defendants went down to 15 ibna...