Albanian split deepens as Socialists force through election of president

By Benet Koleka TIRANA, Apr 28 : Albania’s Socialist party used its majority in parliament to force through the election of a new president of the Balkan country today, leaving its politics polarised as the opposition maintains a two-month-old boycott. The new president, Ilir Meta, has twice served briefly as a Socialist prime minister before […]

Rows over reforms, election bog down Albania’s EU accession talks

By Benet Koleka TIRANA, Mar 3 : Albania’s political parties snuffed out hopes today for a compromise that would keep open the Balkan state’s path to European Union membership after Brussels warned that an opposition boycott of parliament put accession talks at risk. The Democratic Party’s two-week-long protest in a tent outside Prime Minister Edi […]