"The word" Ik "(Albanian for" vattene ") was also painted on Chinese lanterns that rise in the evening sky of Tirana. The assembled crowd repeats the chorus "Rama Ik!" (Meaning "Rama vattene") in cantilena holding the red national flags with the two-headed black eagle in the center, along with the flags of the European Union and the United States of America . "
Thus begins thearticle by The Economist that 28 June 2019 was published on the political situation in Albania
In the country the protests have been going on since February and, in the meantime, the opposition (gathered around the two major parties, the Democratic Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration) increasingly calls for the resignation of Rama and, precisely, that if go away from the political life of the country.
During these tumultuous protests, there are plenty of Molotov cocktails or fireworks directed towards the offices of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Lulzim Basha, leader of the Democratic Party at the head of the protests, tells his supporters that he will not let the country slip again into despotic forms typical of Eastern Europe. However, the persistence of a chaotic situation both in Parliament and on the roads means that the Albanian way towards European membership is increasingly in the balance.
A year ago the EU managed to articulate some conditions necessary for the accession negotiations to actually begin. Through a report by 29 in May, the European Commission recommended the opening of negotiations for Albania, which was considered sufficiently ready to start the accession negotiations. However, the 18 June an important brake came from some EU member countries through the conclusions of the Council of the European Union, which postponed 2019 in October every possible decision regarding the opening of negotiations.
Although the Albanian government expected such an outcome, the slip was still a hard pill to swallow. Rama was quick to point out that the country's efforts towards accession to the European Union would continue unabated, blaming the populist parties for the failure to first call the club of EU countries. The candidacy of Northern Macedonia to open negotiations, a country that has achieved more progress than Albania, has also been rejected.
However, the chaotic politics of Albania makes it seem less and less qualified to be part of the group of consolidated European democracies. Nevertheless, however chaotic the current situation may be, important progress is being made in the country with regard to judicial reform, under the aegis of the European Commission. Judges and prosecutors are screened by independent bodies regarding assets or wealth of uncertain origin, connections with organized crime and general jurisdiction. Of the 140 people screened so far, only 53 have managed to overcome this process.
Just today we also published the intervention on Facebook of Mara Carfagna, vice president of the Chamber and deputy of Forza Italia, entitled "Albania in chaos! Italy intervenes diplomatically "
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