Albania. Albania has to wait for EU membership. The
Member States of the Union are deeply disagreeing about new
countries in the EU. French President Emmanuel Macron
expresses what perhaps many people know about Brexit: that
the EU must be reformed before more states are taken. In
addition, there has been concern in the country during the
year, partly because of corruption suspicions against not
least Prime Minister Edi Rama, which has not increased the
opportunities for membership.
CountryAAH, the political crisis began as early as the beginning of
the year. In December 2018, Prime Minister Rama was
subjected to egg-throwing in Parliament, and in February
this year, ink was sprayed on him as he answered questions
about corruption. That same month, opposition supporters in
the capital Tirana demonstrated and demanded Rama's
departure; the opposition accuses him of "cooperating with
organized crime". A few days later, opposition leader Lulzim
Basha and his party mates in the Democratic Party left their
seats in parliament. Protests against Prime Minister Rama
continued throughout the spring.
On June 30, local elections were held - despite the
opposition boycott and President Ilir Meta's attempt to
postpone. Of course, the Socialist Party won.
In September, former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri was
sentenced to three years in prison for abuse of power.
However, he was acquitted of the charges of drug smuggling.
At the end of November, Albania suffered a severe
earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale. The
epicenter was located north of the coastal city of Durres
just west of the capital Tirana. At least 13 lost their
lives and over 600 were injured in what was said to be the
worst earthquake in several decades. In September, Albania
was also hit by an earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.6.