Wed, May 22 2013
Cameramen cover a protest in front of Albania's Central Election Commission in Tirana, May 21 2011. The opposition said its victory in the Tirana mayor's race has been overturned by the counting of so-called stray and misplaced ballots while the CEC says it is living up to its duty to count every vote.
Socialist Party supporters shout slogans as police stand guard during a protest in front of Albania's Central Election Commission in Tirana, May 21 2011.
Opposition Socialist Party lawmaker Namik Dokle, centre, shouts slogans in front of police during a protest at Albania's Central Election Commission (CEC) in Tirana, May 20 2011. The opposition said its victory in the Tirana mayor's race has been overturned on the CEC table by the counting of so-called stray and misplaced ballots. The CEC says it is living up to its duty to count every vote.
New report shows lack of political will impedes fight against corruption in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Turkey; Transparency International calls for greater implementation of anti-corruption laws in EU accession countries.
Albania's Socialist opposition leader Edi Rama says he will formally challenge a decision by election authorities to reverse the results of local elections and name government-backed candidate Lulzim Basha as Tirana's new mayor.
Tensions were high in the small Balkan country of 4.2 million people ahead of the polls, seen as a key test of national stability.
Ambassadors of EU and US in Tirana and the head of the OSCE office call on Albanian authorities to provide necessary social assistance, including housing, to those people who are homeless after they were assaulted and their housing set on fire.
The leader of the Socialist Party, Tirana mayor Edi Rama, vowed to hold more anti-government demonstrations. He made it clear he does not want to wait until the scheduled elections in 2013 and said the opposition will not tolerate what he called 'an intolerable regime' of thieves ruling Europe's poorest nation.
EU interior ministers approved on November 8 2010 a proposal to introduce Schengen visa-free travel for citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.