Albania. At the June parliamentary elections, the ruling
Socialist Party and Prime Minister Edi Rama got their own
majority. With 46% of the vote, the party got 74 out of the
140 seats in Parliament. The Democratic Party, which is the
largest opposition party, received 29% of the vote and 43
seats. One thing is that both parties agree, they want
membership in the EU. According to
Countryaah.com, the turnout was very low, just over
45%; it was so low that the electoral commission decided to
keep the polling stations open for another hour. In the last
election in 2013, turnout was 53%.
In its annual report for 2016, the EU Commission
recommends that the EU launch membership negotiations for
Albania. At the same time, it points out that the country
must implement political, economic and administrative
reforms. Among other things, Albania must improve the fight
against corruption and organized crime. Albania, a member of
NATO since 2009, was granted EU candidate status in 2014.
In May, in Brussels and later in Stockholm, the six
Western Balkan countries that are not yet EU members met:
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Montenegro and Serbia. The aim of the meetings is to best
coordinate their EU ambitions.
In August, the heat wave ravaged Lucifer on the Balkan
Peninsula; In Albania alone, more than 300 firefighters
worked to fight about seventy forest fires.