All News on Politics in Albania

Beleri appeal rejected; elected MEP to remain behind bars

A court of appeals in Tirana on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Fredi Beleri, the mayor-elect of the ethnic Greek city of Himare and an elected MEP for Greece, who ran as a New Democracy candidate in this month's European Parliament election.

Albanian integration and acceptance in Greece

It is hard to imagine everyday life in Greece without them; people with Albanian roots perform essential work for many day-to-day services, especially in the skilled trades. Their relationship with the majority Greek population has seen ups and downs.

Ruling on jailed ethnic Greek mayor deferred

It was seen as no surprise in Greece that the final decision on the appeal of jailed ethnic Greek mayor Fredi Beleri was deferred on Friday to the Special Court of Appeal of Tirana later this month, namely on June 25. 

Albanian appeals court to decide on MEP Beleri on June 25

A special appeals court in Albania has announced that it will made a final decision on June 25 in the case of jailed ethnic Greek politician Fredi Beleri, who was elected to the European Parliament as a candidate in Greece for the ruling New Democracy party.

Beleri is appealing a conviction on charges of vote-buying in a local mayoral election a year before.

How does Italy’s migration deal with Albania work?

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visited Albania on Wednesday, where her government plans to build reception camps to house thousands of migrants picked up at sea.

Looking to curb migration to Italy, Meloni signed a deal with Albania last year to send some asylum-seekers to the Balkan country and process the asylum requests there.

Here are some facts about the plan.

Beleri accuses Albanian PM of manipulating justice

Fredi Beleri, an ethnic Greek mayor-elect in southern Albania recently sentenced to two years in prison for vote-buying, and a candidate for the upcoming European Parliament elections with Greece's ruling New Democracy party, has accused Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama of manipulating justice to prevent him from assuming his duties and to undermine his candidacy.

Edi Rama’s charm offensive and ethnic Greek properties in Albania

Late last week Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was in the ethnic Greek town of Himare, where he announced the restitution of some 400 titles to homes in the area to residents who have been suing the Albanian state for more than 30 years.

Decision on jailed ethnic Greek mayor pushed to after polls

In a decision aiming to undermine the candidacy with New Democracy in the European elections of the jailed ethnic Greek mayor of Himare, the Albanian judiciary has transferred the first hearing of Fredi Beleri's appeal to the Court of Appeal to June 7. 

Rama theatrics with ethnic Greek properties

In what was seen purely as a public relations stunt, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama visited the ethnic Greek town of Himare on Friday to announce the restitution of some 400 titles to houses in the area to residents who have been suing the Albanian state for more than 30 years.

UK’s Cameron marks progress in joint effort with Albania to stop illegal migration

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron hailed progress in a UK-Albania joint effort to cut illegal migration while visiting Tirana on Wednesday.

Cameron said small boat arrivals from Albania to the UK fell by over 90% in 2023 as the two countries fought people smuggling gangs, and Britain has removed almost 6,000 Albanians, according to a Foreign Office statement .

From TikTok to Edi Rama: European elections heat up in Greece

With European elections on the horizon, Greek political leaders are not only hitting the road to campaign across the country, but are also increasingly leaning into social media platforms in their search for voters. While New Democracy will likely maintain its dominant position in Greek politics, attention is turning to SYRIZA and PASOK, and their battle for second place.