EU appeals for consensus between Albania’s politicians

The head of the European Union delegation in Tirana, Luigi Brusa, appeals for consensus between Albania’s politicians, as the country struggles to emerge from more than a year of political deadlock.

“Not long ago, the European Commission published its opinion on Albania and it includes a list of recommendations for Albanian politics. I think that they should serve as a guide,” Brusa said.

On November 9, the Commission published a negative opinion of Albania’s bid for EU candidate status, citing the prolonged political crisis as one of the main reasons. It also pointed to specific areas that must be improved.

The remarks come as the ruling party in Albania, led by Prime Minister Sali Berisha, is expected to give an official answer to the Socialist Party’s latest proposal for an investigation into the disputed 2009 elections.

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