OSCE says Albania must speed up the reforms

The OSCE ambassador in Tirana says Albania has only two years to pass vital legislation before presidential and general elections again consume everyone’s attention.

“If you really want to show the Albanian public and your international partners that you take your responsibilities and obligations seriously, then we need to see a swift and permanent return to the language of dialogue as well as a sincere willingness to compromise in order to move forward with the reform agenda.”

So writes OSCE ambassador Eugen Wollfarth in a toughly worded report on the politically deadlocked country, which was sent to the OSCE council on Thursday.

Two decades after the fall of the Communist regime, Albania’s transition to democracy remains nightmarishly fraught.

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