Transparency Concerns over Tony and Cherie Blair’s Balkan Endeavours

Cherie Blair’s law firm has made hundreds of thousands of euros representing governments in Albania and Serbia, which have also been advised by Tony Blair’s consultancy.

Villa 30 in Tirana’s high-end Blloku neighborhood has a a dark past as the place where Albanian former communist Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu – facing arrest and imprisonment – took his own life.

Today, as a reminder, the yard of the government-owned villa hosts statues of Lenin and Stalin and a Zis 69 jeep, the favourite ride of Albania’s communist-era secret police, the feared ‘Sigurimi’.

It’s anyone’s guess what Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, made of the decor when he was received by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rami in the residence on April 19 last year.

Little was said publicly about the meeting. Two months later, however, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, TBI, posted a vacancy for a tech advisory job in Tirana, to support the Albanian government in the improvement of service delivery through the application of technology and innovation.

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