The Albanian mafia is active in the drug trade all over Europe, but the country's authorities and politicians often turn a blind eye to the problem. Corruption is still widespread in Albania, which is an official candidate for accession to the EU.
Police and protesters clashed on the steps of the parliament in Tirana after an attempt to break into the building. Demonstrators are calling for Prime Minister Edi Rama's ouster and have no plans to stop.
Drug lords in Albania — one of the top countries in the worldwide drug trade — have long been untouchable. With their connections in high places, it was dangerous to go after them. That may be about to change.
Opposition protesters have rallied in Tirana, accusing the government of links to organized crime. Prime Minister Rama hit back, telling opponents they were creating a false crisis to sabotage EU accession talks.
France and the Netherlands have sacrificed the EU's credibility in the Balkans, punishing Macedonia and Albania in order to appease populists. It's a dangerous and shortsighted move, says DW's Boris Georgievski.
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