A shootout near a polling station left an opposition activist dead and a politician wounded. It comes as hundreds of observers are in Albania for elections considered a test of free democracy in the country, which has ambitions of EU membership.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Tirana, demanding Prime Minister Edi Rama step down from his post. Protesters accuse the government of having ties to organized crime and trafficking groups.
Albania is reportedly open to hosting reception centers for individuals seeking asylum in the EU. The plan could help keep embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel in power and placate her hard-line interior minister.
Albania is one of Europe's poorest countries, yet its political parties still spend heavily on lobbying. As a new media report reveals the darker side of Albanian politics, transparency advocates are pushing for reform.
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.
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