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Die NATO geschaffenen Drogen „Failed State“: 40 mal höhere Drogen Produktion: Albanien, Afghanistan, Kosovo

Afghan Opium Production 40 Times Higher Since US-NATO Invasion

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Since the U.S.-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production of opium in the country has increased by 40 times according to Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, or FSKN, fueling organized crime and widespread death. The head of the FSKN, Viktor Ivanov, explained the staggering trend at a March U.N. conference on drugs in Afghanistan. Opium growth in Afghanistan increased 18 percent from 131, 000 hectares to 154, 000, according to Ivanov’s estimates.

„Roma“ Mafia: Romania Arrests Target Child-Trafficking Crime Gang

20 Jun 17
Romania Arrests Target Child-Trafficking Crime Gang

Romanian organised crime prosecutors say that more than 70 Roma children from the east of the country were trained to pick pockets and then sent to Paris to steal and beg.

Ana Maria Touma
BIRN

Bucharest

Beggar on the Champs-Elysees, Paris. Photo: Guilhem Vallut/Flikr.

Romanian prosecutors have uncovered an organised criminal group suspected of training more than 70 Roma children and sending them to France to steal from offices, pick pockets and beg on the streets of Paris.

Prosecutors said in a statement that on Monday they searched 25 homes in several Romanian cities and brought in 120 people for questioning in connection with the case.

Among them were more than 50 minors aged from 10 to 13.

At the same time, the Judiciary Police in Paris also conducted searches and brought in suspects for questioning.

Prosecutors from Romania’s organised crime division, DIICOT, said that people in the group were suspected of exploiting their own children in the north-eastern Romanian cities of Iasi and Roman.

The children were taught how to steal and beg, and sent to camps at the periphery of Paris where the alleged ringleaders organised them.

The children were often abused and threatened that they would not be allowed to come home if they did not steal, prosecutors believe.

The Romanian authorities began working with French police on the case in 2016.

Romania was among the European countries with the highest share of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2015 – 46.8 percent of the population, or 1.7 million children, according to Eurostat.

In 2009, France deported over 20,000 Romanians and Bulgarians, most of them from the Roma community, back to their countries and destroyed dozens of informal camps.

More than 10,000 Roma were forcibly evicted the by French authorities last year, with most deportations taking place during the winter months, according to a report released by the European Roma Rights Centre and the Human Rights League of France.

– See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/romanian-prosecutor-move-to-dismantle-children-trafficking-ring-06-20-2017

Die Roma’s Chefs in Europa: Kinder-, Organ- Handel: Diebstahl Schulen und im Luxus leben
Freibrief, für die Roma Mafia in Europa, wo ein Clan, von der Stadt Hamburg u.a. eine komplette Strasse finanziert erhält mit Häusern. Caritas und Co. verdienen dabei kräftig mit.

Hamdi Bajram, aus Tetova der NGO Vertreter der Roma als Chef Schleuser geoutet

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Roma Paläste in Rumänien
Luxury: The impressive property in Tandarei, Romania, identified by police as being built for a Gypsy gang linked with a £800,000 UK benefits fraud. Jailed fraudster Adrian Radu lived there

Luxury: The impressive property in Tandarei, Romania, identified by police as being built for a Gypsy gang linked with a £800,000 UK benefits scam. Jailed fraudster Adrian Radu lived there
Albanians are once again leaving the country for the EU
Albanians seem to continue leaving the country in search of the “European dream”.This is confirmed by the latest figures of the European Institute of Statistics, according to which, the number of Albanians travelling to the European Union countries to seek asylum, was high this year too.

According to these figures, for the first quarter of 2017, there were 5440 Albanians who sought asylum for the first time in one of the Union’s countries.

Meanwhile, a phenomenon which is noticed in the report issued by Eurostat relates to the fact that Albanians no longer prefer Germany to seek asylum, but France.

Nur 1/3 glaubt noch der OSCE, den EU kontrollierten Wahlen in Bosnien

Desaströser Kindergarden and expensive

Only one third of citizens believe in free elections in BiH

Only one third of citizens believe in free elections in BiH

According to the recent poll “The media and citizens in elections”, only one third of BiH citizens believe that elections in the country are free and fair, the other two third don’t believe in fairness of elections but 86 percent of participants in the poll said they were never involved in or witnessed electoral irregularities.These findings are included in the results of a public opinion poll presented at Thursday in Sarajevo on the theme of “Media and citizens in elections”, conducted by BORAM and the BiH Journalists’ Association in cooperation with the Ipsos agency for the “Pod lupom” Coalition.

This does not mean that election irregularities do not exist, but may indicate instead that citizens do not know how to recognize irregularities – which means in turn that citizens have to be better educated in this respect. Those who do identify and report irregularities are mostly educated and come from higher-income categories. Two-thirds of respondents said they would report electoral fraud, and of these a quarter said they would do this anonymously.

The survey shows that citizens frequently vote for the same political option and only a small proportion choose candidates based on results delivered. For young people, the Internet is the most credible source of news, while population aged 50+ rely on television for information. Most respondents say they do not trust anyone, and most are not interested in politics.

The research was conducted on a sample of 1,006 respondents aged 18 and above throughout BiH using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing. Among those who participated, 52 percent were women and 48 percent were men; education levels varied.

On the issue of interest in politics, a very high number (about 53 percent) of respondents said they were absolutely uninterested. A preponderance of these respondents are in the low income and low education category. Of the 1 006 respondents, 21 percent said they did not vote in the last local elections (2016). Among those who voted (79%) there is a significantly lower share of young people (18 to 29)……………….http://balkaneu.com/only-one-third-of-citizens-believe-in-free-elections-in-bih/

Remedy or Recipe for Disaster? CIA Vet Offers to Redraw Balkan Borders… Again

 At the same time, it’s obvious that the US and EU’s Balkan policy has proved inefficient.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Remedy or Recipe for Disaster? CIA Vet Offers to Redraw Balkan Borders… Again

Steven Meyer

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Steven Meyer, former CIA deputy chief of the Balkan Task Force, believes that the only way to ease tensions in the Balkan region is to yet again redraw the borders of former Yugoslavia creating a confederation of Orthodox nations in response to the emergence of the so-called Greater Albania.

Anti-terrorism units of Serbia’s Internal Ministry, Defense Ministry and special services stage exercise
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Serbia Boosts Security Cooperation With Russia Amid Renewed Kosovo Provocations
The Balkan borders could be redrawn, Steven Meyer, a CIA veteran, who served as deputy of the US administration’s Balkan Task Force for five years in the 1990s, told Sputnik Serbia.
Known as a critique of the US’s policies in the Balkans, Meyer argues that the borders „more or less imposed“ on the Balkan nations by the US and its European allies following the collapse of Yugoslavia do not correspond to the true state of affairs.

Recalling the conclusion of the Dayton Peace Accords, signed in December 1995, the CIA veteran pointed out that the agreement, aimed at ending the bloodshed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was made in a hurry.

„They [US President Bill Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke] were so anxious to get a solution and to do it quickly. I understand that a good part of Dayton was ending the bloodshed in Bosnia and [President of Serbia Slobodan] Milosevic was anxious to please the US, he wanted aid from the US and he spoke for the Bosnian Serbs,“ Meyer told Sputnik.

In accordance with the Dayton agreements, the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina was established as the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina and of the Republika Srpska.
„Holbrooke was very adamant, very tough about the solution. He convinced the [US] administration that it was the right way to go,“ the CIA veteran said.

However, according to Meyer, it was clear from the very beginning that the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina wouldn’t be sustainable in the long run.

„The country Bosnia exists on paper, it’s a fictional place, really,“ the CIA veteran said, „The power doesn’t lie in Sarajevo, it lies in other places, it lies with the ethnic communities, it lies with the American Embassy in Sarajevo, at least for the Federation.“

Meyer believes that the best way to solve tensions in the Balkan region is to redraw its borders… once again.

„It can be, it depends on how it’s done. We have already redrawn borders here. Montenegro, a very-very close vote, but Montenegro in Serbian borders have been redrawn,“ Meyer noted, in a reference to a controversial border demarcation agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro.

„Much of the world has recognized Kosovo,“ the former CIA official continued, „not everybody, five countries in the EU have not, but that is redrawing borders. And as I said earlier, Bosnia doesn’t really work very well and those borders are essentially redrawn.“

Meyer highlighted that borders should be redrawn peacefully and insisted that in that way it wouldn’t somehow violate international law.

„I think it should be done peacefully. There has to be some sort of creative leadership in the Balkans,“ he underscored.

„There is nothing sacred about borders. The international law doesn’t prohibit peaceful change of borders,“ Meyer said.

He drew attention to the fact that since the end of the Cold War, the world has seen a lot of border changes.
„Borders of the Soviet Union changed, we saw Czechoslovakia changed borders and we saw Germany changed borders,“ the CIA veteran said, „So it is certainly possible.“

As of yet, however, the only Balkan nation pushing ahead with the border change issue is the Albanians, who seek the creation of the so-called Greater Albania.

The Greater Albania doctrine envisions that the territories in southern Montenegro, southern Serbian territories including Kosovo and the Presevo Valley and northwestern parts of Macedonia should be incorporated into the existing Republic of Albania.

The CIA veteran doesn’t exclude the possibility of the establishment of Greater Albania. Likewise, however, according to Meyer, some sort of „Greater Serbia“ or a confederation of Orthodox populations of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and the Republika Srpska could be created.

He called attention to the fact that the Republika Srpska is also seeking the possibility to join Serbia.

Pedestrians walk by a billboard picturing US President-elect Donald Trump with an inscrpition that translates as Congratulations! Trump, Serb! published by Serbian daily newspaper in Belgrade on November 10, 2016
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Pedestrians walk by a billboard picturing US President-elect Donald Trump with an inscrpition that translates as „Congratulations! Trump, Serb!“ published by Serbian daily newspaper in Belgrade on November 10, 2016
To accomplish such a bold task, the former Yugoslav nations should take their fate into their own hands, Meyer insists. According to the CIA veteran, the Balkan region needs „creative leadership.“

However, not all observers share Meyer’s enthusiasm, saying that the devil is always in the detail.

„Experts say that relations between the republics of the former Yugoslavia are now worse than ever since the Yugoslav Wars of 1991-2001. More and more republics and national entities in the Balkans are calling for redrawing borders and creating federations in already existing states,“ veteran journalist and RIA Novosti contributor Dmitri Dobrov writes, warning that the region risks becoming the „powder keg of Europe.“

In this context, the efforts aimed at creating the Greater Albania could become the trigger for a new Balkan war. That means that Meyer’s concept of a peaceful redrawing of borders in the Balkans may turn out to be nothing but wishful thinking.

At the same time, it’s obvious that the US and EU’s Balkan policy has proved inefficient.

„It is quite obvious that the 1990s policies of Washington and Brussels aimed at reconciling warring parties and creating multiethnic states in the Balkans have collapsed,“ Dobrov stressed.

Recently, religious and ethnic contradictions have intensified in the territory of former Yugoslavia. According to the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK), the Balkan region has been engulfed by 18 major and minor conflicts. Bitter contradictions continue to simmer between Slovenia and Croatia over border issues in the Piran Gulf; Serbia and Croatia still struggle to reach an agreement on the Island of Sarengrad and the Island of Vukovar; Republika Srpska signaling its interest in joining Serbia, while the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo remains a sore spot in relations between Serbs and Albanians.

The question arises whether the strategy aimed at „redrawing“ borders in the Balkans is a remedy or recipe for disaster.

Stupid EU Mafia in Tirana: Albanian Judicial Reform Faces New Court Challenge

Generalsekretär des Europarates: fordert unabhängige Ermittlungen in das Mafia Projekt der TAP Pipeline auch gegen die EU-Commission

Thorbjørn Jagland, the former Norwegian prime minister and Council of Europe secretary general has urged the Assembly President Pedro Agramunt to ensure „an independent external investigation body without any further delay.““

EU undemocratic & infested with fraudsters – ex-Thatcher aide

 

  King of corruption in Tirana from Georg Soros: Romana Vlachudin and the stupid Edi Rama 08 Jun 17

Albanian Judicial Reform Faces New Court Challenge

Two judges‘ associations have launched a fresh Constitutional Court challenge to parts of Albania’s judicial reform package – including the key law on vetting judges and prosecutors – threatening to derail the process.

Besar Likmeta
Tirana

BIRN

 
 Albania’s Constitutional Court. Photo: LSA

The National Association of Judges and the Union of Albanian Judges have filed a lawsuit with the Albanian Constitutional Court, challenging the legality of the Law on the Governing Institutions of the Justice System, the Law on the Status of Judges and Prosecutors and the Law on the Reassessment of Judges and Prosecutors, known as the ‘vetting’ law.

The lawsuit was filed on June 1 and BIRN has now obtained a copy of the document, which has not been made public.

The three pieces of legislation are part of a comprehensive judicial reform package, which is a prerequisite for Tirana to open accession negotiations with the European Union.

The lawsuit comes amid a hotly-contested campaign for the June 25 parliamentary elections, and at a point when an ad hoc parliamentary commission is selecting the lawyers that will be part of the vetting bodies.

In their request filed with the Constitutional Court, jusdes’ associations seek the disqualification of a number of articles of the vetting law which regulate the vetting of the integrity of judges and prosecutors in regards to their ties with organised crime.

The associations oppose as unconstitutional the scrutiny over ties between the judges, prosecutors and organised crime in the period going back to January 1, 2012.

Another provision of the law they reject relates to possible ties their relatives and people close to them might have or had with organised crime.

The lawsuit in particular challenges the procedure on which the vetting of the integrity of judges and prosecutors will be based and the way evidence will be collected by the Independent Qualification Commission and the Appels College – the two vetting bodies that are currently being created.

The associations argue that the vetting law’s provision on the way evidence will be collected by the ‘control groups’ during the reassessment period goes beyond what the constitution intended.

The judges oppose the use of evidence during the reassessment of testimony provided by protected witnesses of the prosecution, when their ties to organised crime might have been recorded.

They also reject the use as evidence in the vetting process of confidential information, like preventive wiretaps carried out by security services and information collected by police agents.

Another contested article of the vetting law regards the right of prosecutors and judges to resign in order to stop the reassessment process.

The law prescribes that the judges and prosecutors can make use of this right no later than three months after the law entered in force.

According to the judges’ associations, the article is unconstitutional and the subjects of the law should have the right to resign and stop the vetting at any given time of their choice.

This is not the first time the two associations that represent the powerful judges’ lobby in Albania, have appealed the Constitutional Court in order to challenge the judicial reform package.

In autumn 2016, they joined the opposition Democratic Party, in its court appeal against the law on vetting judges and prosecutors, which is a key component of the reform passed by parliament in July 2016.

Although the Constitutional Court, following a recommendation by the Venice Commission, refused to strike down the vetting law, the decision did not discourage the judges associations, which in April through another case managed to abolish some articles of the law on the Status of Judges and Prosecutors.

The ruling in favour seems to have buoyed the judges to seek a partial annulment of the other three laws.

The Constitutional Court is expected to convene on June 22 in order to hear the arguments on the new case.

– See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/albania-s-key-judicial-reform-faces-new-court-challenge-06-08-2017#sthash.nv5BjUAZ.dpuf

Vlachudin under investigation


Romana Vlachudin, the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, is under OLAF investigation for purchasing a 350-square-metre house in Tirana for €1,6m. This is rather crazy since local experts say this specific house is not worth even a third of the selling price.

At the time of the sale, similar houses in the same area and bigger ones were priced at least €1m less than what the Commission paid.

This investigation is of particular significance because it was opened four weeks ahead of Albania’s general election on June 23.

On more than one occasion, Vlachudin has openly supported Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s ruling socialists. The fact, however, that the Rama-friendly EU Ambassador was placed under investigation before the election, may signify that given the circumstances, the European Commission does not wish to take sides in the electoral process of Albania.

Nevertheless, the good ambassador’s pick has few chances of winning the election – and no one wants to be associated with a loser, especially not the European Commission.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/vlachudin-under-investigation/

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Cecilia Malmström “I do not take my mandate from the European people.”

Die Justiz wurde beerdigt, jede Ansatz einer Rechtsstaatlichkeit erneut mit den korrupten EU und IRZ Banden gestoppt, welche in Tradition schlimmer wie die „Camorra“ ist, sogar „Nghradeta“ Milliarden Projekte in Albanien direkt finanzieren, wie die TAP Pipeline. Die Banden werden sogar für Gelddiebstahl in Milliarden Höhe und Bauschrott noch belohnt, mit Phantom Projekten ohne Kontrollen.

Sinn und Zweck ausländischer Botschaften, Institutionen, Geldgeber kann die Albanische Bevölkerung schon lange nicht mehr verstehen, wandert aus. Die korrupte und aufgeblähte EU Botschaft, OSCE Botschaft zeigen ein Langzeit Desaster.

7 Millionen € Reisespesen in wenigen Monaten, um private Bilder Galerien zu besuchen, eigene Bilder zu promoten und fast nie in Tirana zu sein. Verfassungsbruch, man hat das Reise Betrugs System der EU, Berlin kopiert und übernommen.

Justiz Minister Ylli Manjani zur Durres Justiz Mafia: „Ihr stehlt Tausende von Hektar mit gefälschten, falschen Dokumenten als Partner der Mafia“

EU Null Hirn Geschwätz, über Betrugs-, und Show Wahlen in Albanien: Ihr endloses Geschwätz über den Konsens

EU Null Hirn Geschwätz, über Betrugs-, und Show Wahlen in Albanien:  Ihr endloses Geschwätz über den Konsens

This is something that Vlahutin and all here jetset humanist colleagues fail to truly appreciate. Their endless babble about consensus, the inclusion of the opposition, full representation, etc., etc. has led to a political situation in which there is literally no choice.

2012: „A document obtained by BIRN shows that OLAF is investigating complaints against a tender held in May by the EU Delegation in Tirana.“

What Does Vote Buying Mean?

What Does Vote Buying Mean?

On Monday, EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin called upon Albanian citizens not to “sell their vote” during the June 25 parliamentary elections. This “don’t sell your vote” is a common mantra among the well-willing internationals in this country, as if vote buying were truly a great threat to democracy – a greater threat than the politicians that will be elected.

Because what is vote buying actually? Vote buying means that you give your vote to a party or candidate in exchange for money or goods – the famous bags of flour. But how is that different from voting for a party because they promise to lower taxes? Or because they promise to subsidize childcare? Or because they promise free education? All of these promises basically represent a monetary value for the voter, and especially lower-income households immediately feel the effect of changes in the subsidy and taxation system in their wallet.

So how are these promises for lower taxes or extra subsidies different from vote buying – the exchange of money for a vote?

What the internationals actually want to say is that you should vote for a party based on its content, its program, its values, its ideology, and not purely based on how much money will end up in your wallet. The elections, Ambassador Vlahutin wants to tell us, are about more than just momentary, individual gain; they determine the future of the nation, not just whether you can buy food the next week.

The problem is that Albanian political parties do not have any content, program, value, or ideology – or at least, they all have the same ones. As Gjergj Erebara from Reporter pointed out a week ago, the promises of the major parties in the elections are hardly distinguishable from those made in 2013, and hardly distinguishable from each other.

So citizens of Albania, faced with with a political situation in which all parties promise more of the same, and will all break those promises at the moment they are elected, has logically only one objective criterion for judging where to cast their vote: how much money do I get in hand, right now? Any future monetary gain – through free healthcare, employment, or subsidies – may well turn out to be a mirage, a promise made by everyone and kept by no one.

This is something that Vlahutin and all here jetset humanist colleagues fail to truly appreciate. Their endless babble about consensus, the inclusion of the opposition, full representation, etc., etc. has led to a political situation in which there is literally no choice.

And in such a thoroughly cynical environment, devoid of any potential for a different future, staying at home or selling your vote becomes the only rational thing to do…

http://www.exit.al/en/2017/06/06/what-does-vote-buying-mean/

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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records relating to their funding of the political activities of the Soros Open Society Foundation – Albania (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:17-cv-01012)).  The lawsuit was filed on May 26, 2017.“

Albanians Corruption Mafia Nr. 1: Romana Vlahutin: The EU Delegation in Tirana, A History of Maladministration

Vlachudin under investigation

Verbotene Wahlkampf Hilfe nach der Genver Konvention: Europa Tag in Gjorokastre 8.5.2017: Edi Rama

Romana Vlachudin, the ambassador of the European Union in Albania, is under OLAF investigation for purchasing a 350-square-metre house in Tirana for €1,6m. This is rather crazy since local experts say this specific house is not worth even a third of the selling price.

At the time of the sale, similar houses in the same area and bigger ones were priced at least €1m less than what the Commission paid.

This investigation is of particular significance because it was opened four weeks ahead of Albania’s general election on June 23.

On more than one occasion, Vlachudin has openly supported Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s ruling socialists. The fact, however, that the Rama-friendly EU Ambassador was placed under investigation before the election, may signify that given the circumstances, the European Commission does not wish to take sides in the electoral process of Albania.

Nevertheless, the good ambassador’s pick has few chances of winning the election – and no one wants to be associated with a loser, especially not the European Commission.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/vlachudin-under-investigation/

Vertuschen, Stehlen mit kriminellen Partner und Federica Mogherini, fordert wieder den Unfug einer Konsenz Politik

Der Konsens Betrug – Mashtrimi me Konsensusin, altes und aktuelles Justiz Modell der Albaner Mafia

Smart Serbia to sign Free Trade Deal with Russian led EuroAsian Union

Smart Serbia to sign Free Trade Deal with Russian led EuroAsian Union

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Belgrade has been making progress on negotiating a free trade agreement with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Marko Cadez, President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Sputnik on Thursday on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

In mid-May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said countries comprising the EAEU had agreed to launch consultations with Serbia on the free trade deal.

“The negotiation [on the free trade deal with EAEU] and the dialogue is in the process, I am informed we are really moving forward,” Cadez said on the sidelines of SPIEF.

Cadez also spoke about the chamber’s role in drafting the agreement.

“We, as the chamber of commerce of Serbia, are there just to put or give a data on some issues, some products; to say how to make the best of opportunity first of all for Serbian companies but also of course keeping in mind all sides to pursue with the perfect and final draft of an agreement,” he added.

SPIEF, held in Russia’s second largest city between Thursday and Saturday, is a major global platform for communication between business representatives and discussion of crucial economic issues.

Macedonia Parliament Approves New Gov’t in Georg Soro’s Mafia Style: „zero tolerance for corruption.“

Georg Soro’s Style:
31 May 17

Macedonia Parliament Approves New Gov’t after Prolonged Stalemate

Macedonia’s parliament has approved a new Social Democrat-led coalition government, headed up by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who has vowed economic prosperity, EU and NATO integration, and zero tolerance for corruption.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN

Skopje

Macedonia’s new government. Photo: MIA

Macedonia’s new government was elected Wednesday night with the support of 62 MPs in the 120-seat parliament. Its establishment is expected to put an end to the prolonged political crisis in the country. The previous government, led by the right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party stood accused of allegations of wiretapping and corruption.

“I will be a prime minister [working] for everyone. I announce a responsible, reformist, European government!” the new prime minister, Zaev, said in his announcement to MPs.

Zaev said his government would be based on civic principles and focus on three key goals: Boosting the economy, enabling justice and the rule of law, and integrating the country into the EU and NATO. He also pledged to have zero tolerance for corruption.

Among other things, the new prime minister announced the formation of a special court wing that would solely focus on processing high-level corruption cases instigated by the Special Prosecution, and thorough reforms in the judiciary in order to remove party influence.

„I want no revenge and revanchism, but everyone will be held responsible acourding to their deeds“, Zaev said.

The bulk of the new cabinet comprises 17 ministers proposed by the alliance led by the Social Democrats, SDSM. The largest Albanian party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, which controls ten seats, has appointed six and the Alliance for Albanians, which has three MPs, has appointed two.

Besa [Oath], the second-largest ethnic Albanian party, decided not to join the new government and not to vote for it despite initially supporting the new majority. However, Besa said it may support some of its policies.

– See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-parliament-approves-zaev-s-new-govt-05-31-2017

Peinlichkeiten der absoluten Inkompetenz und Lüge: Federica Mogherini und F.W. Steinmeier

OSCE gets involved to save Zaev from Court Appearance

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Zaev’s Court Appearance for accepting 163,000 euros in bribes by a Strumica businessman has been postponed for the ninth time.
This time, quite shockingly, it was OSCE who stepped in to save Zaev from appearing in Court.

It is as if this a Crime Syndicate network. Previously, multiple foreign Embassies have stepped in to prevent Courts from starting the bribery case against Zaev. It was the Italian, Swedish, US, French and German embassies who all made up meetings for Zaev to attend on the day the Court date was scheduled well ahead of time. Clearly, he is being assisted and this is very obvious even to those who don’t wish to see.

Today, OSCE officials from their office in Skopje sent a note requesting to meet with Zaev at 7am to discuss the Parliament incident, while his Court appearance was at 8am.
Using this ‘invite’, Zaev skipped yet another Court appearance.

Mayor Zagreb: Milan Bandic Nepotismus : Zagreb Could do Without its New Mountain

12 May 17

Zagreb Could do Without its New Mountain

Borna Sor

The inhabitants of the Croatian capital have long lived in the shadow of a mountain – but now they have a second one to contend with, not filled with bears, but with pestilence, garbage, and corruption.

Zagreb’s Jakusevec „mountain“. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Branko Radovanovic

The capital of Croatia is an ever-growing city. Situated on the slopes of Mount Medvednica, it has doubled in size each post-war period. And God knows, there have been too many wars in this corner of our continent.

Now reaching its first million in population, the cornerstone of the country’s economy, and, since Croatia’s entry into the EU, doubling its tourist numbers, Zagreb can truly be called prosperous.

And yet, its citizens don’t seem too pleased. Maybe you have heard how the citizens of Zagreb – known as «Purgers», from the German word «Burg», meaning «town», not the English «purge» – are generally considered arrogant.

We are. And proud of it. Legend says that long ago our ancestors came to live in the shadow of the holy Bear Mountain, where for generations they fought with the bears over territory, berries, and honey.

Five great wars were fought, with no clear victor. The bloodshed did not stop until the ancient Purgers, led by a vision that only a new mountain would keep them away, built the legendary Bear Castle – Medvedgrad.

And so the bears were defeated, not physically, but psychologically. Within the castle’s strong walls, our ancestors boldly mocked the bears from the inside, coming up with new insults and jokes, slowly pushing them deeper into the forest.

What worked on bears, worked on humans, too. For centuries, Zagreb was protected by its castles, and the population grew confident and proud, claiming the mountain all for itself.

So, yes, we knew we would grow and were not surprised to see so many people coming to live in Zagreb. With the bears gone, that was to be expected. That part we like.

The reason why so many people believe we are not going in the right direction is a matter of another mountain.

Our Mayor, Milan Bandic, has been with us for over 16 years now.  That is 16 year as a mayor, not as a living human. That is longer than your full education should last and longer than all my past relationships combined. And, like all relationships that last for over 16 years, it is either great or something is very wrong with it.

When your boyfriend drunk-drives and runs away from the police, your parents may be worried but you are not going to dump him.

Even when he gets the cop fired, and later forces him to godfather his child in a stunt, you will forgive him. If you really love him, so what if he is under corruption investigations and if the public construction work is as transparent as water in the dark. «All the paperwork is there, you just can’t see it.»

And so the pile of evidence grows. The same roads constantly repaired, the same fishy companies, the same accusations, everything new tainted by suspicion of corruption, every building, square, and fountain ruined by greed.

When something new is built in Zagreb, it feels like being robbed. Whistleblowers come out, the local population revolts, journalists connects the dots, ex-partners confess to police, but, still, nothing can make you dump him, can it, Zagreb? Why?

Why do you love him so much? Is it because he paid you? It is true, he pays those media handsomely that glorify him, or look the other way. But it is not his money to give, so you are not just selling yourself, you are stealing with him.

Or is it because your family loves him? Because he hired them, so creating the biggest local bureaucracy in the region, where nepotism is so high that dating work colleagues is forbidden for the fear of incest?

He also hired them with our money. What seems like saintliness to you seems like thievery to me. And while you look away, the pile of evidence grows – and is now a mountain. It is one hidden by corrupt law officials far away from the public eye. But can you truly hide a mountain and sweep it under the rug? A metaphorical one, maybe, but not a real one.

Over years of and years of accusations, Mayor Bandic has always replied: «I am clean. Everything is clean!» and people believed him, because everything was clean, literally. The streets were so clean, that people from all over the world would come to Zagreb and say «Oh my, it is so clean here.» And we proudly responded, «Yes! Everything is clean.»

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VAT on tourism 6%, minister: It formalizes the sector

VAT on tourism 6%, minister: It formalizes the sector
The reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 20% to 6% for the sector of tourism, will help this sector to formalize, but at the same time, it will also attract more tourists into the country.Such fact has been announced by the minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj, according to whom, all the negative effects caused as a result of the reduction of VAT, will be countered by the increase of taxed basis.

His declarations come at a time when the Parliamentary Economy and Finance Committee approved the reduction of VAT for tourism to 6%.

Let us recall that in 2016, revenues from tourism reached record levels of 1.5 billion euros, according to the Bank of Albania, while the number of those who visited Albania was 4.7 million, 15% more than the previous year. /balkaneu.com/