Albanian PM addresses supporters in Athens

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama addressed a gathering of Albanian migrants, party members and supporters in Athens in the indoor arena of Galatsi under stringent security measures.

Greek MEP decries ‘baseless’ incarceration of Himare mayor-elect

The conviction by the Albanian authorities of Himare mayor-elect Fredi Beleri is “flimsy and baseless,” the chairman of the EU-Albania Joint Parliamentary Stabilization and Association Committee and New Democracy MEP Manolis Kefalogiannis reiterated on Monday after visiting the jailed ethnic-Greek politician.

Rama visit hangs in the balance

Questions have arisen as to whether Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s visit to Athens will finally be allowed on May 12, when he is scheduled to address a gathering of Albanian immigrants, members and friends of his party.

Beleri unlikely to be ND candidate in European Parliament elections

Fredi Beleri, an ethnic Greek mayor-elect in Albania sentenced to two years in prison in March for vote-buying, is unlikely to be a candidate for the European Parliament with Greece’s ruling party, New Democracy, in June’s European Parliament election, Kathimerini understands.

Greek foreign minister urges European focus on Beleri case

Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis said on Wednesday that the case of Fredi Beleri, a mayor from Albania’s Greek minority who was recently sentenced to two years in prison for buying votes, should be viewed as a European concern rather than a bilateral issue between the two Balkan neighbors.

Does Athens owe Fredi Beleri a candidacy?

I won’t get into the discussion of whether putting Fredi Beleri’s name on the New Democracy ticket for the upcoming European elections would serve the ruling Greek conservative party’s interests; it would, in spades.

What comes after the conviction?

Things are judged by results, and in the case of Fredi Beleri, things have not gone at all well. The mayor-elect of the predominantly ethnic Greek town of Himare in southern Albania is to remain in prison until September 12, 2024. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s goal is for the appeal trial to be finished by September too, so that Beleri can be convicted once and for all and disqualified. Rama can then call fresh elections in Himare and is hoping that the climate of fear and various forms of pressure will allow a mayor of his liking to be elected.