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Reform or Face Consequences, US Envoy Warns Albanian Parties

Albanian politicians will suffer 'severe, long-lasting' consequences from Washington, the U.S. ambassador said on Tuesday, if they block a reform of the justice system that would open the way to talks on joining the European Union. Despite 18 months of talks, the main political parties have so far failed to reach a deal on overhauling the judiciary to make it independent and capable of fighting endemic corruption in the former communist Balkan country. If they do not deliver...

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