New Indictments Expected in Habilaj–Tahiri Affair

New Indictments Expected in Habilaj–Tahiri Affair

According to confidential sources inside the Regional Anti-mafia Directorate of Catania, the investigation of drug trafficking between Sicily and Albania is moving forward at great speed and will soon see the new indictment of “a high-level Albanian.” From the 7 Albanians and Italians arrested last month, 3 have agreed to collaborate with the Italian investigators. […]

“Instead of Europeanizing Kosovo, We Have Balkanized EULEX”

“Instead of Europeanizing Kosovo, We Have Balkanized EULEX”

About half a year ago, I wrote an essay under the title “Albania Is the Future of Europe.” Much of the text dealt with the common misconception among representatives of international institutions and foreign governments that they can decisively influence Albania and move it toward more “democracy,” while using the current framework of EU politics and policies. Following an argument […]

Vetting Has Started with the First Judges and Prosecutors

Vetting Has Started with the First Judges and Prosecutors

After months of delay, the reassessment of judges and prosecutors (“vetting”) appears to have started in all earnestness. The three vetting institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), the Appeals College (KA), and the Public Commissioners, have been nominated, their building inaugurated, and their budgets and staff slashed by the government. The KPK has organized a lottery […]

Rama: “Power of the Law” Task Force Will Be Success

Rama: “Power of the Law” Task Force Will Be Success

During a conference on security today in Tirana, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that “the excellent experience of the functioning of several task forces, such as the one for cannabis and the protection for the territory is the right example” for the new special task force baptized “The Force of Law.” Talking about “the newest […]

Rama Supports Move to Fire Chairman of KQZ

Rama Supports Move to Fire Chairman of KQZ

During the meeting of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party yesterday, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that he supported a proposal by deputy Taulant Balla to fire the chairman of the Central Election Commission, Klement Zguri. I fully support the initiative of [Balla] to start the procedures to dismiss the chairman of the KQZ, while together […]

The Untouchables – So Where Was Romana?

The Untouchables – So Where Was Romana?

Maybe Romana Vlahuting has chosen to seek political asylum in Albania. Or maybe she has decided to make a political career in our country, which until now has given her the possibility to save a bit of money here and there. Or perhaps she is suffering from heavy amnesia. In fact, after a long and careful silence, […]

The Capture of the State, Society, and Market

The Capture of the State, Society, and Market

Thanks to the overproduction of cannabis during 2016, more than trying to implement a strategy to change the situation, the Rama government and the Interior Minister Fatmir Xhafaj praised in front of his Italian counterpart the victory in the war against the open cultivation of cannabis. Meanwhile, as General Toschi, General Commander of Guardia di Finanza, noted that the […]

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Yesterday, closing the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn once again expressed the “non-negotiable” conditions of the European Union regarding press freedom: We want to see sustainable accomplishments in the judicial reform and freedom of media. I believe these to be non-negotiable for the member states of the European Union. Commissioner Hahn, however, […]

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha has called Rama’s speech yesterday at the opening of the EU–Western Balkans media days, in which he attacked the media and accused them of violating human right, “criminal”: The speech yesterday of Rama against journalists is a criminal speech. Journalists are among the people most at risk in the world, […]

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