Stabilitocracy and the EU

Stabilitocracy and the EU

During the last decade, the European Union has undergone a series of crises, including the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit. These are accompanied by geopolitical instability mainly in the southern and eastern periphery Europe as well as with the policy failure of EU’s Ostpolitik after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Crimea). Above all, […]

Minniti Met Everyone, Except…

Minniti Met Everyone, Except…

The mission was difficult, if not to say embarrassing: to go to Albania, invited by a government that a few months ago removed its Minister of Interior, who for long had been supported by the Italian technical and diplomatic mission in the country, under the accusation of collaboration with narco-traffickers – accusations that arose precisely […]

Macedonian PM Zaev Declares Victory in Local Elections

Macedonian PM Zaev Declares Victory in Local Elections

The Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has today declared it victory in the first round of the local elections held on October 15. Even though not all official results have been announced, the SDSM claims to have won in more than 40 of the 81 municipalities. Prime Minister Zaev called […]

Aydoğmuş Released by Durrës Court

Aydoğmuş Released by Durrës Court

Turkish academician Muhammed Yasir Aydoğmuş, his wife, and two children have been released by the Court of Durrës. Aydoğmuş, an Albanian resident, had been arrested in the port of Durrës for traveling with invalid documents. Turkey had issued an international arrest warrant because of suspected links with the Gülen movement, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization (FETÖ). […]

Rama Defends Turkish Autocrat Erdoğan

Rama Defends Turkish Autocrat Erdoğan

In a recent interview given to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica at the occasion of his state visit, Prime Minister Edi Rama has defended the policies of the autocratic Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In response to the question of the newspaper why the Balkan continues to be the focus of “autocratic powers” such as Russia and […]

Albin Kurti Turns against Edi Rama over Border Issue

Albin Kurti Turns against Edi Rama over Border Issue

Former Vetëvendosja leader Albin Kurti has responded on Facebook to the declarations of Prime Minister Rama about the revision of the border agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro. The border agreement is a condition for Schengen visa liberalization for Kosovo, but has been vehemently opposed by Kurti in the past. On his Facebook, Kurti writes: While […]

EU Defends Greek Minority Rights against Rama, But Ignores the Plight of Albanians

EU Defends Greek Minority Rights against Rama, But Ignores the Plight of Albanians

In the past four years, Rama’s government has ruled arbitrarily, especially in the area of urban development. There hasn’t been any transparency, any information, or public involvement in the decision making process, the right of ownership and other fundamental rights and freedoms haven’t been respected, and Rama’s government has undertaken hundreds of urban projects without disclosing […]

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