Italian Anti-Mafia Prosecutor: Albanian Drugs Worrying for Italy

Italian Anti-Mafia Prosecutor: Albanian Drugs Worrying for Italy

During the presentation of his book The Opposite of Fear: Why Islamic Terrorism and the Mafia Can Be Overcome, Italian Anti-mafia and Anti-terrorism Prosecutor Franco Roberti’s response to journalists’ questions regarding the increase in drug trafficking from Albania to Italy was that “It is a very worrying phenomenon.” Recently we have gone, together with the prosecutors of […]

The Balkans: Bad News Rising

The Balkans: Bad News Rising

Ethnic rivalries are resurfacing, but the problems are essentially political, not territorial. Not so long ago, I asked a Tirana colleague why the Balkans were no longer in the news. He said, “We are not doing anything well enough to attract attention. On the other hand, we are not doing anything bad enough either.” In […]

Macedonian President Ivanov Refuses Zaev a Second Time

Macedonian President Ivanov Refuses Zaev a Second Time

Yesterday President of Macedonia Gjorgje Ivanov announced that he has again refused to give opposition leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to from a government. According to a press statement, the reason for this decision has been that “the obstacles that didn’t allow President Ivanov to give Zoran Zaev the mandate before still haven’t been eliminated.” With […]

Ahmeti: I Will Speak Albanian in Parliament

Ahmeti: I Will Speak Albanian in Parliament

The political crisis in Macedonia that ensued after President Gjorgje Ivanov refused to give a mandate to opposition leader Zoran Zaev to form a new government is showing no signs of abatement. While former Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski sent out letters to foreign heads of state for support, and claimed that only […]

Gruevski Attacks “Tirana Platform”

Gruevski Attacks “Tirana Platform”

Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, and his nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party have publicly attacked the agreement signed by the Albanian minority parties in Tirana in January 2017. In a press declaration, the VMRO-DPMNE, which a plurality of votes during the December 11 general elections, stated: In the previous elections the citizens voted for the VMRO-DPMNE […]

Macedonia at a Political Crossroads

Macedonia at a Political Crossroads

Three months have passed and the government still hasn’t been formed. This is the result of the anti-Albanian positions held by Nikola Gruevski during the negotiations with the Albanian parties. He demanded a change of the platform, fundamental principles, and undeniable rights that have been denied for years on end. The foundations of the Macedonian state […]

Mogherini to Ivanov: Reverse Your Decision

Mogherini to Ivanov: Reverse Your Decision

Yesterday EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini visited Skopje amid political tensions over the rejection of Macedonian President Gjorgje Ivanov to give SDSM leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a coalition government with the Albanian minority parties. Mogherini addressed the crisis directly, stating that President Ivanov’s decision would be a “serious break […]

Albanian Leaders React to Macedonian Crisis

Albanian Leaders React to Macedonian Crisis

The political crisis that has engulfed Macedonia after President Gjorgje Ivanov refused to give a mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev to form a government coalition with the Albanian minority parties, has not gone unnoticed by Albanian politicians. President Ivanov refused to give Zaev a mandate because of his “foreign platform,” referring to the Tirana […]

Colmar Court Postpones Haradinaj Extradition Case

Colmar Court Postpones Haradinaj Extradition Case

The Court of Colmar in France has decided today to postpone the discussion of Ramush Haradinaj’s extradition to Serbia until April 6. Even thought the Serbian Ministry of Justice had sent a series of documents to support the request to extradite Haradinaj, the court has requested additional evidence. Haradinaj called the decision of the court shameful: […]

Macedonian President Ivanov Rejects Rama’s “Foreign Platform”

Macedonian President Ivanov Rejects Rama’s “Foreign Platform”

Edi Rama’s “Tirana Agreement” from January 7, a direct intervention into the national politics of Macedonia, now threatens to throw Macedonia into a constitutional crisis and ethnic unrest. After the Macedonian general elections on December 11, Rama had invited the Albanian minority parties to Tirana to unify their position on minority rights. The agreement included […]

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