20 Years after Otranto, a Tragedy without Culprits

20 Years after Otranto, a Tragedy without Culprits

On March 28, 1997, at 15:00, the old ship Kater i Radës left the harbor of Vlora carrying 115 emigrants in the direction of Italy. Precisely that morning, the Italian television announced that the agreement between Italy and Albania regarding the naval blockade was anticonstitutional. Since a week, Italy had sent its naval fleet to the […]

Can Rama Do without the LSI? – Exit Explains

Can Rama Do without the LSI? – Exit Explains

Ever since the 2013 elections, there have been a lot of movements in Parliament, with deputies splitting off, being expelled, losing their mandates, or voting with competing parties. This has led to a rather unclear image of who “has the votes,” especially at a moment that the future of the ruling PS–LSI coalition is at stake. […]

Little Will Happen Until April 9, Four Scenarios

Little Will Happen Until April 9, Four Scenarios

While the opposition is entering already in its 21st day of protests against the Rama government and its boycott of Parliament, there are few signs of a quick resolution of the situation. Today, the opposition parties announced that they will not register at the Central Election Committee (KQZ) on the deadline of April 9 if […]

The Vetting Institutions’ Chances – Exit Explains

The Vetting Institutions’ Chances – Exit Explains

Today, Parliament is supposed to install the first ad-hoc committee that will evaluate the applicants for the vetting institutions on the basis of two lists drafted by the National Ombudsman and the assessment and recommendations of the International Monitoring Mission (ONM). Last week, we explained the complicated procedure through which three different parliamentary ad-hoc committees will […]

ONM Evaluating Vetting Institution Candidates, What’s Next? – Exit Explains

ONM Evaluating Vetting Institution Candidates, What’s Next? – Exit Explains

On March 9 the International Monitoring Operation (ONM) is expected to hand in its recommendations regarding the candidates for the institutions that will perform the transitional reassessment of all judges, prosecutors, and supporting personnel, commonly known as vetting. The three institutions, the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK), Appeals College (KA), and the Public Commissioners will be […]

PPP Corruption in Latin America Must Be a Lesson for Albania

PPP Corruption in Latin America Must Be a Lesson for Albania

Public-private partnerships (PPP), the favorite choice of the Rama Government for every type of national investment, have been used in other countries as well. But as we explained before, it is a financing method that creates room for corruption. An illustrative example are the corruption affairs in Brazil, Peru, and other South American countries, discovered in 2016. […]

What’s Happening with the CEZ Affair? – Exit Explains

What’s Happening with the CEZ Affair? – Exit Explains

In recent days, State Attorney Alma Hiçka and the Parliamentary Investigation Commission dealing with the settlement between the Albanian state and the Czech company CEZ have exchanged accusations. Commission Chairman Edmond Spaho had demanded that Hiçka’s presence at the hearing would be enforced, if necessary, by the police, while Hiçka sought the arrest of Spaho. The […]

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