A successful failure In April 2009, Albania submitted its official request to join the European Union. The European Commission accepted the request and sent experts to support Albania’s integration efforts. Among them was a group of experts that would design country’s waste management strategy. The assignment was completed in a few months. The new strategy […]
Throughout the turbulent years of its existence Albania has faced numerous challenges in its judiciary which has left their mark on the Albanian national endeavors. The judiciary’s role from 1912 till 1939 is somewhat difficult to define. The common consensus among constitutionalists and legal scholars is that Albania during this period lived harmoniously with the […]
Similarly to when I was in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum a couple years ago – where I discovered the seventeenth-century paintings of Albanians by the excellent painter Jean Baptiste Vanmour, I made another great find when I was in Brussels in 2015 – the capital of the EU and the arts world with renowned names […]
The trafficking of men and women—whether for forced labour, or sexual exploitation—continues to haunt Albania. Why have successive governments failed to solve the problem? In 2001, Daniel Renton—writing for Save the Children —mapped the trend of human trafficking in Albania. Other charities across Europe had noted the cases of Albanian men and women who had […]
This is the first time that I don’t have any desire to write about something that is of importance to the humanities. Nevertheless, because of a public debate on a private television station in Albania regarding Albanian cinema of the Communist era, I feel the responsibility to respond to the Albanian citizens and to state […]
AIESEC gives young people a chance to see the world, because when you see the world, you can start to understand it, and then you can change it. You will also get a hands-on experience and develop many soft skills that you cannot learn in university or through a professional job.
Today I feel more confident when I speak to new people, today I know that I can live alone in a big country with a new family; today I know more about other countries. –Brikena Dedolli Anchal Dhingra is the President of AIESEC Albania and we talk about youth experience with this organization. What is […]
In the first of a series of interviews with those who pass through Tirana, Jona Kuka is in conversation with Julian Lalaj, a talented young Albanian musician and writer who shared some of his travel experiences around the world.
The desire to travel never ceases, what is the next country you are travelling to? Right now I am not planning on visiting any country, mainly because I just formed a music duo with the talented singer Joni Aliraj and we are working hard for our upcoming live shows. Looking at the map though, there are a […]
The municipality of Tirana is getting ready to push through the Tirana 2030 Masterplan. Exit columnist Johannes Estrada analyzes what we know about its content, the underlying economic and political motives, the cynical failure of "starchitect" Stefano Boeri, and the disastrous consequences for all Tirana's citizens.
On Monday, the municipality of Tirana staged a “public hearing” with members of the municipal council and another with citizens regarding the new masterplan that is planned to be approved on December 29. This “Tirana 2030 Masterplan” envisions the complete and final concretization [betonizim] of the city, reviving former mayor Edi Rama’s dream of a city […]
The fruit lady Ever since I moved to Tirana, this week exactly six years ago, I have bought my fruits and vegetables with the same lady, who operated a small stall across the street from my apartment, between the ballet school and the “tregu elektrik.” The stall was built by herself and her family, from discarded […]
After a quarter century of distortions and lies of those who have wanted to exploit the events of December 1990 to provide themselves with legitimacy, merit, heroism, and sacrifice, we who have taken part in those events have to begin to tell and write the truths before we forget them and fall victim to historical […]