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, […]

Italian Police Dismantles Albanian–Italian Criminal Organization in Naples

Italian Police Dismantles Albanian–Italian Criminal Organization in Naples

This weekend the Italian Guardia di Finanza has dismantled in Naples yet another criminal organization trafficking drugs from Albania to Italy. No details are yet available about the organization, but the Italian media report around 26 people have been arrested. The criminal organization is suspected of trafficking different types of narcotics, including marijuana, heroin, and […]

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, […]

EU Sewerage Project in Shëngjin, Delays Caused by Dysfunctional Government and Negligent Contractor

EU Sewerage Project in Shëngjin, Delays Caused by Dysfunctional Government and Negligent Contractor

In September, Exit reported on the EU-financed project “Construction of the Sewerage Systems in Vlora, Ksamil, Kavaja, and Shëngjin, Albania,” dating from 2011 but only finished at the end of 2016. Based on redacted documents provided to Exit by the European Commission, it became clear that the project had suffered from massive delays, even though the documents didn’t clearly […]

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, […]

Arrest of Judge Miri Is Only the Beginning

Arrest of Judge Miri Is Only the Beginning

This morning Appeals Court judge Shkëlqim Miri was arrested on account of corruption. After searching his house, the police fund more than 30 million lekë in cash. Miri is accused of passive corruption, and is suspected of receiving a bribe of €20,000 from Gentian Doda to lower his accusation from “murder” to “injury.” Doda had […]

38 Businesses Close Every Day

38 Businesses Close Every Day

During 2017, on average 38 businesses closed each day. According to date from the General Directorate of Taxes, from January 1 until November 8 11,2000 mainly small businesses have decided to suspend their activities for an indeterminate time, changing their status to passive. This means that either the owner has decided to close their business, […]

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, […]

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

EU Commissioner Hahn, Divorced from Reality

During a press conference today with Prime Minister Edi Rama, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn spoke in the slipstream of the opening of the Media Days about the progress Albania has made on the road to accession negotiations, and about the need to communicate those results. It is worth having a closer look at […]