The New Republic, A Process or Just a Paragraph?

The New Republic, A Process or Just a Paragraph?

…after a long day and night of negotiations, the sides reached an agreement! These were the headlines reporting the event of the agreement. Then curiosity increased, as there was a general consensus to keep silent before the media and to distribute the news in the same format, under the name of McAllister+! A difficult agreement, but among […]

What Did Basha Win with the Tent?

What Did Basha Win with the Tent?

It is difficult to talk about the Basha–Rama agreement and even more difficult to say who won and who lost. It is equally difficult to speak about the third losing party, because the equation that this agreement has brought cannot be calculated at the moment. Even if we speak and are sincere, the agreement is […]

Ilir Meta Meets the Fate of Ilir Meta

Ilir Meta Meets the Fate of Ilir Meta

Ilir Meta is the man who has directly or indirectly determined the outcome of all political elections since 2005, through the maneuvers and sides that he has chosen, based on his interests or political animosities. In 2002, Ilir Meta broke away from PS after disagreements with Socialist leader Fatos Nano, against whom Ilir Meta had […]

The Price of Fear

The Price of Fear

Without the slightest understanding of the consequences of last Wednesday night, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn exuberantly congratulated Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha on “respond[ing] to their citizens’ expectations and show[ing] democratic maturity.” “Democratic maturity.” There was nothing of this sort. And citizens “expected” nothing at all […]

What Went Unsaid at the Meeting between Rama and Basha

What Went Unsaid at the Meeting between Rama and Basha

Ninety days and several international representatives, who visited Albania one after the other, weren’t enough to reach this highly anticipated agreement between Edi Rama and Lulzim Basha. Both showed, yesterday and today, a willingness to budge from their early convictions in order to reach an agreement, while being present together in the same office. They […]

A Witch Hunt and a Government with No Guts

A Witch Hunt and a Government with No Guts

For the past few days, the media has been concentrated on telling the story of what happened in a private hospital; an unfortunate girl was undergoing a knee surgery, but died from an unexpected complication. Later, the anesthesiologist, in perhaps a desperate situation, had a heart attack and is in serious risk for his life. Before I […]

The Old New Guard in Albanian Politics

The Old New Guard in Albanian Politics

It can seem naive in retrospect, but there once was hope that fresh young faces might bring something new to Albanian politics. These days, as political parties come to blows ahead of elections scheduled for June, and as Albanians are once again treated to the wretched spectacle of politics-as-a-form-of-civil war, it might be worthwhile to […]

When Art Is the Only Administration Left

When Art Is the Only Administration Left

The front page of the cultural supplement of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera today features an enlargement of one of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s doodles, with which he also papered a wall at the current Venice Biennial, curated by COD board member Christine Macel. What is remarkable is that the doodle features Rama’s official […]

“The Empty Square” and the Arrogance of the State

“The Empty Square” and the Arrogance of the State

Saturday the opposition organized another protest. Its peaceful and civilized nature refuted the fear of the foreign embassies. Two thousand police forces and three thousand volunteers of the PD were standing to the side, because the quietness of the day was not provoked by any incident, no matter how small. But soon others turned into […]

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