“Instead of Europeanizing Kosovo, We Have Balkanized EULEX”

“Instead of Europeanizing Kosovo, We Have Balkanized EULEX”

About half a year ago, I wrote an essay under the title “Albania Is the Future of Europe.” Much of the text dealt with the common misconception among representatives of international institutions and foreign governments that they can decisively influence Albania and move it toward more “democracy,” while using the current framework of EU politics and policies. Following an argument […]

Follow the Concessions…

Follow the Concessions…

“Follow the money,” said the informant of Bob Woodward of the Washington Post after he wasn’t able to unravel the Watergate scandal. But when he followed the money trail, this led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon. “Follow the money,” said General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa to his collaborators investigating the mafia. “Follow the concessions,” we can say […]

Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

The Balkans Media Days have just ended this November 10 in Tirana. Far from the expected political correctness, the debates gave rise to intense discussions and drew a very dark portrait of press freedom in the region. But did the EU receive the message?

Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

In a crowded hall attended by nearly 250 media professionals, the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, a regional meeting organized by the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) Johannes Hahn, is off to a flying start in Tirana on Thursday  November 9. Recognizing the importance of press freedom, the Albanian Prime Minister […]

Albanian Activists Hold Two-Day Protest Against the Building of Hydropower Plants in Valbona National Park

Albanian Activists Hold Two-Day Protest Against the Building of Hydropower Plants in Valbona National Park

Dozens of activists in Tropoja, a Northern district of Albania, conducted a protest action on November 10 and 11 against the ongoing construction of hydropower plants in the Valbonë Valley National Park. The protest was in response to the decision of the administrative court of Tirana to repeal the lawsuit filed by Valbona citizens who accused the Gener 2 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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