The 10-Month Search for KLP Candidates from Civil Society

The 10-Month Search for KLP Candidates from Civil Society

According to Constitution art. 149(4), there is among the 11 members High Prosecutorial Council (KLP) one member from civil society. The KLP is one of the most important new institutions that are the result of the judicial, and has wide-ranging power over the Prosecution Office, including proposing candidates for the position of the Prosecutor General, […]

Our European (Non-)Integration and Our (Non-)Reaction

Our European (Non-)Integration and Our (Non-)Reaction

According to European Commission statistics, the next wave of EU enlargement will occur in 2025 and the countries benefiting will be Montenegro and Serbia. While the same document expects Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Kosovo to start the negotiations process in the same period. In Albania, this news became very little known, mainly through media outlets outside […]

Rama Doubles Down against €13M Strasbourg Verdict

Rama Doubles Down against €13M Strasbourg Verdict

In response to the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg that the Albanian government should pay €13 million to the owners of the Jon Residence in Vlora, which was unlawfully demolished as part of the government’s Lungomare urban regeneration project, Prime Minister Edi Rama stated that “I would do it 1,000 times if I […]

The Turkish Flag in Mirdita

The Turkish Flag in Mirdita

In response to what is currently happening in Qafe-Molle, Mirdita at the hydropower plant, I feel I must post a reply as the statement written by WAFF (The World’s Armed Forces Forum), a Turkish publication, on 31 December, 2017 is erroneous at best, propagandist against Mirdita and misinformed about the history of Gjon Marka Gjoni. […]

Rama’s 100 Days of Non-Governance

Rama’s 100 Days of Non-Governance

How is Rama governing? This question that I got a few days ago from an important Kosovar businessman made me reflect a bit to improve my answer. Rama doesn’t govern at all! When I say “does’t govern” I don’t mean that Rama and his team are not going to their office; or that they don’t the […]

The Double Standard of the KQZ

The Double Standard of the KQZ

The request of the Central Election Commission (KQZ) for extra materials from the Prosecution Office to decide whether or not the revoke the mandates of deputies Aqif Rakipi (PDIU) and Gledion Rehovica (LSI) risks turning the next KQZ session into a political media show like the session in which the Council of Mandates interrogated the Prosecution Office […]

Co-governance: How Is It and How Should It Have Been?

Co-governance: How Is It and How Should It Have Been?

Anyone walking on the streets of Tirana has probably noticed the billboards showing the latest propagandist invention of the government: the co-governance platform. A lot has been said about the nearly dictatorial effect the rhetoric and the decisions of Prime Minister Rama regarding  job dismissal motivated simply by some anonymous comments. Unfortunately, the problem is much larger than that. The opinion coming from […]

The Déjà Vu of Donald Lu’s Final Months

The Déjà Vu of Donald Lu’s Final Months

Something very curious happens to foreign diplomats toward the end of their term in office: they start dressing in Albanian folk costumes and appear on Albanian magazine covers. What a great contrast with their humble beginnings in office, when they are all serious in their suits and eschew the spotlight. They are independent, neutral, professional, after […]

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