Does Basha Know What Breitbart Is?

Does Basha Know What Breitbart Is?

When Donald Trump won the US presidential elections last year, Prime Minister Edi Rama’s statements on CNN’s “Quest Means Business” came back like a boomerang. Having bet on the wrong horse, Rama suddenly had to justify his diplomatic faux-pas of interfering in foreign elections to someone he had called half a year earlier “harmful” to the democratic world. Of […]

Could This Be the PS–PD Agreement?

Could This Be the PS–PD Agreement?

Will there be an agreement between the opposition and the majority to clear the way toward the elections and return the country to normality? Have there been attempts to bring the parties closer together on shared issues, at the moment that both are barricaded in positions that hardly resemble each other? These are the basic […]

How Albanian Elections Have Been Ruined the Past 26 Years

How Albanian Elections Have Been Ruined the Past 26 Years

Postponing the elections is nothing new for Albania. The stories of organizing early elections, abandoning or not recognizing the election process, make up the ugly mosaic of our inability to organize normal elections, or the inability to recognize and accept defeat. The story of free elections in Albania starts with an agreement to postpone them. […]

Albania Needs Another “December”

Albania Needs Another “December”

How happy were we in that December of 1990! Like children we believed that from now on we would be like the rest of the world. Not only were we liberated from the chains of one of the cruelest dictatorship that this country had ever known, but we also got the green light, a light toward freedom, welfare, […]

The Balkans: Bad News Rising

The Balkans: Bad News Rising

Ethnic rivalries are resurfacing, but the problems are essentially political, not territorial. Not so long ago, I asked a Tirana colleague why the Balkans were no longer in the news. He said, “We are not doing anything well enough to attract attention. On the other hand, we are not doing anything bad enough either.” In […]

The Consequences When the Media Ignore the Court

The Consequences When the Media Ignore the Court

If the media regularly reported on developments in the courtroom, the students who had thrown eggs in the direction of the Prime Minister wouldn’t have been so easily convicted. The accused were declared guilty and their prison sentences were converted into obligatory hours of community service. But independent from the fact that their punishments may […]

President Nishani’s Decree Helps the Opposition

President Nishani’s Decree Helps the Opposition

Saimir Tahiri was removed from the Ministry of Interior Affairs due to the pressure of several EU countries, including Germany and France. Different from the claims of Albanian political analysts, which mainly refer to gossip from the opposite camp as “analysis,” his departure was the result of a choice between the removal of Tahiri or foreign […]

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