The Ministry of Sound

The Ministry of Sound

Everywhere Prime Minister Edi Rama or one of his ministers goes to speak, whether in official capacity or at a Socialist Party event, you will find microphones and speakers. Chances are considerable that these will have been rented or acquired from a single company, Prosound shpk. Since its foundation in 2006, Prosound, a company managed and […]

To Fix Justice “Once and for All” Is a Dangerous Illusion

To Fix Justice “Once and for All” Is a Dangerous Illusion

During an interview with Deutsche Welle, director of the Independent Monitoring Operation Genoveva Ruiz Calavera made what I consider a dangerous and deceptive claim. That the vetting process, which will reassess all Albanian prosecutors and judges, aims “to consolidate in an incontrovertible manner, once and for all, the rule of law in Albania.” I find […]

Trieste Summit: Who Got Some?

Trieste Summit: Who Got Some?

In Friday’s press conference about the Trieste Summit, Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed that “they were prepared to finance projects in Albania.” So, the Prime Minister accepted that our country was the only one that didn’t receive any concrete investment during the summit. A similar situation happened in Albania in 2015, too. In 2015, the online website of the […]

Enver Hoxha on Facebook

Enver Hoxha on Facebook

There could be up to 300 incompetent bureaucrats, corrupted people that were appointed politically, who hold high administrative offices or are part of the judicial system. We are all witness to the fact that this government has huge problems that must be immediately resolved using clear legal criteria, accepted by everybody. But, there is one […]

Why the EU Creates a Mini-Yugoslavia on the Balkans

On the Balkans, half a dozen states want to join the EU. But being in crisis, the EU cannot afford any new accessions. Now they want to solve this dilemma with a new instrument.

Why the EU Creates a Mini-Yugoslavia on the Balkans

The idea was born on the Balkans. The current Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić had formulated it: Would not it be practical to unite the Balkan countries in a common economic area? This could be the first step toward EU accession. The EU quickly accepted the idea gratefully. At the Western Balkans Summit this Wednesday in […]

Adventure in the Lagoon

Adventure in the Lagoon

The five of them traveled together to Karavasta. They had left Tirana at dawn, and approaching the destination their conversations livened up. The driver suggested to have breakfast. The restaurant was a village shack packed with farmers, their faces already tired from the sunlight, even though they weren’t out in the fields yet. Behind the kitchen, through a […]

How Long Will the EU Stay Silent about Rama’s “Administrative Reform”?

How Long Will the EU Stay Silent about Rama’s “Administrative Reform”?

Only two weeks ago, EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin for the first time publicly endorsed the “five key priorities” that are necessary for the opening of EU accession negotiations, urged on by a similar statement made ahead of the parliamentary elections by the US and EU countries. Yesterday, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn stated that accession negotiations for […]

Rama Blames Corruption on “Economic Underdevelopment”

Rama Blames Corruption on “Economic Underdevelopment”

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Edi Rama strongly argues in favor of a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans, as will be discussed today during an EU–Western Balkans summit in Trieste. In the article, he argues that “economic underdevelopment” is partially to blame for “corrupt judges,” “corrupt prosecutors,” and […]

Albania Needs a Challenger to Its Undisputed Leader

Albania Needs a Challenger to Its Undisputed Leader

Four years ago, in 2013, it seemed like Albania had undergone a colorful revolution: It fell asleep blue and woke up violet. After two decades of the limelight, Sali Berisha, the old guide of the Democratic Party was defeated by Edi Rama, “the socialist artist” (as he was labelled both at home and abroad, in many […]

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