Skënderbeg Makes Everyone Right

Skënderbeg Makes Everyone Right

During the celebration of Bajram, the Muslim community asked permission from the municipality of Tirana to hold its morning prayer at Skënderbeg Square. Thousands of Muslims were present for this ritual. To display the event better several large screens were set up, but when photographed from a mischievously provocative angle they looked like they hid the statue of Skënderbeg. […]

Edi Rama Is the End of Albania’s EU Aspirations

Edi Rama Is the End of Albania’s EU Aspirations

A few days ago, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn issued an important declaration regarding Albania at the informal meeting of the Balkan prime ministers, which didn’t attract the public’s attention, as it was eclipsed by the propaganda and presence of the Prime Minister Edi Rama, who assumed the role of the leader of the entire Balkans. Once […]

Weed Cultivation Booms in Albania

Little Albania has become the largest marijuana supplier in Europe. How serious is the government's "war against the drug mafia"?

Weed Cultivation Booms in Albania

The coordinates for the operation were been given to the police chief, Saimir Rrustemi, directly from the Ministry of Interior Affairs. In the light of a street lamp, he goes through the prints once again: Google Earth satellite imagery, wooded mountain ridges, and yellow needles on it. It is just after four at night, and Shkodra, the largest […]

A Lot of Supposed Opposition, But Only Failure Ahead

A Lot of Supposed Opposition, But Only Failure Ahead

In the weak attempts at political discussions after the electoral trauma of the elections, there are several things, among the silence of many, coming to light that predict a great political disaster. A considerable part of supporters representing the Democratic Party (PD) are expressing their disappointment and distrust in the new “renovated” leadership of PD, while another […]

Europe Condemns the Crimes of Communism, but Our Resolution Is Going Nowhere

Europe Condemns the Crimes of Communism, but Our Resolution Is Going Nowhere

In the past two decades, there are many initiatives in Parliament that we can remember to be undertaken and later dropped; important debates have degraded into attacks and personal insults; and the presented draft laws or resolutions were approved by one party but not the other. But there’s not a single debate to remember about our relationship with […]

Rama’s Second First Act

Rama’s Second First Act

Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on Twitter that the first act of his new government will be declaring 2018 “Skënderbeg Year.” The year 2018 will mark the 550th anniversary of the Albanian national hero’s death. It is not yet known what this “Skënderbeg Year” will mean in terms of actual policy, except for an excuse to […]

A Victim of Corruption

A Victim of Corruption

Arben Jorgaqi is a casual guy. In the Albanian coastal town of Vlora, the handsome, slender man knows almost everyone. The beauties of the city surround the bachelor – if you want to believe the pictures on Facebook. In his late thirties, he is a modern man interested in art, music, and politics, who at […]

The Regional Economic Area: An EU Mirage?

The Regional Economic Area: An EU Mirage?

On Saturday August 26, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn attended an informal meeting hosted by Prime Minister Edi Rama for the prime ministers of the “Western Balkans Six”: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia. The meeting focused in part on the implementation of the Regional Economic Area (REA), agreed during the […]