The Winners and Losers of Arta Marku’s Election

The Winners and Losers of Arta Marku’s Election

Between smoke bombs and flying shoes, stolen voting cards and false votes, the parliamentary season of 2017 came to an end, the first one with an absolute majority of the Socialists, led by Gramoz Ruçi. The result has been the election of a Temporary General Prosecutor, a function unaccounted for in the Constitution. The two […]

Remember Civil Society’s Petition for the Judicial Reform? – Where Are They Now?

Remember Civil Society’s Petition for the Judicial Reform? – Where Are They Now?

In late February 2017, when the Democratic Party boycotted Parliament and had installed a tent in front of the Prime Ministry, Prime Minister Edi Rama accused the opposition of obstructing the vetting process. A public petition, called “Let’s save the vetting,” was circulated and signed by 49 so-called civil society organizations that we list below. The […]

The Floods Serve To Change the Discussion

The Floods Serve To Change the Discussion

A weekend of rain shocked more than half of the country, leading to 60 destroyed bridges, 50 heavily damaged school, 10,000 hectares and 3,500 houses flooded, the main arteries of the country blocked for about 20 hours, dozens of electrical cabins under water, the Tirana Water Supply shut down for an entire day because of  “turbulence,” many […]

Rama Is Right, The Palms Are Not the Problem

Rama Is Right, The Palms Are Not the Problem

In Albania, maybe like everywhere else, polemics arise immediately after every tragedy or catastrophe. Also this time, when after two days of heavy rainfall the country drowns in a torrent of mud and floods, there is no lack of political attacks, which, naturally, were directed at one of the symbols of this government, the palm trees […]

The Cortege of Hypocrites

The Cortege of Hypocrites

Yesterday, around 3 o’clock in front of the Palace of Congresses, a curious manifestation was staged in front of a forest of cameras, attracting the attention of a few passersby. Young, well-dressed boys and girls carrying uncommon black balloons and signs with the logo of the Ministry of Finance and the slogan “Ask for the tax […]

Helping Topalli Understand Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Helping Topalli Understand Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Yesterday, Jozefina Topalli attacked Lulzim Basha, after he had a meeting with the recently elected Democrat deputies. Topalli is angry because officially the deputies are still those from the old legislature, including herself, whereas the recently elected deputies will become such after they take their oath in front of the Assembly during the first week of […]