Rama Shows His Anti-EU Face

Rama Shows His Anti-EU Face

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me, but maybe it does to the small number of sycophants that he retains in his court, or the officials at the EU Delegation in Tirana, which until recently appeared to be unable to pull itself out of Rama’s orbit and speak clearly and firmly about the conditions […]

Norway Signals Worsening LGBT Rights Situation in Albania

Norway Signals Worsening LGBT Rights Situation in Albania

On August 14, 2017, Norway updated its asylum regulation for LGBT persons from Albania. Whereas previously LGBT asylum seekers from Albania were processed through the “extremely accelerated” 48-hour procedure, they will now be processed through the regular procedure. This means the applications of LGBT asylum seekers will be inspected in detail, signaling that intention of the Norwegian […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Responsibility for Failing Foreign Investments

The Responsibility for Failing Foreign Investments

Yesterday, Prime Minister Edi Rama decided to blame the Albanian corps diplomatique for the absence of foreign investments in Albania. In a way, this was the first time that Rama openly admitted that his government failed to improve the Albanian investment climate. Only recently the Prime Minister denied the failure of his foreign economic policy after the […]

Ambassador Sakiqi Denies Anything Is Wrong

Ambassador Sakiqi Denies Anything Is Wrong

In an interview with media outlet Top Channel Albanian ambassador in the Netherlands Adia Sakiqi tried to downplay the news on the report of the Dutch police and prosecution in which they advise to suspend Albania’s visa exemption for the Schengen zone. In the interview, Ambassador Sakiqi claimed that Albanian media had erroneously translated an article […]

Can Visa-Free Travel Be Revoked? – Exit Explains

Can Visa-Free Travel Be Revoked? – Exit Explains

Since December 15, 2010, Albanians can travel without a visa to all countries in the Schengen zone. This means that all Albanian citizens with a biometric passport can stay in 22 countries of the EU and four other countries for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of 180 days. Within EU legislation, this visa […]

Rama Is Setting Up a Parallel Party–State

Rama Is Setting Up a Parallel Party–State

Over the last few days, Prime Minister Edi Rama has started to publish the “reports” resulting from his meetings with the “common people” in the different regions of Albania as part of his co-governance platform, an initiative launched after his electoral victory on June 25. So far, Rama has published the “reports” on Kukës, Dibra, Lezha, […]