Top Ten Scandal Countdown of 2016 (Part 2)

As 2016 comes to a close and with an election year ahead of us, Exit offers a countdown of the top ten government scandals this year. Each of these would have been sufficient to bring down the government, or at least a few officials, in any "European" democracy. But in all these ten cases, we can assure you that all those responsible are still sitting high and dry.

Top Ten Scandal Countdown of 2016 (Part 2)

Read part 1 here. 5. The National Stadium During the summer, a quick succession of decisions and maneuvers led to the lightning-fast destruction of the Qemal Stafa stadium including its historical and monumental façade. Through a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Culture and the Albanian Football Federation, all public procurement procedures were handsomely avoided. The architect, […]

Student Activists Prevent Illegal Political Event

Student Activists Prevent Illegal Political Event

Student activists from Organizata Politike (OP) and Movement for the University have yesterday evening successfully prevented a party-political event organized by the Euro-Socialist Youth Forum of Albanian (FRESSh), the youth movement of the Socialist Party, in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tirana. The Law on Higher Education and the regulations of the […]

Smearing the Image of a Failed Reform

Smearing the Image of a Failed Reform

When the Italian Gianni Rodari published his masterpiece The Adventures of Cipollino, he used a style that is rich with impersonations, but easily understandable: Cipollino (Little Onion) and his girlfriend Radish were oppressed toddlers, whereas Signor Tomato or Baron Orange represented the exploiting class. In this fantastic children’s story the characters had the function of metaphors, and the […]

Ardit Gjoklaj’s Death Continues to Haunt Veliaj

Ardit Gjoklaj’s Death Continues to Haunt Veliaj

The portrait of Ardit Gjoklaj, the 17-year-old worker killed at the landfill in Sharra in August 2016 can now be found all over Tirana. A group of anonymous artists and activists, known as Çeta, have pasted the portrait of the young man on the doors of the Municipality, on the Reja pavilion, on the children’s playground at […]