Rama Defends His Black List

Rama Defends His Black List

Two days ago, Prime Minister Edi Rama published a list of officials most often accused by his Facebook followers of abuse of office, legal violations, or simple a negative attitude toward citizens. The publication of the about 100 names of officials publicly “denounced” on Facebook has led to much debate and critical responses. Perhaps realizing […]

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 […]

Albanian Helsinki Committee Denounces Rama’s “Black List”

Albanian Helsinki Committee Denounces Rama’s “Black List”

In response to Prime Minister Edi Rama’s publication of a “black list” of about 100 officials and public servants who behaved “badly” toward citizens witout any proof or investigation, except the collective anger expressed on Rama’s Facebook wall, Erida Skëndaj, director of the Albanian Helsinki Committee, the oldest human rights NGO in Albania, released the […]

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 Unleashes “Black List”

Rama Unleashes “Black List”

Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Edi Rama published a black list with the names of about 100 officials accused by his Facebook followers for abuse of office, violations of the law, or simply negative behavior towards citizens. His attack on these officials, by denouncing them publicly on social media was met with immediate criticism. LSI leader […]

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 […]

Rama Announces Thorough “Restructuring of the Government”

Rama Announces Thorough “Restructuring of the Government”

During a meeting with citizens in Vaqarr, Prime Minister Edi Rama promised a thorough “restructuring of the government,” for which he used the metaphor “selling the baking tray for scrap.” The “baking tray” here is a metaphor for the nepotism under his previous government coalition with the LSI, and suggests that he clean the government from […]

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 […]