There Is Work But There Are No Professionals

There Is Work But There Are No Professionals

In February 2016, Prime Minister Edi Rama made a widely disseminated statement about the high unemployment levels in Albania: “There are jobs, there is need for work, but there are no professionals to meet that need.” He continued: This is the problem: We have fostered for years on end a farce, opening the highway to […]

Rama Breaks Record: Occupies Nearly 5 Hours of Live TV

Rama Breaks Record: Occupies Nearly 5 Hours of Live TV

This weekend Prime Minister Edi Rama has set a record for the time spent talking live on television with “ordinary people.” Following a well-established twentieth-century tradition, the Prime Minister spent nearly 5 hours talking within 24 hours. On Friday evening, the Prime Minister held a “public consultation” (without, however, following the procedures lined out in […]

Rama Demands Resignation of AKU Directors

Rama Demands Resignation of AKU Directors

Prime Minister Edi Rama continued yesterday with his public shows dismissals of government officials, a practice he has started after the elections with his announcement of a platform of “co-governance with the ordinary people.” During a meeting with all the current directors of the National Food Authority (AKU), Prime Minister Rama declared that this institution […]

Extra-Legal Co-Governance Platform Launched

Extra-Legal Co-Governance Platform Launched

This morning, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced his co-governance platform website on Facebook under the title “For the Albania That We Love,” which was also the electoral slogan of the Socialist Party during the elections. According to Prime Minister Rama, the platform of which “ordinary citizens” can become a “member” would allow their ideas, complaints, and […]

Co-governance with citizens — what kind of democracy under Edi Rama?

Since his triumphant re-election at the head of the country on June 25, Prime Minister Edi Rama governs Albania alone. His program is based on "co-governance with the common people," a kind of anti-elite participatory pseudo-democracy with populist overtones. A good way to eliminate all his opponents and to strengthen an increasingly oligarchical power.

Co-governance with citizens — what kind of democracy under Edi Rama?

Only a few days after the formalization of his overwhelming victory on 25 June, Edi Rama announced the launch of a “new form of democracy” in Albania. For the triumphantly reestablished Prime Minister, the conditions were now ready “for people to be very close to the government.” With his absolute majority in Parliament, the leader of […]

Communist Roadshow Returns to Parliament

Communist Roadshow Returns to Parliament

That Albanian politics is undergoing a full-blown regression to the politics of the past is something I have claimed ever since Edi Rama’s electoral victory. This started with his initiative for “co-governance with the common people,” which led to massive lay-offs in the upper bureaucratic regions of healthcare and administration in the country, lay-offs that […]

Rama Proclaims One-Party State

Rama Proclaims One-Party State

We are one party! We are one force! That’s how Prime Minister addressed his Socialist deputies yesterday, after he claimed that the Socialist Party, its parliamentary absolute majority, and the government are one. The Prime Minister made his declaration after the signing of a collaboration agreement between the three. This is an agreements that lays […]

You Are the State, Dear Prime Minister!

You Are the State, Dear Prime Minister!

The Prime Minister has started to sidestep every law and institution created and approved during the last two decades. He treats laws as formal limitations that people don’t know about, an object of contempt for the lawyers of his court. Meanwhile, the media has another reason to be silent, choosing to overwhelm the public with gossip news in […]

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