Rama’s Worsening EU Delusion

Rama’s Worsening EU Delusion

As it becomes increasingly clear obvious and undeniable to the Albanian ruling class that the road to joining the European Union will be long and tedious, the impatience of Prime Minister Edi Rama, and the effects of his insistent delusions regarding a speedy and “deserved” opening of the EU accession negotiations, are becoming more overt. […]

EU Has To Move Beyond Stabilocracy in Balkans

EU Has To Move Beyond Stabilocracy in Balkans

The Balkans are not as exciting as they once were. The large-scale violence that made the region a central concern of European policy in the 1990s is no longer a feature of Balkan politics. That’s progress, of course. But the absence of violence does not mean an absence of problems. Persistent economic weakness, growing public […]

On the Politicization of ONM Chief Ruiz Calavera

On the Politicization of ONM Chief Ruiz Calavera

During her first informal meeting with Albanian journalists in February, Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, the chief of the Independent Observation Mission (ONM) that provides external expertise to the vetting process, stated that she would “resist politicization.” This was supposed to mean that we should stay away from any Albanian internal politics, and would not allow herself […]

RCC Balkan Barometer: Corruption and Poverty Rule Albania

RCC Balkan Barometer: Corruption and Poverty Rule Albania

Yesterday the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) presented in Brussels the 2017 edition of the Balkan Barometer, “an annual survey of citizens and business communities’ opinion on the situation in the region.” The RCC was founded in 2008 as an “all-inclusive, regionally owned and led cooperation framework” in South-Eastern Europe. The Balkan Barometer measures the socio-economic […]

EU Defends Greek Minority Rights against Rama, But Ignores the Plight of Albanians

EU Defends Greek Minority Rights against Rama, But Ignores the Plight of Albanians

In the past four years, Rama’s government has ruled arbitrarily, especially in the area of urban development. There hasn’t been any transparency, any information, or public involvement in the decision making process, the right of ownership and other fundamental rights and freedoms haven’t been respected, and Rama’s government has undertaken hundreds of urban projects without disclosing […]

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 […]

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