Juncker Is Keeping Albania and Macedonia on the Line

Juncker Is Keeping Albania and Macedonia on the Line

In recent days, the European Commission has been hosting political leaders from Albania and Macedonia, anxious about their upcoming Progress Report next spring. Reading through the transcripts of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and High Representative Federica Mogherini you can notice that their statements for both countries are practically interchangeable. With Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, […]

“Instead of Europeanizing Kosovo, We Have Balkanized EULEX”

“Instead of Europeanizing Kosovo, We Have Balkanized EULEX”

About half a year ago, I wrote an essay under the title “Albania Is the Future of Europe.” Much of the text dealt with the common misconception among representatives of international institutions and foreign governments that they can decisively influence Albania and move it toward more “democracy,” while using the current framework of EU politics and policies. Following an argument […]

Mogherini: Albania “Ready To Run, Hopefully, Inshallah!”

Mogherini: Albania “Ready To Run, Hopefully, Inshallah!”

After the meeting of EU–Albania Stabilisation and Association Council, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini held a press conference, in which she touched upon the perennial subject of the opening of the EU accession negotiations, as well as the current political situation in the country. Referring to the recent report […]

Thaçi and Vučić To Meet in Brussels to Discuss Kosovo

Thaçi and Vučić To Meet in Brussels to Discuss Kosovo

President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi and President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić will meet tomorrow in Brussels to discuss a possible agreement between between the two countries. The meeting between the two heads of state is organized by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. Mogherini expressed the hope that by the end of 2019, the end of […]

EU High Representative Mogherini Warns Rama Against Using “Provocative Rhetoric”

EU High Representative Mogherini Warns Rama Against Using “Provocative Rhetoric”

In a recent response to a parliamentary question by left-wing MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis  about the “highly nationalist and ethnic rhetoric of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama” during the Macedonian political crisis which eventually led to the formation of the current Zaev government, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini has stated that “EU representatives, in their […]

Albania Extends Economic Sanctions against Russia

Albania Extends Economic Sanctions against Russia

Albania has extended its economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2018. The government’s decision follows the decision of the European Council from June 28 to extend these sanctions to the same date. Except Albania, Montenegro, Norway, and Ukraine have also followed the decision of the EU. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini welcomed the decision […]

Mogherini and Hahn Respond to Elections

Mogherini and Hahn Respond to Elections

EU High Representative of the Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn released a statement this evening on the elections, stating that they “will engage with the new government to support the reform process and proceed on the EU integration process.” Albania’s parliamentary elections on 25 June took place in a calm and orderly manner. Citizens […]