The Déjà Vu of Donald Lu’s Final Months

The Déjà Vu of Donald Lu’s Final Months

Something very curious happens to foreign diplomats toward the end of their term in office: they start dressing in Albanian folk costumes and appear on Albanian magazine covers. What a great contrast with their humble beginnings in office, when they are all serious in their suits and eschew the spotlight. They are independent, neutral, professional, after […]

The EU Condemns Violence, But Whose Violence?

The EU Condemns Violence, But Whose Violence?

Today the EU Delegation in Tirana has condemned the “violence” during yesterday’s protests and the “conduct” of deputies during the parliamentary session in which Arta Marku was elected and sworn in as Temporary General Prosecutor: The EU condemns the violence in yesterday’s protests and the conduct by the Members of the Parliament at the plenary session. Democratic […]

Euralius Is Not the EU – And in a Conflict of Interest

Euralius Is Not the EU – And in a Conflict of Interest

In recent days, much has been made of the legal opinion provided by EURALIUS project regarding election of the successor of the current General Prosecutor, which was drafted at the request of the head of the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs. As Exit explained before, the election of a temporary general prosecutor through a simply majority […]

EU Organizes Promo Tour for Journalists, But Leaves Out Failures

EU Organizes Promo Tour for Journalists, But Leaves Out Failures

The EU Delegation in Albania has rented a bus and has embarked on its own “press trip” throughout Albania to highlight EU-funded projects while also doing some “capacity building” with local and national journalists on how to report on EU integration issues. Press Trip to #EU funded projects in #Albania on #employment #localgovernance, #infrastructure & #culturalheritage […]

Vlahutin’s Successor Will Have To Do a Lot Better

Vlahutin’s Successor Will Have To Do a Lot Better

EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin is scheduled to leave her position by the end of August next year, as was confirmed to Exit by the European External Action Service (EEAS). Exit also obtained the vacancy notice, offering a job description of Vlahutin’s successor. An analysis of some of the tasks of the future Head of Delegation allows […]

EU Confirms, Vlahutin Will Leave on August 31, 2018

EU Confirms, Vlahutin Will Leave on August 31, 2018

Exit | In response to a freedom of information request, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has confirmed that EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin is expected to leave her post at the European Union Delegation in Tirana on August 31, 2018. This means Vlahutin did not receive a one-year extension of her post. According to a […]

“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 […]

The Untouchables – So Where Was Romana?

The Untouchables – So Where Was Romana?

Maybe Romana Vlahuting has chosen to seek political asylum in Albania. Or maybe she has decided to make a political career in our country, which until now has given her the possibility to save a bit of money here and there. Or perhaps she is suffering from heavy amnesia. In fact, after a long and careful silence, […]

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