Kosovo-Serbia dialogue is not ripe for resolution

by Altin Gjeta Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbia’s President Aleksander Vucic met last week in Brussels for the second time within the framework of the EU-facilitated Prishtina-Belgrade dialogue on the normalisation of the relations between the two neighbouring

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OSCE/ODIHR final report on April 25 elections: From bad to worse?

OSCE/ODIHR final report on April 25 elections: From bad to worse?

The OSCE / ODIHR released this week its final report on Albania’s April 25 parliamentary elections. Its findings triggered different reactions from all political camps and the international community based in Tirana. Democratic Party, the leading opposition party, claimed the

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Catching the Big Fish: Low-Grade Officials at the MoI responsible for 28 Million USD  Scandal.

Catching the Big Fish: Low-Grade Officials at the MoI responsible for 28 Million USD Scandal.

In Albania, the battle against corruption starts and ends at the bottom. 9 Government Officials were indicted last Friday by the Special Prosecution Services for rigging tender procedures related to the purchase of police uniforms. It is estimated that a

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Analysis: The new EU accessions methodology: Is it enough to pull the Western Balkans in?

Analysis: The new EU accessions methodology: Is it enough to pull the Western Balkans in?

by Zoran Nechev, Dragan Tilev, Jovana Marović and Alba Çela Introduction  In times when the European Union is struggling to grow stronger from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, its efforts in the area of enlargement are seemingly put

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Europe and the Balkans – opening Pandora’s box?

Europe and the Balkans – opening Pandora’s box?

By George A. Papandreou Almost 20 years ago, in 2003, the European future of the Western Balkans looked secure: The European Council had adopted the Thessaloniki Agenda. This was a new and comprehensive roadmap, developed with concrete benchmarks, to safely

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The compass of new justice should point upwards

The compass of new justice should point upwards

Nine middle level public administration officials of the technical level were arrested after an investigation of SPAK concluded they will be charged with infringing the parity principle in public tenders. The issue at focus is not unknown to the public:

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EU does not have a strategic vision for the region

EU does not have a strategic vision for the region

The latest meeting in the ministers for European and Foreign affairs in Luxemburg prior to the EU Council one, failed to generate any progress in the now utterly boring and discouraging saga of “setting a date for the first ICG”

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The helipad state

The helipad state

A few weeks ago an independent investigative report from a regional media revealed that a company that enjoys the status of strategic touristic investor has benefited from public funds to bring not only the road to its prestigious villa community

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Kurti’s gambling with nationalist sentiments must end

Kurti’s gambling with nationalist sentiments must end

By Altin Gjeta* Albin Kurti’s Vetëvendosje landslide victory on the February 14 elections this year came as blow to the old elite of post-war Kosovo. He was elected Prime Minister after years of struggling in the streets of Kosovo against

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The irony of collaborating while squeezing independent institutions dry

The irony of collaborating while squeezing independent institutions dry

Despite the fact that the current parliament mandate is set to expire in the first days of July, the majority is set to fulfill the rising vacancies in various independent institutions with loyalists. What is worse it is doing so

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