Albania has voted – will it be a new momentum for its EU path?

Albania has voted – will it be a new momentum for its EU path?

By Tobias Rüttershoff and Teona Lavrelashvili Pressed by major challenges such as endemic corruption, brain drain and economic hurdles, Albania needs a strong and stable political establishment that will push for an ambitious reform agenda. The latest elections provide hope, but

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Has Albania really met the 15 tests to join the EU? No.

Has Albania really met the 15 tests to join the EU? No.

By DAVID LEGA When the EU Foreign Affairs Council gathered on Monday (May 10th) to discuss the Western Balkans they should have seriously scrutinized the 15 conditions set for Albania to fulfil prior to proceeding with its EU accession process. Downplaying, or

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Should Kosovo’s ruling party play opposition politics in Albania?

Should Kosovo’s ruling party play opposition politics in Albania?

by Agron Demi The involvement of Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Vetevendosje in backing opposition candidates in Albania’s elections risks creating divisions between the two countries when they should be working together to tackle the pandemic. Members of Kosovo’s

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Learning from past mistakes and moving ahead – in the wake of the Albanian elections

Learning from past mistakes and moving ahead – in the wake of the Albanian elections

by Genc Pollo The surprise of the D’Hondt formula according to the old law In the first days of this week after the election results were announced, I conducted a computer exercise, dividing the result of each subject in each

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The pride of the Republic of Poland

The pride of the Republic of Poland

The 230th anniversary of the enactment of the Polish Constitution, the first in Europe, should be an inspiring holiday for the whole of today’s Europe by Andrzej DUDA Filled with the joy of spring, we are celebrating a great Polish

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Tom Doshi wins Albania

Tom Doshi wins Albania

The election results are still being counted and there might as well be surprises around the corner.  However, the current consolidated trend with around 40 percent of the national ballots being counted is that the incumbent Socialist Party is likely

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Albania – elections 25 April –            Rotation as braking to allow turning

Albania – elections 25 April – Rotation as braking to allow turning

By Fatos Lubonja Before writing this pre-election analysis, I decided to read what I have written nine years ago, on the eve of the 2013 elections. I noticed, with some surprise, how the main problem has remained the same, but

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The lives of others, the vote of the party

The lives of others, the vote of the party

900000 citizens paired with “political patrons” prior to general elections An online media investigation revealed this week in Albania that the personal data of more than 900.000 citizens, living in Tirana, a decisive bulk of voters, had been mined and

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A short-lived strike that shook the Albanian scarecrow state

A short-lived strike that shook the Albanian scarecrow state

The non-strike, non-rebellion, non- coup interruption of work  by the Albanian air traffic controllers which grounded planes and halted all air traffic form the international airport of Rinas had the half-life of a May butterfly. Although the public perceived this

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Elections in a captured state

Elections in a captured state

By Veton Surroi Is Albania a captured state? Why? Is it alone, or a mere part of a group of other captured Western Balkan states? Those are the questions I looked at in the report issued by Transparency International through

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