The impossible mediator: Albania in the Greece –Turkey debate

The impossible mediator: Albania in the Greece –Turkey debate

Albania is still in the midst of a pandemic that is claiming lives every day despite the initialization of the vaccination procedure, albeit with a very meager amount of available doses. At the same time, half the country is under

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Rethink the police before all trust is broken

Rethink the police before all trust is broken

The Albanian police have sadly not reflected and continue to use disproportionate amount of force and violence failing to learn the lesson that had to be learned after the murder of the young Klodian Rasha. This was the most recent

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A country being emptied out

A country being emptied out

On the International Day of Migrants, December 18, the National Statistics Institute of Albania provided the media with a figure that is known to the Albanian collective psyche but which nevertheless, when uttered publicly sends shivers down the spine: about

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COVID 19: Pandemics, Infodemics, and Geopolitics

COVID 19: Pandemics, Infodemics, and Geopolitics

KRISTINA LANI While COVID-19 quickly spread around the globe and the term ‘pandemic’ opened news programs ranging from CNN to small local stations in virtually every town, citizens soon understood that, besides the unknown threatening virus, they had to face

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Mini-Schengen, Regional Economic Area and Common Regional Market: What is what?

Mini-Schengen, Regional Economic Area and Common Regional Market: What is what?

BELGRADE – It has been a year since the main concerns in the Balkans regarding regional economic integration were – is mini-Schengen initiative just a substitute for the lack of commitment of the EU, is it a tool for creating

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The uprising against hopelessness

The uprising against hopelessness

Most of these young men have hopelessness in their eyes. The hopelessness turns into rage and fills their fingers with strength as they clutch a stone and throw it against the police, as they grip a street sign and try

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Don Quixote in search of the Covid-19 vaccine deal

Don Quixote in search of the Covid-19 vaccine deal

In a trademark populist style that is now getting to be old news, Prime Minister Rama announced unexpectedly that he was taking the plane to the United States “to move all strings” and get “face to face” meetings with Covid-19

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Marko Bello- In memoriam

Marko Bello- In memoriam

In the early hours of December 4, the news broke to Tirana that Marko Bello, former minister of EU integration, former MP of the Socialist Party for three mandates and former diplomat had lost his battle to Covid-19. Bello died

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Chinese technology as a tool of foreign policy: the case of Albania

Chinese technology as a tool of foreign policy: the case of Albania

by Loren Koçollari During the last decades, Chinese foreign policy has been the focus of the researchers, and there’s an ongoing interest to see how technology has been used or will be used as a tool to expand China’s influence

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Two realities: Roma in the European Union and Roma in the Western Balkans in the eyes of the European Commission

Two realities: Roma in the European Union and Roma in the Western Balkans in the eyes of the European Commission

by Stephan Müller The European Commission (EC) recently presented communications on two important policies which are both of relevance for the countries of the Western Balkans: the 2020 Enlargement Package and the new EU Roma Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion

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