Directors’ Cut Ep.1 – A tale of two Europes: Divides, discrepancies and cleavages inside the European Union

November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A watershed in European history, it paved the way for an ideal re-unification of the Continent, dismembered by the logic of the Cold War. Indeed, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Central-Eastern Europe had progressively leaned towards accession to the European … Continue reading Directors’ Cut Ep.1 – A tale of two Europes: Divides, discrepancies and cleavages inside the European Union

Are demographic trends mirroring Albania’s vulnerabilities?

It is believed that among the negative sides of globalisation – or rising global inter-connectedness – there is also the brain-drain that many small less developed countries are experiencing in recent decades. One of these countries is definitely Albania, a state in the middle of its path to becoming an EU Member States, amid socio-democratic … Continue reading Are demographic trends mirroring Albania’s vulnerabilities?

Kosovo’s political crisis: A bump in a twisty road

During this past summer a new political crisis has erupted in Kosovo. After the resignation of the Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and the vote to dissolve the Parliament held by its members, the process of snap elections was formally and substantially initiated. In the meantime international recognition and the normalisation process with Serbia are at … Continue reading Kosovo’s political crisis: A bump in a twisty road

Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo

The Western Balkans are one of the regions where Turkey tries to increase its influence in order to present itself as a mediator and a stabilising actor on the world stage. Although the Western Balkans lag behind other European regions in terms of economic development, business environment or even political stability,[1] Turkey has been active … Continue reading Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo

Albania at crossroads ahead of local elections: An easy win for an even easier loss

Only two days separate us from the local elections in Albania, which have been at the centre of a crisis that has locked the country in uncertainty for the last months. While there is an open clash between institutions – the President Ilir Meta has tried to cancel the election date of 30 June set … Continue reading Albania at crossroads ahead of local elections: An easy win for an even easier loss

The Albanian Unrest: A new hurdle in the path of European integration?

Weeks of political and social unrest in Albania. The opposition parties have jointly organized protests in the streets of Tirana in front of the main institutional buildings, asking for the resignation of the Prime Minister Edi Rama and for early elections. On the other hand, the head of government has denied all accusations of links … Continue reading The Albanian Unrest: A new hurdle in the path of European integration?

Dhjetori i dytë: shkaqet dhe pasojat e mundshme të protestës së studentëve

Vazhdojnë në Tiranë protestat e studentëve të universiteteve për nje reformë te gjithanshme të arsimit në vend. Menjëherë në imagjinatën e përbashkët kjo protestë është lidhur me atë të 28 viteve më parë, edhe ajo e ndërmarrë në dhjetor, edhe ajo e përbërë nga studentët, të cilët sollën rrëzimin e regjimit komunist. Fuqia simbolike është … Continue reading Dhjetori i dytë: shkaqet dhe pasojat e mundshme të protestës së studentëve

Sea of Flames: the Russia-Ukraine possible escalation in the Black and Azov Seas

A possible escalation in the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine is mounting in the last days in the Black Sea and Azov Sea region, after Russian naval forces seized three Ukrainian ships. After the two ground-battle frontlines, first in Crimea and then in Donbas, the conflict could now spread to the sea with the opening … Continue reading Sea of Flames: the Russia-Ukraine possible escalation in the Black and Azov Seas

Accordi fatali? Lo scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo

Il Presidente kosovaro Hashim Thaçi (al centro, di fronte) e il Presidente serbo Aleksandar Vučić (a destra, di lato) Credits: EPA-EFE/DIMITAR DILKOFF / POOL  L’idea di uno scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo era trapelata inizialmente nei social network durante questa estate, con voci che si rincorrevano e nessuna conferma ufficiale. La conferma però è arrivata dal Presidente serbo Aleksandar … Continue reading Accordi fatali? Lo scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo

La minaccia islamista per i Balcani e per l’Europa

Dopo gli sviluppi dell’ultimo anno sul territorio della Siria e dell’Iraq, dove il Daesh ha perso la maggior parte del terreno controllato alla sua massima espansione, la strategia dello stesso è cambiata radicalmente. Dovendo far fronte anche ad un calo di interesse da parte dei foreign fighters per raggiungere un fronte di guerra prossimo alla … Continue reading La minaccia islamista per i Balcani e per l’Europa