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Directors’ Cut Ep.5: New normals for a post-epidemic media freedom

The emergency situation that has hit nearly the entirety of the world – due to the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic – has had many clear and visible negative impacts to our societies: e.g. a crisis in the healthcare system, economic slowdown, loss of jobs, etc. However, there have also been downturns reported by activists in […]

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Directors’ Cut Ep.3 – Domains of warfare: hybrid threats in Central-Eastern Europe

Since its conception, our Centre’s name has tried to capture the meaning of the context that we wanted to analyse. The term “hybrid” was – and still is – a clear indication of the multiplicity of (state and non-state) actors that operate in Central-Eastern Europe, and of the number of instruments used by this same […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

The “16+1 Cooperation”: China’s door in Central-Eastern Europe

*This article is an excerpt of the author’s Master’s Degree thesis, discussed on 2 July 2019 at the University of Florence. Chinese relations with Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) have seen an improvement in the past three decades. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet […]

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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 […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

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 […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

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 […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

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 […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

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 […]

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Domestic Policy

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 […]

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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 […]