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

The challenges and the future of the EU’s Enlargement to the Western Balkans

The syndrome of the so called ‘enlargement fatigue’ outlined the last decade of debates on further enlargement of the European Union and, with the socio-political situation of the countries involved, limited the chance for opening the doors of the Union to the Western Balkans and fostering deeper engagement. The Balkan region, an integral part of Europe … Continue reading The challenges and the future of the EU’s Enlargement to the Western Balkans