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?

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

Western Balkans Accession Assessment

The Western Balkans Labor Market Trends 2019 report, published by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and the World Bank Group, described the improving labor market and overall GDP growth of the Western Balkans. Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia reported the strongest job growth in the Western Balkans. Most jobs in this region, … Continue reading Western Balkans Accession Assessment

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

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

The Western Struggle in the Balkans: The European Challenge.

After 1989, the international community experienced a mixed-emotions situation. On the one hand, euphoria for the end of the bipolar division took the lead inside NATO which saw the launch of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, and within the European Community, where the main goal became the establishment of a common currency and the achievement … Continue reading The Western Struggle in the Balkans: The European Challenge.