The New Year will be an elections season for Albania and its people, meanwhile Mr. Edi Rama and his government confidants have allocated large sums of money in their own pockets and plan to feast a large number of staffers in the Prime Minister’s office that will cost dearly to Albania’s tax payers. In his last year in office, Mr. Rama and his associates are expected to continue with their...

Recently, the Russian Ministry of Defence disclosed logistical data of railway traffic to other countries for the upcoming year. It revealed that the Kremlin is planning to significantly increase the amount of military cargo headed for Belarus. This may be a sign that Moscow is preparing to redeploy a large number of Russian troops to Belarus in 2017. A piece by Belarus Digest predicted that the Kremlin is...

On 6 November 2016 Milivoje Katnich, the Chief Special Prosecutor of Montenegro, gave a statement regarding the failed coup attempt in Podgorica during the Parliamentary elections on 16 October 2016. According to him, several groups of Russian and Russian-backed Serbian nationalists were behind the coup; they were hoping to prevent Montenegro from joining NATO and the EU. The fact that the Kremlin was able...

In December 2016, Macedonia will be holding early elections, while its insecurity is growing every day. Uncertainties for the future of this Balkan country are growing as the elections date is approaching.Dilemmas are very complex; they are political, ethnic and geopolitical.All of the internal actors seem to be very chaotic. Meanwhile international actors, European Union, United States, NATO and Russia...

  From the written media, from audiovisual channels and from social networks, I am reading, observing and hearing heartbreaking news. Behind the curtain of all this information I feel an adagio that is becoming ever more pessimistic …the hunger of young generation to escape from Albanian territories. Why are we failing to satisfy the young generation despite our success with securing freedom...

Energy security is the key question for any state in the modern era, especially those highly industrialized and therefore heavily dependent on cheap, reliable and consistent energy supplies. When a group of such countries form a union situation becomes even more complicated as the presence of too many players with differing interests in terms of energy supply and security makes coming to a common agreement...

The European Union is the world’s largest importer of energy resources. Formation of a common energy policy is one of the most important issues on the daily agenda of the Member States, probably because coal, gas and oil remain the dominant energy sources for the Union despite its efforts to develop renewable energy. Adoption of the second package of directives that called for opening of the gas and...

It has been pronounced on several occasions that Iran may join TANAP, a constituent part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), scheduled to supply natural gas from Shah Deniz II to the European market starting from 2019. Rovnag Abdullayev, the president of State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), TANAP’s major stakeholder (58%), said that "after the decision on...

For the first time after a twenty-five years long transition period in Albanian National Assembly, contiguous to a highly successful consensus performance on the approval of new justice reform legislation there is also a unique contribution towards Albanian diplomacy. Encountered with feeble executive branch diplomacy, without a clear vision and a total absence of dynamic international engagements,...

  The current intensification of inter-regional integration processes in a number of specific areas within the EU is one of the reactions to the crisis of the European Union that is currently unfolding. The group consists of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. It is worth noting that in contrast to Marshal...

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