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Honorable Deputies Use a More Dignified Vocabulary!

By Mons. George Frendo O.P Today (November 17), I read the report on yesterday's session of Parliament, and I was left very disappointed and sad by reading words...

Western Balkans in trouble: Why the EU should make a new offer to the regio...

Vessela Tcherneva Tensions have grown in recent months in the Western Balkans, and the coming weeks look difficult across the region. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the leader of...

Glasgow Climate World Summit: There is no Planet B

In November, the world’s attention will be focused on the proceedings and outcomes of the United Nations COP26 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Glasgow. We...

Albania is getting ready for the EU, no matter what

By Edi Rama* Eighteen years ago, at the 2003 European Union-Western Balkans Summit in Thessaloniki, we were told, “the future of the Balkans is within the European Union.”...

Azerbaijan commemorates 30 years of restoration of independence.

October 18 is the Day of Restoration of State Independence of Azerbaijan. 30 years ago, at its extraordinary session on October 18, 1991, the Supreme Soviet of the...

WORLD FOOD DAY 2021/ A new momentum in transforming agri-food systems in th...

By QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations This year’s World Food Day finds us at a critical moment. The COVID-19 pandemic...

Inconvenient law

By Jean- Dominique Giuliani There is considerable controversy about European judges, on the grounds that they impinge on the "legal sovereignty" of EU Member States. These judges come...

Belgrade in action against Kosovo, Pristina’s diplomacy keeps silent

By Enver Hoxhaj Former FM of Kosovo Who controls the thoughts of the people, controls their actions - this also applies to the states themselves! After selling weapons...

EU credibility in Western Balkans undermined?

The EU and Western Balkans countries summit scheduled to take place on 5 and 6 October 2021 in Brdo pri Kranj, Slovenia is a part of strategic cooperation...

REMEMBERING 11th SEPTEMBER 2001

Mons. George Frendo O.P. Twenty years ago! Is it a day to remember, or a day to forget? Pope John Paul’s message for the year 2002 “World Day...

White Paper on Human Rights’ Reality in China

By Genc Mlloja The White Paper titled "Moderate Prosperity in All Respects: Another Milestone Achieved in China's Human Rights", released by the State Council Information Office on August...

Serbian World — a dangerous idea?

Nikola Đorđević Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin has courted controversy with several statements about the so-called Serbian World, an idea that Serbs living in the Western Balkans should...

What have we learnt in the past century?

What have we done in the time, apart from multiplying ourselves by a factor of 3, and perhaps upsetting the planet on the way. There are exciting scientific...

Could North Macedonia be the graveyard of the EU’s ideals?

By Aleksandar Brezar   In the eyes of the current Bulgarian political elites, North Macedonia does not deserve to be a European Union member state until it agrees...

Article by Vladimir Putin “On the historical unity of Russians and Uk...

Recently, answering a question about Russian-Ukrainian relations during the Direct Line, he said that Russians and Ukrainians are one people, a single whole. These words are not a tribute...

The Srebrenica Genocide and the Importance of Reconciliation to Move Forwar...

By Josep Borrell* In the heart of Europe 26 years ago, the darkest page of our modern history was being written. In July 1995 in the hills around...

2021 Serbia: “Conflict” of two constitutional concepts

IFIMES has analyzed the current political situation in Serbia in the context of continuation of the dialogue between official Belgrade and Pristina. We bring the most important and...

The “Homecoming” of the Berlin Process

By Genc Mlloja Senior Diplomatic Editor As the strategist of the Western Balkans' Berlin process the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who has begun the end of her long...

When a Society Loses Its Root Moral Values, It’s No Longer Surprised ...

By Mons. George Frendo O.P. Four people were killed on Monday night. Maybe we weren’t scared, we weren’t dismayed, nor were we surprised. Because when a society loses...

What we can learn from Yugoslavia’s collapse

The war that destroyed Yugoslavia began on June 26, 1991. Today, a number of multiethnic states face the same challenges that led to its disintegration. Was it worth...

Persona non grata without single fact or piece of evidence?

Dr. Sali Berisha, Former President & Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania  International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)  from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses developments...

Vladimir Putin’s view on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of...

An article by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. On June 22, 1941, exactly 80 years ago, having conquered practically the whole of Europe, the Nazis...

An Achievement for Albania Not to Forget Anyone’s Support

By Genc Mlloja* It is to be commended that Albania will sit at the prestigious table of the UN Security Council on January 1, 2022 with a two-year...

The Biden administration and Lebanon:  Keep up the pressure

Michael D. Barbero, Lieutenant General (US Army, ret.)  Over the past several years, the international community has watched the tragedy in Lebanon unfold as that country continues its...

Return to the Green… Did Ali Ahmeti Lose Albanians’ Trust?

By Marjana Doda On the 19th  anniversary of the foundation of the party, Ali Ahmeti announced the green platform. The leader of the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI),...

Do Republicans Want a Civil War?

The GOP is unraveling democracy and menacing American peace By Alexander Ziperovich It is a complicated and perilous moment for the world’s oldest modern democracy, as the United...

More Vaccines, Medication Than the Echo and Smoke of Guns in Military Exerc...

G. Cukali The Croatian government will procure 12 used French multi-purpose fighter aircraft of the Dassault Rafale F3R type at a price of 999 million euros, Prime Minister...

“2021 Serbia: New internal and external challenges”

The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)[1] from Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyzes developments in the Middle East, the Balkans and around the world. IFIMES has...

North Macedonia: Is EU Heading Towards Its Next Historical Mistake?

Since the fall of the VMRO-DPMNE regime and the Nikola Gruevski - Saso Mijalkov duo, the Republic of North Macedonia has made historical steps forward in its national...

Albania’s Post-election Conundrum

By Peter Marko Tase The April 25th parliamentary elections held in the poorest country of Southeast Europe, showed once again how fragile democratic institutions can become when free...

Do Europeans Know How to “Do” Solidarity?

By Jean-Dominique GIiuliani, President Fondation Robert Schuman “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements...

Has Albania Really Met the 15 Tests to Join the EU? No

By David Lega* When the EU Foreign Affairs Council gathers on Monday (10 May) to discuss the Western Balkans they must seriously scrutinise the 15 conditions set for...

The ‘Non-paper’ Carving up Balkans and Undermining Europe

By VESNA PUSIĆ AND SONJA BISERKO There is a spectre haunting Europe, the spectre of partition, as authoritarian populists in the region and in the European Union itself...

My non-paper will delight none and restrain all

By Daniel Serwer This nonpaper presents a proposal for a joint US/EU/UK effort to resolve the last remaining war and peace issues in the the Western Balkans: normalization...

Echo from Belgrade: “Serbia, Don’t Cry, China is with You!”

by Aleksandar Ivković     “Serbia, don’t cry, China is with you!” and “EU CORONA FASCISM!” Scandalous policy of Brussels, they don’t like that we are the best!”...

2021 Elections in Albania: “Facadization” of Tirana and “...

The tenth parliamentary elections in Albania since the fall of the communist regime headed by Enver Hoxha in 1991 are due to take place on 25 April 2021. At the...

The Time of Buying Time May Be over for Serbia

By Marko Savković  European Parliament’s criticism is not induced by (the issue of) Kosovo, rather that MEPs do not want to see another Orban in the EU. The...

2021 Elections in Bulgaria: Boyko Borisov’s “Russian roulette”

Regular parliamentary elections in the Republic of Bulgaria are due to take place on 4 April 2021. At the elections, 240 representatives/deputies in the Bulgarian National Assembly will...

31 March – Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis

By Anar Huseynov *  Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Hellenic Republic and to the Republic of Albania. March 31, commemorated in the Republic of Azerbaijan...

2021 Montenegro: Exporter of Crime to the Region

IFIMES has analyzed the situation in Montenegro after the 100 days of the new government. We bring the most important and interesting parts of the extensive analysis titled...

China and Russia rewrite ‘global health order’ with their Covid-19 vacc...

By Tom Fowdy* Developed Western countries have traditionally placed themselves as the benefactors of the developing world. But with Covid-19 vaccines, that scheme broke down – allowing China...

Greece and Southern Cyprus seek concessions, not solutions

Prof. Dr. Huseyin Isiksal*  Important developments are taking place in the Aegean (Islands) Sea and Cyprus. The main factor of this new dynamic is undoubtedly the steps taken...

It’s time for Greece to follow Israel’s example and recognize Kosovo

By Akri Çipa This week marks the 13th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. The declaration came about a decade after the Serbian authorities launched an...

NATO and Serbia – Discrepancy between media narrative and the existing co...

By Nikola Cuckić Even though Serbia is in the EU accession process for 20 years now, the term „West“ still has a predominantly negative connotation. The fact that...

How does Kurti see the dialogue?

Biden’s victory was welcomed by political actors in Kosovo, with many pointing out how Trump administration was favoring Belgrade. Albin Kurti before all, as it was Trump’s envoy...

Messages from Davos Forum: COVID Pandemic Problem of Entire World

By Genc Mlloja The annual pioneering World Economic Forum of the Davos Agenda which was held from 25 to 29 January 2021 amidst intense deliberations with key speeches...

Time to talk with Russia rather than about Russia

JOSEP BORRELL* Today, I am travelling to Moscow. The last time an EU High Representative visited Russia was four years ago. The main purpose of my visit is...

Varhelyi Proves That Commissioners Rule

By Kassandra In December, we revealed a case of disloyalty by Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, a mid-level bureaucrat at the European Commission who was, until the last few days,...

Let the Torch of Multilateralism Light up Humanity’s Way Forward

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a special address via video link at the World Economic Forum Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda. *** Special Address by...

Elections and Kosovo’s Never-ending Problems

By Dr. Idlir Lika* The socialist Self-Determination Movement (LVV) led by Albin Kurti will win the Kosovo snap polls set to be held on Feb. 14, 2021, this...

Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship 2021/ Sweden’s Pledge that OSCE Makes a Diff...

By Genc Mlloja Senior Diplomatic Editor ‘Our Commitments. Our Security. Our OSCE!’ This is Sweden’s pledge of its strong engagement to ensure that the Organization for Security and...

Tackling Frozen Conflicts in the EU’s Own Neighbourhood

By Bogdan Aurescu Romanian Foreign Minister Last year's events in South Caucasus have brutally brought to light the issue of protracted conflicts in the Black Sea region, frequently...

2020 : Europe at Work in the Tumult

By Jean-Dominique Giuliani 2020 will not just have been the year of the lockdown! It may well also have been the year of a European awakening. The Union...

Erdogan, Rama and the 12 Nautical Miles

By Stavros Tzimas Immediately after Greece announced the expansion of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 to 12 miles, some in Albania started playing the...

Violence against women and girls: No alternative but to join all forces to ...

An Op-ed by the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Vincenzo Del Monaco A number of articles about violence against women and girls are making headlines...

Programme for Portuguese EU Presidency, Targets and Challenges

By Genc Mlloja Senior Diplomatic Editor Against the background of a 750bn euro recovery fund intact and the launching of the anti- COVID vaccination in all EU countries,...

Who jeopardizes Balkans?

It will be recorded in the history of international relations that all countries of the Balkans peninsula, starting from Slovenia to Bulgaria had or have officially applied for...

EU Cannot Ignore History in Balkans Enlargement

By DESSISLAV VALKANOV Few subjects are more obscure than Balkan history. It is a complex accumulation of facts and stories of bloodshed which mean nothing to an outsider...

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL ON THE BRINK The ongoing European dilemma

The assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November 2020 near Tehran sent shockwaves that in no time were felt most strongly in Israel, Europe...

Đukanović’s war with the USA (and the West)

On 30 August 2020, Montenegro held the 11th parliamentary election since the first multi-party election in 1990, and the fifth since Montenegro gained independence in 2006.  The turnout...

EU between humanism and egoism

Time for clear words and actions With the Polish and Hungarian veto on the so-called Multi-year Financial Framework, the lingering conflict between the EU and its member countries...

A Balkan Statesman

By Dr. Yorgos Christidis North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev belongs to a rare breed of politicians in southeastern Europe. Forming the new government in the Republic of...

EU Dream Fading in Western Balkans, a Local’s View

By Ernest Bunguri It might be a trauma, but no one can claim Bulgaria's recent veto on North Macedonia's EU accession talks came as a shock. It was...

A New Path Forward for NATO and Russia

Relations between NATO member states and Russia are complex and troubled. It will take concerted efforts by both sides to move their interaction to a more positive plane....

Montenegro’s New Government Faces Uphill Battle

By Miodrag Soric Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic and his government could usher in a new political era in Montenegro. But he only has a slim parliamentary majority —...

No, Kosovo Is Not a Precedent for Nagorno-Karabakh

Time and time again, all sides have stated that Kosovo was a one-time thing and not a formal legal precedent. Invoking it in the case of Nagorno-Karabakh demonstrates an...

Will Biden Bail Out ‘George Washington of Kosovo’?

By Peter Lucas The man Joe Biden once hailed as “the George Washington of Kosovo” now sits in a detention cell in The Hague charged with war crimes...

Under Biden, the US will push for a ‘EU-goslavia’

Biden must work within the parameters of this new reality – not the one that existed in the 1990s when Biden formed his views about the Balkans. But...

The Great Powers’ Competition in The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ...

By Corneliu Pivariu * The current landscape of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), after all the political, military and geopolitical evolutions the Arab world went through during the...

Thaçi’s gone. The thin line of Erdoğan’s brotherhood

By Gentiola Madhi Hashim Thaçi’s resignation six months before the end of his presidential term to face war crime charges raised by the EU-funded Specialist Chambers based in...

Who Is the Agressor Threatening Serbia?

By Marjana Doda Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met on Thursday with the Ambassadors of Quint countries in Belgrade. He met with the ambassadors of the United States of...

The Bells Ring for Everyone to Hear!

BY GENC MLLOJA As it happened in the meetings of the highest Chinese authorities with the top leaders of the European Union in late September and early October...

Is It End of an Era in Kosovo?

  Country facing a period of uncertainty as president resigns following court’s approval of war crimes indictment By Dzihat Aliju The question of whether the members of the...

The Criminalization of Politics

By William Cooper* American politics have become criminalized. A steady drum beat of words and deeds — from “lock her up” chants, to prosecutions of President Trump’s associates,...

Taking for granted… be wary

By Donald Johnston* The title of these comments is inspired by my personal experience in important areas of public policy both as a politician beginning in the 1970s...

Europe: What to Do with America?

By Jean Dominique Giuliani On 3 November the United States will be voting and a few days later we should know the successor to the unlikely president the...

Albania’s Edi Rama Breaks with the EU

Once upon a time, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama use to cultivate the image of an artist-politician who impressed the grandees of world politics by appearing in sneakers...

Fear, the Worst Counsel

By Jean- Domenique Giuiliani   But what has happened to the world's most advanced countries, and to Europe, who have sunk into health anxiety, taking decisions that are...

2020 Local Elections in BiH: Wave of political changes moves from Montenegr...

Local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina are to take place on 15 November 2020. The total number of eligible voters in 3,283,194. The number of voters by mail...

Nikos Dendias Visits Tirana To Solve Maritime Dispute With Albania

By Dr. Lisen Bashkurti Today the division of the sea border between Albania and Greece is reemerging once again in regional geopolitics. This is the reason why the...

The death of the Second Republic: Understanding the spark for social mobili...

By Marie-Christine Ghreichi* Felt across the Mediterranean on August 4th, 2020, some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of Beirut exploded, killing at least 190...

What If Trump Won’t Go? Europe Preparing for the Worst in Washington

Concern is growing in the European Union that Donald Trump might refuse to recognize the election results if he loses. Preparations are underway for the worst-case scenario. By Markus...

How Enlargement Is Running Out of Steam

By Florian Bieber* The release of the EU enlargement reports last week has moved from being a top event for the countries to a non-event, but spread out...

President ‘Gives’ Last Chance to ‘One-Party Parliament...

President 'Gives' Last Chance to 'One-Party Parliament' to Respect June 5 Accord President Ilir Meta has spoken again about the changes to the Electoral Code by majority and...

An Invitation for Cooperation vs. an Exclusion Letter

"Our cooperation will continue to contribute to the further strengthening and intensification of the excellent relations between the Albanian people and the Chinese people," has said Speaker Gramoz...

Serbian Officials Double Down on Ethnic Insult, Stoking Tensions with Alban...

By Bekim Bislimi, Ljudmila Cvetkovic, Andy Heil Serbia and its neighbors Kosovo and Albania have descended into a bitter diplomatic ruckus after officials in Belgrade invoked a slur...

Albania, Greece Must Reflect on Past Mistakes to Settle Maritime Borders Is...

By Akri Cipa* The failed 2009 deal should serve as a cautionary tale as the Albanian and Greek governments seek to discuss their respective claims in the Ionian...

Kosovo War Crimes File Leaks Deliver a Blow to Justice

The alleged leak of Kosovo war crimes case documents from the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague could compromise witnesses’ safety and hinder the prosecution of heinous crimes...

Bulgaria exports its problems to North Macedonia

In early 2020 Bulgaria entered a deep political crisis. The protests organized in the capital of Sofia and several other cities have been going on since July this...

A ‘Geopolitical’ EU Commission. Great Idea – But When?

By JONATHAN HOLSLAG* Shared challenges are supposed to give countries a powerful impetus to cooperate. In recent years it has often been argued that the increasing uncertainty 'surrounding'...

The Heart of the New Cold War

By ANDREW J. NATHAN For decades after US President Richard Nixon's historic trip to China, the West's engagement with the country was defined by core security and economic...

2020 US-Serbia-Kosovo agreement: New era of Serbia-US political and economi...

In Washington, on 4 September 2020, Serbia and Kosovo signed separate agreements with the United States on “economic normalization”. The agreements have no bearing on the existing dialogue...

Albanian Leader in Montenegro Wants Minorities in Government

By Samir Kajosevic Parties representing Montenegro’s national minorities must be part of the new government as the best way of protecting their national interests following a watershed August...

Is It Possible to Have a European Foreign Policy?

By Jean Dominique- Giuliani The speech given by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, was striking in the quality of its determination and proposals. Digital,...

Could We Found a New EU Without Hungary and Poland?

By Tom Theuns* On 9 September, a remarkable exchange took place in the Dutch parliament between prime minister Mark Rutte and Green-Left MP Bram van Ojik. Discussing attempts...

IFIMES: The EU should live up what it stands for: We might be all Hong Kong...

On 26 June 1963, the then-President of the United States John F. Kennedy delivered his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, underlining the support of the Free World for West...

Trump’s Kosovo Show: No Big Deal

Sloppy White House package does little to advance dialogue and comes at a high price By MAJDA RUGE* BERLIN — Despite the unpredictability that surrounded the negotiations, one...

2020 Eastern Mediterranean: New episode of political tensions

The Eastern Mediterranean region is currently experiencing a new cycle of tensions between Turkey and Greece, which belong to the same system and are members of the North...

Recognizing Kosovo Through Economic Cooperation

By Biagio Carrano* For Donald Trump, economic interests are the essence of politics and signing economic normalization agreements also implies the political normalization of the parties involved. The...

“URA” that Unites Albanians and Serbs in Montenegro

By Marjana DODA One week after the parliamentary elections in Montenegro, a nationalist fury has started against the Albanian "kingmaker" who has a "veto" for the formation of...