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Der Russische Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine – Reaktionen auf dem Westbalkan

Der russische Angriff auf die Ukraine am 24. Februar 2022 hat in Europa, dem breiteren Westen aber auch weltweit für starke Reaktionen gesorgt – gerade letzteres zeigte sich in einer Resolution der Vollversammlung der Vereinten Nationen vom 2. März, als diese das russische Vorgehen mit einer überwältigenden Mehrheit von 141 gegen 5 bei 35 Enthaltungen verurteilte. Alle Länder des Westbalkan stimmten in New York für die Resolution – jedoch unterhält die Region komplizierte historische, politische, wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Beziehun-gen zu Russland, aber auch zur Ukraine. Wie also haben die Menschen und politischen Institutionen der Region das Handeln Russlands aufgefasst? Welche Narrative herrschen vor? Und was ist für die Zukunft zu erwarten? Die Auslandsmitarbeiter der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Belgrad, Sarajevo, Tirana, Skopje und Zagreb berichten.

Commentary on Albanian Private International Law Act

On July 2019, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Tirana published the Commentary on Albanian Private International Law Act. That emerged from a long-standing and fruitful cooperation between scholars of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg and the Faculty of Law, University of Tirana

Media shqiptare, rrugëtimi i vështirë drejt lirisë

Sikur Mit’hat Frashëri të mos kishte lajmëruar në faqet e fundit të revistës “Diturija”shënimin “Dëshërojmë të blemë çdo librë të vjetrë që i përket Shqipërisë”, ndoshta shumë patriotë dhe dijetarë shqiptarë nuk do të kishin mundur të ndihmonin për të krijuar një prej bibliotekave më të mëdha në Shqipëri. Kjo bibliotekë arriti të mbushë raftet e saj me më shumë se 40000 vëllime të botimeve për Shqipërinë dhe, pas sekuestrimit në vitin 1945, u bë pjesë e Bibliotekës Kombëtare.

Local Government 2020

This report analyzes the dynamics of development of the local government in the during 2020, but not detached by the events of 2019 and the recommendations for 2021.

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Albania Has Voted

Prime Minister Edi Rama was confirmed in office – the Democratic Party is returning to parliament – the big loser in this election is the Socialist Movement for Integration.

Last Sunday, just under 3.6 million Albanians were called upon to elect a new parliament, with Prime Minister Edi Rama having been re-elected once again. Contender Lulzim Basha did not succeed in preventing Rama’s third term of office. Having said that, his Democratic Party are returning to parliament following a two-year boycott and have achieved the best result since 2009. Heavy losses were suffered by the Socialist Movement for Integration led by Monika Kryemadhi, however. Whereas election day in itself ran smoothly, the country experienced a somewhat violent end to the election campaign. Moreover, there were severe accusations of election fraud and irregularities before and after the election.

Analysis of the political parties platforms

Strategies for healthcare development

COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be more of a government challenge than the healthcare. With the approach of general elections on April 25th, 2021 in Albania, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation with "Together for Life" (TFL) have produced a report which analyzes the platforms of six political parties, focusing in particular on the healthcare sector. The monitored parties are the three main parties in the country: the Socialist Party, the Democratic Party, the Socialist Movement for Integration and the three parties running for the first time but coming with a political potential: the Hashtag Initiative, the Democratic Conviction and the Movement for Change.

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Albania on the Cusp of Parliamentary Elections

Albania will elect its next parliament on 25 April. Prime Minister Edi Rama from the Socialist Party aims for re-election and his third mandate. Contender Lulzim Basha from the Democratic Party wants to prevent this.

Less than two months before the national parliamentary elections, Albanian parties are starting to position themselves. The opposition is trying to close the political ranks with an alliance of more than one dozen parties. It focuses its electoral campaign on the ailing economy with rising unemployment, mass migration as well as low levels of trust in the judicial system. The ruling Socialists point to the many infrastructure projects taking place across the country and place their hopes on Prime Minister Rama’s charisma. The debate on opening EU accession negotiations still hovers in the background. In principle, the election is also shaped by the special circumstances of the corona pandemic.

Media and information of the citizens in times of Corona

Study on the standards and quality of information of citizens in Albania from March 9 to May 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic in Albania and the adoption of measures to prevent it had consequences for the Albanian media. A large part of Albanian media companies is facing serious economic problems: The closure of companies has resulted in the absence of their advertisements in the media. This in turn resulted in a financial crisis in the media industry. However, this is not the only problem facing the media. The government's attempts to exploit the economically precarious situation in the Covid-19 pandemic are viewed with great concern. Especially when coercive measures are taken that violate the principles and standards of democracy.

Migration: Eine offene Wunde

Eine Reise durch die Geisterdörfer Albaniens

Jüngsten Statistiken zufolge ist Albanien, trotz einer kleinen Bevölkerung von ca. 2,8 Millionen Menschen, global unter den zehn Ländern mit den meisten Asylsuchenden im Ausland. Städte und Dörfer erleben einen konstanten Exodus und werden zu menschenlosen und vereinsamten Orten. Dabei ziehen die massenweise auswandernden jungen Menschen in größeren Mengen direkt ins Ausland als in die Städte, womit Emigration zu einem nationalen Problem wird.

Handbuch

Ein Handbuch über das Recht auf Ausbildung in Albanien