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Author: Epidamn Zeqo

Gentile Bellini’s link with Albania in the Fifteenth Century and George Kastrioti Skanderbeg

When I was in Amsterdam at the Rijks Museum a couple years ago  I discovered the 17th century paintings of Albanians by the excellent painter Jean Baptiste Vanmour. Similarly, in 2015, I made another great finding when I was in Brussels, the capital of the EU and the arts world with renowned names such as Rene Magritte and extraordinary architects like Victor Horta, at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR).

June 2, 2017 - Epidamn Zeqo

Is it crazy to see Albania’s EU relationship as a model for post-Brexit Britain?

Michael Gove, UK Justice Minister and Brexit campaign leader, proclaimed that after a successful leave vote, the UK could trade with the EU/Single Market like the three impoverished countries of “Bosnia, Serbia and Albania.” These western Balkan countries are EU candidate states and have a constricting free trade agreement with the bloc covering certain goods and some financial services.

May 2, 2016 - Epidamn Zeqo

How to Solve the Economic Crisis in Albania: Has the housing market “matured”?

The primary purpose of this paper is to deconstruct the economic myths present in the Albanian political economy discourse, as well as to publish new and alternative ideas on how to overcome the economic crises. Debating ideas, when done properly, is determinant for the civilization of any society, especially for the Albanians, who suffer from a chronic lack of alternative ideas.

May 16, 2014 - Epidamn Zeqo

The Precedent of Kosovo, Crimea and Greater Russia

Crimea’s regional Parliament voted to become independent a week before it held its referendum asking whether to remain part of Ukraine or reunite with Russia. Last week, Crimea has become a de facto and de jure part of Russia. Interestingly, the independence bill referenced the precedent of Kosovo’s independence. It strikes me that there is more than just hypocrisy in this comparison, rightly deemed “shameful” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

March 25, 2014 - Epidamn Zeqo

“Abenomics” for Albania to Return to Six Per Cent GDP Growth

Albania is not Japan, but like in Japan the solution to economic problems is for the economists and politicians to use reason and be a bit daring. What is missing from the economic program of the leftist government is a new vision for exploiting official and not monetary and financial methods to achieve higher economic growth levels.

January 29, 2014 - Epidamn Zeqo



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