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Author: Epidamn Zeqo

How the coronavirus may force us into an existential crisis

The coronavirus could become a catalyst for a systemic transformation of the multipolar order, like the collapse of the Berlin Wall was to the bipolar order. It has further highlighted the limitations of binary systems based on any one-size-fits-all models. Neoliberalism teaches that humans are rational fools motivated by self-interest, but the dual-threat of coronavirus and climate change illustrates the need for a new paradigm, one in which individuals are encouraged to achieve balance between love of self and love for society.

April 21, 2020 - Epidamn Zeqo

Tirana’s youth find a window in the EU

The integration hopes of the region have not fully faded, especially in Tirana, Albania – the winner of the title European Youth Capital (EYC) for 2022, which was announced Thursday.

November 23, 2019 - Epidamn Zeqo

Albania’s many EU challenges

The EU enlargement process in the Balkans is slow. Even though there are positive signs from Brussels concerning Albanian accession, it seems as if quite a lot of work still remains.

August 29, 2018 - 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

Albania: The need for a fiscal and monetary stimuli strategy

The four main symptoms of the economic crisis that has gripped the country since 2011 are: extremely difficult to access credit, falling aggregate demand, high unemployment and low FDI levels. Following the external shocks from the Great Recession and sovereign debt crises in Greece and Italy (Albania’s largest trading partners and financiers), the economic growth in Albania has been insignificant – straddling the 2 per cent of the GDP mark—relative to the economy’s size.

January 22, 2016 - Epidamn Zeqo

The Albanian Paintings of Ambassador Calkoen

The English philosopher Francis Bacon once said, "randomness leads to great discoveries."

February 24, 2015 - Epidamn Zeqo

Albania: The Dilemma of State Consolidation

Albania is in the midst of significant change. The new coalition government of the Socialist Party (SP) – led by the prime minister and the former Mayor of Tirana, Edi Rama – and the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) – led by the speaker of parliament and the former SP prime minister, Ilir Meta – was voted by an overwhelming majority in the general election a year and half ago for the “rebirth” of the country’s economy, state and charged with improving living standards for Albanians. What Edi Rama found when taking office was a devastated economy marred with huge debt and lawlessness.

December 29, 2014 - 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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