Albanian prime minister flashes victory sign.

Edi Rama Is Building Bridges to Europe—or Nowhere

As an artist, he dreamed of the West. As Albanian prime minister, the West is letting him down.

Albanian opposition supporters wave their national flag and a U.S. flag during a protest demanding the resignation of the Albanian prime minister outside the government building in Tirana on Feb. 16.

The Trump Administration Is Helping Kill Albania’s Democracy

The State Department’s latest intervention in a European election served nobody’s interests at all.


The Small War That Wasn’t

Why the Kosovo conflict still matters today.

A Kosovar police officer walks past burning logs as Kosovo Albanians gather around a barricade blocking access to a village due to be visited by the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, on the main road between Mitrovica, in the north of Kosovo, and the village of Banje, a Serbian enclave on Sept. 9.

Partition in Kosovo Will Lead to Disaster

Ill-advised land swaps and population transfers won’t bring peace. They’re more likely to revive the bloodshed that plagued the Balkans during the 1990s.

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the 2018 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

For Serbs, Switzerland Isn’t Neutral

Serbia’s nationalist soccer fans hoped to restore their national pride by beating a Swiss team led by Kosovar stars. Instead, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri handed them a humiliating defeat.

MEK supporters demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 28, 2009.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Bolton’s Ascent Gives Iranian Group a New Lease on Life

With a supporter in the White House, the MEK might finally have a voice in U.S. policy.

A relative mourns on the coffin of late Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, during his funeral ceremony at the cemetery Novo Groblje in Belgrade on Jan. 18. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

An Assassination Could Be Just What Kosovo Needed

A tragic death could spark a lasting peace in the Balkans’ most restive region.


Balkan Conspiracy Theories Come to Capitol Hill

A group of GOP senators is spreading false allegations from a shadowy organization and supporting the region’s corrupt and undemocratic forces.

Albanian opposition leader Edi Rama gives a press conference February 1, 2011 in Tirana. Rama called for fresh anti-government protests in the capital on January 4th, for the third week in succession. He said the marches in the Tirana and at least four other cities were to demonstrate "peaceful resistance" to the government. Three people were killed during an anti-government protest in Tirana on January 21st. Rama said he had spoken to European Union foreign policy chief and EU enlargement commissioner who told him they were ready to mediate in the opposition's dispute with the government.       AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Albanian Prime Minister: Trump Is the ‘Shame of Our Civilization’

In an exclusive interview with FP on Wednesday, the Albanian prime minister bashed Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric.

An elderly Albanian woman brings out of her home in Lazarat village, seized marijuana plants on June 20, 2014.  Police have been laying siege to the village of Lazarat since June 16, 2014, when an operation to destroy a huge drugs stockpile was repelled by heavy weapons fire, including anti-tank missiles and grenades. Albania is Europe's leading cannabis producer despite efforts by authorities, which claim to destroy between 90,000 and 130,000 cannabis plants every year. AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKU        (Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

Albania Claims to Have Destroyed Almost All of the Country’s Marijuana

In its latest crackdown on marijuana growth, Albania claims to have destroyed nearly all of the country's drug crop.

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