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The Agony of Choice

Croatia's presidential election is not due before the second half of December, but the field of (self-declared) candidates is already getting crowded. Aside from the obvious, incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, former Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has also decided to throw his hat into the ring.

Quantity, however, implies anything but quality in this case. As Sven Milekic argues in his comment, voters would, at present, have to choose between nationalists, populists, autocrats and wannabe-comedians. Just how uninspiring the choices on offer to voters are is something Milekic goes on to unpack.

Read more: Croatia to Choose Between Nationalism, Populism and Mediocrity (June 19, 2019)

Albanian Gangs

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There is a growing awareness among UK law enforcement officials that Albanian gangs have come to play a key role in the country's drug trade. Their growing importance is also reflected in the rising number of Albanian inmates in British prisons, the number increasing fivefold in 2017 compared to 2010.

Interestingly, the vast number of them come from three counties in Albania - Shkodra, Kukes and Diber - characterised by underdevelopment and poverty. As part of our investigation, we go in search of some of these men and the places where they hail from, talking to their families.

Read more: UK Drug Gangs Recruit in Albania's Remote North (June 19, 2019)


Frayed flag of the European Union at the seat of the German Parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

With North Macedonia and Albania seemingly unlikely to receive dates for opening their EU accession...

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