Albania and Kosovo relations: neither separated nor united?

By Rusif Huseynov

The Balkan known for its traditionally uneasy state seems to enter into a period of stability following Kosovo`s declaration of independence in 2008. Thus, the Albanian people have currently two states in the region. The Politicon speaks with Ms. Olta Totoni, a lecturer from the University of Tirana in order to obtain some insight into the Albania-Kosovo relations. 

Kazakhstan’s adaption to changing world should help it succeed


President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s article “Course towards the future: modernising Kazakhstan’s identity” is well written and should be of great interest to many around the world. He displays a clear and strong voice, and has obviously a great overview of history when he describes his thoughts on the past, present and future in the article.

Germany’s Coalition that Couldn’t, and the Mess It Leaves

By Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff

Sunday a political earthquake hit Germany.  The Liberals — one of four parties in talks to form the new government following September’s election – withdrew from the talks, removing Merkel’s only remaining coalition option. Thus for the first time since 1949, there is no majority grouping willing to form a government. The stable colossus in the middle of Europe is suddenly unstable. This will have severe consequences. Some of the ripple effects are unknowable at this point, put even the likely consequences are remarkable.

NATO successfully finishes clearing unexploded ordnance at site in Georgia

NATO has successfully completed a three-year project to clear unexploded ordnance from an ammunition depot in central Georgia. A closing ceremony for the Georgia IV NATO Trust Fund project was held on 7 November 2017 in Tbilisi,   attended by more than 70 guests including NATO and partner nations’ Ambassadors and Defence Attaches, as well as senior NATO and Georgian Government representatives.