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The latest commentary from the Balkans and everything to its East.

To be Gay is to be a Person: Why Real Orthodoxy Liberates – a Romanian Case Study

Like many other Eastern European countries, Romania draws on its Orthodoxy to communicate its ideas about gender and sexuality, and these are typically conservative in nature. Yet Eastern Orthodoxy has also invited alternative philosophical approaches to being a human person – approaches which liberate rather than become entangled with nationalist…

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Op-Ed: The Perfect Storm

The trafficking of men and women—whether for forced labour, or sexual exploitation—continues to haunt Albania. Why have successive governments failed to solve the problem?    In 2001, Daniel Renton—writing for Save the Children[1]—mapped the trend of human trafficking in Albania. Other charities across Europe had noted the cases of Albanian…

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Roma Youth: A Glimmer of Hope

Suad Skenderi on a future for young Roma in Europe.   Roma have lived in Europe since the 12th century,  arriving in several waves of migration[1]. They played a crucial role in the nation-building processes in almost every European state. Their contributions have been documented in every area of society, including cultural…

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Op-Ed: Protests, Post-Communism and Compromise in Albania

Edi Rama’s European Albania is a public relations fantasy. It is a nation-state which exists only in the mind of two dozen politicians and publicists—whose only concern is paying lip-service to the European Union’s accession requirements. The opposition Democratic Party are protesting in Tirana because we want Albania to be…

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