T
he European Union was born as a viable polity in the early 50s, a few years after World War II. Some scholars claim that seventy years is too short a span of time on which to construct a grand narrative. Therefore the EU presently has no grand narrative.

T
he New Year will be an elections season for Albania and its people, meanwhile Mr. Edi Rama and his government confidants have allocated large sums of money in their own pockets and plan to feast a large number of staffers in the Prime Minister’s office that will cost dearly to Albania’s tax payers. In 2017, his last year in office, Mr. Rama and his associates are expected to continue with their luxurious life (at home and abroad) while their fellow countrymen are living at the worst conditions ever experienced over the last twenty six years in their transitional democracy system.

There is one thing, and one thing only, in existence at the present day which can in any sense accurately be said to be of pagan origin, and that is Christianity.”-G.K. Chesterton

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he above quote by G.K. Chesterton may at first sight appear contradictory and illogical. I think it was intended to be paradoxical, to attract attention to a thorny issue with which Chesterton contends in some of his books, namely this: is Christianity integral part of the European identity? The issue boils down to a clarification of the proper role of pagan mythology in such an identity.

A
fter the start of the famous so-called "Second Republic" the thirteen governments, which succeeded one another in Italy, have lasted approximately three years at the maximum. Like Matteo Renzi’s, indeed the longest government in the "Second Republic."

W
e are in the months December, in the time of year when many, although the majority of them not honestly, like to speak about the “light form Betlehem”. At the same time they are closing their eyes in order not to see the flames engulfing shelters meant for desperate people from the Middle East and from Africa who are fleeing wars and poverty and seeking refuge in Europe.

T
he UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Bahrain this week for the Gulf Cooperation Council summit is a bid to strengthen ties with the GCC member states ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union, but it is also a chance for the UK to nudge some of its key partners toward long-overdue respect for human rights and democratic reforms.

T
urkey is a country located at the center of East and West. For this reason it has a very strategic position. There is a circle of fire around Turkey. Conflict areas like Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Caucasus, Balkans, North Africa. Nearly all of the places where conflict areas are located are close neighbors of Turkey.

T
wo weeks ago, walking in Tirana’s semi lucid main boulevard, I met for the first time with Maks Velo, a distinguished painter and architect whose art work has genuinely promoted and strengthened Albanian school of visual arts in Europe and beyond.

O
utspoken leftist Slavoj Žižek recently declared The Left obsolete. It would hard for even the biggest neoliberal apologist to disagree. Self-proclaimed progressives just got their clocks cleaned in the American presidential, congressional, gubernatorial & state legislature elections.

A
s announced in my last piece on the issue of Italy’s potential exit from the EU, the omens are not very encouraging and the results of the referendum conducted Sunday the 4th of December confirms it. The PM Matteo Renzi, having lost the referendum he himself called on financial and legislative reforms, has just announced his resignation.

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