Coronavirus or not, Europe uses Albania to show it’s business as usual

by Rashmee

Posted on March 25, 2020


The European Union (EU) is trying business as usual, pandemic or not, and it’s using a hot-button issue – accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia – to do so. On Tuesday (March 24), EU foreign and Europe ministers discussed (by videoconference)  a proposal to open talks with the two Balkan countries. It was an … Continue reading “Coronavirus or not, Europe uses Albania to show it’s business as usual”

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Amid preparations for Nato’s 70th anniversary summit, no one seems sure about where Europe should be heading

by Rashmee

Posted on November 26, 2019 / The National


Tomorrow, European officials will vote to confirm the new European Commission. If all goes well, the executive arm of the European bloc will begin its five-year term by the end of the week, just a few days before Nato’s 70th anniversary summit in London. The sequence of events throws into relief three key policy challenges … Continue reading “Amid preparations for Nato’s 70th anniversary summit, no one seems sure about where Europe should be heading”

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Toothrism and Albania. Heard the one about gnashers and Enver Hoxha?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 3, 2019


High times for Albania have nothing to do with its legendary marijuana trade. It was ‘The Fringe’, the weekly newsletter on emerging markets that sounded the alert some time ago: dental tourism, it said, was thriving in Albania, on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula. This sounded very strange. Albania has 700,000 bunkers – one for every four residents – … Continue reading “Toothrism and Albania. Heard the one about gnashers and Enver Hoxha?”

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Heard the one about gnashers and Albania’s Enver Hoxha? A true story

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2016


High times for Albania have nothing to do with its legendary marijuana trade. It was ‘The Fringe’, the weekly newsletter on emerging markets that sounded the alert: dental tourism is thriving in Albania, on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula. This sounded very strange. Albania has 700,000 bunkers – one for every four residents – but who knew about all … Continue reading “Heard the one about gnashers and Albania’s Enver Hoxha? A true story”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK