Blumi: The Albania Question Looms Over the Balkans Again
Argues that Brussels and Washington have supported elites that are despised and fail to achieve better qualities of life for their constituancies
The consequences will likely prove destabiliz-ing, both locally and beyond. Opposition to an entrenched political elite may take a more violent turn if citizens realize that yet again, voting in elections will not result in real change. That would further expose the clear divergence of strategic in-terests that has arisen among NATO partners dur-ing the Trump era. Without the prospect of nego-tiations for EU membership, Brussels risks losing influence in Albania, Kosovo, and North Mace-donia. That would give Turkey and Russia greater leverage, as outside powers once again jockey to shape the region’s politics.