Lorena Pullumbi

Lorena Pullumbi

Lorena Pullumbi is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Systems and Institutional Change, affiliated to the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. Her post-graduate research project deals with the European Union's soft power in post-conflict fragile states and the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy after the Lisbon Treaty. She holds a joint Master Degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a cum laude BA in Sociology from the University of Tirana.

The Albanian Thoreau: civil disobedience and the opposition’s anti-government rally

On the 25th anniversary of the student protests which ignited the fall of the communist regime in Albania, the opposition Democratic Party organized an anti-government rally in Tirana, calling for the resignation of the incumbent centre left coalition led by Albanian PM Edi Rama and the establishment of an interim transitional government to prepare snap elections. Some several thousand opposition supporters gathered in front of the government’s building,- a hub for anti-government rallies-, manifesting minor violent conduct resulting in damage of public property which was widely condemned...