The Media and EU Integration. Is there anything else apart from visas?

By Lutfi Dervishi In December 1990 the initial student demonstrations against the communist regime floated the slogan: "We want Albania to be like the rest of Europe"! At that time this slogan had a simple and straightforward meaning and was

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Albania An Important Factor Of The Balkan Equilibrium

Interview of Director of Tirana Times Jerina Zaloshnja with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Albania 1. You have headed the Balkan Department at the Turkish Foreign Ministry. What was your general understanding and thinking on Albania before

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Closing the gap

Albania needs to work harder to close the gap with its citizens abroad However, in the case of Albania, where by most accounts one third of the citizens live abroad, failing to count Albanians abroad further widens the gap between

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Political Leadership Should Be Conscious Of What Is At Stake

Interview of the Ambassador of Spain to Albania, H .E Dr. Manuel Montobbio Exclusively to Tirana Times TT: Spain holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a time when the Lisbon Treaty is in force. What

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Leagacy Of Survival

By John L. Withers, II Five years ago, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring January 27 an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This year's observance of the International Day of

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A Social Democrat Wins In Croatia ~ And The Balkans Move Forward

By Ivan Vejvoda BELGRADE – The landslide victory of Ivo Josipović in the January 10 presidential elections in Croatia bodes well, not just for the country, but also for the Western Balkans as a whole — not least for the

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The Opposition deserves a dignified compromise

By HENRI ȉLI Events precipitate more rapidly than can be imagined and today we find ourselves faced with a far more serious impasse than either party could have pictured at the beginning. There is no exist for the Opposition from

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2009 – The Broken Year of Visas

One of the staple and most important issues this year has indisputably been visa liberalisation. In 2008, the European Commission opened what it calls the "visa liberalisation dialogue" with Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

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The Balkans' New Life, Without Us

By Carlo Bollino Every other day, a ferry with a capacity for 500 persons connects Puglia to a space of 13 million consumers. 500 passengers on an old ferry, almost 30 years old, and that's it. No airline, no other

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EU presidency baton goes to Spain

By Jose Ignacio Torreblanca As 2009 comes to a close, Spain is getting ready to take over the Presidency of the EU from Sweden. Economic and institutional dilemmas will play a role in shaping the Spanish presidency's agenda as it

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