Elections, Crowds And The Image Of Victory

By: Adela Halo Albania's electoral campaigns, leading up to the June 28th elections this year are utterly discouraging, not only due to their vague approach to the country's pressing issues, but also due to the sham that their crowds are.

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The Curious Case of Mustafaj

HENRI ȉLI Besnik Mustafaj, one of the leading figures of the Democratic Party has taken provisional leave of politics with a very modest statement, and the opportunity to revisit this domain for "a new beginning" at another moment in time.

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An information source at risk of being closed

By: Dritan Tabaku Due to a four-week strike, the programs of Radio France International (RFI) in French and in many other foreign languages are out of reach. Also, the program in the Albanian language is not anymore broadcasted under these

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Prosecutors : Independent And Free From Any Coercion Or Political Influence

By: John L. Withers, II Over 230 years ago, a very wise man said: "The dignity and stability of government in all its branches, the morals of the people, and every blessing of society depend so much upon an upright

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Security, stability and transformation in the Western Balkans: Challenges and Opportunities

By Ambassador Michael Schmunk I. The Challenges At the beginning of 2009, the Economist carried an article with the head line: "The Western Balkans: A stuck region. How troubles in Bosnia and elsewhere obstruct the Balkans' path to Europe". Likewise,

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Back to the Agenda, and?

Tom Hashimoto, Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations, UNYT US Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Bosnia on Tuesday May 19th, commencing his three-day trip in the Balkans. Accompanying with him is Mr. Javier Solana, who composed the basics of

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THE INTEGRATION PROCESS AS A TOOL OF STABILITY AND SECURITY IN THE WESTERN BALKANS

Dr Milan JAZBEC – Member of the International Institute IFIMES INTRODUCTION The state building process in the Western Balkans has undergone three big and complex stages during the last hundred years. Firstly, it was during and after World War I,

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Concessions between Gentlemen

The visit to Tirana by the Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis took place within the positive context of bilateral relations. Pressurized or otherwise by the other Western allies, Greece approved the protocols of Albania's membership to NATO and SAA with

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Welcome to the Freedom Pole

By HENRI ȉLI European University of Tirana The idea that there is a missing link in the structure of the right wing political spectrum in Albania because there is no real and organized alternative within the Right, apart from the

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An insight into Albanian governance history

By FRANK LEDWIDGE As all sensible Albanians know, their country is hardly a byword for good governance. Politicians there (as indeed in Britain where I live) are reviled for inefficiency, dishonesty and corruption. But when it comes to ruling other

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