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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The Three Options and the Roadmap

By Veton Surroi In 1999, while the Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs of the time, Paskal Milo, was noting the various speculations in Western European circles on the options for the status of Kosovo, three would emerge: an international protectorate,

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Politicians are the same everywhere.

It does not matter what country you are in, politics is pretty much the same. Here in England our press has been exercised by two things. First the rather tedious and pointless, if rather expensive meeting of the so-called G20

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Opposition Sounds The Alarm On The Elections

By HENRI CILI The process of the issuing of ID Cards has become the Number One potential risk to the 28 June elections. In this sense we should be "affirming" the alarm raised by the Opposition regarding the issue of

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Rethinking Albania's NATO Membership

Following Albania's full NATO Membership and an apparent need for further and deeper analysis in this regard, "Tirana Times" has launched a forum that seeks to discuss the significance and implications of this membership for Albania and the region. The

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An Evolution of the Political and Security Situation in the Western Balkans

Controversial developments The evolution of the political and security situation in the Western Balkans has been marked by contradictory developments. It has been true in 2008, and it could be so also in the current year. However, some progress were

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Albania's NATO membership our common contribution

By Valentina Leskaj This year holds a particular significance for Albania and for NATO too. Albania expects to become a member of NATO with fully fledged rights in April while the Alliance is experiencing its sixth enlargement on the eve

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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INTERNATIONAL AGENDA

President Barack Obama has inherited a heavy foreign policy agenda in addition to having to confront a severe and deepening domestic economic recession. In order to register progress the new president will need to pursue clear priorities in restoring the

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NATO A Start, Not The End Of The Process

This conference marks a seminal event in the history of the Balkans, indeed in the history of Europe. In less than two months, Albania will become a member of NATO with full rights and privileges, something which was unimaginable just

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United States-Albanian Relations in Transition

There is much to celebrate about United States-Albanian relations which have generally been strong, particularly in the period since 1991, but historically these relations have of course experienced many important changes and are likely to do so again with the

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