Albania -Tourist Paradise of 2030?

Cast yourself forward to 2030. It's only 20 years or so away. Tourists are fed up of Greece. Croatian arrogance has annoyed too many people. Montenegro, for a while quite fashionable amongst certain types of tourist, now just has too

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Why Albania can help to rejuvenate "old Europe"

New Europe this phrase has established in Germany and other Western European countries as slightly sarcastic denomination for the Transition states in Central- and Eastern Europe since the days of the former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In 2003 during

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Take the car, or walk?

Within a radius of about two kilometers from Scanderbeg Square, in the very heart of the capital – you can find almost everything: almost all the state institutions, business centers, expensive boutiques and the market place with its cheaper range

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MACEDONIA CONFRONTS ITS FUTURE

Janusz Bugajski Dangers lurk ahead for the new coalition government in Macedonia. Skopje sees NATO and EU entry as its policy priorities but cannot achieve its targets without resolving the dispute with Greece. If there is no solution over the

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History Lessons

By Frank Ledwidge I recently found myself in Himare, which as readers will know is a rather lovely place. I stayed as a lodger in the house of a gentleman who proclaimed himself Greek. This is not uncommon in that

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Lazarat And The State

It is by now common knowledge that Albania's agricultural sector has been the big loser of Albania's transition to a market economy. Farmers all over the country can barely manage to make ends meet, while the economic gap between cities

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Bad news for Kosovo in the Caucasus

By Frank Ledwidge Anyone who has been to Georgia and Albania will immediately see the similarities. A fiercely independent largely mountainous country, with a strong culture, often misunderstood by its neighbours. In one way though, Albania has shown itself to

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'The gates of your small country remained open…'

By Frank Ledwidge I remember speaking to an Albanian historian, who has written in these pages, about the Albanian virtue of tolerance. 'Its not so much that we are any more tolerant than other nations,' he said ' perhaps it

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Fischer: Albanian Politicians Too Concerned With Power

Interviewed by Tirana Times' ARDIT BEJKO Dr. Bernd J. Fischer is a professor of History at Indiana University, Fort Wayne. His areas of expertise include Balkan history and politics, focusing on Albania and Yugoslavia in the XX century. Fischer talks

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'The Garbage Mountain'

By ambassador of Denmark, Niels Severin Munk When the sun is high on the sky in warm summer weekends, the cool heights of Dajti Mountain and the drizzling shore of Durres are favourite places to retreat. Citizens of Tirana are

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