Interview: Albania – extraordinary willing to show its loyalty to NATO

Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, gives an exclusive interview to the Tirana Times. Haltzel also delivered one of the key speeches at the International Conference "The

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The price is life

By Alba ȥla One of the participating movies in Tirana Film Festival 07, a Kosovar production which was praised and prized quite highly was 'The Iron Mungary'. The movie features a father and a son who collect scrap metal to

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Eradicating the Roots of Evil

By Ardian Klosi One's initial reaction to a disaster of such magnitude is to seek its cause in an Act of God. If it is not nature, only the State can be nowadays this force majeur. Therefore, in almost all

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Albania domestic and foreign policy – agenda 2008

Firstly I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for the invitation and opportunity extended to me to address, as you already mentioned, this excellent audience regarding the viewpoint of the President of the Republic about the domestic and foreign policies

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Tirana Shuns Greater Albania

By Ergys Gjencaj in Tirana As Kosovo's independence looms on the horizon, Albanian politicians have been going out of their way to reject any idea of unification with the world's soon-to-be newest state. Tirana has made it clear that the

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Kosova independence – challenges and prospects

By Veton Surroi It is being repeated, like a theatrical scene, although not with the same content, the yearend. Last year around the same period there was pressure towards President Ahtisaari not to announce his plan at the end of

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Albania in 2008

In order to understand the political developments in Albania during 2007 one has but to go for a stroll on Tirana's main boulevard, stop in front of the Prime Minister's office and look carefully at the Christmas tree there and

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Balkan Strongmen: exit from history

By Bernd J. Fischer It has been nearly two years since the death in The Hague of Slobodan Milosevic, the last of the twentieth century Balkan strongmen. The former leader of Serbia had been sent from Belgrade to face trial

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What Serbia Should Not Do

By Ilir Meta One of the comments I received a few days ago, after I saluted the initiative undertaken by the European Commission on starting the visa liberalisation negotiations with Serbia, was: Ok, they removed the visas for Serbia, but

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Unmik Fatigue

By P쭬umb Xhufi "UNMIK Fatigue," would probably best describe the general state of politics and morale in today's Kosovo. The most convincing message has now been sent out by the elections of November 17th. The poor turnout in an election

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