Putin, Belarus and the glorious Albanian OSCE chairmanship

Putin, Belarus and the glorious Albanian OSCE chairmanship

In the sweltering heat of the dog days of August, a surprising news item graced the opening of the prime time news editions of the main pro-government televisions: that Russian President Putin had recommended strongly to his Belarusian counterpart to accept the intermediary role and offer of the

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From Vancouver to Vladivostok -the perilous direction of the Albanian democracy slide

From Vancouver to Vladivostok -the perilous direction of the Albanian democracy slide

In one of the heaviest sessions of the Albanian parliament, the past meddled into the present with all its heavy baggage of polarization, aggressive name-calling and utilization of history. Three decades after the fall of the communist regime, various MPs

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You can't have your cake and eat it too

You can't have your cake and eat it too

It was the deal of the year, the fulfillment of the first condition to proceed ahead with the accession negotiations and it was heralded as a major achievement by international stakeholders from Brussels to Washington D.C. Even State Secretary Pompeo,

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Albania Kosovo – Unity, damage control and nationalism

Albania Kosovo – Unity, damage control and nationalism

After “daci bao” sent by The Hague for President Thaci The two days visit of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to Kosovo which just concluded had a pretty intensive agenda. There were numerous meetings with political actors from all over

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Thaci's indictment: these questions need to be answered

Thaci's indictment: these questions need to be answered

It is almost a week now since the ominous moment when the charges of the Special prosecutor’s office at the Hague against Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, former Assembly Speaker Veseli and others were made public just hours before the first one was to step on an airplane carrying him to Washington

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The last price for the freedom of Kosovo

The last price for the freedom of Kosovo

“Should we even expect the day when we will be told that we must apologize to Serbia for our missing people, for our raped mothers and daughters, for the ethnic cleansing and genocide against us?!” In a broadcast session, President

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Kosovo Serbia dialogue back to limbo

Kosovo Serbia dialogue back to limbo

The implosion of an ill-fated effort The announcement of the charges against Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, former Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli and other prominent former UCK leaders by the Specialist Prosecutors Office at the Hague brought to a swift and tumultuous end the hopes for the restart of dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, an outcome much-awaited out

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Cannabis to the rescue: the dark strange return of the legalization initiative

Cannabis to the rescue: the dark strange return of the legalization initiative

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL The backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, despite the early vulnerable signs of easing, might not seem the ideal context or timing in which to place the strange return of the legalizing of cannabis initiative but what do you know? It is just

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Wanted: A strategic vision to re-set of the economy

Wanted: A strategic vision to re-set of the economy

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL As the public health crisis of Covid-19 seems still far from receding, despite controlled numbers of hospitalizations and losses, the full blown effects of the economic damage are starting to set in. The projections for economic decline

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Editorial: Crisis management 2.0 – collaboration instead of intimidation

Editorial: Crisis management 2.0 – collaboration instead of intimidation

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL Intimidation has been the primary tool of the current administration and especially of Prime Minister Rama in trying to reinforce the measures necessary for the management of the Covid-19 crisis. Intimidation has been achieved through two types

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