- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- All Balkan Countries
A decade has passed since the Thessaloniki Summit, which firmly confirmed the European agenda for the Western Balkans and promised a clear European perspective for the region.
Unlike the situation a hundred years ago, Albanians cannot blame external forces any longer for their country’s failure to progress.
The EU does not need to make a strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans.
US policy-makers remain wary of the concept of ethnic solidarity - but harnessing natural links between Albanian communities in the Balkans will actually reduce tensions, strengthening state structures and helping to stabilize the region.
The nationalistic Red and Black Alliance is the new kid on the block in Albania – but is it the equivalent of a meteorite, flashing briefly across the sky, or a lasting addition to the arena?
It would be hypocritical to punish Balkan countries for the spike in numbers of asylum seekers by rescinding visa liberalisation because responsibility for this unwelcome phenomenon rests in Europe.
Brussels’ latest undertaking, which is to build consensus within Albania’s political class, requires a fresh attitude by all actors toward the enlargement process.
Edi Rama’s strategy of confrontation and gridlock ill-serves his party and his country. Time for a new approach.
Leaders of both Kosovo and Albania have brought their countries to a dead end. The only way out is for them all to step down and let a new, more idealistic, generation take over.
Albanians may feel like they are falling behind their neighbours today, but the gap was worse a century ago, when an English explorer drew damning comparisons between Serbia, Macedonia and Albania in the 1900s.
In light of the Council of Europe report on KLA crimes in Albania, Tirana must stop ducking responsibility for such abuses and start investigating crimes, whoever committed them.
Today’s youth could learn from the student uprising that challenged the communist regime 20 years ago.
At a time when cultural policies in the region are struggling to adapt to the changes posed by the transition process, the world financial downturn is adding to the pressures.
The gruesome discovery of a mass grave near Tirana deserves more than the usual political bickering between left and right.