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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.
The political climate is expected to heat up before the June 2013 parliamentary elections, while its economy and the EU integration process will suffer the consequences.
As Tirana marked its independence centennial, the ruling elite remained divided and unwilling to compromise, and the country failed to advance its EU bid.
Former political prisoners want truth and compensation – but their quest has become entangled in the country’s murky politics.
Unlike the situation a hundred years ago, Albanians cannot blame external forces any longer for their country’s failure to progress.
A dispute over the 2011 local elections threatens the approval in parliament of key reforms on which Albania’s EU candidate status may depend.
Albania’s shrinking stock of historic buildings is in danger as owners, real estate developers and mayors conspire to get rid of them, and rebuild on the sites.
The EU does not need to make a strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans.
A hunger strike by Communist-era political prisoners has embarrassed the centre-right coalition of Prime Minister Sali Berisha.
Albania faces another year of sluggish growth as foreign investors shy away, domestic consumers keep savings in the bank and recession deepens in neighbouring Greece and Italy.
A group of activists armed with dozens of short films by young filmmakers have taken their show on the road for the third year, in an effort to build bridges between peoples in the Balkans.
Political parties have ignored the legal deadline to constitute the new Central Electoral Commission, CEC, which will create administrative problems and could reinforce mistrust in next year’s election.
An exhibition by painter Helidon Haliti, which draws inspiration from his personal narrative, anxieties and qualms, has art lovers flocking to Albania’s National Gallery.
As the big parties exchange recriminations over the country’s failure to end the immunity of high state officials, experts remain divided over whether the reform can secure Albania’s EU candidate status.
A small group of activists using social networks is reviving a long-lost enthusiasm for voluntarism to tackle the growing environmental crisis on Albania’s once idyllic coast.