Category Archives: Albania

Nov 18 2015

Experts react: EU progress reports 2015

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On 10 November, a month later than usual, the European Commission released its annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. We asked seven experts in the region to give their responses to the key … Continue reading

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May 21 2015

In need of a final solution: property rights in Albania

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While Albania continues its saga of economic and legal reforms and prepares to join the European Union, issues around property rights remain one of the major barriers that impede the integrated economic development of the country. Despite periodic mentions in … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2015

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

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The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe – are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region. Dimitar Bechev summarises the Russia in the Balkans conference organised by … Continue reading

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Dec 16 2014

Does civil society in Albania have an answer to the country’s many problems?

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On 4-5/12/14 a group of civil society activists from Albania – journalists, academics and international stakeholders – met in Munich at a workshop organised by the Sudosteuropa-Gesellschaft. They held a dialogue on Albania and its future, looking for answers to the … Continue reading

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Nov 7 2014

Albanian FM Ditmir Bushati: ‘Those still thinking about a Greater Albania live in a different world’

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The Foreign Minister of Albania Ditmir Bushati gives his views on a number of topical issues the EU-aspiring state needs to deal with. The interview was conducted by LSEE’s Dimitar Bechev and Tena Prelec. 

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Nov 7 2014

Fatos Lubonja: Albania’s PM Edi Rama ‘makes a better façade’

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Albanian writer Fatos Lubonja has been defined by journalist Andrew Gumbel as “the closest thing Albania has to an intellectual conscience: a former political prisoner, publisher, writer and activist who has never been afraid to offer his frank opinions, even … Continue reading

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Oct 9 2014

Experts react: EU progress reports 2014

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On Wednesday 8 October, outgoing Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle announced the Commission’s annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. Our experts give an overview of the reports’ main takeaways for each country.  James Ker-Lindsay: “Serbia: It’s time … Continue reading

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Sep 2 2014

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

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“If the EU is to maintain its stellar performance on freedom of expression, it should insist that candidate countries specifically demonstrate adherence to basic standards regarding press freedom laws and practices”, argues Freedom House’s Jennifer Dunham. Seven of the eight candidate or … Continue reading

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May 15 2014

Match-making across enemy lines

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The anthropologist Armanda Hysa researched 13 cases (out of an esteemed 350) of unlikely couples: Serbian husbands and Albanian wives living in the largely rural Sandžak region, in Southern Serbia. “When the existence of a traditional family faces the danger … Continue reading

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Apr 3 2014

Ilegalja: terrorists or freedom fighters? An Albanian tale from Yugoslav times

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Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on Albania and Kosovo. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Bournemouth. Stephanie has previously been a lecturer and Alexander Nash fellow at UCL SSEES, and is the president of the … Continue reading

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