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Editorial: Against slander, libel and defamation: why truth needs to be rescued even if by means of justice

Editorial: Against slander, libel and defamation: why truth needs to be rescued even if by means of justice

TIRANA TIMES EDITORIAL A hurricane of false statements, fake news and irresponsible accusations can do much more damage to the truth that any other form. Currently there are two elements in Albania that need to be addressed for the sake

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“The Balkans begin at the Rennweg”

“The Balkans begin at the Rennweg”

By Johann Sattler “The Balkans begin at the Rennweg (street in the center of Vienna)” – there is hardly any Austrian that doesn’t know this phrase, which is attributed to former Austrian Chancellor Metternich in the 19th century. Since then,

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Beware of Serbia’s gift

Beware of Serbia’s gift

By Arian Koci   When after ten years of war and constant siege against Troy, the ancient Greek army retreated leaving a wooden horse behind as a gift to gods, a Trojan priest called Laocoon is said to have told

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Perils of Balkan partition

Perils of Balkan partition

By Janusz Bugajski After several provocative statements by Serbian and Kosovar politicians and in the midst of relative silence from Washington and Brussels, suppositions are growing that a territorial exchange is being planned between Belgrade and Pristina. Kosovo’s President Hashim

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Border conflicts in the Balkans

Border conflicts in the Balkans

By Prof. Dr. Blerim Reka   Almost three decades after Yugoslavia’s dissolution, the new borders of the Balkans are still not fixed and will likely remain so for the next decade. Only a few bilateral demarcation agreements between the former

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EU-Albania:  the winners and losers of June 28!

EU-Albania: the winners and losers of June 28!

By Lufti Dervishi   48 hours prior, and yet no one can say for sure what the decision of the European Council regarding the possibility of opening the negotiations for Albania and Macedonia will be. To date, at least 3

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Corruption and weak rule of law continue to hamper WB’s integration

Corruption and weak rule of law continue to hamper WB’s integration

TIRANA, June 17 – Corruption, rule of law issues and lack of reforms continue to be the main difficulties Western Balkans countries face on their path to European Union integration, participants in of a recent  discussion about the Balkans at

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EURALIUS: Deadlines to establish new judicial institutions have not been met

EURALIUS: Deadlines to establish new judicial institutions have not been met

TIRANA, June 6 – The European Union’s mission in Tirana published its report on the consolidation of the country’s judicial system on Saturday, in which it stressed the transitory period to establishing new judicial institutions has significantly stretched, missing the

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The war against drugs remains a big challenge for Albania, independent analysts say

The war against drugs remains a big challenge for Albania, independent analysts say

TIRANA, June  3 – Albanian police reported on Sunday that cultivation of narcotic plants in the country has dropped three times, however independent criminal observers claim there are still huge stocks of hidden drugs that were cultivated over the years

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The Xhafaj affair that rattled Albania’s political scene

The Xhafaj affair that rattled Albania’s political scene

Opposition demands interior minister’s resignation over new wiretapping     On Monday, the country’s opposition demanded Albania’s Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj resigns after publishing what they alleged were wiretaps showing Xhafaj’s brother, Agron Xhafaj, continued to be involved in

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