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A pro-American NATO member, a Western ally in the war against Daesh and a European Union candidate state, Albania faces a game-changing year in 2016. With its accession talks with Brussels expected to start in 2017, the Balkan country has come under intense pressure from outside to reform its institutions and resolve a handful of seemingly intractable problems with...
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
The western Balkans is at a geopolitical crossroads. Which way should it go for funding for major infrastructure projects in roads, railways and harbours – the European Union, Russia, Turkey or China? This choice has come into sharper focus since the EU announced in 2014 that there would be no further enlargement until 2020. While the Balkans countries want to inte...
Historic enmity between Albanians and Greeks and a number of major bilateral issues have fractured diplomatic relations between the two Nato neighbours which are still technically at war. The disputes could lead to Greece using its veto in the European Union to block Albania’s negotiations to join. They also threaten regional geopolitics.