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Thanks to Drita and Rachele who drew my attention to this recent article on Albania and Kosovo in the Economist. According to the Economist, Kosovar Albanians have developed their own distinct identity and have no desire for a political union of all Albanians. The same is true for Albanians spread across the other states in the region. Instead,
A Macedonian Albanian, Teuta Arifi, argues that Albanians should emulate German-speakers, who have built separate identities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria while continuing to belong to the same German culture.
Drita also sent me a link to an article from Balkan Insight summarising recent political developments regarding the elections next month.

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Anonymous said…
The article in the economist is short sighted at best. All those pundits riling against an All-Albanian state stand to lose their cushy jobs and will never agree to anything like it. They've resorted to claim that their opinions apply universally to all Albanians. The situation is quite different.

Please check out page 44 of this rather reputable report

http://www.balkan-commission.org/activities/Report.pdf
ourmanintirana said…
Thanks. I will have a look at it.

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