The Tirana Times
reported Albania was unable to convince EU member states to grant it official candidate status. In addition to making crucial reforms the former Communist nation must also demonstrate progress in tackling organized crime and corruption.
According to Europa
the 2013 Albanian elections will be a crucial step in determining how successful reform is progressing.
The U.S. ambassador in Tirana, Alexander A. Arvizu, has warned of a rise of nationalist rhetoric in Albania. The Boston Globe
reported the ambassador was concerned this new development could potentially destabilize the Balkans and fuel ethnic tensions.
favour uniting the country with Kosovo as part of their grand scheme of a greater Albania. Digital Journal
recently reported Athens is also increasingly concerned about "the rising incidence of nationalism and anti-Greek voices in Albania." Tensions between Greece and Albania were exacerbated on the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence when Prime Minister Sali Berisha referred to Greek territory as Albanian.