Albania

Country Albania
Capital Tirana
Continent Europe
Currency Lek(ALL)
Languages Albanian

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Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic Communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, a dilapidated physical infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, there have been claims of electoral fraud in every one of Albania's post-communist elections. In the 2005 general elections, the Democratic Party and its allies won a decisive victory on pledges to reduce crime and corruption, promote economic growth, and decrease the size of government. The election, and particularly the orderly transition of power, was considered an important step forward. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, the country is still one of the poorest in Europe, hampered by a large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure.

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Exclusive: Opposition Leader: Albania's Soros-Affiliated Prime Minister Is Ruining Our Country - Breitbart News

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Exclusive: Opposition Leader: Albania's Soros-Affiliated Prime Minister Is Ruining Our Country
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The leader of the free-market opposition in Albania told Breitbart News Friday that democracy in his country is in great danger, as the left-wing prime minister Edi Rama has allowed corruption and crime to flourish there. “Albania is in a unique and ...



Albania condemn 'extremist acts' by fans during match with Italy - ESPN FC

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Albania condemn 'extremist acts' by fans during match with Italy
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TIRANA, Albania -- Albania's football federation has strongly denounced the incident that halted the World Cup Group G qualifier with Italy for nearly nine minutes on Saturday. During the match, which was won by Italy 2-0, a group calling itself ...
Italy 2-0 Albania: Gianluigi Buffon's 1000th career game ends in victory after Daniele De Rossi and Ciro Immobile ...Daily Mail
Italy beat Albania in match marred by crowd troubleTimes of India
Fan trouble inside the Renzo Barbera stadium caused the Italy vs Albania World Cup qualifier to be suspended midway ...The Sun
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Albania Rebukes Fans For Throwing Flares And Smoke Bombs During Match Against Italy - Deadspin

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Albania Rebukes Fans For Throwing Flares And Smoke Bombs During Match Against Italy
Deadspin
The Albanian soccer federation has denounced a group of fans who threw flares and smoke bombs during yesterday's World Cup qualifying match against Italy, suspending play for several minutes. The match was stopped for nine minutes in the second half ...



Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia to cooperate on trans-boundary management of ecosystems - European Western Balkans (press release)

European Western Balkans (press release)

Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia to cooperate on trans-boundary management of ecosystems
European Western Balkans (press release)
“Shared will of all participating parties is vital for the successful implementation of the project between our three countries,” Environment Minister said, confirming readiness of the Albanian government to engage in a close cooperation with other ...



Opening secret police files, Albania seeks to drain the swamp - eNCA

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Opening secret police files, Albania seeks to drain the swamp
eNCA
Now 84, the only thing she knows is that he was executed by the Sigurimi, Albania's despised Communist-era secret police which terrorised the population for decades until it was disbanded in 1991. And with the recent opening of the Sigurimi's vast ...
Albania Makes Public State Security Files From Hoxha's RegimeNovinite.com

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Former Albania international reveals how his son almost joined ... - WalesOnline

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Former Albania international reveals how his son almost joined ...
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Thomas Strakosha won his first cap for Albania in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Italy on Friday night, and his father has revealed he was close to ...

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Why Albanian films are big in China: Cultural Revolution nostalgia ... - South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

Why Albanian films are big in China: Cultural Revolution nostalgia ...
South China Morning Post
Films from Albania were a window on the world for millions of Chinese film-goers when the Balkan country was one of China's few friends. Ironically, while ...

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What TV channel is Italy vs Albania on, what time is kick-off and what ... - The Sun

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What TV channel is Italy vs Albania on, what time is kick-off and what ...
The Sun
All the key information from the World Cup Qualifying Group G stage match in Palermo.

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World Cup Qualification - Europe - Goal.com

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World Cup Qualification - Europe
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Daniele De Rossi's 12th-minute penalty and Ciro Immobile's 72nd-minute header proved decisive for Italy to remain tied with Spain at the group's summit. It was not all plain sailing for Buffon early on as Albania threatened, but the opener, gifted to ...



Schaeuble speaks out against Erdogan - New Europe - New Europe

New Europe

Schaeuble speaks out against Erdogan - New Europe
New Europe
Protesters write with letters 'Vote the Reform' during a protest at the entrance of Albanian Parliament in Tirana, Albania, 21 July 2016. Author. Beata Stur ...

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