Albania

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

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Introduction

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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Come to Albania Now to See Emergence of a Young Country - Best Way to Experience Albania is on Bike Tour - Huffington Post

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Come to Albania Now to See Emergence of a Young Country - Best Way to Experience Albania is on Bike Tour
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You wouldn't necessarily come to Albania to see monuments and fabulous architecture, for museums that hold the treasures of civilization or the artifacts that trace your heritage (though one of the surprises are the important cultural and historic ...
Europe lawmakers mediate in Albania's politicsFox News
Albania opposition blocks main roads before June 18 voteNew Jersey Herald
McAllister and Fleckenstein meet Albanian political leadersEuropean Western Balkans (press release)
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Albania opposition blocks roads, wants technocrat government - Reuters

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Albania opposition blocks roads, wants technocrat government
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TIRANA Supporters of Albania's opposition Democratic Party blocked several main roads on Monday for one hour, escalating their two-month-old protest for a caretaker government to oversee the June 18 general elections. Party leader Lulzim Basha joined ...
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Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo's ex-premier Haradinaj - Fox News

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Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo's ex-premier Haradinaj
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TIRANA, AlbaniaAlbania's president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj. Bujar Nishani on Monday issued a decree granting Albanian citizenship to Haradinaj and his wife Anita. Many Kosovars have been ...
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"Foreign services' fingerprints in Greater Albania stories" - Politics ... - B92

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"Foreign services' fingerprints in Greater Albania stories" - Politics ...
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Aleksandar Vucic has described recent Albanian politicians' statements about creating "a Greater Albania" as "the consequence of a well-coordinated campaign ...
Tornos News | Serbia warns of new war in the Balkans if Albania ...Tornos News International Edition (press release)
Vucic: Talk of Greater Albania a coordinated action – European ...European Western Balkans (press release)
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"Turkey is behind 'Greater Albania' ideas in Balkans" - Politics - on ... - B92

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"Turkey is behind 'Greater Albania' ideas in Balkans" - Politics - on ...
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There is suspicion that Turkish intelligence is behind the statements about the redrawing borders in the Balkans and "the spread of the Greater Albania idea.".
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Doris Pack: McAllister, suitable to intermediate the political crisis in Albania - European Western Balkans (press release)

European Western Balkans (press release)

Doris Pack: McAllister, suitable to intermediate the political crisis in Albania
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The president of Democratic Women League of Albania, part of EPP Women, Albana Vokshi reported on the current political developments in the country and expressed determination of Albanian Democratic Party to guarantee free and fair elections, ...



"Greater Albania" flag drone at stadium in Macedonia - Region - on ... - B92

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OPINION | McCain is a part of a long-term bipartisan custom of members who back democratic alternatives to dictatorships.

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Germany wants Albanian opposition to end parliament boycott - Washington Post

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Germany wants Albanian opposition to end parliament boycott
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TIRANA, Albania — Germany's foreign minister on Monday called on Albania's opposition to end a parliamentary boycott, not block the launch of justice reforms and take part in the June parliamentary election. Sigmar Gabriel, visiting Albania's capital ...
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Times of Malta ? Maltese Jesuits to form part of joint province with ...
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The Chiesa del Gesù in Rome, where the incorporation ceremony for the new Euro-Mediterranean Jesuit province will be held in July. The Maltese Jesuit ...

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