Albania

Country Albania
Capital Tirana
Continent Europe
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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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Albania and Greece seek joint maritime border resolution from The Hague | DW | 21.10.2020 - DW (English)
  1. Albania and Greece seek joint maritime border resolution from The Hague | DW | 21.10.2020  DW (English)
  2. Albania and Greece take maritime dispute to international court  Euronews
  3. Albania, Greece take maritime dispute to international court | Kathimerini  www.ekathimerini.com
  4. Greece-Albania: What Does The Demarcation Of Maritime Zones At The Hague Mean?  GreekCityTimes.com
  5. Albania, Greece to take maritime dispute to Hague  Anadolu Agency
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News: NATO delivers ventilators to Albania, 20-Oct.-2020 - NATO HQNews: NATO delivers ventilators to Albania, 20-Oct.-2020  NATO HQ

Royal Baby Alert! Albania's Crown Prince and Princess Welcome Daughter — with a Special Name - PEOPLERoyal Baby Alert! Albania's Crown Prince and Princess Welcome Daughter — with a Special Name  PEOPLE

Albania's youth flee the mountains in search of better prospects - Deutsche WelleAlbania's youth flee the mountains in search of better prospects  Deutsche Welle

Albania, Kosovo to remove borders: Premier - Anadolu AgencyAlbania, Kosovo to remove borders: Premier  Anadolu Agency

Albania approves electoral code reform to boost EU prospects - The HinduAlbania approves electoral code reform to boost EU prospects  The Hindu

Albania joins global efforts to combat anti-Semitism - Washington PostAlbania joins global efforts to combat anti-Semitism  Washington Post

Key findings of the 2020 Report on Albania - EU NewsKey findings of the 2020 Report on Albania  EU News

Albania: Legislators face law for flouting virus rules - Anadolu AgencyAlbania: Legislators face law for flouting virus rules  Anadolu Agency

Biden's Appeal To Bosnian Muslim And Albanian Voters Is Aimed Against Serbia And Russia - GreekCityTimes.comBiden's Appeal To Bosnian Muslim And Albanian Voters Is Aimed Against Serbia And Russia  GreekCityTimes.com

Joe Biden Woos America's Bosnian, Albanian Voters Before Polls - Balkan InsightJoe Biden Woos America's Bosnian, Albanian Voters Before Polls  Balkan Insight

Albania – Meeting between Clément Beaune and the Albanian Acting Foreign Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (22.10.20) - France DiplomatieAlbania – Meeting between Clément Beaune and the Albanian Acting Foreign Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (22.10.20)  France Diplomatie

Soreca: Electoral reform is of great importance in Albania - European Western BalkansSoreca: Electoral reform is of great importance in Albania  European Western Balkans

Washed Away: Criticism of Piecemeal Efforts to Clean up Albania - Balkan InsightWashed Away: Criticism of Piecemeal Efforts to Clean up Albania  Balkan Insight

Dendias in Albania for talks on Tuesday | News | ekathimerini.com - www.ekathimerini.comDendias in Albania for talks on Tuesday | News | ekathimerini.com  www.ekathimerini.com

Scotland 3-0 Albania: Hosts dominate in Women's Euro 2022 qualifying win - BBC NewsScotland 3-0 Albania: Hosts dominate in Women's Euro 2022 qualifying win  BBC News

Albanian Parliament Votes to Prohibit Studying Communism Before 1944 - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Parliament Votes to Prohibit Studying Communism Before 1944  Exit - Explain Albania

EC report on Albania - Credible or not? - European Western BalkansEC report on Albania - Credible or not?  European Western Balkans

Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach Visits Albania - US Embassy in AlbaniaUnder Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach Visits Albania  US Embassy in Albania

More Arrests for Immigrant Smuggling in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaMore Arrests for Immigrant Smuggling in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

Fact Check: Is EU Bringing Back Visas for Albanians - SchengenVisaInfo.comFact Check: Is EU Bringing Back Visas for Albanians  SchengenVisaInfo.com

The Hague to assist Albania and Greece resolve maritime border - New EuropeThe Hague to assist Albania and Greece resolve maritime border  New Europe

Qatar, Albania 1st countries purchasing anti-drone system from Turkish firm | Daily Sabah - Daily SabahQatar, Albania 1st countries purchasing anti-drone system from Turkish firm | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah

Exit Explains: Albanian Public Debt is 86% of GDP - Exit - Explain AlbaniaExit Explains: Albanian Public Debt is 86% of GDP  Exit - Explain Albania

Serbian Officials Double Down On Ethnic Insult, Stoking Tensions With Albanians - Radio Free Europe/ Radio LibertySerbian Officials Double Down On Ethnic Insult, Stoking Tensions With Albanians  Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty

Albania invites bids in 13 mln euro road construction tender - SeeNewsAlbania invites bids in 13 mln euro road construction tender  SeeNews

Albania Parliament Forces Through 'Unilateral' Electoral Code Changes - Balkan InsightAlbania Parliament Forces Through 'Unilateral' Electoral Code Changes  Balkan Insight

Albania's 9-mo budget gap widens to 58.4 bln leks (471 mln euro) - SeeNewsAlbania's 9-mo budget gap widens to 58.4 bln leks (471 mln euro)  SeeNews

BiH Presidency Chairman announces opening of BiH embassy in Albania - European Western BalkansBiH Presidency Chairman announces opening of BiH embassy in Albania  European Western Balkans

Albania closes schools run by FETO terror group - Anadolu AgencyAlbania closes schools run by FETO terror group  Anadolu Agency

Cameo Role for Tiny Albanian Pharma Firm in Zimbabwe Graft Scandal - Balkan InsightCameo Role for Tiny Albanian Pharma Firm in Zimbabwe Graft Scandal  Balkan Insight

EU welcomes application for Constitutional Court vacancies in Albania - European Western BalkansEU welcomes application for Constitutional Court vacancies in Albania  European Western Balkans

NGO Calls for Same Sex Marriage and Adoption in Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaNGO Calls for Same Sex Marriage and Adoption in Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

Kosovo Albanian Actor's Spirit Lives on at Belgrade Festival - Balkan InsightKosovo Albanian Actor's Spirit Lives on at Belgrade Festival  Balkan Insight

Royal baby: The newest bundle of joy to join European royal family - Daily ExpressRoyal baby: The newest bundle of joy to join European royal family  Daily Express

What do Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Ava Max have in common? - The EconomistWhat do Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Ava Max have in common?  The Economist

Várhelyi: Electoral reform in Albania is prerequisite for holding the first Intergovernmental Conference - European Western BalkansVárhelyi: Electoral reform in Albania is prerequisite for holding the first Intergovernmental Conference  European Western Balkans

Kosovo and Albania agree to develop Pristina-Tirana digital 5G corridor - RCR Wireless NewsKosovo and Albania agree to develop Pristina-Tirana digital 5G corridor  RCR Wireless News

Key findings of the 2020 European Commission report on Albania - European Western BalkansKey findings of the 2020 European Commission report on Albania  European Western Balkans

Syria’s Arnaut… Integration into Syrian society and preservation of Albanian identity - Enab BaladiSyria’s Arnaut… Integration into Syrian society and preservation of Albanian identity  Enab Baladi

Albania-Kosovo joint meeting on October 2 - European Western BalkansAlbania-Kosovo joint meeting on October 2  European Western Balkans

Soreca: EU will support social inclusion in Albania with a record 70 million euros - European Western BalkansSoreca: EU will support social inclusion in Albania with a record 70 million euros  European Western Balkans

Albania's economy to shrink 7.5% in 2020 - IMF - SeeNewsAlbania's economy to shrink 7.5% in 2020 - IMF  SeeNews

Albanian President Returns Electoral Code Changes to Parliament - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian President Returns Electoral Code Changes to Parliament  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania cancels friendly with war-troubled Armenia - Yahoo SportsAlbania cancels friendly with war-troubled Armenia  Yahoo Sports

Albanian Clocks Go Back Tonight but Could It Be the Last Time? - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Clocks Go Back Tonight but Could It Be the Last Time?  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania, North Macedonia 'Should Start EU Accession Talks This Year' - Balkan InsightAlbania, North Macedonia 'Should Start EU Accession Talks This Year'  Balkan Insight

Adopt-A-Child: Expanding our work in Albania - Charity Today NewsAdopt-A-Child: Expanding our work in Albania  Charity Today News

Albania: Earthquake Emergency appeal n° MDRAL008 Operation update n° 2 - Albania - ReliefWebAlbania: Earthquake Emergency appeal n° MDRAL008 Operation update n° 2 - Albania  ReliefWeb

Albania, Kosovo open way for Durres-Pristina railway link - SeeNewsAlbania, Kosovo open way for Durres-Pristina railway link  SeeNews

Albanian PM warns of second lockdown if measures are not respected - bne IntelliNewsAlbanian PM warns of second lockdown if measures are not respected  bne IntelliNews

Message for US Citizens – Get Your Ballot Counted - US Embassy in AlbaniaMessage for US Citizens – Get Your Ballot Counted  US Embassy in Albania

Resumption of Routine US Citizen Services - US Embassy in AlbaniaResumption of Routine US Citizen Services  US Embassy in Albania

NATO Donates 60 Ventilators to Albania to Fight COVID-19 - Exit - Explain AlbaniaNATO Donates 60 Ventilators to Albania to Fight COVID-19  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania, Greece take maritime row to ICJ - Bega District NewsAlbania, Greece take maritime row to ICJ  Bega District News

Scotland continue strong Women’s Euro 2022 bid with 3-0 Albania win - Not The Old Firm - SPFL NewsScotland continue strong Women’s Euro 2022 bid with 3-0 Albania win  Not The Old Firm - SPFL News

Albanian prime minister turns down request from soccer clubs - WTOPAlbanian prime minister turns down request from soccer clubs  WTOP

Turkey Exports Anti-Drone Systems to Albania - Exit - Explain AlbaniaTurkey Exports Anti-Drone Systems to Albania  Exit - Explain Albania

GRECO: Albania is ready to start negotiating membership chapters with the EU - European Western BalkansGRECO: Albania is ready to start negotiating membership chapters with the EU  European Western Balkans

25 Albanians Repatriated From France Following Asylum Rejection - Exit - Explain Albania25 Albanians Repatriated From France Following Asylum Rejection  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Government Fails to Invest in COVID-19 Testing or Laboratory Capacity Building - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Government Fails to Invest in COVID-19 Testing or Laboratory Capacity Building  Exit - Explain Albania

Murdered By Albanian Police, Katsifas' Two-year Memorial Will Take Place On Saturday - GreekCityTimes.comMurdered By Albanian Police, Katsifas' Two-year Memorial Will Take Place On Saturday  GreekCityTimes.com

Exit Explains: Albanian Government Triples COVID-19 Testing, but Is It Enough? - Exit - Explain AlbaniaExit Explains: Albanian Government Triples COVID-19 Testing, but Is It Enough?  Exit - Explain Albania

European institutions give money to back Albanian tourism - WKOWEuropean institutions give money to back Albanian tourism  WKOW

North Macedonia approves line towards the Albanian border - Railway Gazette InternationalNorth Macedonia approves line towards the Albanian border  Railway Gazette International

Ruiz Calavera met with Albania's Chief Negotiator Zef Mazi - European Western BalkansRuiz Calavera met with Albania's Chief Negotiator Zef Mazi  European Western Balkans

Russian Foreign Ministry: "Greater Albania" Policy Threatens The Balkans - GreekCityTimes.comRussian Foreign Ministry: "Greater Albania" Policy Threatens The Balkans  GreekCityTimes.com

Luxembourg, Albania Sign Protocol to 2009 DTA - Bloomberg TaxLuxembourg, Albania Sign Protocol to 2009 DTA  Bloomberg Tax

Albania sells 9 bln leks (72.5 mln euro) of one-year T-bills - table - SeeNewsAlbania sells 9 bln leks (72.5 mln euro) of one-year T-bills - table  SeeNews

Albanian Daily News - albaniandailynews.comAlbanian Daily News  albaniandailynews.com

Harris Headed to Albania, Inks Pro Deal with KB Vllaznia - NMSU AggiesHarris Headed to Albania, Inks Pro Deal with KB Vllaznia  NMSU Aggies

AJC Applauds Albania's Adoption of Antisemitism Working Definition - PRNewswireAJC Applauds Albania's Adoption of Antisemitism Working Definition  PRNewswire

Albanian Prime Minister Lectures European Leaders on Reforming, Enlarging the Union - Exit - Explain AlbaniaAlbanian Prime Minister Lectures European Leaders on Reforming, Enlarging the Union  Exit - Explain Albania

Serbian Secret Service Warn That Albanians Are Preparing Organized Attacks Against Kosovo's Serbs - GreekCityTimes.comSerbian Secret Service Warn That Albanians Are Preparing Organized Attacks Against Kosovo's Serbs  GreekCityTimes.com

Central Albania's 'Crime Capital' Feels Resigned to its Fate - Balkan InsightCentral Albania's 'Crime Capital' Feels Resigned to its Fate  Balkan Insight

State Secretary Dovžan meets chief Albanian negotiator with the EU Mazi - Gov.siState Secretary Dovžan meets chief Albanian negotiator with the EU Mazi  Gov.si

Greece Wants Maritime Delimitation with Albania 'As Soon As Possible' - Exit - Explain AlbaniaGreece Wants Maritime Delimitation with Albania 'As Soon As Possible'  Exit - Explain Albania

Six Albanian migrants detained at Sharpness Docks - South Cotswolds GazetteSix Albanian migrants detained at Sharpness Docks  South Cotswolds Gazette

Albania's govt approves 2021 draft budget with deficit of 6.5%/GDP - SeeNewsAlbania's govt approves 2021 draft budget with deficit of 6.5%/GDP  SeeNews

Government Launches 'Vision Zero' to Combat Deaths on Albania's Roads - Exit - Explain AlbaniaGovernment Launches 'Vision Zero' to Combat Deaths on Albania's Roads  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian Immigrant Opens Music Schools to Keep Family Tradition - Spectrum News NY1Albanian Immigrant Opens Music Schools to Keep Family Tradition  Spectrum News NY1

Serbian Nationalists Protest Against Kosovo Culture Festival in Belgrade - Exit - Explain AlbaniaSerbian Nationalists Protest Against Kosovo Culture Festival in Belgrade  Exit - Explain Albania

Albania Prime Minister clashes with President over passport for Ghana's Winful Cobbinah - GhanaWebAlbania Prime Minister clashes with President over passport for Ghana's Winful Cobbinah  GhanaWeb

Scotland v Albania: No room for rust or complacency, warns Lee Alexander - BBC NewsScotland v Albania: No room for rust or complacency, warns Lee Alexander  BBC News

Scotland Women must hit ground running vs Albania, says Lee Alexander - Sky SportsScotland Women must hit ground running vs Albania, says Lee Alexander  Sky Sports

HRW Calls on Azerbaijan to Stop Using Cluster Munitions - Exit - Explain AlbaniaHRW Calls on Azerbaijan to Stop Using Cluster Munitions  Exit - Explain Albania

IMF Staff Concludes a Remote Staff Visit to Albania - International Monetary FundIMF Staff Concludes a Remote Staff Visit to Albania  International Monetary Fund

RTÉ apology to Ganley over 'link to death of Albanian lawyer' - Independent.ieRTÉ apology to Ganley over 'link to death of Albanian lawyer'  Independent.ie

Antonijevic: Vucic observed minute of silence for Kosovo Albanians - N1 InfoAntonijevic: Vucic observed minute of silence for Kosovo Albanians  N1 Info

Albania’s European Dream Is Just Out of Reach - BloombergQuintAlbania’s European Dream Is Just Out of Reach  BloombergQuint

Albanian shops, courts, taxis resume work next week, with conditions - ReutersAlbanian shops, courts, taxis resume work next week, with conditions  Reuters

Albania to open borders in May, prepare to welcome back tourists - ReutersAlbania to open borders in May, prepare to welcome back tourists  Reuters

Albania sticks to re-opening plan due to few virus cases - ReutersAlbania sticks to re-opening plan due to few virus cases  Reuters

Thousands Protest Poland's Restrictive Abortion Laws - Exit - Explain AlbaniaThousands Protest Poland's Restrictive Abortion Laws  Exit - Explain Albania

Albanian man who 'thought he was going to work in a car wash' grew cannabis farm worth up to £76K - Teesside LiveAlbanian man who 'thought he was going to work in a car wash' grew cannabis farm worth up to £76K  Teesside Live

Albania: This secretly built Cold War era tunnel is a major tourist spot now - Republic World - Republic WorldAlbania: This secretly built Cold War era tunnel is a major tourist spot now - Republic World  Republic World

€100 million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania - EU News€100 million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania  EU News

Tourists travel secret tunnels of Albania's communist-era paranoia - Times of IndiaTourists travel secret tunnels of Albania's communist-era paranoia  Times of India

Scotland v Albania: Shelley Kerr says her side are 'hungry for success' after long absence - BBC NewsScotland v Albania: Shelley Kerr says her side are 'hungry for success' after long absence  BBC News

Albania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews - Associated PressAlbania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews  Associated Press