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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Albanian parliament approves pre-election Cabinet shakeup - Washington Post

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Albanian parliament approves pre-election Cabinet shakeup
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TIRANA, AlbaniaAlbania's parliament has approved a government shake-up as part of a compromise worked out between political parties before next month's parliamentary election. The unanimous vote on Monday came after President Bujar Nishani ...
Albanian Opposition Joins Government to Clear Vote ObstaclesU.S. News & World Report
Political tensions in Albania destabilise the BalkansWorld Socialist Web Site
Albania Analysts Ponder Recent PM, Opposition 'Big Deal' :: Balkan ...Balkan Insight
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Demand For Coastal Properties in Albania Remains Low - Balkan Insight

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Demand For Coastal Properties in Albania Remains Low
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Coastal Albanian real estate is the cheapest in the region, yet is in very low demand despite the beauty of the surroundings attached to it. Despite the fact that these properties are less than half the price of those in neighboring Montenegro and ...



Albania to launch investigation into FETO suspects - The Peninsula ... - The Peninsula Qatar

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Albania to launch investigation into FETO suspects - The Peninsula ...
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The Albanian authorities confirmed on Tuesday they would launch an investigation against those hiding in Albania suspected of involvement in Turkey's 2016 ...
Albania to launch investigation against FETÖ coup perpetrators ...Daily Sabah
Albania to Probe Suspected Turkish Coup Hiding Participants ...Sputnik International

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Albania president sets June 25 for parliamentary election - The ... - Washington Post

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Albania president sets June 25 for parliamentary election - The ...
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Albania's president has decreed that a parliamentary election that was postponed as part of compromise among political parties will be held on June 25.
Albania president sets June 25 for parliamentary electionColumbia Missourian
Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaignHouston Chronicle

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Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign - The ... - Washington Post

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Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign - The ...
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The Albanian Muslim Community on Saturday called on political parties to hold a peaceful election campaign that coincides with the holy month of Ramadan.

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VIG's Q1 pre-tax profit in Albania, Kosovo rises - SeeNews

VIG's Q1 pre-tax profit in Albania, Kosovo rises
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TIRANA (Albania), May 24 (SeeNews) - Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) said that its operations in Albania and Kosovo resulted in a profit before taxes of 600,000 euro ($670,870) in the first quarter of 2017, up from a pre-tax profit of less than 100,000 ...

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EU hails Albanian political parties' deal - Washington Post

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EU hails Albanian political parties' deal
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TIRANA, Albania — The European Union is hailing the political agreement in Albania “as a crucial first step” and is urging its political parties and the government to quickly start preparations for the June 25 parliamentary election. In a statement ...
Albania's Soros-linked PM gets boost as US helps end opposition ...Breitbart News
Albania: UE, new elections prove "democratic maturity"ANSAmed
Mogherini, Hahn: Albanian political leaders show democratic maturityEuropean Western Balkans (press release)
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UN Religious Freedom Expert Hails Albania Interfaith Harmony - U.S. News & World Report

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UN Religious Freedom Expert Hails Albania Interfaith Harmony
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"Freedom of religion or belief is a practical reality in Albania, and there is much the world can learn from the Albanian experience in respecting freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief and achieving inter-religious harmony," said Shaheed.
UN freedom of religion expert hails Albania, but notes unresolved issues from the pastEcumenical News

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Albania president decrees new reshuffled Cabinet - Charlotte Observer

Albania president decrees new reshuffled Cabinet
Charlotte Observer
Albania's president has decreed a government reshuffle as part of the compromise worked out between political parties before next month's parliamentary election. Bujar Nishani has named the choices for deputy prime minister and six other ministers ...



Albania postpones election by a week to June 25 - Fox News

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Albania postpones election by a week to June 25
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TIRANA, AlbaniaAlbania's political parties have reached a compromise to postpone next month's parliamentary election by a week to June 25 following intensive talks mediated by a senior U.S. official. After a three-hour meeting that ended at dawn ...
Following Macedonia, Western pressure resolves Albanian crisisEURACTIV
Albanian politicians end impasse over June 18 voteHawaii News Now
Albania Opposition to Join Govt Ahead of ElectionBalkan Insight
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