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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Greek aid to Albania after destructive rainfall - Kathimerini

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Greek aid to Albania after destructive rainfall
Kathimerini
Greece has dispatched aid to Albania in the aftermath of unprecedented heavy rainfall last week that wreaked havoc in the neighboring country. Tirana had requested assistance via the European Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC), to which ...



Albania launches a master plan to develop mountainous tourism - Xinhua

Albania launches a master plan to develop mountainous tourism
Xinhua
TIRANA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Albanian government launched a plan to boost the development of its mountainous tourism in Albanian Alps and Shkodra region (northern Albania). "The government intends to implement a number of initiatives and important ...



Helping Albania recover from consequences of floods - ReliefWeb

Helping Albania recover from consequences of floods
ReliefWeb
Belgrade, 8 Dec 2017 – The government of Serbia adopted at today's session the decision to send to the Republic of Albania financial assistance of €100,000 for the rehabilitation of the consequences of the floods that recently hit this country. Due to ...



Young Albanian Man Dies From Stabbing Attack, Memorial Collection Started - Reykjavík Grapevine

Reykjavík Grapevine

Young Albanian Man Dies From Stabbing Attack, Memorial Collection Started
Reykjavík Grapevine
Klevis Sula, a 20-year-old man from Albania who lived and worked in Iceland, passed away in the early morning hours from injuries sustained after being stabbed at Austurvöllur last weekend. According to sources Grapevine spoke with, Klevis and another ...



Albania Floods (DG ECHO, National Authorities) (ECHO Daily Flash of 09 December 2017) - ReliefWeb

European Western Balkans (press release)

Albania Floods (DG ECHO, National Authorities) (ECHO Daily Flash of 09 December 2017)
ReliefWeb
As of the 9 December 08.00 UTC further rains are expected over the weekend, however these are not forecast to have a significant impact. To date National Authorities reported over 15 000 ha have been affected by flooding. On the 5 December, the Union ...
EU helps mobilise emergency support for Albania floodsEuropean Western Balkans (press release)

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Albania Woos Luxury Hotel Brands with Tax Breaks - Voice of America

Voice of America

Albania Woos Luxury Hotel Brands with Tax Breaks
Voice of America
Albania is planning to try to lure five-star hotel brands with tax breaks, including scrapping profit and property taxes, to increase its appeal for the higher-end of the tourist trade. With travel and tourism accounting for 8.4 percent of gross ...

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Albania-Greece: minority properties - Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

Albania-Greece: minority properties
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso
One year after the frictions caused by the Cham issue, Albania and Greece find themselves embroiled in a series of quarrels related to the urban plan of the coastal town of Himara. This city in Southern Albania includes a significant Greek minority ...



NATO Allies and partners help Albania cope with flood disaster - NATO HQ (press release)

NATO HQ (press release)

NATO Allies and partners help Albania cope with flood disaster
NATO HQ (press release)
NATO Allies and partners began this week helping Albania cope with the most severe rainfalls ever recorded in the country. Albania requested assistance from the NATO's Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) on 4 December ...

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An emotional encounter with a hotel owner born in ruthless communist Albania - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

An emotional encounter with a hotel owner born in ruthless communist Albania
Telegraph.co.uk
When we arrive at our hotel on the Greek island of Paros, Gilda, the receptionist, welcomes us in fluent English. We discover that her native tongue is Albanian and she speaks Greek, but the language she treasures most is Italian, because as a child ...



Schofield: Albania and Battle Creek share duty, honor and charity - Battle Creek Enquirer

Battle Creek Enquirer

Schofield: Albania and Battle Creek share duty, honor and charity
Battle Creek Enquirer
When I first encountered them, Albanian folktales and legends intrigued me. I was captured by the stories of duty and honor. For example, a son makes a promise to his mother to fetch his sister who lives far away and even though he dies in battle, he ...