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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Albania Wants no Unification with Kosovo - Novinite.com - Sofia ... - Novinite.com

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Albania Wants no Unification with Kosovo - Novinite.com - Sofia ...
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Solution to Kosovo problem is simple: Serbia must fully recognise the Republic of Kosovo, but being in Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's shoes, I am aware ...
"Belgrade's constructive approach is continually met with Pristina's obstructionism"B92

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Does Albania have an America problem? - Middle East Eye

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Does Albania have an America problem?
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Among the more eccentric features of the Albanian landscape these days are an estimated 700,000 concrete bunkers scattered throughout the country's farms, mountains, beaches, and city centres - an enduring testament to Albania's Cold War history of ...



Croatia Court Overturns Extradition of Albania Soccer Fan - U.S. News & World Report

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Croatia Court Overturns Extradition of Albania Soccer Fan
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Violence interrupted a European Championship qualifier in October 2014 between Serbia and Albania after a drone with an Albanian banner appeared over the pitch. Tensions between Serbia and Albania have been high over breakaway Kosovo, formerly a ...
Court to reconsider extradition of G. Albania drone operator - Region ...B92

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S&P affirms Albania at B+, outlook stable - SeeNews

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S&P affirms Albania at B+, outlook stable
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TIRANA (Albania), August 16 (SeeNews) - Standard & Poor's said it has affirmed its 'B+/B' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Albania, with a stable outlook. "We expect Albania's high economic growth rates to ...



Project aims to attract tourists to remote Albanian villages - Washington Post

Washington Post

Project aims to attract tourists to remote Albanian villages
Washington Post
NIVICA, Albania High in the mountains of southern Albania, a bone-jarring drive along a rough track with switchbacks frequented more by goats than by cars leads to a cluster of small villages where time appears to have stood still for decades. Sheep ...

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Albania - Forest fires (National Authorities, DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 12 August 2017) - ReliefWeb

Albania - Forest fires (National Authorities, DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 12 August 2017)
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Since the beginning of the forest fire season, fires have been burning across the country. As the situation remained critical, on 9 and 11 August, Albania renewed its request for aerial firefighting means through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.



Albania - Forest fires (National Authorities, DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 11 August 2017) - Reliefweb

Albania - Forest fires (National Authorities, DG ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 11 August 2017)
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Two Greek light firefighting airplanes operated in Albania on 3-6 and 9 August. In addition, two Greek Canadairs took off at 5 am on 11 August from Thessaloniki to operate in the south of Albania, close to the border with Greece. As of 8.00 UTC, the ...



Senior US Senators meet Iran opposition leader in Albania | HuffPost - HuffPost

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Senior US Senators meet Iran opposition leader in Albania | HuffPost
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While August seems usually a passive time of the year in politics, it has been quite the opposite for Iran and the wide variety of developments around th...

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Half of works on TAP's onshore section in Albania completed ... - Xinhua

Half of works on TAP's onshore section in Albania completed ...
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TIRANA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has already completed half of its Albania onshore route works, TAP representatives here ...

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Albanians Oppose Drone Flyer's Extradition to Serbia - Balkan Insight

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Albanians Oppose Drone Flyer's Extradition to Serbia
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Albanian nationalists admire him for the same reason. "Ismail Ballist Morina is a hero for Albanians, although since the day he flew the drone he has been persecuted by the courts," Albanian "Red and Black" fans wrote on Facebook, inviting people to ...

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