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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EU accession talks on the horizon? Assessing Albania's priorities for the next year - EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

EU accession talks on the horizon? Assessing Albania's priorities for the next year
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
EU leaders agreed in June to open accession talks with Albania in 2019, subject to the country making sufficient progress on judicial and anti-corruption reforms. Andi Hoxhaj assesses where Albania now stands and what the priorities will be over the ...



Albania hit by magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1 tremors; homes crack - Washington Post

Washington Post

Albania hit by magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1 tremors; homes crack
Washington Post
TIRANA, Albania — Northern Albania was struck Saturday by two earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1, damaging scores of buildings, authorities said. Albania's Defense Ministry reported that the stronger struck quake at 5:33 p.m. (1533 ...
Albania hit by two earthquakesSBS

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Albanian man reportedly kills 8 relatives over stolen turkeys, sends Facebook message to prime minister before arrest - Fox News

Fox News

Albanian man reportedly kills 8 relatives over stolen turkeys, sends Facebook message to prime minister before arrest
Fox News
An Albanian man suspected of killing eight of his relatives was arrested Saturday after a 12-hour manhunt during which he sent taunting messages via Facebook to the country's prime minister. Albanian State Police said Ridvan Zykaj, 24, had confessed to ...
Albanian gunman slaughters eight relatives with AK47 in a row over 'stolen turkeys'The Sun
Police arrest Albanian man accused of killing 8 relativesChron.com

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Albanian police catch killer of eight relatives - Reuters

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Albanian police catch killer of eight relatives
Reuters
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian police on Saturday caught a man who killed eight of his relatives, following a 12-hour hunt during which the fugitive challenged Prime Minister Edi Rama on Facebook to find him. Police said Ridvan Zykaj, 24, had confessed to ...
Albanian man kills eight relatives with AK-47 over 'stolen turkeys' - then sends Facebook message to country's PMSky News
Albania: Police seek 24-year-old in slaying of 8 relativesABC News
Man kills 8 relatives in AlbaniaXinhua
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Buildings crack as northern Albania hit by 5.1 magnitude earthquake - Toronto Star

Toronto Star

Buildings crack as northern Albania hit by 5.1 magnitude earthquake
Toronto Star
TIRANA, ALBANIA—An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck off northern Albania on Saturday, damaging some buildings, authorities said. Albania's Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment reported that the quake occurred at ...



Albania sells 2.3 bln leks (18.3 mln euro) of 5-yr T-notes – table - SeeNews

SeeNews

Albania sells 2.3 bln leks (18.3 mln euro) of 5-yr T-notes – table
SeeNews
TIRANA (Albania), August 14 (SeeNews) – Albania's finance ministry has said it raised 2.3 billion leks ($20.9 million/18.3 million euro) through the sale of five-year fixed-rate Treasury notes on August 10, in line with plan. The coupon rate on the ...



Ageing population, migration rated as key threats to Albania's poor labor productivity - Tirana Times

Tirana Times

Ageing population, migration rated as key threats to Albania's poor labor productivity
Tirana Times
“A potential concern is that Albania's population is aging, which over the medium and long term will put pressure on productivity growth. High outmigration implies that part of the productive workforce is abroad – often the most educated, although no ...



Hunting for 'black gold' in Albania's lawless truffle trade - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia

Hunting for 'black gold' in Albania's lawless truffle trade
Channel NewsAsia
PESHTAN, Albania: Threats, poisoned dogs and massacred trees: Albania's forests are gripped by a war over truffles, the prized and pricey fungi known in this poor European country as "black gold". Evgjeni Pano, a 28-year-old truffle hunter, sets off ...

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People-smuggling gang who plotted to transport Albanian migrants across English Channel using jetskis facing jail - The Independent

The Independent

People-smuggling gang who plotted to transport Albanian migrants across English Channel using jetskis facing jail
The Independent
Members of a people-smuggling gang have been found guilty of attempting to bring Albanian migrants in boats across the English Channel to Kent. The men used four boats to ferry people from France to the south coast of England and later considered using ...
Six guilty of trying to smuggle Albanian migrants into UK off coast of DymchurchKent Online
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NATO to modernize air base in Albania - Washington Post

Washington Post

NATO to modernize air base in Albania
Washington Post
TIRANA, Albania — The prime minister of Albania says the NATO has decided to build an air base in the country. Prime Minister Edi Rama on Saturday wrote in his Facebook page that NATO's North Atlantic Council, the main political decision-making body, ...
NATO to build air base in AlbaniaEuropean Western Balkans (press release)

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