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 - Wikipedia
Albania - CIA World Fact Book
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Albania Socialists win election, can govern without partner - Fox News

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Albania Socialists win election, can govern without partner
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Rama extended the hand of cooperation to the opposition on Tuesday and thanked his opponent Basha for agreeing to "put Albania first" with the May deal that allowed the election to proceed. "It is time to put Albania before our parties, the country's ...
Albania Socialists win polls, can govern without partner - ABC NewsABC News
Albania's Socialist premier wins second termThe Sun Daily

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Albania: five things on Edi Rama's to-do list - euronews

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Albania: five things on Edi Rama's to-do list
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Albania's Socialist Party looked set to win Sunday's parliamentary vote, an exit poll showed, which would give the ruling party a mandate to push judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union. Both the Socialists of Prime Minister Edi ...
Low turnout expected in Albanian election key to EU bidWashington Post
Albanian Socialists to get parliamentary majority: partial vote countReuters
Albania's pro-EU prime minister set to win parliamentary majorityThe Guardian
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Athens condemns Tirana's Greater Albania provocation - Region ... - B92

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Athens condemns Tirana's Greater Albania provocation - Region ...
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The Greek MFA has condemned the manner in which Albania used redevelopment of the Skenderbeg Square in Tirana to promote "unity of Albanian territories.".
Greece fires warning shot over Albania's EU ambitions | World | The ...The Times (subscription)
Greek Foreign Ministry Reacts to Albanian Provocation Over Greek ...Greek Reporter

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Albania Judges Its Judges in Pursuit of EU Milestone - U.S. News & World Report

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Albania Judges Its Judges in Pursuit of EU Milestone
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The case has become symbolic of how high bribery has penetrated the echelons of power in Albania, but also of the country's apparent newfound resolve to root it out in pursuit of possible membership talks with the European Union before the year is out.
Albania heads to polls, vows end to confrontational politicsWashington Post
A look at Albania's leading election candidatesABC News
Albania hopes for peaceful elections on path to EuropeLuxemburger Wort - English Edition
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iVote Demokra Elections Modernization Project in Albania 2017 - PR.com (press release)

iVote Demokra Elections Modernization Project in Albania 2017
PR.com (press release)
iVote continues to contribute towards the election modernization processes in Albania delivering the upgraded Election Management solution, iVote Demokra, for the Parliamentary elections 2017 held on 25th of June.



Albania: From frogs' legs to sworn virgins - News24

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Albania: From frogs' legs to sworn virgins
News24
But Albania's tourism potential is under-exploited owing to limited accommodation options, poor infrastructure and an insufficient road network in mountainous regions. The country of 2.9 million people attracted 4.6 million visitors in 2016, according ...



Election set to shape Albania's relationship with the EU - Financial Times

Financial Times

Election set to shape Albania's relationship with the EU
Financial Times
In Europe's second-poorest country, the pace of reform remains in doubt.
Beach or mountain? Try Albania, Go your own way! | Tirana TimesTirana Times (subscription)

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Low turnout in Albania vote seen as EU test - eNCA

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Low turnout in Albania vote seen as EU test
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TIRANA, Albania - Albanians appeared to be unenthusiastic about a parliamentary election Sunday, despite hopes that an orderly poll could propel the country towards opening European Union accession talks. The election commission said it was extending ...



Albania to offer 13.9 bln leks (105.3 mln euro) in govt bills on July 4 - SeeNews

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Albania to offer 13.9 bln leks (105.3 mln euro) in govt bills on July 4
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TIRANA (Albania), June 27 (SeeNews) - Albania's finance ministry will offer a combined 13.9 billion leks ($118.9 million/105.3 million euro) worth of six-month Treasury bills and one-year government securities in an auction on July 4, the central bank ...

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Albania Awaits General Elections Results :: Balkan Insight - Balkan Insight

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Albania Awaits General Elections Results :: Balkan Insight
Balkan Insight
As the ballots start to be counted around midnight, preliminary results from the Albanian general elections are set to be released early Monday morning.

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