Albania and the European Union: The Tumultuous Journey by Mirela Bogdani

By Mirela Bogdani

While will Albania subscribe to the ecu? Will accession aid Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What elements are assisting it in the direction of this finish and what elements are protecting it again? An unique research of Albania and its family with the ecu, this can be the 1st publication to spot and examine the issues of the rustic because it strikes in the direction of club of the Union. It explores the political, fiscal and social changes had to make Albanian club attainable. The authors spotlight the large democratic adjustments that experience happened in post-communist Albania in addition to the numerous hindrances that also stay. This balanced and goal overview may be an important source for everybody attracted to the heritage and way forward for the Balkans and the ecu.

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Democracy’ is therefore an ideal towards which all countries have to continually strive and should never be taken for granted. The Transition Period: Political and Socio-Economic Situation of Albania 37 The post-communist transformation of the CEE countries, which includes both destructive elements (elimination of the communist system) and creative ones (building a new capitalist society), has gone through three distinctive stages: The first phase is the ‘euphoria’ of the immediate transition period, which followed the ‘velvet revolutions’ or other changes of 1989-1990.

Officially, the answer is that is majority Muslim, and with BosniaHerzegovina, has one of the two largest and oldest Muslim communities in Europe. However, the official figures for Albania are not accurate as they are based on an out-dated poll conducted in 1929, according to which 70 per cent of the population were Muslim, 20 per cent Greek Orthodox and 10 per cent Roman Catholic. Even if these figures are accurate, the absolute number of Muslims in Albania is quite small, since the total population of the country is only 3 million.

The years after Second World War came to be called ‘the time of liberation’, but they turned out to be just the opposite for Albanians. For 50 years this grotesque and paranoid regime created political, economic and social asymmetries between Albania and the rest of Europe. Albania’s historical legacy of the Ottoman Empire, as well as communism, has been important factors in hindering its successful transition to a modern liberal democracy. Albania, therefore, did not have traditions of capitalism and democracy, unlike some of the other transition countries which embarked on the ‘era of changes’ with varying potential levels of these traditions.

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