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By Mirela Bogdani

Whilst will Albania sign up for the ecu? Will accession support Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What elements are aiding it in the direction of this finish and what elements are conserving it again? An unique learn of Albania and its family with the european, this is often the 1st booklet to spot and examine the issues of the rustic because it strikes in the direction of club of the Union. It explores the political, monetary and social modifications had to make Albanian club attainable. The authors spotlight the big democratic adjustments that experience happened in post-communist Albania in addition to the various stumbling blocks that also stay. This balanced and goal evaluation might be an important source for everybody attracted to the background and way forward for the Balkans and the ecu.

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Political legacy Albania may be considered a ‘special case’ and an ‘exception’, even within the communist bloc. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the country had suffered under one of the toughest dictatorship regimes within the entire communist block and was considered Europe’s most Stalinist country. As one author puts it, ‘Albania’s dictator, Enver Hoxha, was a fan of the more extreme forms of communism, first embracing Soviet Stalinism until Khrushchev started introducing reforms, and then Maoism, until China began liberalizing its economy’ (Hollingham 2005).

Following the students’ movement were mass street demonstrations and protests in Tirana and other cities and, in 1991, a nation-wide strike of workers. Those who initiated the overthrow of communism in Albania were, therefore, not established and well-known intellectuals as in the other CEE countries, but students and the young, who were the first to ask for political pluralism and the removal of communist symbols, and later on workers and the trade unions, all of whom appeared brave enough for an open confrontation with the government.

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. 7 per cent). Of course, the existence of these large Muslim populations does not mean that France and 34 Albania and the European Union Germany are becoming Muslim societies, whatever the alarmist predictions of some right-wing commentators, or that law in these countries will be influenced by the sharia. Other examples would include the fact that the most regularly practised religion in England is now Islam, and Wales has more Muslims than Methodists.

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