By Mirela Bogdani
While will Albania sign up for the european? Will accession support Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What elements are supporting it in the direction of this finish and what components are retaining it again? An unique research of Albania and its family with the ecu, this can be the 1st e-book 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 alterations had to make Albanian club attainable. The authors spotlight the large democratic alterations that experience happened in post-communist Albania in addition to the various hindrances that also stay. This balanced and aim review may be an important source for everybody drawn to the heritage and way forward for the Balkans and the ecu.
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000), as the country prepared for ‘attack from abroad’, mainly from its ‘two biggest enemies – Soviet revisionism and American imperialism’. The bunkers, built into the earth like the cement-domed heads of R2D2 structures from ‘Star Wars’, were grey eyesores planted into the country’s fields, beaches and mountains, creating a siege mentality in an imaginary ‘Don Quixote’ war of defence. Albania was thus something like a surreal maverick country. When the curtains fell, however, the self-proclaimed ‘light-house of Europe’ was revealed as nothing more than a dark hell.
In Albania, as in most other CEE countries (except for Romania), the collapse of communism was not accompanied by bloodshed. The huge mass protests and demonstrations led by the democratic forces brought down the communist leadership by peaceful means. Albanians, like the other peoples in Eastern Europe were nearly all very happy at the collapse of communism, enthusiastic about the regime change, and full of hopes for the near future of the country. At the same time, in the other part of the continent, Western Europe, there was a high tide of optimism about the removal of the world threat of communism and the likelihood of the political unification of Europe.
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