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

By Mirela Bogdani

While will Albania sign up for the ecu? Will accession support Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What components are supporting it in the direction of this finish and what elements are preserving it again? An unique research of Albania and its family with the ecu, this is often the 1st ebook to spot and examine the issues of the rustic because it strikes in the direction of club of the Union. It explores the political, financial and social changes had to make Albanian club attainable. The authors spotlight the big democratic alterations that experience happened in post-communist Albania in addition to the various hindrances that also stay. This balanced and goal overview can be a necessary source for everybody drawn to the heritage and way forward for the Balkans and the european.

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Convinced that the whole world coveted his loopy Ruritanian fiefdom, Hoxha gaoled or killed thousands of opponents, banned religion and foreign travel, and built hundreds of thousands of semi-circular concrete bunkers all over Albania, facing in every direction. ’ It is obvious that such a society is not a fertile breeding ground for political democracy and the creation of a vigorous civil society. However, even before the communist period, Albania had never developed a genuine democracy or experienced political pluralism in any significant way.

However, this cultural gap is narrowing as a result of opening up to the world and being exposed to the different aspects of globalization (economic, social, cultural, and technological). Furthermore, Albania shares a number of common cultural features with other parts of the Balkan/Mediterranean region such as Greece, Corsica, southern Italy, Spain and Portugal. These areas have been integrated more or less successfully into the European Union and it is difficult to see why Albania could not follow them in this regard.

The European Union has turned out to be attractive for most states9of the former communist bloc for several reasons. First, the EU has been a powerful core of states at the heart of Europe with levels of prosperity, stability and well-being that were the envy of all these countries. The seemingly inexorable drive towards economic and political integration has been a magnet not only for them, but also for the more economically advanced states of Europe, such as Austria, Finland and Sweden and at least the elites of Norway and Switzerland.

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