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

By Mirela Bogdani

While will Albania sign up for the european? Will accession aid Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What components are assisting it in the direction of this finish and what elements are conserving it again? An unique research of Albania and its kinfolk 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, financial and social alterations 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 target overview may be a necessary source for everybody attracted to the background and way forward for the Balkans and the european.

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Elections to the parliament were purely cosmetic and the parliament met just twice a year to approve decisions already made by the party leadership. In fact, it was the Politburo of the PLA which was the real decision-making body of the state. It is sometimes argued that there is no such thing as a ‘totalitarian’ regime, in the sense that it is not possible for a state to control every single aspect of the lives of individuals and society. Albania, however, came close to such a state with the widespread and brutal repression and violation of basic human and political rights.

The third reason why Central and East Europeans have been attracted to Europe is that the European Union, as a zone of political stability and economic prosperity for the past fifty years contrasts so much with the turmoil of the Balkans region and other parts of the former communist bloc which accompanied the disintegration of the Soviet system. It is largely thanks to the umbrella of the European Union that the West European states have experienced the most prolonged period of peace since the Second World War.

Albania was experiencing democracy for the first time in its history and was clearly 30 Albania and the European Union the country with the longest journey to travel from a rigid Stalinism to democracy. ‘Of all the former communist countries, Albania appeared least prepared for the painful transition from dictatorship to a pluralist democracy and a market economy – argues Biberaj (1998:149) - The historical legacies of centralized, authoritarian rule and economic underdevelopment placed serious impediments in the way of rapid and smooth democratization of the Albanian polity’.

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