By Mirela Bogdani
Whilst will Albania subscribe to 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 keeping it again? An unique research of Albania and its kinfolk 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 differences 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 stumbling blocks that also stay. This balanced and aim overview could be a vital source for everybody attracted to the historical past and way forward for the Balkans and the european.
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In the light of the discussion surrounding Turkey’s candidacy for EU membership and because a majority of Albanian inhabitants are, at least nominally, Muslim, it is legitimate to ask to what extent is Albania ‘European’. That it is in fact European is an implicit assumption in its drive for membership of the European Union. From a geographical point of view, Albania is certainly European, as it has always been part of the European continent. Geography provides the physical framework, but fundamentally it is values that make the borders of 32 Albania and the European Union Europe.
But after the split from China, until 1990, Albania refused all foreign aid or investment. The strict implementation of the self-reliance policy was clearly demonstrated in the crazy and egotistical slogan ‘we Albanians would prefer to eat grass, than to sell our principles’. The economy was characterized by fixed prices and salaries, low rates of trade and a very low standard of living. The economy and society in general depended on a Spartan egalitarianism (emphasized especially after the Albanian version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 1960s), in which the majority of the population lived, in stark contrast with the ‘royal’ nomenklatura class, who used to enjoy enormous privileges and live a good life in a special guarded area in Tirana, known as the infamous ‘Blloku’ (the block)16.
In summary, from the religious aspect, even though it is viewed by the West as a Muslim country, Albania is not under European suspicion19, as is the case with Turkey Albania in 1990: At the Crossroads between Communism and Democracy 35 (for more about this issue, see the ‘Religious Situation’ in Chapter 3). Furthermore, Albania can give a good example to Europe as a country with one of the most moderate Muslim populations in the world and a country of inter-religious understanding and tolerance, within a secular state.
Albania and the European Union: The Tumultuous Journey Towards Integration and Accession by Mirela Bogdani