By Mirela Bogdani
While will Albania sign up for the ecu? Will accession support Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What components are aiding it in the direction of this finish and what elements are conserving it again? An unique research of Albania and its relatives with the ecu, this is often the 1st publication 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 ameliorations 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 target evaluate can be an important source for everybody drawn to the historical past and way forward for the Balkans and the ecu.
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That is, they are first Albanians, then Muslim, Catholic or Orthodox or atheist. The mutual harmony of the religions in Albania is thus a factor of stability in an ethnically and religiously divided region17. 3. To what extent is Albania ‘European’? 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.
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’.
As the new member states become more integrated into the EU system which may lead to virtuous cycles of economic and social development and reinforcing democratic practice, then this may have a knock-on effect on the outsiders. 3. The Europeanization approach: theoretical issues The general process of adaptation of countries to these processes has been termed ‘Europeanization’. This may be understood in two senses. First, there is a broad meaning which refers to the transition of countries from a particular regime, such as the Spanish, Portuguese and Greek dictatorships, or the former communist regimes of the Soviet bloc, to a regime of liberal democracy and market capitalism.
Albania and the European Union: The Tumultuous Journey Towards Integration and Accession (Library of European Studies) by Mirela Bogdani