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

By Mirela Bogdani

Whilst will Albania subscribe to the european? Will accession aid Albania to accomplish prosperity, balance and prosperity? What elements are supporting it in the direction of this finish and what components are preserving it again? An unique learn of Albania and its kin with the european, 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, monetary and social alterations 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 stumbling blocks that also stay. This balanced and aim evaluate could be a necessary source for everybody attracted to the historical past and way forward for the Balkans and the ecu.

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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’. Albania’s task of overcoming this legacy and ‘catching up’ with the West was therefore immense, even compared to other former communist states.

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. This, in fact, is probably the Union’s most important accomplishment. The incentive to join this ‘club’ made the ten new states succeed in meeting the stringent conditions of the Copenhagen criteria and to become members of the Union on 1 May 2004. These states were also involved in the proceedings of the Convention on the Future of Europe and some of them, such as the largest of the new members, Poland, demonstrated a capacity to influence the proceedings and their outcome.

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. From the religious point of view, is Albania ‘eligible’ to join the club? Although secularist countries such as the UK, France and the Scandinavian members play it down, the EU is still in some sense a ‘Christian club’. Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who chaired the Convention on the Future of Europe, which drew up the European Constitutional Treaty, commented in a French newspaper that Europe ‘had three sources of identity: GrecoRoman philosophy and law, Enlightenment Humanism and …JudaeoChristian religion’.

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