Albanian Attitudes toward European Integration

Ramadan Cipuri, Albi Kocibelli

Abstract


After Second World War, for more than 45 years, Albania underwent one of the most terrifying communist regimes in history. During this period of time more than 17,900 people were arrested, 5,157 people were killed and more than 30,000 were forced to leave their homes.4 After this long period in total isolation, the first pluralist elections were held in the country on March 11, 1991. Finally the long-awaited aspirations of the people for democracy, freedom and free movement were seen as more real and realizable.


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