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Albania to apply for EU membership.


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Gadjodilo

Yes, folks. That obscure little country in south eastern Europe that used to ban priests and required all visitors to take disinfectant baths at the border is going to apply for EU membership tomorrow.

Lest ye snicker, it has the support of France, Greece and various other EU members which is much more than Turkey can claim. Also, unlike Croatia, there is no outstanding territorial issue with an existing EU member holding things up.

More here:
EUobserver / Albania to file EU membership application
 

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Yes, folks. That obscure little country in south eastern Europe that used to ban priests and required all visitors to take disinfectant baths at the border is going to apply for EU membership tomorrow.

Lest ye snicker, it has the support of France, Greece and various other EU members which is much more than Turkey can claim. Also, unlike Croatia, there is no outstanding territorial issue with an existing EU member holding things up.

More here:
EUobserver / Albania to file EU membership application
Bless!! :)

Enver Hoxha is no doubt spinning in his grave - I wonder what the CPI-ML think of this (if they still exist)?
 

marmurr1916

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It'll probably take another few years before anything concrete happens. Good luck to them anyway.
 
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Would significantly reduce the illegal immigration that is going on within EU if they are in the tent.
 
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Bless!! :)

Enver Hoxha is no doubt spinning in his grave - I wonder what the CPI-ML think of this (if they still exist)?
I was there in 1993 for all of one day. The landscape was dotted with those concrete bunkers that the workers were supposed to man when the Yankee-Soviet-Yugofascist alliance finally invaded.

The place was dirt poor then. The people were very friendly though and surprisingly well informed.
 
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I was there in 1993 for all of one day. The landscape was dotted with those concrete bunkers that the workers were supposed to man when the Yankee-Soviet-Yugofascist alliance finally invaded.

The place was dirt poor then. The people were very friendly though and surprisingly well informed.
Friend visited there last summer and English spoken even in a tiny mountain village of 150 as they admitted something like 50% of the pop had worked, were working or were planning to return to UK to work.

He asked about their propensity for fueds and guide scared 5hitless but they said in village there were 5 people who never left family house as they would be killed within village or by other village and this was about normal for region. Some were 20 plus years old.
 
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It'll probably take another few years before anything concrete happens. Good luck to them anyway.
Obviously, they have a lot of catching up to do and there are still problems with elections and corruption. But it's already a member of NATO and would be a "safe" Muslim country (i.e. only a few million - unlike Turkey) to have on board.

The coastline is spectacular. Tourism will BOOM when they sort themselves out in that regard.

Also, contrary to what you'll read in some articles, it's not Europe's poorest country. Georgia and Moldova are poorer and places like Bosnia are only nominally wealthier.
 

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The Albanians are quite keen on their fueds particulary in the north. The fueds can even skip a generation or two as happened after in the 90's following the practical end of the fueds after the commies took power.

Lived there in late 90's - the people are amazing to guests but it was by far the most dangerous place I worked in a time that I was regulary posted to conflcit zones. Everyone is the town I worked in was armed and the local police were obliged to wear balaclavas when doing routine work.

Was there again last year and delighted to see massive improvements, the whole area is cleaned up, roads have been retarmaced and even in Prokletie, the mountainous area that fueds, and the Kanun is the real law, are endemic is quite enough for even hikers to visit.
 

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Obviously, they have a lot of catching up to do and there are still problems with elections and corruption. But it's already a member of NATO and would be a "safe" Muslim country (i.e. only a few million - unlike Turkey) to have on board.
I have no problem with Turkish membership of the EU. A society where female prostitution is legal can hardly be classed with the likes of Saudi Arabia, as some people like to attempt.

The coastline is spectacular. Tourism will BOOM when they sort themselves out in that regard.
So I've heard. I saw an article in one of the Sunday papers saying that it's the latest hip destination for independent travellers (i.e. smelly backpackers).

Where they lead, mainstream tourism will eventually follow...
 
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Friend visited there last summer and English spoken even in a tiny mountain village of 150 as they admitted something like 50% of the pop had worked, were working or were planning to return to UK to work.

He asked about their propensity for fueds and guide scared 5hitless but they said in village there were 5 people who never left family house as they would be killed within village or by other village and this was about normal for region. Some were 20 plus years old.
Yeah, this is one sad aspect of the society. It goes back to the Kanun - the customary ancient laws. Hoxha suppressed them but they just remained underground and re-emerged at the end of the Communist era.
 
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Would significantly reduce the illegal immigration that is going on within EU if they are in the tent.
Well, this is assuming that Brussels will come down hard and insist that all those signed-into-law chapters are actually implemented on the ground - something they didn't do with Romania and Bulgaria.
 
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Bless!! :)

Enver Hoxha is no doubt spinning in his grave - I wonder what the CPI-ML think of this (if they still exist)?

I think that certain EU figures will require a little mopre transparency on a particular finacial company that operated in there the mid to late 90s:D
 
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I have no problem with Turkish membership of the EU. A society where female prostitution is legal can hardly be classed with the likes of Saudi Arabia, as some people like to attempt.
I don't have a problem with Turkey either. I used the term "safe" in a tongue-in-cheek way. Anyway, Albania is only nominally Islamic. The line that the religion of Albanians is Albanianism still holds through. There is about as much chance of Islamic fundamentalism getting a toehold as there is for Ireland to suddenly turn to Evangelical Protestantism.
 

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So I've heard. I saw an article in one of the Sunday papers saying that it's the latest hip destination for independent travellers (i.e. smelly backpackers).

Where they lead, mainstream tourism will eventually follow...

Nah its more your kind of serious continental hill walkers and mountaineers who are travelling in Albania than the smellys. Inter-railers and students do go but limit it to a coastal dash from Montenegro down to Greece.
 

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Well they want get in either albania or croatia if we veto lisbon.

Croatia is a very nice country by the way well worth a visit.... Hvar, Split and the hidden treasure of Dervovic
 

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it should be forced to immediately co-operate with international investigations into the mass kidnapping of serbian civilians from kosovo and the harvesting of their internal organs in Albania on a positively industrial scale . Its a barbaric and backward nation . While many south european countries still retain clan systems these people still have actual tribes .
 

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Tad harsh Merle. Can an entire nation be barbaric?
 

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Albania...Turkey.....yeah....because we did such a good job on the last round of entrants...really cleaned up Bulgaria, didn't we....
 
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