Albania and the European Union
When will Albania join the EU? Will accession help Albania to achieve prosperity, stability and prosperity? What factors are helping it towards this end and what factors are holding it back?Albania and the European Union is the first book to identify and analyse Albania's problems as it moves towards membership of the Union. The authors highlight the enormous democratic changes that have occurred in post-communist Albania as well as the many obstacles that remain. The book also examines the impact of Albanian domestic politics on potential EU membership. Albania and the European Union explains that accession to the EU is a major issue in Albanian politics, and argues that it would be a boon to the Albanian people. However, the process of reform, necessary before accession can occur, is moving very slowly, and often only after intervention from outside. Albania faces the additional challenge that opinions toward EU expansion have cooled considerably, most notably in France but also in other member countries. According to Bogdani and Loughlin, these challenges pose a difficult but not insurmountable threat to Albanian accession. These issues will not be resolved overnight - the authors do not forecast Albanian accession before 2014 at the earliest. Covering a timely and important issue, this balanced and objective assessment will be an essential resource for everyone interested in the history, present circumstances and future of the Balkans and the European Union.
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