ALBANIA: Footloose Zog

To hog-tie Zog and make Albania an Italian protectorate was in 1927 the ambition of Benito Mussolini. Zog in those days was President of Albania. He was presently hog-tied with a crown. Albania under King Zog settled down to pleasant wildcat treasury squandering, made possible by yearly Italian loans which, conveniently, bore no interest.

Last winter Il Duce felt he had King Zog sufficiently in debt to apply screws and force Albania into a customs union with Italy, prelude to annexation. Unexpectedly both France and England interfered (TIME, Jan. 16), forced the...

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