Albania And Then There Were None

Reform comes to Europe's last Stalinist state

Despite the calendar, the revolutions of 1989 have not yet ended. As one East bloc regime after another was shaken by political change last fall, only one Communist government in Europe managed to withstand the political earthquake unscathed. Now, nearly six months later, the leadership of tiny Albania is finally loosening its ultra-orthodox Stalinist grip. Last week the legislature in Tirana voted a series of political and legal reforms that may mark the beginning of the end of decades of repression and isolation.

The Continent's poorest and most backward country, Albania is a wedge of Balkan territory on the southern Adriatic...

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