This epilogue considers how far Albania has come from a dilapidated, fascist-era state to a modern nation. Albanians’ lives have vastly improved since the country’s transition from Stalinism to democracy. They travel, they debate, and they change their government. Cafés and restaurants have sprouted in Tirana. However, poverty and violence persist. Two and a half decades after communism, Albania still needs media, police, and courts that serve as honest arbiters of disputes. This epilogue suggests that Sali Berisha’s authoritarianism was made worse by the lack of a separation of powers and checks on his rule. It argues that Albanians, especially the younger generations, hold the key to their future by constantly demanding responsibility, transparency, and accountability from their leaders.
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