• Albania is invaded by Italy shortly after the start of World War I.

  • Germany invades and occupies Albania following the Italian surrender. 

  • Albania severs ties with Yugoslavia and begins receiving economic aid from the Soviet Union.

  • Albania aligns with China after the Soviet Union ends relations with Albania over an ideological rift. 

  • China ceases economic and military aid to Albania due to strained relations, which resulted from China's reconciliation with the United States.

  • Following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, Albania, which had previously been an isolationist state, begins to allow some foreign investment in the nation.

  • Approximately 375,000 refugees flock to Albania due to escalating unrest in Kosovo and NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia.

  • Albania formally applies for a European Union membership, their request is rejected a year later. 


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