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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, July 30, 2009

EU must make demands on Albania

According to information from the Albanian civil rights movement Mjaft! recently communicated to the Swedish EU Presidency in Stockholm, corruption is rife in Albania. It said in some cases the state functioned according to mafia-like principles. The daily Dagens Nyheter is worried about the southeastern European state, which applied for EU membership at the end of April: "Hopefully the Swedish government is listening to what [Mjaft! member Erion] Veliaj has to say. The Union must express itself clearly when it demands something from a country that wishes to become a member of the EU. The liberation from communism must not be done sloppily. National interests in the sphere of trade and investment should not prevent EU member states from making demands with respect to democracy and human rights. ... The possibility of EU membership is a very good means of exerting pressure - it just needs to be used."

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