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The word Transition has been very much in use in Albania since the fall of the communist state. It has suited the politicians very well as on the one hand saying: "we are in transition!" is the same as saying: "you have got to put up with your miserable condition, that's how it is!" and on the other hand "transition" also implies "moving to a better life and that there is light at the end of the tunnel!"

This is strikingly similar to the communists' slogan "We Are Building The Socialism!" in which the verb "building" never managed to move an inch from the present continuous tense!

That said Free Market gets people to work. Whilst the scene on this photo looks chaotic, there are a couple huge new houses on the left and there are a lot more of the same behind them. The change is visual and one has good reasons to hope.

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