Ask most people what they know about Albania and you might hear something about organised crime, rampant corruption, or human trafficking – things that aren’t exactly the hallmarks of a European Union member state. Yet, as Brexit prompts questions about the future or value of the EU, Albania has been slowly making its way towards membership. Once considered the "North Korea" of Europe, the country was isolated under a brutal communist regime that followed centuries of occupation by the Ottoman Empire, Italy and Nazi Germany. These shifting influences have left it with something of an identity crisis as it adapts its historic alignment with the East to a new Europe dominated by the West. This project looks at Albania today, and what its quest for EU membership might reveal about European identity.