2017 marks 25 years since the end of communist rule in Albania, when elections held on the back of violent protests saw the opposition Democratic Party take power. Despite a tumultuous period in the 90s and early 2000s, Albania has recently made great progress under the stewardship of Prime Minister Edi Rama, improving infrastructure, tackling the drug trade and neutralizing Islamic extremism. The country has seemed poised for ascension talks with the EU, pending the adoption of a judicial reform bill meant to increase the vetting process for judges and prosecutors. However, ongoing protests and a boycott of parliament by the opposition party has derailed implementation of this bill, and plunged the country’s future into uncertainty. This series looks at Albania today, a country at the crossroads of East and West, still grappling with signs of its brutal past and forever searching for hope in its future.