The battle for paradise or the too-desirable coast
Albania has a treasure which is unique in Europe: a hundred kilometres of practically virgin coastline. It is superb, and everybody wants it. The problem is that the land was nationalized for 40 years and now no-one is quite sure who it belongs to. At the end of the communist era the state did not give the land back to its former owners, preferring to redistribute parts of it to the peasants. The result is a surreal real estate tangle which leaves no-one unscathed. A dream location has become the scene of personal conflicts, revolts and arbitrary demolitions while developers and the mafia try to get their hands on this treasure. 20 years after its passage from communism to capitalism, Albania is still paying the price.