Tiny Albania; the most mysterious country in Europe.
In 1995, as I was winding down my career with DEA, I was in Warsaw participating in a regional training seminar for drug cops from various countries in that part of Europe. By chance, one of the students was a cop from Albania. He was pointed out to me as one whose English was limited, but spoke Italian. When I went over to make his acquaintance by speaking to him in Italian, his response was, "Grazie a Dio" (Thank God.) He had someone he could communicate with.
My only other experience with this mysterious land was one summer in the 1980s when I was living in Italy and vacationing at Barletta. On the beach, we could actually see the coast of Albania in the distance.
That is the sum total of my experience with Albania.
So now we come to a recent UN vote on Palestinian non-member observer status in which Muslim-majority Albania did not go along with the expected "yes" vote. (They abstained.) That incurred the enmity of Turkey, a heretofore moderate Islamic-majority country now under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdodan.
(Hat tip Center for Islamic Pluralism)
It is heartening to see Albania emerging from the Dark Ages, but sad to see Turkey going the other way.