Enver Hoxha

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About 21,000 steel and concrete pillboxes were built each year from 1975 until 1983, when the “bunkerisation of Albania” concluded. Photograph: Getty

When the members of the Central Committee of the Party of Labour of Albania agreed in 1971 to build a vast network of concrete bunkers across the coun(...)

The House of Leaves in Tirana, the former headquarters of communist Albania’s infamous Sigurimi secret police, is now open to visitors as a museum. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Sometime during the seven years, three months and 10 days that he spent locked in a labour camp in communist Albania, architect and painter Maks Velo (...)

Lifejackets  inside a wrecked boat used by refugees and migrants to cross part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece at a garbage dump site on the island of Lesbos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

On March 25th last Greeks celebrated the 197th anniversary of independence. You might call it “virtual independence”, since it was the day when the wa(...)

A nun arranges flowers on the stage at Sarajevo city stadium ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Meeting with his cardinals on the day after his election in March 2013, Pope Francis exchanged a few significant words with the Archbishop of Sarajevo(...)

A woman holds a T-shirts bearing an image of Pope Francis and the word ‘Welcome’ a shop in Shkoder in Albania. Photograph: EPA/STR

Against the background of reported threats from Islamic fundamentalists, Pope Francis tomorrow makes a highly signficant day trip when he travels t(...)

From the  Concresco series of photographs by David Galjaard, on show at  The Copper House Gallery on Synge Street in Dublin until August 2nd.

Everywhere across the landscape they lurk. Concrete reminders of the oppression and utter strangeness of communist Europe. Following the stunning Afro(...)