Central and Eastern Europe

By Abraham Gonzalez

The Czech Republic

More than 10 million people live in the Czech Republic. They are former communists but after the a velvet revolution in the 1980s they became a free society. A velvet revolution is a revolution without bloodshed. Bohemia contains most of the regions mines and industries. Moravia's old coal and steel industries are too inefficient to compete in the world market. There is too much air and water pollution in Bohemia as well as in Moravia.

Romania

Romania is populated by more then 23 million people. Romania's second communist leader was Nicolae Ceausescu. During the time he was leader hey could only air television for two hours each night because of the economy. An American soft drink maker spent 150 million dollars to build up operations in Romania.The Multiplier effect is an effect in economics in which an increase in spending produces an increase in national income and consumption greater than the initial amount spent. They started making bottles for the soft drinks. Romania had many problems with economy.
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Albania

About 3.5 million people live in Albania. Albania's nickname is Europe's hermit. Isolation left Albania one of the poorest nations in Europe. After the end of communism Albania has been receiving billions of dollars from foreign countries.
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Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia means the land of the southern slavs. After the end of communism in Yugoslavia other countries grew restless and nervous thinking that their wealth woul attract Yugoslavians. All other Balkan nations became independent so Yugoslavia was broken apart.
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Serbia & Montenegro

A lot of mountains make up Montenegro and plains in Serbia. There was more than 50% of unenployment.
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Bosnia/Herzegovina

They declared independence in 1991. Of every six residents two were Serbs, one was Croat and three called themselves Bosniaks. Resources in Herzegovina and Bosnia include iron ore and lead.
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