The value of Albania's exports fell by 21.9% y/y in August, decline caused by rise of lek and fall in prices on world markets.
Ursula von der Leyen says “history is calling” to expand the EU, but reforms are needed.
Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and the six Western Balkans countries will commit to reforms to improve the prospects for the Western Balkan states to join the EU by 2030.
When European Council President Charles Michel said the EU and aspiring members should prepare for enlargement by 2030, the response from the Western Balkans was underwhelming.
The lek has repeatedly broken new records against the euro, causing exporters to suffer as their products become less competitive.
Charles Michel says a clear goal must be set to enlarge the EU by the end of this decade.
The Albanian lek has declined against the euro and other major currencies over the last month, following months of appreciation that concerned exporters.
PM Edi Rama says indications oil at Shpirag is of very high quality, paving the way for game changing investments in Albania.
Presidents affirm support for each other’s territorial integrity at informal Balkan summit despite Aleksandar Vucic’s refusal to sever ties with Russia.
North Macedonia’s interior ministry launched criminal proceedings against ethnic Albanian mayors of two municipalities visited by Albin Kurti.
Greek officials have warned that Albania's EU accession process could be held up if it fails to release ethnic Greek mayor Fredi Beleri.
Greek politicians have stepped up their rhetoric over the months-long detention of Fredi Beleri, the ethnic Greek mayor of Himara in Albania, warning Tirana that the country’s EU accession progress may be at risk if the case is not resolved.
Demonstrations in Bulgaria were the latest in the region urging the authorities to do more to tackle violence against women and femicides.
Extensive damage to crops in region, as deadly storms follow record heat.
Porous borders and weak governance makes region a hotspot for illegal financial flows, warns Global Initiative report.
44% of respondents to Balkan Barometer survey consider living abroad, with the figure reaching 57% in Kosovo.
There is speculation that the lek will rise above ALL100 to the euro during the peak summer tourist season.
Fund to foster collaboration between vocational education and training institutions and companies across WB6 economies.
Albin Kurti under fire from opposition following EU’s imposition of punitive measures in relation to tense situation in northern Kosovo.
Ukraine has proved in real time under real conditions that it is militarily ready for membership.