Neither regional integration nor closer ties with EU have led to increased trade, investment or overall prosperity in the region, says a new report from wiiw and Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Average monthly spending by Albanian households rose slightly in 2020, but there were significant changes in spending patterns prompted by the pandemic.
Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.
Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.
Albania's booming construction sector put in fastest growth in Q2.
Ursula von der Leyen speaks strongly in favour of progressing Albania and North Macedonia towards EU accession, but EU members are still divided on the issue.
Most attacks were attempts to break into the information and communication systems of the foreign and European affairs ministry and the defence ministry.
Tensions have reached a 10-year high since new rules set by Pristina forced Serbian drivers to change their number plates to enter Kosovo.
A very public war of words is raging between the current and former leaders of Albania’s main opposition party, the centre-right Democratic Party.
As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.
Albania's clothing and footwear sector was deeply damaged by the pandemic, and has yet to recover to pre-crisis levels.
After EU accession progress was blocked by Bulgaria, Albanian PM Edi Rama tells German chancellor Western Balkans are “held hostage” by nationalism in EU countries.
The business confidence indicator based on an annual survey of Amcham Albania members dropped in 2020 to its lowest level since the index was launched in 2012.
Following robust GDP growth, the central bank expects inflation to return to target during 2022.
Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia are reporting that visitor numbers are close to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
Over 70% of Rama’s new government are women including heads of key ministries of finance, energy and foreign affairs.
Borut Pahor warns failure to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia will lead to rising nationalism and influence from ‘third countries’ in the region.
High demand for wood for the booming global furniture market, poverty, persistent corruption and huge areas of sparsely populated forest land combine to create the conditions for illegal logging in Emerging Europe.
Despite being the poorest country in Nato, Albania was quick to agree to a US request to take Afghan refugees after the Taliban took over the country.