Albania

Western Balkans need to diversify energy mix with renewables, EBRD says

bne IntelliNews December 4, 2018

Coal-fired power plants account for a significant share of the region’s power generation, with most burning highly polluting lignite.

European Parliament backs 2025 as Montenegro’s possible accession date

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 29, 2018

Serbia, the region's other frontrunner in the EU accession race, is being held back by unresolved issues with Kosovo, while Montenegro was praised for making good progress.

East European cities mull banger bans as “dirty diesel” exports threaten to worsen air quality

Clare Nuttall in Tirana November 29, 2018

Governments and city authorities in Southeast Europe and Eurasia want to limit imports of the older car models that have flooded into the region as few people can afford new cars.

Asylum request from fugitive Macedonian ex-PM a tough question for Hungarian authorities

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Levente Szilagyi in Budapest November 15, 2018

As Skopje examines how Nikola Gruevski managed to flee Macedonia, Viktor Orban's government has to choose between further alienating the mainstream European elite or abandoning a former ally and possibly angering Moscow.

Row in Italy over U-turn allowing completion of Azerbaijan-to-EU gas pipeline

bne IntelliNews October 30, 2018

Environmentalists furious after 5-Star backs off from pledge to cancel project claiming it only found out about €20bn contract kill fee after going into government.

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