The EU’s slow and sometimes confusing response to the coronacrisis in the Western Balkans made room for China to increase its influence.
Ahead of the April general election Albania’s ruling Socialists were revealed to be keeping the population under surveillance.
Tour of the region is also aimed at supporting the Western Balkans countries’ EU integration processes.
President Ilir Meta was one of the most vocal critics of Prime Minister Edi Rama ahead of the April general election.
The Western Balkans countries can expect only moderate growth between 2021 and 2023 as the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic will continue to depress investments and employment, a World Bank report warned.
Prime Minister Edi Rama announced a victory rally after scoring an unprecedented third term in Albania’s general election, but will the opposition accept the result?
OSCE report identifies border hotspots across the region where rising temperatures and more extreme weather events risk adding to border tensions.
Socialist leader Edi Rama could be heading for historic third term, but with only around one third of the ballot boxes counted there is still time for the picture to change.
At this stage either the ruling Socialists or the main opposition parties could come out on top.
Interpol red notice put out for 27-year-old founder of Thodex who may be in Albania after putting a lock on $2bn of investors’ money.
Shootings and incendiary rhetoric mar final days of a tight race between ruling Socialists and main opposition parties, in which neither side is expected to concede easily.
One person was killed and four others injured in a shooting in the city of Elbasan, four days before Albanians vote in the April 25 general election.
Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.
But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.
Populist premier, who will take over EU rotating presidency in July, is accused of proposing "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia".
Strike grounded flights at Albania’s only operational international airport as air traffic controllers protested against layoffs and pay cuts.
Online purchases were made by 19.5% of the population aged 16-74 in 2020, as the pandemic caused an uptick in online retail across the region.
A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.
Irena report identifies opportunities for solar, wind and geothermal energy as Albania moves away from reliance on hydropower.
After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.