INTERVIEW: Albanian PM Rama stands firm as opposition threatens election boycott

Andrew MacDowall in Tirana April 21, 2017

Edi Rama confident his Socialist Party will be re-elected in June, but bitter rift with opposition has stalled judicial reforms and put Albania’s EU future in doubt.

Albania’s parliament fails to elect new president

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 20, 2017

Ruling Socialists declined to nominate candidate to replace President Bujar Nishani as opposition boycott of parliament continues.

Albania’s banking sector returns to growth after rolling with the punches

Ben Aris in Budapest April 13, 2017

Albania’s banking sector has rolled with the punches thrown by the economic crisis, but this year should mark a return to growth.

Albanian opposition to boycott general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 10, 2017

Opposition Democratic Party misses deadline to register for June election, as PM Edi Rama rejects demand for caretaker government.

World Bank reports faster growth in Western Balkans bringing more jobs

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 6, 2017

Unemployment rate for the region still highest in Europe, hovering around 22% in 2016.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

Backsliding democracy raises risk of new Balkan conflicts, policy group warns

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 3, 2017

Decade-long "downward spiral" across Western Balkans follows stalled EU accession and neglect of democratic processes by international actors.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania heads for political crisis as Democrats threaten election boycott

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest March 28, 2017

Rightwing obstruction of judicial reforms threatens European Union accession drive.

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