Socialists set for outright victory in Albanian general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 26, 2017

Exit polls indicate Edi Rama's Socialists are heading for outright victory in election seen as critical for Albania's progress towards EU membership.

BALKAN BLOG: General election is do or die for Albania’s EU future

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 22, 2017

Albania needs a free and fair election, and for the losing side to concede defeat peacefully, to finally progress to the negotiation stage.

More than half of Albanians want to emigrate, survey shows

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2017

High unemployment in Albania has meant that 56% of its population would like to migrate elsewhere to find work

Albania’s FDI in Q1 up 7.7% y/y, but lowest level since Q1 2016

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2017

Albania's FDI drops to the lowest level since Q1 2016 although y/y there is moderate growth

Albania’s gross external debt up 3.1% y/y at end Q1

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2017

General government debt accounts for the bulk of Albania's €3.479bn debt

EU pursues “positive realpolitik” in the Balkans, says Hahn

Andrew MacDowall in Belgrade June 12, 2017

EU enlargement commissioner reaffirms his determination to bring Western Balkan countries into the union, despite growing perception that the enlargement process is doomed.

Banking convergence returns to Central and Eastern Europe, says RBI

Robert Anderson in Prague June 9, 2017

The banking downturn is over, with profitability surging last year, according to the lender's annual CEE Banking Report.

Albanian banks’ loan portfolio growth turns negative in April

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 30, 2017

Decline in corporate lending contributes to fall in loan volume, while household lending remains strong.

140 seek medical help after opposition rally in Albania

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 29, 2017

Democratic Party leader Luzhim Basha among those affected by mystery ailment whose symptoms included breathlessness and blurred vision.