Police step up fight against corruption and organised crime as Tirana aims to start EU accession talks.
Abandoned ammunition left over from the Cold War poses a grave threat to human life in Albania, and helped turn the country into an arms trafficking hotspot.
Just 40% of Serbians believe their country will benefit from EU accession, compared to 84% of Kosovans and 80% of Albanians.
Name and shame tactic used as part of Edi Rama’s efforts to tackle notoriously high levels of official corruption as he embarks on second term as prime minister.
Fund’s Europe head warns rapid outflows of skilled workers, ageing workforce and political turmoil are adding to dilemma.
Plan envisages greater trade integration and mobility across the region, but falls short of the customs union discussed by regional leaders in March.
Albania is working with Italian experts to destroy cannabis plantations as it aims to start EU accession negotiations this year.
GDP expands by an estimated 3.94% y/y in Q1 driven by financial services and construction.
Exit polls indicate Edi Rama's Socialists are heading for outright victory in election seen as critical for Albania's progress towards EU membership.