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.
Ruling Socialists declined to nominate candidate to replace President Bujar Nishani as opposition boycott of parliament continues.
Albania’s banking sector has rolled with the punches thrown by the economic crisis, but this year should mark a return to growth.
Opposition Democratic Party misses deadline to register for June election, as PM Edi Rama rejects demand for caretaker government.
Unemployment rate for the region still highest in Europe, hovering around 22% in 2016.
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.
Decade-long "downward spiral" across Western Balkans follows stalled EU accession and neglect of democratic processes by international actors.
Rightwing obstruction of judicial reforms threatens European Union accession drive.
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