Part of a network of pipelines that will carry gas from Azerbaijan's offshore Shah Deniz field to Europe, TAP has been heavily criticised by civil society and environmental groups.
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are all among the 47 countries on the EU’s watchlist.
Russia has clawed its way back from its weak position after the end of the Cold War to make firm friends across Southeast Europe even in countries that are firmly in the Western camp.
At current average growth rates, the Western Balkans countries won't achieve income convergence with the EU until the 2070s, finds a World Bank report that calls for structural reforms to boost GDP growth in the region.
Prosecutors have reportedly asked the Democratic Party for information over $675,000 used for lobbying in the US ahead of Albania's June general election.
Railway tender and second phase of Chinese Investment Cooperation Fund announced at opening of China-CEE 16+1 summit in Budapest.
Albanian inflation outstrips all but two countries in EU28.
Only Albania and Serbia have attracted a significant increase in foreign investment compared to 2010, according to UNCTAD.
Projections show that Albania would be worse affected than its neighbours along the eastern Adriatic should global warming melt icecaps.
Albania's cannabis industry is dying, says Prime Minister Edi Rama as he appeals to EU counterparts to help Tirana progress towards accession.
Albania’s exports grew by a robust 14.2% y/y in October, but still remain less than half of imports.
Unemployment is still "staggeringly high" in the region and one of its governments' main policy challenges despite the creation of 230,000 new jobs this year, World Bank says.
High levels of NPLs, inadequate bankruptcy procedures and insufficient funding constrain credit growth in the six Western Balkan countries at times when credit is most needed.