Albania

Latest data shows Albania's fight against crime and corruption is getting results

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2017

Police step up fight against corruption and organised crime as Tirana aims to start EU accession talks.

Albania clears ammunition caches 20 years after mass violence

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2017

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.

Euroscepticism grows in richer Western Balkans countries

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 14, 2017

Just 40% of Serbians believe their country will benefit from EU accession, compared to 84% of Kosovans and 80% of Albanians.

Albanian PM publishes blacklist of 100 least helpful state officials

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 13, 2017

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.

Growth potential of CEE and SEE halved in crisis decade, says IMF official

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

Fund’s Europe head warns rapid outflows of skilled workers, ageing workforce and political turmoil are adding to dilemma.

Six Western Balkans leaders endorse plan on regional economic area

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 13, 2017

Plan envisages greater trade integration and mobility across the region, but falls short of the customs union discussed by regional leaders in March.

Tirana to wipe out large-scale cannabis cultivation by end-2017, PM says

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 9, 2017

Albania is working with Italian experts to destroy cannabis plantations as it aims to start EU accession negotiations this year.

Albanian economy among fastest-growing in Europe

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2017

GDP expands by an estimated 3.94% y/y in Q1 driven by financial services and construction.

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.

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