European Commission recommends start of accession negotiations for Albania and Macedonia, but French President Macron says Paris will oppose any enlargement until the EU reconfigures post-Brexit.
Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and six opposition MPs evicted and temporarily banned from the assembly after debate over arrests of toll road protesters descends into food fight.
Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.
A harsh winter and a decline in investments slowed growth in the Western Balkans in 2017 even though 190,000 new jobs were created, says a report from the World Bank which has called for structural reforms in the region.
The European Commission's new progress reports for the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, are expected next week. Crucially, they will evaluate performance against delivery of the required reforms as part of the EU accession process
After falling to record lows, annual inflation is expected to hover around 2.2% in 2018 and rise to 3% in 2019.
Police made 23 arrests after protesters threw stones and burned down toll booths on the Durres-Kukes motorway.
Several European states followed suit but others are still considering whether to take action over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil, which has already triggered over 100 expulsions by western countries.
OSHEE to be the first major state-owned company to hold an IPO on Tirana's new stock exchange, as Prime Minister Edi Rama outlines ambitious plans to develop the energy sector.
More than 100 diplomats thrown out in the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history, as the US and countries across Europe show solidarity with London over the poisoning of the Skripals.
The IMF has warned that given the high level of Albanian public debt, negative shocks could necessitate a sharp fiscal adjustment.