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Albania to become EU 'candidate', urged to fight corruption

24.06.14 @ 16:42

EU countries have said Albania should be formally designated as an EU “candidate” in a decision to be rubber-stamped at the summit on Friday (27 June). The decision means the whole Balkan region, except Bosnia, is, more ...

FeatureThe slow path to building civil society in Albania

25.02.14 @ 18:43

The deal to decommission Syria’s chemical weapons did not calm its civil war, but it brought gas masks and a new civic spirit onto the streets of Albania. The small Balkan country was recently named as a possible ...

OpinionAlbania deserves EU candidate status

16.12.13 @ 09:07

On a recent BBC Today programme, the presenters found it hard to contain their astonishment that a country – Ukraine – might still be attracted to the EU. But it is not an isolated case. There is another country, closer ...

Commission backs Albania-EU membership talks

16.10.13 @ 17:41

The European Commission has said Albania should be given the green light to open EU membership talks. Presenting the EU executive's annual enlargement reports on Wednesday (16 October), commissioner Stefan Fuele said ...

OpinionPopulism in Brussels? How to solve the Balkan asylum crisis

24.10.12 @ 09:10

Is the EU edging closer to making a fundamental and strategic mistake by restoring the visa requirement for citizens of the Western Balkans? At this moment the interior ministers of six EU countries - Germany, Belgium, ...

EU report good for Kosovo, bad for Serbia

10.10.12 @ 17:56

The European Commission has said Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia should take steps forward in their bids to join the EU. Its annual enlargement report out on Wednesday (10 October) recommended that member states should ...

OpinionBalkan 'Benelux' would speed up EU entry

19.06.12 @ 10:05

Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro should join forces to build a new and permanent co-operation structure aimed at boosting their political and economic relations, with a final common goal of accelerating EU ...

OpinionMass unemployment in the Balkans – a need to act

12.04.12 @ 10:49

Leskovac, once known as the Serbian Manchester, is home to a textile industry that began in the 19th century, flourished under Communism, and has survived - albeit barely - until today. The town, which lies in the south ...

Yugoslavia and the profits of doom

02.12.11 @ 10:23

This article was first published on, an investigative journalism website. As the nation once called Yugoslavia collapsed into a deadly maelstrom through the 1990s, the world largely stood mute in the ...

OpinionThe protracted death of democratic Albania

08.09.11 @ 09:22

Last year, Albania was hailed as "one of this year's most intriguing prospects" by the Financial Times. Two decades after the collapse of one of the most repressive and introverted regimes in the Communist bloc, and ...