About: Albania

Enlargement 06-11-2017

Most EU hopefuls might not be ready to join before 2050, study finds

A new study looking into the practical, legal and technical aspects of further EU expansion has concluded that only one country, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, could meet the criteria for joining the bloc before 2023.

Enlargement 12-10-2017

During Albania visit, Kosovo President defies EU

The President of Kosovo is defying the EU by hinting Kosovars will get Albanian passports to be able to travel visa-free to the EU.

Enlargement 05-10-2017

EU enlargement: Tear down mental walls in the Balkans

Last week the European Commission dealt another blow to the Western Balkans by promising an accession strategy for Montenegro and Serbia while neglecting the other four Balkan countries, Hashim Thaçi, the president of Kosovo, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.

Enlargement 13-07-2017

Balkans can help EU ‘feel attractive’ after Brexit, Macedonia says

Dented by Brexit, the European Union should seize on the hunger of Balkan nations for membership as an opportunity to "feel attractive", Macedonia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday (12 July).

Enlargement 11-07-2017

EU enlargement: A six percent target for the Western Balkans

If the Western Balkans are to overcome almost three decades of economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will need a fundamental rethink of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

Enlargement 21-06-2017

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession

As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

Enlargement 16-06-2017

Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends

Elections in the West Balkans are never easy. Federica Mogherini might consider intervening now on the side of the pro-European forces in Kosovo, writes Denis MacShane.

07-06-2017

EU hopes for Western Balkan common market deal by mid-2018

The European Union hopes six Balkan countries will agree at a summit on July 12 in Italy to create a regional common market that could be working within a year, a top EU official said on Tuesday (6 June), in the bloc's latest step to re-engage the region.

Enlargement 30-05-2017

Albania opposition supporters ‘poisoned’ by white powder

Albanian police launched a probe yesterday (29 May) into the alleged poisoning of several dozen opposition supporters by a mysterious white powder at a weekend rally.

Enlargement 26-05-2017

Mogherini to Western Balkans: EU door remains open

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held separate meetings with six prime ministers from the West Balkans in Brussels on Wednesday (on May 24). The talks come amid concerns over the possible rise of tensions in the Western Balkans. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Enlargement 23-05-2017

Albanian opposition joins government to clear vote obstacles

Opposition ministers joined Albania's government yesterday (22 May) to ensure public resources and the police will not be used to sway the 25 June general election, hopefully setting the scene for a trouble-free vote.

Enlargement 19-05-2017

Following Macedonia, Western pressure resolves Albanian crisis

A three-month standoff that had blocked progress on reforms to Albania's government ended yesterday (18 May), as the ruling parties and the opposition reached agreement on how to resolve their conflict.

Elections 12-05-2017

Albania: How not to lose an election? Refuse to take part…

All eyes are on elections in Britain, France and soon Germany but quite the most bizarre election seen in Europe since the end of communism is due to take ten days after the British poll next month, writes Denis MacShane.

Enlargement 05-05-2017

EU hosts Macedonia speaker in boost for opposition

The EU played host Thursday (4 May) to Macedonia's new parliamentary speaker, ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi, in a gesture of support for the opposition as the unstable Balkan nation struggles to form a government.

Global Europe 04-05-2017

Hahn: Everything is possible in Macedonia

Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn told MEPs today (4 May) that with recent violence in the Macedonian parliament he saw “the impossible”, and then added “but obviously everything is possible” in the country.

Enlargement 28-04-2017

Violence erupts as protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Nationalists stormed Macedonia's parliament on Thursday (27 April) and attacked MPs, including the opposition leader, in protest against a vote for a new parliamentary speaker.

Enlargement 20-04-2017

Serbia unnerved by Albanian talk of union with Kosovo

A statement about a potential union between Albania and Kosovo, by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, has angered officials in Belgrade, who have asked Brussels to take a stand on the issue. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Enlargement 05-04-2017

Albanian opposition threatens to boycott elections

Albania's opposition warned yesterday (4 April) it might boycott June legislative elections if their demands for fair elections and for Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign are not met.

Global Europe 03-04-2017

Albanian foreign minister: New Balkan alliances oppose tribunals

In a wide-ranging interview, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati explained the political situation in his country, the so-called ‘Tirana platform’ that has raised eyebrows in Macedonia, Balkan geopolitics and the need for the EU to do more for the six candidate countries.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

Enlargement 13-03-2017

Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick

Once staunchly pro-EU, Kosovars are losing patience with Brussels, which they accuse of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty, warns the mayor of Kosovo’s capital, Shpend Ahmeti.

Enlargement 09-03-2017

EU to recommit support to Balkan candidate countries

European Union leaders will pledge "unequivocal support" for the Balkans today (9 March) in order to counter Russian influence and reinvigorate the region's bid to join the bloc, diplomats said.

Enlargement 06-03-2017

Mogherini to debrief EU leaders on external threats to Western Balkans

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will report to European foreign ministers today (6 March) on a trip she took to all six Western Balkans EU hopefuls, who find themselves under mounting geopolitical pressure.

Dan Hannan on Communism, 'Ostalgie', first loves and enforced atheism.
Freedom of thought 03-03-2017

Dan Hannan on Communism, Ostalgie, first loves and enforced atheism

Fresh from his Brexit victory over Brussels, Conservative MEP and thinker Daniel Hannan now has Communism in his sights - organising an ACRE conference next month in Tirana, Albania on the legacy of state socialism for Europe.