BALKAN BLOG: Only better waste management can clean rivers of trash

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 26, 2021

Huge islands of waste floating down rivers are a common problem in Southeast Europe.

Pandemic pushes public debt close to 80% of GDP in Albania and Montenegro

bne IntelliNews January 25, 2021

Albania’s debt overtook Montenegro’s in 3Q20 as GDP contractions and hikes in public spending sent debt-to-GDP ratios soaring across the region.

BALKAN BLOG: Superstition and resentment surround vaccination plans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 24, 2021

Vaccine rollouts are yet to start in four Western Balkan countries and it will be a challenge to overcome widespread belief in conspiracy theories and persuade people to get vaccinated.

Albania needs reforms for e-commerce to thrive, says World Bank

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2021

Online markets grew during the coronavirus pandemic as firms expanded their offerings to reach clients during spring lockdown, but Albania's e-commerce sector remains small.

Western Balkans citizens legally resident in EU equal to 14% of region’s population

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 20, 2021

2.4mn people from the Western Balkans have residence permits for EU countries including 868,000 Albanians – over 30% of the country’s 2.8mn population, shows Eurostat data.

BALKAN BLOG: US approach to switch from quick-fix dealmaking to experience and cooperation

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 19, 2021

The outgoing Trump administration sought to score points against the EU in the Western Balkans and ignored the complexities of Balkan politics. His successor Joe Biden can be expected to do the opposite.

Corona-induced slump in global clothing sector dragged down Albania’s 2020 exports

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2021

Albania’s exports fell by 9.0% in 2020, with the biggest negative contribution coming from the textiles and footwear sector.

BALKAN BLOG: The controversial recipe for building up Albania

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 13, 2021

The debate over PPP projects launched after unsolicited bids from interested parties has erupted again.

Heavy flooding causes chaos in parts of Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2021

Dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes in Albania and Kosovo, while emergency situations were declared in parts of Bulgaria and Serbia.

Vodafone Albania plans €100mn infrastructure investments after AbCom merger

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2021

Merger with cable company AbCom brings Vodafone Albania into the fixed line market.

OUTLOOK 2021 Albania

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2021

Albania is facing a challenging year in terms of the EU integration process, the upcoming general election in April and the fight against COVID-19.

Arrera Automobili aims to launch Albania’s first supercar

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2021

28-year-old car designer Qendrim Thaqi has put together a team of engineers and body designers to work on the Illyrian Pure Sport.

Albanian PM announces mini cabinet reshuffle

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje December 29, 2020

New foreign and defence ministers announced four months before Albania's April 25 general election.