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Bulgaria's political turmoil could sink a deal to solve EU veto row
A deal looked in reach but it was suddenly thrown into doubt by Bulgaria's government losing a confidence vote in parliament.
'You are a mess guys': Albania PM angry over EU membership delays
"You are a mess guys, you are a big mess and you are a disgrace."
Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia row back on EU summit snub threat
The trio are frustrated at the lack of progress in joining the EU.
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Summit looks to develop plan for mini Schengen zone in Western Balkans
It comes as countries in the region struggle to get the green light to join the European Union.
Albanian man arrested for inciting terrorism on social media
The suspect allegedly used fake online profiles to call for attacks on state institutions.
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Five sailors drown after tugboat sinks off Italian coast of Bari
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Do Western Balkan countries like Macron's idea for a two-tier Europe?
Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia and Montenegro all applied to join the EU more than a decade ago.
Watch: Airbase in Albania's former 'Stalin' town to be used by NATO
The base bad been used to store rusting Soviet and Chinese jets since the collapse of the USSR. It will soon host state-of-the-art NATO fighter jets.
Albania's communist-era airbase gets NATO makeover
The airbase is located 85 kilometres away from the capital Tirana in Kuçova, which used to be called Stalin City during Albania's communist era.
Albania could push for solo EU membership bid, says PM Edi Rama
Joint accession talks involving Albania and North Macedonia have been vetoed by Bulgaria.
NATO to open Balkan airbase in member state Albania
Renovatory work on the Kuçovë base began in January, as military spending in much of Europe has been rising.
Tirana renames Russian embassy street 'Free Ukraine'
The decision was unanimously approved by municipal councillors in Tirana.
Constitutional court overturns impeachment of Albania's president
The court said the evidence against Meta did not amount to “a grave violation of the constitution.”
Court set to rule on the impeachment of Albania's president Ilir Meta
To impeach or not to impeach? Court set to decide president's fate.
Protesters clash with police outside Albania's opposition headquarters
Hundreds of protesters stormed the headquarters of Albania's main opposition party amid an internal battle over the party's leadership.
Clashes as protesters enter Albania opposition HQ in Tirana
Albanian police intervened on Saturday to move away hundreds of protesters who broke into the Tirana headquarters of the country’s main opposition party in an internal squabble over the party's leadership.
Macedonian census shows Western Balkans is depopulating fast
With EU membership hopes all but quashed, the countries of the European region are undergoing a serious population crisis, as the young and educated leave in droves.
Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia hold talks at Open Balkan Summit
Leaders from Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia met in Tirana to discuss and agree on furthering their Open Balkan initiative to promote political and economic ties.
Evacuated Afghan artists paint mural to say 'Thank you, Albania!'
Albania has sheltered some 2,400 Afghan evacuees in hotels or tourist resorts. Some 150 of them have already left for other countries.
Albania's ex-top prosecutor arrested in Italy on corruption charges
Adriatik Llalla was found guilty of hiding money involved in illegally owned properties.
Former Albania minister charged over deadly 2008 munitions explosion
Fatmir Mediu has been charged with abuse of power over the blast at a munitions disposal factory in 2008 that killed 26 people.
Albania cracks down on migrant arrivals via new Balkan route to the EU
Police data show Albania has seen a rise in arrests for illegal entry this year, as numbers of migrants trying to reach Albania have skyrocketed.
Albanian court reopens case against ex-minister over fatal blast
Fatmir Mediu has denied any wrongdoing related to the 2008 deadly explosion at a munitions factory in Gerdec, which killed 26 people.
Women dominate top table in Albania’s new government
Twelve of the 17 cabinet members are women, the most in Albania's history, according to PM Edi Rama.
Brussels must not invent new conditions for EU membership, says Merkel
The comments came as Merkel was in the Western Balkans meeting heads of government from Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.