News agency Xinhua reports that the Macedonian government of Zoran Zaev intends to implement the law making Albanian the second official language of the country before the local elections in October.
Politico reports on the growing Chinese investments in Western Balkan countries.
Balkan Insight reports that Japan has opened its embassy in Albania last Monday.
According to an op-ed in The Economist, the Western Balkans are slowly but certainly losing hope of ever joining the EU: “They don’t believe it any more when we lie to them about accession, and we don’t believe them when they lie to us that they will commit” to EU rules, says Vessela Tcherneva of […]
The media outlet Novinvite reports that ethnic Bulgarians from the Prespa, Golo Brdo, and Gora regions in Albanians have applied en masse for Bulgarian passports in order to leave Albania and find a new future in the EU.
A recent article in The Intercept describes the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) as a “totalitarian cult,” loved by US foreign policy hawks. Only recently, a former FBI director and US Senator John McCain visited the MEK in exile in Albania.
The BBC reports that according to a recent report of the National Crime Agency, Albanian gangs are controlling large parts of the UK drugs market.
The OSCE published a press release, presenting its preliminary observations regarding the elections.
The Financial Times surveys the upcoming elections, and is cautious about too much hope for change.
Although the PS and PD, ever since the agreement, have been silent on the cannabis issue, Euractiv reports that the cultivation and trafficking of cannabis remains a major impediment for the EU integration of Albania.