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Albanian ruling party loses argument for staying in government; Key highway section unattractive for investors
After the EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that it would be naive to think that the country could start its EU accession talks without previously solving the name dispute with Greece, the Albanian ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration has lost its main argument for staying in the government led by VMRO DPMNE. This party initially threatened to leave die to the controversial army law put forward by their partners
However, last week they retreated insisting that now is not the time to rock the boat as the country may this autumn finally get the long awaited start date for the talks. With no name solution on the horizon and with the clear remark by Fuele, that option is now very unlikely to happen.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has said that the envisaged highway, part of the east-west corridor 8 that should link Macedonia with Bulgaria and Albania is unattractive for offering it under concession to firms due to its low estimated traffic. He said that the country will try to build this road on its own. The corridor 8 should offer an alternative to the existing corridor 10 that links Macedonia with Serbia to the North and Greece to the South.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
Donors spent hundreds of thousands of euro building a new museum in Gjirokastra - but the results were questionable and it ultimately closed over an ideological dispute.