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14 Jan 15

World Bank Revises Croatia's GDP Growth Down

In more bad news for the struggling centre-left government, the World Bank has altered its earlier forecast of Croatia’s GDP growth in 2015, cutting it from 1.2 to 0.5 per cent.

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07 Jan 15

Tumbling Prices Hit Albania's Oil Industry Hard

Falling oil prices have dealt a heavy blow to the increasingly important oil extraction business in Albania, which will have knock-on effects for Albania's economy generally.

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05 Jan 15

Albania Launches New Pensions for Poorest

The new social insurance scheme will give payments of 50 euro per month to people older than 70 who have not made any pension contributions.

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26 Dec 14

Joint Albania-Kosovo Power Market Worries Think Tank

A report by Kosovo’s GAP institute says that while the creation of a common energy market between Kosovo and Albania would lower costs, it must not lead to the building of more high-polluting coal power stations in Kosovo.

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18 Dec 14

Raiffeisen Gloomy About Croatia, Serbia Economies

Regional analysis conducted by Raiffeisen bank says the economies of Serbia and Croatia saw no growth in 2014 and will not do much better in 2015 - while the outlook for other countries is somewhat brighter.

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16 Dec 14

Illicit Outflows Rob Balkan Economies of $100bn

A study by Global Financial Integrity, GIF, says illicit money outflows robbed Balkan countries of the equivalent of more than 100 billion dollars during the last decade.

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12 Dec 14

Albania and Bosnia Lag in Europe GDP Table

Albania and Bosnia have the lowest GDP per capita of 37 European countries examined, while Bulgaria is the EU's poorest country, the bloc’s statistics office, Eurostat, said on Thursday.

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03 Dec 14

Albania to Slash Independent Electricity Purchase Price

The Albanian government has announced that it will cut the wholesale price paid for electricity produced by independent companies, arguing that is too high.

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05 Nov 14

Albania Plans to Hike Taxes to Curb Deficit

Albanians will have to pay more in taxes on tobacco and petrol next year, as well as higher income tax, the draft 2015 budget indicates.

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29 Oct 14

Balkans Do Better in 'Doing Business' Report

Most Balkan states have improved their positions in the World Bank's latest “Doing Business” report - some much more than others.

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07 Oct 14

Albania Hopes New Lottery Will Curb Tax Cheats

In a new effort to curb the extensive "grey" informal economy - and boost its own revenues - the Albanian government is planning to launch a new lottery based on receipts for purchases.

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06 Oct 14

Albania’s Growth Slumps in Second Quarter of 2014

Albania's GDP fell by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2014, the National Institute of Statistics said, frustrating government expectations of higher growth.

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02 Oct 14

Albania Raises Taxes on Cigarettes

Albania's cash-strapped government raised the duties on cigarettes on Wednesday, arguing that the measure was necessary to protect public health.

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29 Sep 14

Balkan States to Cut Mobile Roaming Charges

Following the EU's example, regulators in four Balkan countries have finally agreed to reduce mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than in western Europe.

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23 Sep 14

Air Serbia Launches Flights to Albania

Tirana International Airport, TIA, inaugurated a new route between Tirana and Belgrade on Tuesday through Serbia’s national carrier, Air Serbia, which will operate the route three times a week.

Politics and Society

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25 Jan 15

Discrimination Keeps Roma Pupils Down in Albania

Roma are often accused of taking no interest in education – but when they do, Albanian schools are often far from welcoming.

Culture and Lifestyle

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21 Nov 14

Vienna’s Albanians Get in on the Mozart Act

Impersonating Wolfgang Amadeus is big business in Vienna - but these days many of the men in wigs are not Austrian but Albanian.