Albania is a country in southeastern Europe. Its capital is Tirana. It has land borders with Montenegro, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and Greece.
Albania is a democratic country that is an official candidate for membership in the European Union. Its economy is largely based on the service sector, but industry and agriculture also play important roles. Albania's main religion is Islam, but it has a large Christian minority. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Albania.
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In recent months, many migrants have been using Spain as a stepping stone to the UK. Bilbao, on Spain’s northern coast, has a regular ferry service to England. Migrants, especially Albanians, try to stow away on vehicles about to board these ferries. Ferry companies can face hefty fines if the British authorities find that migrants have managed to get across. Guy Hedgecoe reports from Bilbao.
Albania and Macedonia have been given the go-ahead to prepare for EU accession talks – though not until June 2019. In an interview with DW, German Deputy Minister Michael Roth says it’s the right decision.
France and the Netherlands have sacrificed the EU's credibility in the Balkans, punishing Macedonia and Albania in order to appease populists. It's a dangerous and shortsighted move, says DW's Boris Georgievski.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri could receive a two-match ban over their display of an Albanian nationalist symbol. Both the Swiss and the Serbian football federations may also face disciplinary action from FIFA.
Albania is reportedly open to hosting reception centers for individuals seeking asylum in the EU. The plan could help keep embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel in power and placate her hard-line interior minister.