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EU Sets Albania on Road to Membership

The European Union set Albania on the road to membership on Tuesday, granting the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of recent reforms, while warning the government that progress was conditional on further efforts. Years of political polarization have slowed democratic reforms in Albania and kept it behind some of its ex-Yugoslav peers. A change of government last September, though, opened the way for an EU-backed reform push. “Albania is one step closer...

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