The EU says Europeans’ online connections and skills are improving but there is still too large a gap between the Nordic front-runners and laggards in the continent’s south and east. The European Union’s Digital Economy and Society Index, released yesterday, showed Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands leading a survey that measures countries’ performance in areas including connectivity, digital skills and the digitization of businesses and public services. Romania finished last, followed by Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. terms of Albania’s trade partners in recent years and 180,000 Albanians have returned home from Greece. It is still a major economic player in Albania, however. “If they are going up, we are going up... If they are going down we are going down,” Ekonomi said, although deals to increase inter-Balkan trade means Greece’s troubles no longer have quite such a painful impact, she added.