Following the vote of the German parliament in favor of starting negotiations of accession to the European Union with Albania, President Ilir Meta urgently calls for a solution to the profound political crisis. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha is ready to sit at the discussion table with Rama, but under certain conditions.
Last Thursday 26 the Bundestag voted with 395 in favor of 599 in favor of starting EU accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia.
Result welcomed with satisfaction by Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for expansion negotiation policy, who pointed out that Germany's favorable vote is a concrete recognition of the progress made, in view of a comprehensive reform in the Western Balkans.
Meta: it's time for politics to reflect, there is a crisis to resolve
President Ilir Meta through social media has invited political forces to "Urgently begin work to resolve the serious political crisis and meet the nine conditions set by the EU. A serious reflection to give Albania a real, not imaginary opportunity ”.
Meta quotes the efforts of German legislators in the 4 months of anti-government protests by the non-parliamentary opposition in the spring of this year and after the local elections of the 2019, to bring the government and the opposition led by the PD to the political table, in order to resolve the profound political and institutional crisis.
"If we had listened to their advice in time, today we would have made a decision without conditions, just like Northern Macedonia," emphasizes President Meta.
Falenderim i veçantë Bundestagut, veçanërisht grupit CDU-CSU për angazhimin and tire serioz në mbështetje të integrimit të ...
Basha: ready for dialogue with Rama
The leader of the Democratic Party (PD) and the extra-parliamentary opposition, Lulzim Basha, after the Bundestag's decision expressed his willingness to sit at the table with Rama.
For about eight months, Basha has placed as a condition of dialogue the removal of Rama from the office of Prime Minister and now he sets another one: the presence of international exponents.
"The PD and I agree on a political process proposed by international exponents to make our contribution to emerge from the crisis. Sitting at a table with or without Edi Rama is of little importance ", said Basha on a television channel in Tirana. Showing, in this way, that at present there is a deep mutual distrust among the Albanian parties, despite the efforts requested by the EU to find greater cohesion between the internal political forces.
The other opposition party, the Socialist Movement for Integration (MSI), an ally of the PD, proposes instead a dialogue without conditions to satisfy all the obligations and open the way for the European integration of Albania.
But both parties, PD and MSI, with the greatest weight in the extra-parliamentary opposition, have the same attitude when considering the "YES" conditioned by the Bundestag in light of the "failure of the government and the steps that Albania has taken since the 2018 .
A similar attitude is reinforced by the fact that northern Macedonia, unlike Albania, received an unconditional "YES" from German parliamentarians, which paves the way for the European Council's final decision at the next 18 October meeting in Brussels .
It is probable, however, that this date may also slip.
The Intergovernmental Conference marks the official start of the process of opening accession negotiations. The fulfillment of the conditions of the first group, imposed by Germany from Albania, requires more time than the three weeks left until the Brussels meeting. It is, in fact, the assessment that Germany must make on the functioning of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the implementation of electoral reform in Albania.
German parliamentarians clearly and unequivocally demand that this reform be carried out "in full compliance with the OSCE / ODIHR recommendations, to ensure transparent financing of political parties and electoral campaigns in Albania, based on the results of the ad hoc Commission. for electoral reform ".
The postponement of the European Council's 18 October meeting could also have a positive impact, that is to try to convince the currently opposed France and the Netherlands to review their position and join the majority of the other European states that have already expressed themselves favorably to Albania.