As the decisive day - in which the countries already members of the EU will vote for the opening of official negotiations with Albania - is approaching, in Germany the support to the candidacy of the Country of Eagles increases.
The German Council for Foreign Policy (German Council on Foreign Relations - DGAP ) - a very influential independent think tank in German politics (to the 37. placed worldwide in the 2017 Global Think Tank Ranking prepared by the University of Pennsylvania ) - recently published a report, where the work done by Albania is appreciated despite many important challenges still to be faced:
"No other state in the Balkans has done as much as Albania to merit the opening of official negotiations" - reads the report, which also highlights the most important reform implemented by the Albanian government, namely that concerning the judicial system:
"We must accept that no other country in the Balkan area has seriously committed itself to radically reforming the judicial system. It is an important step that has laid the foundations for improvements in other key areas, such as the fight against corruption and organized crime " - publication continues.
Furthermore, according to the council, the green light for the opening of official negotiations is also very important for the personal interests of Berlin:
"A 'no' from Berlin would destabilize not only Albania, but would have negative repercussions on all the Western Balkans. On the contrary, instead, a 'yes' would be a clear signal for Germany and the EU, thus repaying the efforts made by Albania even though there are still many obstacles to overcome " - we already read in the preamble of the report.
The Western pro-Balkans vocation of the council is evident, above all to remove Russia's influence as soon as possible, which continues to be in close contact with some Balkan countries such as Serbia. On the other hand, however, the report speaks critically about Albanian political culture, openly attacking parliamentary boycotts and protests organized by the opposition during the last week:
"What is missing is a political culture that recognizes compromise as a fundamental element of democracy. In the past, this has prevented the normal functioning of democratic institutions "
The German foreign policy council is a structure that includes more than 2500 important political figures of Germany. Among the 'prestigious' members of the past are the former president, Richard von Weizsacker, and the former foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher.