The German parliament will vote for the 26 September on the opening of official negotiations between the European Union and Albania.
The document, which is being finalized and which will formulate the German position within the EU council, will be put to the vote at the request of the two parliamentary groups of the parliamentary majority, the CDU / CSU union and the social democratic party.
Northern Macedonia is expected to begin membership talks as early as January, while Albania will start them only when certain conditions are met which - according to DW - should be enclosed in nine main points.
These conditions, established by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, will be put to the vote by the deputies of the parliamentary group 24 September.
The following day, instead, they will be examined by the relevant Bundestag committees before arriving at the assembly (which will last about 45 minutes) of the 26 September in which the question of the opening of negotiations will be put to the vote.
So, the message that will come from the German parliament should be: Northern Macedonia will start the first chapters concerning the official accession negotiations, while Albania will have to wait a little longer. However, it is not yet known whether Germany's position will mirror that of the European Union Council on October 17.
Much will depend on the position of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who until now has opposed the enlargement of the main European body before its consolidation. In this sense, even the German position was certainly influenced by the pressure of the French president, which is why it is not excluded that Germany may change its mind at the last moment.
Other countries like the Netherlands or Denmark could also change their position if a "green light" comes from France.
The Council of the European Union last 18 June has postponed - as already happened last year - the opening of negotiations for EU accession for Albania and Northern Macedonia to the next 17 October, mainly due to the anti-enlargement positions of Holland and France.
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