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Opinion / Editorial

Merkel showed who are the centers of strategic political gravity in the Western Balkans

Merkel showed who are the centers of strategic political gravity in the Western

Mrs. Merkel did not want at the end of her extraordinary career as a great world and undisputed European leader, to "die" and the weak baby that is the "Berlin Process" as her creature. It was shown that she has progressed with difficulty and that she should continue to grow. Of course the meetings and the orientation of this big meeting mainly in Tirana were prepared by her man who no longer lives and who was assigned to work in Beijing, but Merkel is as usual a fantastic "head to head" conversation. Anyway, what impresses you is why Merkel appointed Tirana to do "that strategic policy of Germany" and before the new elections there. Of course, he met Mr. Vuçi. In Belgrade, where he told him that the process and negotiations should be trusted and that everyone should have the patience to listen to the other, even the opponent. A signal for both Belgrade and Pristina. But Tirana was not chosen because the German "Business Center" is certainly close to Rinas airport. Not because the shortest street of the guests is in Tirana. In fact, Tirana was chosen as the place that has more cosmopolitan and dialogue ideas for the Berlin Process, but also for the friendships between former enemies and the great problems that still exist between them to this day. Tirana was chosen as having the most "cold ethnic and religious head" compared to others for the difficult issues of the ethnically extraordinary Balkans. It made others understand that Albania is an example of ethnic and religious coexistence much better than in all the countries of the Western Balkans. And these that I am writing are not mine as an idea, but of the western chancelleries, especially Berlin. Germany has aimed very much at political stability and then at the democratic growth of the region and this is already more than clear. They know that democracy is a long and difficult process among the Balkans, but they also know that good will is not lacking. Therefore they wanted the Berlin process and the stability of the countries in question. Merkel and the German government are not so different from German politics left and right, but nevertheless Berlin is the center of Europe's political gravity and Tirana was undoubtedly chosen as a place of conversation, as a center of gravity in the Western Balkans. Undoubtedly Belgrade is an important center of gravity, but Tirana remains as that inclusive modern center (in Balkan political folk) of clear peaceful political thought in the Balkans. In addition to the Assistant Secretary of State, Escobar clarified that the countries of the Western Balkans should be integrated and that the agreement reached in the White House between Kosovo and Serbia continues to be valuable for the Biden administration, thus giving a blow to the government of Kurti and Osmani for not ratifying it. However, during her visit to Belgrade, Chancellor Merkel also spoke about resolving the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia, as a condition for Serbia's EU membership. Ms. Merkel became the initiator of the Berlin Process 7 years ago, in August 2014, which involved the 6 countries of the Western Balkans in a joint effort to accelerate their integration into the European Union. The Berlin Process aims to normalize and revitalize regional relations in the fields of infrastructure, economy and youth exchanges. So this was the process but ... But Merkel told the conference that the Berlin process has moved forward and it shows. And of course the co-operation is bigger and better, but she said regional co-operation was good and why some are still hesitant. Merkel is the famous Mrs. Merkel who linked "Regional Cooperation" with the Berlin process, thus giving a soft but strong blow to Kurti and in general to those who are skeptical or rejecting. Merkel made it clear that both Germany and Europe have accepted this regional cooperation and it is certainly a very good thing. She was completely right about the "Open Balkans" and that was very important. Merkel acknowledged that the Berlin process has shortcomings, but she said "regional co-operation" was good and why "the EU is not fast enough". The chancellor openly praised Vucic and Rama. And this was certainly a blow to the national folk forces, especially in Serbia, Kosovo and why not in Albania. EU mechanisms are "slow", but the "Open Balkans" process does not run counter to integration. Rama in fact was super optimistic about the "Open Balkans" whoever came to Berlin politically (and Merkel's shaken head accepted the idea) the road was paved and continuity guaranteed. Rama said something that stood: yesterday we were the Balkans with repulsive and obstructive nationalism, but today we are hostage to "nationalisms in the European Union". And of course he divided Germany because he never raised the internal problems for the EU integration of the countries in the Western Balkans. Merkel said that the Berlin Process does not replace the European Union and Rama said that the "Open Balkans" does not replace the Berlin Process.

Ajo që kishte rendësi ishte se Merkel pranonte se ne dhe Maqedonia e Veriut kishin plotësuar kushtet dhe i vinte keq pse hapja e negociatave nuk ndodhi. Kjo për faj të politikave të brendshme të anëtarëve të veçantë. Në fakt si Procesi Berlinit dhe “Open Ballkan” kishin vendet në Ballkan që duhet të modifikonin sjelljet dhe kjo kuptohej si bashkëpunim rajonal dhe guxim në bisedat e tyre. “Pjella e Procesit të Berlinit” ose “Open Ballkan” sigurisht nuk kishte refuzimin e Gjermanisë, por përkundrazi mirëkuptimin e saj dhe të BE. Kjo ishte dhe gjëja më e rëndësishme nga koncepti i bisedave me kancelaren Merkel dhe kjo padyshim do të mund të vazhdonte dhe nga pasuesi i saj në Gjermani. Gjithsesi në takimet e zonjës Merkel për herë të fundit në Ballkan si bundeskancelare u pa qartë se Tirana dhe Shqipëria ishte qendra e gravitetit ndoshta më e rëndësishme në Ballkanin Perëndimor.