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The Letter From The Consulate

No. 175.
Gentofte/Copenhagen, Thursday 20 January 2022
Dear reader,

   In an interview to the Financial Times, Prime Minister Rama slams European Union’s (EU) politicians for being too influenced by nationalist pressures. Rama said that since the 2015 refugee crisis the EU has been “driven from fear and not from aspirations”.
    He also appealed to western Balkan leaders to reject overtures from outside powers and keep the faith in their EU membership dream. Edi Rama said Albania would “never give up on Europe and on the EU, whatever the shape of the EU in the future”.
    Rama said he worried about rising nationalism in Bosnia but that nationalism in the EU was now a bigger obstacle to the ambitions of those in the region to join the 27-member bloc. The EU had not “recovered” from the 2015 refugee crisis, he said, when more than 1mln people sought asylum in Europe, mainly fleeing the Syrian war.
    Since then the EU had been “driven from fear and not from aspirations”, and governments “which are not extreme in themselves” are “influenced by the extremes”. When Albania began its accession process nearly two decades ago the key was to move away from Balkan nationalism, but “today, our problem is not Balkan nationalisms, it is rather EU nationalisms.

Albanian singer and song writer Ronela Hajati won the 60th Albanian song contest in December 2021, the ‘Festivali i Këngës’, with the song Sekret.

Ronela will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 in Turin.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov on 18. january met North Macedonia’s premier Dimitar Kovacevski to set the scene for intensified attempts to resolve the dispute about their different views on history which has stalled North Macedonia’s progress towards the EU. Read on....

17.01.2022: Turkish President Recep Erdogan on a one day visit to Tirana.
Ramas present to Erdodan was a vase: "I made it myself with these two hands". More.....

   The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, conducted an official visit to Albania on Monday, print and electronic media report. Immediately upon landing at Tirana International Airport, the Turkish Head of State left for Laç, where he attended a ceremony aimed at inaugurating of Turkish-built housing estates in the north-western city that are part of the Turkish assistance, worth €42mln, to recover from the consequences of the November 2019 earthquake.
    President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Edi Rama returned to Tirana in the early afternoon for the bilateral meeting of the delegations led by them. Seven agreements were signed by the respective Ministers on fields that include media, education and culture, law enforcement and emergency management.
    Rama said that Turkey plays an irreplaceable role in the Balkans’ region that is always constructive and in the service of peace. Both Rama and Erdoğan made it clear in their remarks that the close partnership between the two countries poses no threat to the European Union (EU), with Rama stressing that the EU would never be complete without Turkey in it. The Turkish Head of State also noted that his country through its private companies is the major investor in Albania, adding that the goal was to have a $1bln-worth trade volume yearly within a short time.

The German Minister of State for Europe and Climate, Anna Lührmann, was in Tirana on 19. January 2022.
  “I was very happy with the warm welcome of my first visit to Tirana. It was important to me to visit Albania immediately after taking office. I wanted to signal that the Western Balkan’s countries and the prospect of their EU accession are very important to the new federal government. Albania and North Macedonia have met the conditions to start accession negotiations and we are committed to ensuring that they can do this as soon as possible".

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That´s all for now,

Hans-Georg Nielsen
Albanian Honorary Consul

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