Unlike Northern Macedonia, Albania is not sure that it will get a date for the first intergovernmental conference with the EU. Germany is one of the dubious countries.

Deutsche Welle sources announce that the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, is on a two-day visit to Germany. He met on Thursday, 17.09.20 in the evening, at a dinner with a group of parliamentarians from the German Bundestag. The chairman of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party in the Albanian Parliament was also present. Taulant Balla, who is also the chairman of the Albania-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Association.

According to the circles in Berlin, Rama is in Germany to lobby the largest parliamentary group in the Bundestag, CDU/CSU, to give Albania yes to the opening of the first intergovernmental conference for the opening of negotiations with the EU. But as DW learned from the CDU/CSU parliamentary circles, neither the chairman of the Western Balkans parliamentary group from the CDU/CSU party, Johann Wadephul, nor the chairman of the EU Commission in the Bundestag, Günther Krichbaum, attended the meeting.

Still a lot of work

At a conference of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, held on Thursday, 17.09., as well as in a previous conference held last week at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, both with “chattam house” rules, came to the fore, that so far the usual skeptical EU countries, including Germany, are still not convinced that Albania deserves the opening of the first intergovernmental conference.

The two most delicate points in the argument of skeptics from Germany are: the anti-defamation law and the changes made to the agreement on the electoral law in parliament, just days after the parties, the opposition and the government, agreed after the intervention of Western diplomats in Albania.       

It will take a lot of diplomatic and political work until the first intergovernmental conference opens,” say skeptics in Berlin.

Does not meet with the Chancellor

Albania has recently been praised by the German government for its commitment to mediating the Belarus conflict. But, unlike what was previously reported by some media in Tirana. Rama did not have a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, diplomatic sources from Berlin told DW. According to DW sources, at noon, Edi Rama will leave for Bavaria