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Rama about EU negotiations: I am not optimistic

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, said for the Irish Times that he is not very optimistic about what will take place next week at the European Council, while the EU countries discuss about the EU accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia.

“There’s not much to be optimistic about with what’s going on in Europe today. I’m optimistic about the future of the country but not about what will happen next week.”

“We are collateral damage,” Rama argues. “When there is bombing somewhere and a kindergarten gets hit – we are the kindergarten.”

As for the Constitutional and Supreme Court, Rama explains to Irish Times:

“We cleaned up so thoroughly that the constitutional court has been practically erased. And now they [the EU] says, ‘Okay, you cleaned up but you have no constitutional court’,” Rama said, making it clear once again that the country is not looking to become a member right away.

“We’re not asking to be an EU member next week. We know we can’t do that without a constitutional court. We are asking to start accession talks . . . which could go on for maybe 10 years. So then judge us in 10 years.”

Concluding the interview, Rama said that the process is important ofr the country and for the next generation.

“It’s what we need for our country and our next generations . . . In 10 years’ time, it will be a different place and we will have a state that functions totally differently. I’m very confident about that.”


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