Tirana, 31 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Albanian PM, Edi Rama has launched a public appeal to the European Union to leave the internal calculations of neighboring countries aside and turn its eyes on the countries that aspire integration.
Europe must save the Mediterranean and not allow its waters to turn into a theater of desperation-Albanian PM suggests.
Rama refers to the numbers of refugees that continue to come from conflict areas, causing a humanitarian crisis-which according Rama-shows in a dramatic way the gap that according to Rama, has long existed in Europe amid egoism, nationalism, political and electoral tactics, which are consumed in the member countries.
The amplification of the consequences of the emigration crisis which has engulfed Europe, has come, according to Mr. Rama, due to the fact that the European Union is more into coming up with tactics on how to tackle the phenomenon than coming up with a proper strategy.
“This humanitarian crisis which has been caused by the large numbers of refugees, shows in a dramatic way the gap that according to Rama, has long existed in Europe amid egoism, nationalism, political and electoral tactics, which are consumed in the member countries.”
United Europe is showing less solidarity and for the Albanian PM, it is not respecting the values upon which it has been created.
“Today I can see a lack of readiness to respect authentic values of the European Union, which is being less strategic and more tactical, victim of egoism as a result of the internal calculations of different countries”.
But, does Albania want to be part of such Europe in such circumstances?
Rama says that yes, stressing that the Union cannot be judged based on a particular period. “The European aspiration is not connected with a particular historical period, but it’s a large project, perhaps the most ambitious dream that humanity has perceived. It’s not the principles that are put in doubt in this crisis, but the failure to deliver the political picture. The tragedy that happens in the Mediterranean, is not a reason to abandon the project, but a possibility to repromote it going beyond financial Europe and the idea that some countries are sticking together for economic reasons and small interests”.
According to Rama, “time has come to make the ambition for the integration between nations concrete, something which was at the foundation of the European Union”.