Brussels, 25 January 2022, dtt-net.com – France and Germany today used a Transparency International (TI) report praising Kosovo of making some progress last year in the fight against corruption, after Paris since 2018 said it disagrees with the positive assessment over the same with the European Commission (EC), which few believed in the official clash between the EC and the group of countries led by French authorities. 

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

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25.01.22 | Opinions

[Opinion] : France and Germany launch silent campaign in Kosovo for EU visa liberalisation in exchange of Serb entity


Brussels, 25 January 2022, dtt-net.com – France and Germany today used a Transparency International (TI) report praising Kosovo of making some progress last year in the fight against corruption, after Paris since 2018 said it disagrees with the positive assessment over the same with the European Commission (EC), which few believed in the official clash between the EC and the group of countries led by French authorities. 

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

Today tweets by the Ambassadors of the two countries in Kosovo, is nothing less than a silent launch of a campaign that the two countries, especially France, after likely re-election of Emmanuel Macron in late April , are preparing to offer end of EU visa regime to Kosovo in exchange of a Serb entity, a unique brutal camouflage of 27 members states and backed by the government of Joe Biden, through the promised Association of Serb Municipalities (ASM). 

Elections in Germany passed. Elections in Serbia (in early April) will pass too. End April will be the month of Presidential elections in France. There will be a second round and President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be elected for a second mandate. 

After Frenc elections (including parliamentary in June), the offer for visa waiver to Kosovo will sound clear and powerful in the ears and eyes of the citizens of Kosovo by officials of EU member states, mainly from France and Germany, and those in Brussels.

 In May last year, with my euobserver.com colleague Andrew Rettman, we found out from diplomats of EU member states that the office of Josep Borrell and Miroslav Lajcak and member states have started coordinating a strategy on this seduction and pressure on the issue of visas at the same time.

The praises that the German and French ambassadors made to Kosovo today using the TI report, is the first public sign that France is gradually changing its official public position to what it has said so far, that Kosovo still needs to do more in the battle. against corruption and organized crime.

With the change of government in Germany, the CDU is no longer in power, whose interior minister (Horst Seehofer), had never supported the EC assessment, because this party was bad in the polls for the September 2021 elections, the positive mood in Berlin has no election obstacle now inside the German government.

 The German Social Democrats (SPD) have the chancellory and the interior ministry. The greens the foreign ministry. No one in Berlin cabinet is against visa-free travel for Kosovo anymore, but time is of the essence when to push for it with other member states.

 Germany, France and the EU as an organization, now and after Macron's victory will be on the big offensive of carrots and pressure with visa liberalization and will cause trouble to Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani through the offer of abolition of visas in exchange for the creation of the dangerous ASM.

 Both, Kurti and Osmani, are against special autonomous powers to Serb minority through the ASM, which in 2015 was almost in entirety rejected by the Constitutional Court of Kosovo.

 The pressure for visa waiver will be added on Kosovo citizens shoulder through the promises that a compromise with Serbia will open the door to Kosovo for "European integration", a campaign that is being supported and will be supported even more strongly in coming days and months by the US government.

 The more this dual public offensive increases, Kosovo citizens will pay more attention to the benefits of visa waiver from the EU, than to the risk of forming the Association, and thus will begin to ignore the risk of Kosovo's gradual transformation into a second paralyzed Bosnia and will seek compromise with Serbia only to win visa liberalisation and pursue the dream of "European integration".

 Through the offer of visa waiver, all citizens of Kosovo will be tested whether they want a functional Kosovo or a temporary 3-month walk through the Schengen area and looking for an illegal or legal job.

 Everyone in Kosovo, citizens and politicians at the same time, will be tested whether they want more a Kosovo as a functional state or a lame Kosovo with promises of 'European integration' whose end no one knows there and here in the EU.

 I said it publicly recently in a Kosovo television studio in December, that the Association, is the first big step towards the transformation of Kosovo into a second Bosnia in the region. Its speed would increase when Serbia joins the EU and Belgrade gets in its hands the power of veto to torture Kosovo on its promised path to membership.

 With EU membership promises, similar torture happened to Macedonia by Greece when it obliged to change its name. Same is happening to North Macedonia by Bulgaria. I expect same to happen to Albania by Greece over maritime border dispute, on top of current unfair position of most of EU member states which are not allowing Tirana to open the talks because of Sofia-Skopje row.

 EU veto in these cases too makes the European family a weird one, harming the dreams of those to whom member states for decades promise one thing and then on the way get tortured because of national interests of individual countries.

Kosovo's transformation into a second Bosnia, or even a similar paralyzed and dysfunctional model in exchange for joining the European bloc is NOT WORTHY at all.

 Kosovan Prime Minister ALbin Kurti, President Vjosa Osmani and all Kosovo politicians are very wrong when they say that there is no alternative to joining the EU.

Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and now the United Kingdom, have chosen to continue living without being members of the EU. Here we can add the case of Taiwan which is not a member of the UN.

 Internal division of Kosovo is a too heavy price to pay for the poorest country in the continent and I’m not mentioning here the incentive it would make for Albanians in North Macedonia, Southern Serbia and Montenegro, Sandzak regions in Serbia and Montenegro.

 (The author is founder of dtt-net.com press agency, specialized in Western Balkans - EU related affairs)

25.01.22 | Opinions