Albanian PM calls EU enlargement process a ‘scam’

Edie Rama

EU enlargement procedure is “fraudulent” process, as 26 countries failed to overcome Bulgaria's veto to start accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. This was stated by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama at a press conference during a meeting of the leaders of the EU countries and the states of the Western Balkans.

“The 26 EU countries showed complete impotence, they were unable to overcome the Bulgarian veto. EU expansion— this is a completely scam process. As soon as something happens in the candidate countries, everything goes into a new circle again. I feel sadness and disappointment in the European Union. There is something very wrong in this house,»,— said Rama.

During the press conference, Rama also cited the example of North Macedonia, which had to change its name in order to join the EU (previously it was the Republic of Macedonia). “Imagine if France had to change its name?” he complained.

At the same time, other EU countries are calling for preparations for expansion. This, in particular, was stated by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He said that with the granting of the status of candidates to Ukraine and Moldova, the expansion of the EU— it's just a matter of time.

“We need to create the conditions that Ukraine needs so that it can continue its promising path forward, and at the same time we need to understand that we must be ready for expansion,” — Reuters reports his words.

Scholz also said that for the union to work, decisions must be made by a majority of votes, not unanimously.

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