Jo anëtarësimit të shpejtë të Ballkanit Perëndimor në BE

30 vjet për të hyrë në BE?

Nuk duken shumë po të krahasosh periudhën e diktaturave në Ballkanin Perëndimor. Kaq vite caktoi zyrtari amerikan Brian Hoyt Yee për anëtarësimin e vendeve si Shqipëria, ndonëse ky afata do të thotë edhe një brez njerëzish. Do të thotë që ata që e ëndërruan Europën të mos e shohin dot atë, ndërkohë që ata që mund ta prekin, ndoshta nuk e kanë parë atë si ëndërr.

Kjo distancë sigurie për Ballkanin, duket se është bindje e përhapur dhe vetëm vendimet politike mund ta ndryshojnë. Në një intervistë për Politico, presidenti i Komisionit Europian, Jean Claude Juncker, shprehet se është kundër anëtarësimit të shpejtë të vendeve të Ballkanit Perëndimor në BE.

Nuk jam në favor të anëtarësimit të Ballkanit Perëndimor në BE së shpejti. Por nëse ua heq perspektivën europiane, atëherë do të përjetojmë atë që përjtuam në vitet ’90. Për këtë arsye, stabiliteti I BE-së është prerekuizitë që Ballkani të mos jetë më në luftë. Shpresoj që Trump ta ketë kuptuar këtë”, shprehet ai.

Një pohim që duket se i bën vend logjikës, por që u kujton në bllok të gjithë ballkanasve se nuk shihen dot ndryshe veçse si vrasës të njëri-tjetrit nëse dikush nuk u mban në kokë shkopin e gomës.

Jean-Claude Juncker, upbeat and ready for a fight

European Commission president weighs in on Brexit, Donald Trump’s management style and his own record in office.

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8/3/17, 4:15 AM CET

Updated8/3/17, 12:20 PM CET

 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker | Sander de Wilde/ID Photo Agency

 

The European Union is in good shape, and that’s in part down to Jean-Claude Juncker, according to … Jean-Claude Juncker.

The European Commission president, one of the few people left in the Commission this week before he heads off on a summer break, told POLITICO that despite a challenging year, the bloc is in the mood to tackle any problems that come its way — including Brexit and Donald Trump.

“There is really nothing to complain about,” he said in his office on the 13th floor of the Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters. With recent figures showing economic growth and falling unemployment, and with the budget deficits of member countries decreasing, “there is something better to report than a year ago” and that’s “not dependent on my mood, but on facts.”

How big a share of the credit does the Commission get for that? It should be sizable, Juncker said, but in reality it’s “relatively small,” adding that he’s “too old, too experienced” to be bothered by national capitals claiming the credit and Brussels getting the blame.

That’s a pattern likely to be seen in the Brexit talks, and Juncker said he had every reason to believe that would be the case.

Brexit won’t be just an annoyance, he said, more of a headache. “People will become more and more conscious of the density of problems on a daily basis, without always being able to provide a coherent answer to these problems.”

“We are better organized than the Trump administration … if there are any internal difficulties, those difficulties are fixed in a direct conversation instead of by firing people” — Jean-Claude Juncker

But Juncker showed little support for the idea that the Brexit process could be reversed as the talks become fractious.

The Commission’s “working hypothesis” is that Brexit will happen, eventually. “I don’t go as far as the Maltese prime minister[Joseph Muscat] who has not ruled out that it will not come to Brexit,” Juncker said. “My working hypothesis is that it will come to Brexit.”

Speaking in German late on Tuesday afternoon, Juncker repeated what has become a mantra for EU leaders: that Brexit talks are in good hands with Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief negotiator. That means Juncker only spends “as much time as it needs” on Brexit, without specifying a time, he said; his chief of staff Martin Selmayr in May said the Commission boss wouldn’t devote more than half an hour a week dealing with Brexit. Instead, Juncker said, he’s focused on “the EU’s positive agenda” such as “economic growth and investments, migration and security, the development of a common defense policy, and strengthening our trade relationships with Japan, Canada and Latin America.”

Juncker vs. Trump

The Commission president didn’t hold back when it came to Donald Trump, saying that he had already “explained” to the U.S. president that he “should stop wishing for others to imitate the British” by leaving the bloc.

He also mocked Trump for the disorganized way in which he oversees the White House.

“It’s stunning,” Juncker said when asked about recent events in Washington, culminating in the firing of Anthony Scaramucci as comms director after just 10 days in the role.

“We are better organized than the Trump administration. That is because if there are any internal difficulties, those difficulties are fixed in a direct conversation instead of by firing people,” Juncker said, noting that he had no reason to fire anyone.

If the EU was falling to pieces, as Trump has claimed, “the western Balkans would lose the European perspective,” Juncker said in the interview.

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