ANGELA MERKEL IS LEAVING TODAY, AND THESE ARE FOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGES SHE LEFT TO SERBIA! The Chancellor’s arrival introduced quite a bit to our nation, and right here is a very powerful factor!
Some of them have already resonated, such as those on the rule of law, the solution of the Kosovo knot, the dangers lurking from “other parts of the world”, and they also touched on the excavation of lithium.
She talked with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, about various topics, from Serbia’s European path, through its foreign policy, environmental protection and climate change, dual education …
Still, some things stood out.
The rule of law and promiseAlthough she did not directly say what European officials often repeat: that there would be no progress towards the EU without the rule of law, Angela Merkel touched on this area.
– We talked about reforms, about opening new chapters in the accession process. It is in the area of the legal system that it is important to make progress. The president presented his plans and made promises – Merkel said.
In translation, there is a problem with the rule of law, and we expect it to improve, and that it will be so, guarantees were given by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić.
Her message remains subject to interpretation, but the fact is that Merkel pointed out that she “met Mr. Vučić as a person who no longer makes false promises, but as a person who tries to put into practice what he promises.”
“I encourage further progress towards the rule of law, a plural society,” Merkel said.
A solution for Kosovo and the members of the Union
The inevitable topic was the old pain – the so-called Kosovo knot. How he will unravel is unknown for now, but the answer may be inferred from the chancellor’s statement.
– Some issues will be resolved at the end of the process. Everyone knows that not all member states have recognized Kosovo’s independence. The issue must be resolved in order for the current EU member states to answer in the affirmative on the issue of the EU accession process. There is no sense in talking about the end of a process before other problems are solved – Merkel said.
In translation, there is much that can be resolved on Serbia’s European path before the Kosovo issue really becomes to be or not to be. Then why wait with other challenges that are easier to solve? The message could also be understood in such a way that it may first be necessary to persuade the five members of the Union that have not recognized Kosovo’s independence to do so, which would then make it easier for the Union to reach a final agreement.
However, Merkel is certainly right in one thing – when she says that “the issue will not disappear”.
However, Vučić was more direct and made it clear what is more or less known to a part of the public – there is no Union without a solution for Kosovo.
– Are we aware that we will not be a member of the Union before that, that we are aware – said Vučić.
Danger from “other parts of the world
“The German Chancellor confirmed the fear that the EU has when it comes to the relationship between the Western Balkans, and perhaps most of all Serbia, with other world powers, primarily Russia and China.
It is not unknown that Serbia often gets ducks from the Union because of them, sometimes louder, and sometimes a little quieter, but that does not change the essence.
– The geostrategic interest is for the countries of the Western Balkans to join the EU. “We have influences from other parts of the world, which is why we must keep in mind how important our geostrategic interest and the region’s approach to the Union are,” Merkel said.
The conversation with the lithium mine in Serbia has been heard far and wide, confirmed Merkel herself, who said that if any lithium excavations are realized in Serbia, “everything must be done in accordance with the highest standards, protecting the environment.”
– If the whole world is interested in that, Germany is also interested – Merkel said.
In translation, Germany also has an interest. Especially since, as Merkel herself stated, there is a large number of German investments in Serbia in the field of the automotive industry, while lithium is important for future mobility and battery making.
– Serbia has something that is really worth it. Of course, there are concerns about whether the exploitation will be carried out in accordance with environmental standards. The EU has good sustainability standards. It is not just a question of German interests, it is an issue that EU member states will deal with, because the preservation of the environment in Europe is a really important issue – Merkel said.