IBNA Op-Ed/ If it were part of the EU, like Croatia has been for several months and with which it was part of the Adriatic Charter 8 years ago, FYR Macedonia, being a favorite, until the end of this decade would have received no less than 3.7 billion Euros worth of assistance by the EU. This is only one segment. Investments would grow and development would be unavoidable.
By Ismail Arsllani
FYR Macedonia continues its “blind” journey. At least 7 years of deception, insanity, a game of national feelings. A fall into the precipice. Impoverishment. An inflation worth of promises, fake hopes. Progress measured by millimeters. Isolation, loss of old friendships from Brussels and Washington.
Under these circumstances, in this country, Albanians are writhing in their own sorrow. They have turned their eyes to the world. They emigrate to secure the daily bread for their children.
An unproductive policy of Athens, Paris and Brussels. “The country remains in the EU agenda”, but this is it! The distance is growing, the gap is endless. The processes are coming to a stalemate, as opposed to the objective of moving toward the European civilization, where there’s money, culture, democracy…
There’s European money even for this country, but the political arrogance and the inclination to remain in the retrograding and provoking course hinder development. IPA funds are not used like they should do and money is being refused. European Union nonetheless continues to support this Balkan country. It’s planning to allocate 595 million Euros worth of assistance until 2020.
If it were part of the EU, like Croatia has been for several months and with which it was part of the Adriatic Charter 8 years ago, FYR Macedonia, being a favorite, until the end of this decade would have received no less than 3.7 billion Euros worth of assistance by the EU. This is only one segment. Investments would grow and development would be unavoidable.
All of this was so close, but now it’s so far. Were it not for the name dispute with Greece, had there not been Balkan grudges, had there been no inter-ethnic conflicts, had it not ignored the neighboring countries, had it not attacked media…it would be a true underplot!
The political compass may be lost! In this state of dizziness between East and West, eyes turn on east. It’s seduced by Putin’s “Bolshaja Evropa”, who according to the American magazine “Forbes”, is on the top of the list of the most influential personalities in the world. For this Balkan countries which is a strategic junction of great powers, the advisors of those who lead the country prefer China, India, South America as an alternative to the EU and NATO, although in parliament they swear for integration in these Euro-Atlantic alliances.
Indian billionaire Subrata Roj promised “milk and honey” for Skopje, but he’s facing jail. A mountain full of promises made by him are temporarily sleeping…
Skopje is waiting from former People’s Yugoslav Armada 4 billion USD. A fantastic amount…
Albanians in this country remain far from these movements. America is not that close. Under these circumstances, they have set their eyes on Turkey. “America has left Albanians in the hands of Turkey” (Adem Demaçi).
Greece shocked Europe: FYROM should be called “Slavo-Albanian Macedonia”. Reactions: “It has been mentioned, but not proposed”. Albanians (BDI) only refuse “Slav Macedonia” and “Ethnic Macedonia” and accepts other names. Negotiator Mathew Nimitz gave up, “there’s no progress in the talks about the name, and the discrepancy cannot be overcome”.
The atmosphere is lit from within: with solemnity, parliamentary speaker of FYROM would declare: “Whoever wants the name to be changed, will be punished by the people”. The name continues to prevent developments. Slovenian MEP, Jelko Kacin has lost all hopes for the solution to the name dispute. Opposition in FYROM accuses: “Parliament is a mess”.
Richard Howitt MEP on FYROM is desperate: “There’s a climate of fear and tension in FYR Macedonia”. He comes up with concrete demands to the government of the country to be met until the start of December: improvement of relations with the neighbors, freedom of media.
Quo-vadis, FYR Macedonia?!
*The author lives and works in Tetovo. Since 1973 he has worked as a journalist and since 1976 has been a journalist and columnist of “Rilindja” newspaper of Kosovo. From 1992 until 1993 he has been a collaborator of the Albanian Public Television. In the past he has been an editor in “Flaka”, “Koha Ditore”, “Lajm” newspapers, etc. Recently he has been collaborating with IBNA.