US News at the one: Angela Merkel is goodbye to the Balkans

19:25  17 september  2021
19:25  17 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Bundestag: It's good that Merkel stands before the farewell

 Bundestag: It's good that Merkel stands before the farewell is so difficult for many fans of Chancellor falls: the change is overdue. After 16 years, it's time for a new beginning. The boss and her government only tow themselves. © John MacDougall / AFP Departure After 16 years - Angela Merkel leaves the plenary hall according to her possibly last appearance as Federal Chancellor. It's good that Merkel stands before the farewell what the Chancellor is generally so desiring, you rarely know. But that you could have wished for such a finale is excluded.

La chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et le président serbe Aleksandar Vucic lors d'une conférence de presse à Belgrade, le 13 septembre 2021. © AFP The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at a press conference in Belgrade, September 13, 2021.

It is by Serbia May the German Chancellor Angela Merkel began his farewell tour . Tuesday, Chancellor has lunch at Tirana with the prime ministers of the six Western Balkan countries. It recalled its commitment to European integration, despite the few results obtained for fifteen years .

Faced with the European impasse, Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia announced the opening of their borders for 2023. A sort of "Mini-Schengen" named Open Balkans. But for the Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, this project is not, and can not be, an alternative to European integration .

Germany. "I am a feminist," says Angela Merkel

 Germany. © Friedemann Vogel / Pool / EPA / Maxppp Angela Merkel during a discussion with the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, September 8 in Dusseldorf. Angela Merkel said having evolved on the issue of equality between man and women. "I can say yes today, so I am a feminist," shelled the German Chancellor. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel defined Wednesday, September 8 as a feminist, saying to have evolved on the issue of equality between men and women to whom it should be tender.

When it comes to playing a regional political role, Croatia, which has joined the EU in 2013, is lagging behind. Incompetence, ignorance and nationalism chauvino. Zagreb despises his neighbors and all non-European countries. Requestitory against a short-view foreign policy and disconnected from the world .

"Serb Unit" and Memory of War Crimes

Belgrade and Banja Luka, on the other hand, keep tightening their links. On September 15, both came out the big game for to celebrate the "Serbian Day" . In Republika Srpska, the government has imposed a series of activities in schools in schools to which all students need to participate. To the chagrin of many teachers.

The relations between Serbia and Kosovo, they do not improve, especially when it comes to looking at the past. Open the archives that covers the war is a very bad idea, according to the opposition to Pristina. On the side of Belgrade, radio silence. More than 20 years after the end of the conflict, shed light on the fate of missing persons in 1998 and 1999 is still not a priority . Meanwhile, on September 15, the first trial of the specialized chambers for Kosovo opened at the Hague. Salih Mustafa, a former commander of the Kosovo liberation army (UÇK), will be judged for "arbitrary detention, inhuman treatments, acts of torture and homicides". Very expected, this trial should make jurisprudence.

The integration of the Balkans is in "the geostrategic interest" of the EU, according to Angela Merkel

 The integration of the Balkans is in © AFP The German Chancellor Angela Merkel expresses himself at a joint press conference with the Serbian president after their meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, September 13, 2021. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that the integration of the Western Balkans is in "the absolute geostrategic interest" of the European Union in the face of the influence of the other powers in this region from Europe.

Albania: "Pink Washing" and murder of Father

in Albania, EDI Rama presented a new government almost entirely composed of women. An operation of "Pink Washing" intended to restore the image of Prime Minister , ecorned by of the years of authoritarian drifting . Meanwhile, the situation of the women of Albania does not improve .

last spring, the former Albanian President and Prime Minister Sali Berisha, considered a symbol of the fall of the communist dictatorship, was declared Persona Non Grata in the United States . Today, the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, therefore wants to exclude the ranks of the PD. A murder of the father who does not pass within the Albanian line .

Turkey: Ottoman Cardboard

in Turkey, A series on the birth of the Ottoman dynasty cartonne around the world . 150 episodes To tell the life of Ertuğrul Gâzi, the ancestor of the Ottoman dynasty, and a planetary success exported in more than 70 countries. The Diriliş series: Ertuğrul is a valuable instrument of influence for Ankara, novels the heroic version of the story promoted by the AKP.

30 years ago, the end of Yugoslavia

he deserted. Like thousands of young Serbs, in 1991, Filip Švarm refused to fight on the Croatia front. Today Editor-in-Chief of the Independent Hebdo Vreme, he testifies in the name of a lost generation, that of Serbian deserters , forced to exile or hiding in their own country. Seventh out of ten component of our series: " 1991, last summer from Yugoslavia ".

Angela Merkel in eight video sequences .
© Copyright 2021, Obs When Angela Merkel has accessed power, YouTube had just been launched, the iPhone existed only in Steve Jobs's head and the French came Just reject by referendum the draft European Constitution. Sixteen years later, the longevity record at the German Chancellery beaten, it derives its reverence , more popular than ever in Germany. For some, Angela Merkel has even become an Pop icon.

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