April 15, 2010
I had the privilege to speak to Sali Berisha, indeed a ‘political animal’, always on the front scene of Albania.
As any other leader of a candidate country, he tried to sell its bid to the best of his abilities. I think he is a good communicator, that could also explain his political longevity.
But one could put into doubt some over-optimistic statements. I have been to Albania in December 2007. The country may have changed a bit since, but it’s still the poorest country in Europe. Watching Belgian television, I frequently hear of Albanian mafia, despite the fact that Mr. Berisha says it does not exist any more.
Albania needs encouragement, because it’s the country that came the longest way, from an almost medieval society to modernity, in just one generation. But how generous can Europe be?Georgi Gotev