Giorgia Meloni created a new bilateral model

The moral of the story is that Meloni built this agreement with the Albanian Prime Minister, the socialist Edi Rama, based on relationships that intertwine politics and friendship. And it was good because not only did it seek a political solution to a huge problem like immigration, but it also created a new model of bilateral relations that could be successful. Which weakens the Italian opposition and the European bureaucracy at once. The agreement between President Meloni and his Albanian counterpart Rama is an excellent agreement, based on friendly relations, based on overcoming old hesitations and even prejudices; a political agreement that, if well guarded, will bring advantages to Italy in the management of migrants rescued at sea and at the same time will make Albania an issue whose strategic importance Europe will have to understand in the always hot Balkan area. As we said, the opposition in Italy and the Commission in Brussels were opposed to this agreement.

There is little to comment on the first: they would have liked to play the electoral campaign on the government’s inertia in relation to the landings and, at the same time, on the dangerous relations with those African countries, starting lands where respect for human rights is always under trial. With Albania, however, the situation is bad. Edi Rama, a highly sensitive socialist prime minister, will ensure respect for the rights of migrants and strengthen the fight against traders of men, women and children. Albania knows what it means to emigrate en masse, filling ships in the hope of finding redemption and freedom. What surprises me – not so much… – is the irritation of the European Union which once again reveals itself to be a (monstrous) bureaucratic creature, sensitive to the care of its bizarre rules, maniacally closed to its liturgy and fanatically obsessed with false coats of arms.

Europe has completely failed in migration policies, both in managing flows and in international relations designed to discourage departures. Italy had no choice: either it found its own way or the government would have been crushed between the Italians’ intolerance for the increase in landings and the differences within the Ursula majority between socialists and popular ones. Meloni went it alone and did well. Having strengthened the bridge with Albania is also a bet on an area – the Balkans – that few look at in its harshest developments. Instead of responding with the usual bureaucratic language, the Commission would do well to look with political sense at the agreement between Italy and Albania, precisely to have a mediation partner where old tensions are boiling, ready to be reactivated between Kosovo and Serbia.

Source: IL Tempo