Deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group Johann Wadephul has joined the ranks of international actors denouncing the demolition of Albania’s National Theatre, questioning whether Albania is truly ready for EU accession.
In a May 18 tweet, Wadephul expressed disappointment at the government’s rushed and violent demolition of the Theatre building. As a supporter of Albania’s EU accession perspective, he now finds himself wondering whether opponents of opening negotiations were, in fact, right after all.
As a strong supporter of #Albania s #EU perspective the demolition of #NationslTheater w/ rush and violence left me disappointed and sad. Were all my opponents in several national parliaments right, when they refused their “yes” for starting negotiations? #democracy #CivilRights
— Johann Wadephul (@JoWadephul) May 18, 2020
President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and former President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the EU delegation in Albania, the German, British and Swedish embassies, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti, and several MEPs have also expressed regret, sadness, or outrage at the demolition of the National Theatre.