Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has reacted in strong terms against Prime Minister Edi Rama’s comments in an interview with Politico that a union with Kosovo would be a “possible alternative to the closed door of the European Union.”
President Vučić declared:
If I were to say something about uniting the Serbs in the region, I would have already being hung in Brussels instead of their flags.
Prime Minister Rama’s suggestion for a “Greater Albania” was echoed by Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi, who stated that if there will be a “blockade” of the EU accession, “all Albanians in the region will live in one unified state in order to proceed with integration into the European family.”
Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić stated that Prime Minister Rama’s claims are “another confirmation of the fact that the creation of Great Albania is a great threat to the peace and stability of the region and all of Europe.”
Together with playing on a perceived fear for “radical Islam” and, more recently, Russia, referring to the possibility of a Greater Albania has been one of Prime Minister Rama’s preferred rhetorical strategies to get the attention from the EU he thinks he deserves.