Berlin Will Change Its Approach Towards Belgrade

Viola von Cramon MEP told that she hopes for a change in Berlin’s attitude towards Belgrade when her Alliance ’90/Greens party takes over the German Foreign ministry. She said that she hopes for a different approach towards the Serbian authorities when her party takes over the ministry under the coalition government agreement, specifying that she wants to see an approach based on rule of law with a more critical view of events and the results in implementing reforms. She added that the coalition agreement to form a new German federal government focuses on the Western Balkans to a great extent.

According to Von Cramon, the difference in approach could be in whether Germany supports the opening of clusters in Serbia’s accession talks with the European Union. She voiced hope that a line will be drawn that shows that Germany will not jeopardize its European values. She said that European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi’s latest report on Serbia’s progress undermined the principles of the European Commission.

Von Cramon said that she was shocked by the way the Serbian authorities reacted to last weekend’s protest by environmental activists against the adopting of laws on referendums and expropriation, saying that everyone has the right to protest.

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