Germany is expected to block Albania's EU aspirations by setting strong preconditions for the opening of negotiations in October.
German media, which have seen a draft decision that Bundestag MPs will vote on on September 27, report that prerequisites will be electoral reform and the functioning of the justice system.
For the ruling CDU/CSU coalition and the Social Democrats, the links between politics and the world of crime also remain a problem.
For this reason, negotiation chapters will be required to be opened if significant progress has previously been made in the fight against corruption and organized crime at all levels, and if prosecution of suspected judges and prosecutors continues.
The importance of these barriers for the Albanian executive, according to media affiliated with the currently ruling German Social Democratic Party, are so high that they can delay the negotiation process with Brussels for several years.
In an interview with German state-run media, Deutsche Welle, Christian Democratic MP Gunther Krichbaum defended the idea that Albania and North Macedonia deserve the opening of the EU accession negotiations in October.
According to him, Skopje's politics are seen with a better eye than Tirana's.
“What I can say is, that in the German parliament, in the Bundestag, the opinion for North Macedonia is very good, very positive.
“Countries have to be evaluated on their own advances, on the so-called “principle of merit”.
“To me, it is clear that the separation of the two countries can take place, but in the end it could also happen that the talks start at the same time for both countries," stated Krichbaum.
On the other hand, the Netherlands and France remain reserved, even opposed, to the opening of negotiations with the two Balkan states in October.
Two Dutch MEPs from the Liberal Party for “Freedom and Democracy” raised concerns on Thursday about irregular Albanian emigration in a request to the European Commission.
Two MEPs, Malik Azmani and Karolin Nagtegal, said many Albanian nationals were constantly trying to cross into the United Kingdom illegally and in violation of the free movement regime.
According to them, the Albanian government is not doing enough with awareness-raising campaigns on television or in print media against illegal immigration.