Before the American election campaign: the withdrawal of troops in the Balkans?

for Two years, Richard Grenell was the American Ambassador to Germany. As a few weeks ago it was announced that he will leave his Post, was not sadness, the mos

Before the American election campaign: the withdrawal of troops in the Balkans?

for Two years, Richard Grenell was the American Ambassador to Germany. As a few weeks ago it was announced that he will leave his Post, was not sadness, the most common reaction in Berlin. Since taking up his post in may 2018, the man who owes his entry into the diplomacy of the former President George W. Bush had applied to the German policy of regularly up against. The SPD declared him the "diplomatic total failure", and the Deputy FDP leader Wolfgang Kubicki was not alone in his claim that we should Grenell declare Persona non grata, because he makes himself such as the "high Commissioner of a crew" was performing. Even the transatlantic-dominated CDU, the interference of the Ambassador in the inner-German Affairs was reprimanded.

occasions there was plenty of it. Time was Grenell with threats of Sanctions related ultimatums to German companies, then again, he announced, to the European Right, strengthen it, or he criticized Berlin – in this case, however, with good arguments – because of the German defence expenditure. He is also regarded as the brains behind the decision of Donald Trump, a part of the Germany-American soldiers stationed deduct. Grenell has good access to the American President. "Richard Grenell is a Superstar," says Trump. He expects a lot from his wonder weapon – now, apparently, even a foreign-policy "Deal" that will positively RUB off on his presidential election campaign.

in October 2019 also Trumps Grenell's special envoy to the "peace negotiations" between Serbia and Kosovo. That sounds exaggerated, because war no longer exists between Serbia and Kosovo since 1999. The American President was Bill Clinton, after today, a Boulevard in Kosovo's capital Prishtina is named. Although the guns are silent since then, mostly, is the way to normal or even good-neighbourly relations between the two countries is still far.

A deduction would be to change out the wrong Signal

The now supposedly. 27. June be expected, the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaçi, had a meeting in the White house. According to a Tweet Grenells it should go to the Serbian-Kosovar economic relations. Trump and his "Superstar do" so in fact, the effort to negotiate with the leaders of the two Balkan States via freight train services, or the removal of trade barriers? In Belgrade and in Prishtina, the view that Trump and Grenell for factual questions is, quite unpopular. Especially in Prishtina some of the fear, rather, Grenell his boss wool present a in a hurry together, i.e. "historic agreement". In the election campaign, Trump will claim that he had solved the Kosovo conflict "" why close the American military base in Kosovo, and the last soldiers could pull off.

For the stability of the Region, one can only hope that it is different, because a withdrawal of the Americans would be the wrong Signal. The Kosovo conflict is not solved in double quick time to. To think of all the irrlichternde American President and his diplomatic stoick could change, is at best bold.

Updated Date: 22 June 2020, 14:20

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