Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is considering avoiding participation in a summit between the European Union and Western Balkans, which will be held by mid-May. He does not want to be in the same picture with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci who would represent Kosovo in this summit, El Pais reports.
According to Spanish newspaper, Rajoy is afraid that a potential picture of him and Thaci in the same frame will be used by separatist leaders of Catalonia as a justification for their cause of independence. Spain is one of the five EU member countries which has not recognised Kosovo’s independence. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is expected to visit Madrid on Friday trying to convince Rajoy to attend the EU-Western Balkans summit, in order to support Balkans EU path. Leaders of Slovakia, Romania, Greece, and Cyprus, countries which have not recognised Kosovo’s independence, are expected to attend the summit. Diplomatic sources told El Pais, that the EU is looking for modalities in order to enable Spain’s participation. One of the options according to the Spanish daily is removing Kosovo flag from the event.