The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, criticized the ZDF moderator, Markus Lanz, for calling Albanians “fraudulent”!
Rama, who is expected to visit Berlin on Sunday, told BILD: “I am very surprised that you can hear this kind of language on a TV station as well-known as ZDF! I don’t know if this is an innocent mistake or a racist misnomer of the Albanians as a people, but it’s clearly a shameful phrase. ”
But what happened on the TV show hosted by Lance?
The Minister of Transportation, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), had a heated discussion with the show host regarding his mistakes as minister.
Lanz promptly responded to the Minister’s arguments about foreigners: “Now you’re getting to the level of fraudulent Albanians”, and he even got applause for it.
The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, reacted with this statement for the German newspaper “Bild:
“It is not the first time, and it won’t be the last, that Albanians are the target of lazy journalists, but when it comes from a highly respected media like ZDF, and by someone with the special reputation of Mr. Lanz, it obviously hurts a lot. An apology from the show would expose it as an innocent mistake. The opposite of this would be even more hurtful than the shameful sentence itself.”
Despite the mishap with Lanz, Rama is looking forward to his visit to Berlin.
“Chancellor Merkel is Europe’s pioneer and an inspiring figure for all of us who are trying hard to join the EU one day, by reforming our candidate countries in the Western Balkans and changing them for the better. This is why meeting her is always a special honor and joy, but this time it is also crucial for me as Prime Minister of a country that was hit hard by a devastating earthquake. ”
“Albania is looking forward to a positive result from the fundraising conference, which will be organized by Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, on February 17th. Chancellor Merkel has been very helpful to the Albanian people since the first moment after the tragedy, and I will ask for their help to make the fundraising conference a ray of hope for almost 15,000 people who have lost their homes. ”