This second lecture was actually the moment we made a breakthrough in our program of political education of our young participants. It is a pleasure, in addition to a privilege, to re-meet Professor Kabo, the teacher and mentor that we all would have loved to have as an influence in our lives.
A scintillating analysis of our Europeanist roots from the Pelasgian-Illyrian times, or pre-Hellenic culture, antiquity that is, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, the Ottoman Conquest which changed important elements of our national identity by installing the theocratic state and the Asian model of society, relations with the state, land, administration, etc. Our zig zags from being the epicenter from the west, to the eastern direction which was Byzantium and then to the east with the invasion of Turkey. To continue then with the severe consequences of the isolation of the country by the Stalinist system that imprisoned people for a word of mouth.
We spent the important historical moments such as the 6 months of Prince Vid’s stay, the Congress of Lushnja, the important role of Fan Noli in the League of Nations and other important figures with extraordinary contributions to the preservation of our European origin such as Monsignor Fishta, Monsignor Bumçi and Faik Konica.
If after 1990 we intended to go towards the West with the motto “We love Albania like all of Europe” we forgot to emphasize those who contributed in this direction, the figures above who made Albania European because without appreciating their contribution we have no awareness and pathos.
The country’s membership in the EU is not just a technical matter, the task of the next government, but it is first of all the preservation of the European historical identity, which makes us proud alongside all the other countries of Europe.
Thus, with this synthesis of history in a few hours, we can say that thanks to Professor Kabo, the way has been paved to continue with the contemporary discourse of the EU membership perspective.