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news EU Parliament President Tajani to "Eurofora": For Solution on Cyprus, withOut Turkish Army
Thursday, 14 December 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament President Tajani to @Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question at his Official Press Conference at EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Brussels, EU...
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news EU Parliament Sakharov Prize co-winner Ledezma to EF: Unity+Hope for Freedom+Peace in Venezuela
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament Sakharov Prize co-winner Ledezma to EF: Unity+Hope for Freedom+Peace in Venezuela *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- One of the 2 Leaders of the co-Winners of EU Parliament's Sakharov for 2017, (all Oppressed Dissidents to Maduro's controversial regime in Venezuela), f....
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news EUParliament Environment Committee vPresident Javor to EF(+373 MEPs): Health Risk in Kebab Chemical?
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 | ACM
EUParliament Environment Committee vPresident Javor to EF(+373 MEPs): Health Risk in Kebab Chemical? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo(Partly UPDATED)/- EU Parliament's Environment, Health and Food Safety Committee's vice-President, "Green" MEP Benedek Javor, speaking to...
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news CoE Questions Turkey on UnLawful Exploitation of Cyprus Refugees'Property+Warns Measures in 9 Months
Friday, 08 December 2017 | ACM
CoE Questions Turkey on UnLawful Exploitation of Cyprus Refugees'Property+Warns Measures in 9 Months *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- 47 Member States-strong (including Russia) CoE's Top Political Body, its Committee of (Foreign) Ministers, officialy Raised Questions to Turkey about...
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news EPP: Truth by Ideas. Not Imposed by State/Company! But Turk Mosque Guard Stops USPresident Web tool!
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 | ACM
EPP: Truth by Ideas. Not Imposed by State/Company! But Turk Mosque Guard Stops USPresident Web tool! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Twitter" was Unexpectedly the only Big Internet Company Absent at CoE's Official Ceremony for the Signing of an Historic Agreement by the...
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news ECHR to hear Muslim Woman's plea against Sharia Law in EU Member Greece, while Erdogan visits
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 | ACM
ECHR to hear Muslim Woman's plea against Sharia Law in EU Member Greece, while Erdogan visits  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While, for the 1st Time in 65 Years, a Turkey's President will be Visiting Greece, where he wants to meet also with a Muslim Minority of Greek Citizens at a...
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news ERC Head Bourguignon to EF on Scientific Research Impact to Society, key of EU Funds Future Strategy
Saturday, 25 November 2017 | ACM
ERC Head Bourguignon to EF on Scientific Research Impact to Society, key of EU Funds Future Strategy  - *Strasbourg/European RDV 2017/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU Political Leaders nowadays Prepare a New Multi-Annual Program for EU Funds to Scientific/Technological Research in the Post-2020 Future of...
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news ECHR to influence Italy's Prime Minister Election after Hearing on controversial Ban of Berlusconi ?
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 | ACM
ECHR to influence Italy's Prime Minister Election after Hearing on controversial Ban of Berlusconi ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- ECHR is practically due to decide, in the Next few Months, indirectly but surely,  who will be Italy's next Prime Minister, (See Infra), if one believes Polls which...
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news Germany: Mass Irregular Migration (via Turkey) problems Stop Jamaica Coalition, but point to Bahamas
Monday, 20 November 2017 | ACM
Germany: Mass Irregular Migration (via Turkey) problems Stop Jamaica Coalition, but point to Bahamas *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Can Adenauer's Historic moves, (See Infra), Joining Nowadays German People's Democratically Expressed Will in Recent Elections, (both at Regional and...
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news Germany : Real "Greens", or Greedy Foreign Lobbies ?
Saturday, 18 November 2017 | ACM
Germany : Real *Strasbourg/-  -"Where have all the Flowers gone ?", Joan Baez used to sing, during the Vietnam War.  But, Nowadays, in Germany, and often elsewhere in Europe, it's once again,...
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news EU-Germany: Greens' controversial Push for More Migrants (+via Turkey) to End EU role on Migration ?
Friday, 17 November 2017 | ACM
EU-Germany: Greens' controversial Push for More Migrants (+via Turkey) to End EU role on Migration ?  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- New Facts, which surfaced in Strasbourg, on the Sidelines of EU Parliament's full Plenary Session this week, and while "Hot" Political Negotiations...
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news French Republicans Head Wauquiez to EF for a Strong France in a Strong Europe: Start from Grassroots
Thursday, 16 November 2017 | ACM
French Republicans Head Wauquiez to EF for a Strong France in a Strong Europe: Start from Grassroots *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" asked Wauquiez briefly if he really Believed that we could Dream, Nowadays, for a Strong France, inside a Strong Europe in the World, his 1st...
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news Top Conservative UK MEP Tannock to EF: Questions raised on British Bases in Cyprus after BREXIT
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 | ACM
Top Conservative UK MEP Tannock to EF:  Questions raised on British Bases in Cyprus after BREXIT  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- One of EU Parliament's most Experienced Members, from UK's Governing Party of Prime Minister Theresa May, and former Long-Time Foreign Policy spokesman of...
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news CoE new Chairman, Minister Samuelsen - Danish Presidency to EF+ on big moves on Human Rights in 2018
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 | ACM
CoE new Chairman, Minister Samuelsen - Danish Presidency to EF+ on big moves on Human Rights in 2018  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Saluting with a Smile "Eurofora" and other participants to various CoE's Meetings Today, just after Taking over Officially the Presidency of the 47...
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news EU Parliament President Tajani to EF: Cooperate with CoE on Web Journalist Daphne Murder Enquiry ?!
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament President Tajani to EF: Cooperate with CoE on Web Journalist Daphne Murder Enquiry ?! *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, EU Parliament's new President, the experienced former EU Commissioner and f. Minister, Antonio Tajani,...
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news pro-Gay Marriage Billionaire Bezos Media slander Judge Moore who Sacrificed Job for Natural Marriage
Sunday, 12 November 2017 | ACM
pro-Gay Marriage Billionaire Bezos Media slander Judge Moore who Sacrificed Job for Natural Marriage *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Abusing of Similar Tactics as those who had attacked Pope (em.) Benedict's Christian Catholic Church in a recent Past, shortly after he had engaged a Strong Battle...
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news EUROCORPS New Commander, General Weigt to EF: Next Years important for Decisions on EU Defence
Saturday, 11 November 2017 | ACM
EUROCORPS New Commander, General Weigt to EF: Next Years important for Decisions on EU Defence  *Strasbourg/WW1 Armistice Ceremony/Angelo Marcopolo/- EUROCORPS' new Commander for the Period of 2017-2019, General Jürgen Weigt, speaking to "Eurofora", expressed a careful but clear...
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news CoE SG Jagland Wonders What Turkey may Seek by Threats to Reduce its Financial Contribution
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 | ACM
CoE SG Jagland Wonders What Turkey may Seek by Threats to Reduce its Financial Contribution *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean, 47 Member States-strong CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, former Norway's Prime Minister, speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg,...
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news CoE Secretary General Jagland to EF: Independent Monitoring = Key against Corruption of Judges
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 | ACM
CoE Secretary General Jagland to EF: Independent Monitoring = Key against Corruption of Judges *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Questioned by "Eurofora" about the Independence of Mechanisms to Monitor the Prevention or Eradication of Corruption risks among Judges, in order to...
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news US: Anti-Russian War-Mongering Bad Losers Hystery FLOP: Nothing but Tintin Rastapopoulos Irrelevancy
Saturday, 04 November 2017 | ACM
US: Anti-Russian War-Mongering Bad Losers Hystery FLOP: Nothing but Tintin Rastapopoulos Irrelevancy *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Controversial and UnPopular Establishment's "Deep State"'s (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/journalistgreenwaldfortrumpondeepstate.html)...
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news PanEuropean AudioVisual Observatory Experts to "EF" 25 Years After: Focus on Web NewsMedia +Video OD
Friday, 03 November 2017 | ACM
PanEuropean AudioVisual Observatory Experts to  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean, 41 Member-States strong (including Russia, etc), CoE's Observatory for AudioVisual works (EAVO), which was Created on 1992, when Cinema Films'...
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news French Minister of Justice Belloubet to EF: -Debate on eventual New BioEthical Rules from 2018 ?
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 | ACM
French Minister of Justice Belloubet to EF: -Debate on eventual New BioEthical Rules from 2018 ? *Strasbourg/ECHR/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's from 2018 that should Start Debates on key BioEthical Issues, including in France, that President Macron Highlighted at the Conclusion of his Speech at...
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news CoE-Russia : Macron + Jagland for saveguarding a PanEuropean Area from Lisbon to Vladivostok
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 | ACM
CoE-Russia : Macron + Jagland for saveguarding a PanEuropean Area from Lisbon to Vladivostok *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's Both the New French President Emmanuel Macron and CoE's Secetary General Thornbjorn Jagland, former Norway Prime Minister and NOBEL Peace Prize Oslo...
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news CoE Spokesman Holtgen to EF on French President Macron Talks with SG Jagland: Russia + ECHR Issues ?
Monday, 30 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Spokesman Holtgen to EF on French President Macron Talks with SG Jagland: Russia + ECHR Issues ?   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-  Among the most Topical Questions that the PanEuropean Organisation's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, former Prime Minister of Norway and NOBEL Peace...
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news French JHA Minister Collomb to "EF": Ecumenic Religious Dialogue can help Build Europe + Humanity
Friday, 27 October 2017 | ACM
French JHA Minister Collomb to   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's by Continuous Dialogue also in Ecumenic, Religious aspects, that People can help Build a Strong European Society and even the Future of Humanity,...
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news EU Defence Rapporteur (f. Minister) Paet to Eurofora : Space Tech Important for Autonomy
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | ACM
EU Defence Rapporteur (f. Minister) Paet to Eurofora : Space Tech Important for Autonomy *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Rapporteur on the European Defence Union, experienced former Foreign Minister of Estonia, who currently Chairs the EU for the period of July -...
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news CoE BioEthics Committee Head Ioan to EF: Plan on New Challenges Mid 2018+Conference asks pub. Debate
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | ACM
CoE BioEthics Committee Head Ioan to EF: Plan on New Challenges Mid 2018+Conference asks pub. Debate *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While PanEuropean, 47 Member States-strong (including Russia) CoE's BioEthics' (CDBI) Committee President, Dr. Beatrice Ioan from Romania, had just spoken...
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news Czech Vote: New center-Right Citizens movements Win v. Kafka Castle Traditional Establishment's Left
Saturday, 21 October 2017 | ACM
Czech Vote: New center-Right Citizens movements Win v. Kafka Castle Traditional Establishment's Left *From Brussels to Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Stonger and quite Different than usually Expected, interesting New potential Political Patterns appear to Emerge from Today's 2017 Parliamentary...
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news Macron : Citizens' Debates on EU's Future = crucial from Summer 2018
Friday, 20 October 2017 | ACM
Macron : Citizens' Debates on EU's Future = crucial from Summer 2018  *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's around Summer 2018 that EU Citizens' potential Role in PanEuropean Public Debates on the Future of Europe, is due to arrive at a Crucial Stage,...
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news +Merkel: Long EU Debate with Various Views+Concerns on Turkey, Starts by Funds' Cut
Friday, 20 October 2017 | ACM
+Merkel: Long EU Debate with Various Views+Concerns on Turkey, Starts by Funds' Cut   *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- By wishing, with a Smile, ..."Good Morning !" to "Eurofora" and other Journalists present at her entry for an UnExpectedly Delayed Press...
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news EPP Head Daul slams Turkey for recent Deadlock on Cyprus' ReUnification + Enclaved People's Rights
Thursday, 19 October 2017 | ACM
EPP Head Daul slams Turkey for recent Deadlock on Cyprus' ReUnification + Enclaved People's Rights *Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The recent "Disappointment" for a Deadlock on UN Talks for a Solution on Cyprus' ReUnification, is mainly due to Turkey's claims to maintain...
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news Juncker regrets lack of EU States' Unanimity for Mandate to Negotiate Peaceful Deal with Russia
Thursday, 19 October 2017 | ACM
Juncker regrets lack of EU States' Unanimity for Mandate to Negotiate Peaceful Deal with Russia *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/-  EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, Criticized the Obstacles which still Prevent him from Negotiating an adequate way Out of a reciprocally...
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news Rumours that Socialists negotiate with Rightists in Austria !
Thursday, 19 October 2017 | ACM
Rumours that Socialists negotiate with Rightists in Austria ! *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- While speculations are still going on about possible Coalitions for a New Government in Austria, lead by Frontrunner, and Number 1 Winner, Sebastian Kurz,...
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news Austrian Election 1st Winner, Kurz to Eurofora: I met the Norway Prime Minister too in Brussels !...
Thursday, 19 October 2017 | ACM
Austrian Election 1st Winner, Kurz to Eurofora: I met the Norway Prime Minister too in Brussels !...   *Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Symbolic but Timely Fact that he's just met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, revealed the Number 1 Winner of the Austrian Elections, and...
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news EPP SG Isturiz to EF on Catalonia row: Let's Hope that they don't stick on Secession at Saturday...
Thursday, 19 October 2017 | ACM
EPP SG Isturiz to EF on Catalonia row: Let's Hope that they don't stick on Secession at Saturday...   @Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Until Saturday, (21 October 2017), Important Decisions are due to be taken, particularly in Barcelona, on Spain's Catalonia Region's...
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news CLRAE President Moesler-Törnstorm to EF on Catalonia: Solution according to the Constitution
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | ACM
CLRAE President Moesler-Törnstorm to EF on Catalonia: Solution according to the Constitution  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora", CoE's Local and Regional Autonomy watchdog (CLRAE)'s President, Gudrun Moesler-Törnstorm, explained what she meant,...
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news CLRAE President Mosler-Törnstorm: OK Regional Self-Government But Do Not push our States to Implode!
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | ACM
CLRAE President Mosler-Törnstorm: OK Regional Self-Government But Do Not push our States to Implode! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Opening an important Session of CoE's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE: 18-20 October 2017), which is due to Debate also a...
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news EPP vice-Presiden+CLRAE f.Head, van Staa to EF-Austrian Unity of the Right can work well
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | ACM
EPP vice-Presiden+CLRAE f.Head, van Staa to EF-Austrian Unity of the Right can work well  @Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, Twice Elected President of PanEuropean CoE's Local and Regional Authorities' Congress (CLRAE), and currently vice-President of its Biggest...
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news CoE Local Authorities President Knape to EF: To prevent Terrorism Cities must skip Ghettos+Integrate
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Local Authorities President Knape to EF: To prevent Terrorism Cities must skip Ghettos+Integrate   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, Long-Time President of CoE's Chamber for Local Authorities, Anders Knape from Sweden, speaking to "Eurofora", stressed that Cities'...
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news CLRAE vicePresident Angelopoulos to "EF": EU-Turkey Mass Migrants Deal must be Ameliorated
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | ACM
CLRAE vicePresident Angelopoulos to *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's clear that Greece canNot bear alone all the burden of those Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants who are brought in Europe through Neighbouring Turkey,...
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news Investigative Journalist Daphne's Murder and Independent Web's Importance over Establishment's Media
Monday, 16 October 2017 | ACM
Investigative Journalist Daphne's Murder and Independent Web's Importance over Establishment's Media *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Journalist's independent Web "NoteBook", which became Popular by its Freedom of Criticism and Investigative Journalism,  proved to be much more...
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news Elections' results: Austria to become the 5th EU Country with Unity of All the Right ?
Sunday, 15 October 2017 | ACM
Elections' results: Austria to become the 5th EU Country with Unity of All the Right ?  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After Norway, Denmark, Finland and Bulgaria (etc), Austria seems due to become the 5th EU Country with a New Government forged on the basis of a Unity among All the...
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news New PACE President Kyriakides to "EF": Trust, Russia, New Summit + Fight v. Corruption = Priorities
Friday, 13 October 2017 | ACM
New PACE President Kyriakides to *Stasbourg/CoE/Angel Marcopolo/- Replying to "Eurofora"s Questions, CoE Parliamentary Assembly's New President, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from the Governing Party in Cyprus,...
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news CoE Rule of Law Criteria include Eurofora idea on Dialogue with Citizens before important Decisions
Thursday, 12 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Rule of Law Criteria include Eurofora idea on Dialogue with Citizens before important Decisions *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) of the PanEuropean Organisation for Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights, CoE, has just decided to Start Implementing, in real...
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news Ukraine's Poroshenko +PACE Chair Kyriakides (Cyprus): No Credentials+No Dialogue during Occupation ?
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 | ACM
Ukraine's Poroshenko +PACE Chair Kyriakides (Cyprus): No Credentials+No Dialogue during Occupation ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite the Kind Words between them, when Hard Facts were discussd with MEPs, the exchanges between Ukranian President Petro Poroschenko and CoE Assembly's...
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news CoE: Life-long Genetic AppartHeid accepted + incited by Report drafted in Strange Context ?!
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 | ACM
CoE: Life-long Genetic AppartHeid accepted + incited by Report drafted in Strange Context ?! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A very "Tricky" CoE Report, Debated and Voted Tomorrow, on the "Hottest" BioEthical Issue: that of "new  Genetic Technologies" that...
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news 1st PACE President from Cyprus Kyriakides among Czech President Zeman +CoESG Jagland moves on Russia
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 | ACM
1st PACE President from Cyprus Kyriakides among Czech President Zeman +CoESG Jagland moves on Russia *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- After stressing to Journalists her "Firm Belief to Human Rights" and her Intention to "treat All CoE's Member States Equally", the New...
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news Cyprus' Lady MEP leads Eminent Lithuanian MEP in Surprize Vote for New CoE Assembly President
Monday, 09 October 2017 | ACM
Cyprus' Lady MEP leads Eminent Lithuanian MEP in Surprize Vote for New CoE Assembly President *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after the "Bumpy" Controversy which pushed at the Out-going CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) President, Pedro Agramunt's last-minute,...
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news CoE Assembly SG Sawicki to EF: Russian MEPs can Participate+Vote, even if some asked Sanctions Later
Friday, 06 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Assembly SG Sawicki to EF: Russian MEPs can Participate+Vote, even if some asked Sanctions Later *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  Russian MEPs' eventual Return at the CoE on Monday, starting with full Rights, is not only Possible, but might even have Saved, perhaps, outgoing PACE...
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news CoE Committee wants to Stop Turkey's candidates from entering in the ECHR
Friday, 06 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Committee wants to Stop Turkey's candidates from entering in the ECHR *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- At the Same Time that a Judge imPrisoned in Turkey was chosen as one among the 3 Candidates for prestigious "Vaklav Havel" Human Rights Prize award, next...
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news New Strasbourg 'Great East' Region Prefect Marx to "EF": TransBorder Links now = Necessity+Dynamism
Thursday, 05 October 2017 | ACM
New Strasbourg 'Great East' Region Prefect Marx to *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New French President, Emmanuel Macron, bringing also a New Prefect, Jean-Claude Marx, in Strasbourg's strategic PanEuropean Headquarters of the CoE, EU...
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news Cyprus-UK BREXIT Negotiation will Start+Advance well, says to "EF" Governing Party MEP Christoforou
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 | ACM
Cyprus-UK BREXIT Negotiation will Start+Advance well, says to *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Forhcoming Cyprus - UK Negotiations on relevant "BREXIT"'s aspects would Start soon and shall Advance Well, optimistically said to...
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news Scheduled EU Parliament's Vote on critical Resolution on Turkey ... vanishes mysteriously !
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 | ACM
Scheduled EU Parliament's Vote on critical Resolution on Turkey ... vanishes mysteriously !  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just After the German Elections (but still Before the Austrian a.o.), suddenly, an Expected, officially Announced, and even initialy Registered, EU...
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news EUParliament: Fight v. Islamist Terror Attacks in EU/USA, + Debate on Secessionist trouble in Spain
Monday, 02 October 2017 | ACM
EUParliament: Fight v. Islamist Terror Attacks in EU/USA, + Debate on Secessionist trouble in Spain   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament had to Handle Today a series of various "Hot" Topical Issues currently Challenging Europe, at the opening of its full Plenary Session this...
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news French Regions' President Richert quits + points at Identity+General Interest, in Mystery..
Saturday, 30 September 2017 | ACM
French Regions' President Richert quits + points at Identity+General Interest, in Mystery.. *Strasbourg/Great East Region HQ/Angelo Marcopolo/- The most Experienced French "Regionalist" Top Politician, at EU's Core area of Strasbourg, the ChristianDemocrat/EPP President of the...
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news EPPSG Isturiz to EF: Secessionist Catalan Referendum Propaganda abused Anti-IS Terror Demonstration
Thursday, 28 September 2017 | ACM
EPPSG  Isturiz to EF: Secessionist Catalan Referendum Propaganda abused Anti-IS Terror Demonstration *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- While the Controversy on a pro-Secession Referendum in Catalonia Region of Spain approaches the scheduled Day of October 1st, even if EU Parliament...
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news European People back Judge Moore's Fight in Alabama (US) for Natural Family +by key Votes in Germany
Monday, 25 September 2017 | ACM
European People back Judge Moore's Fight in Alabama (US) for Natural Family +by key Votes in Germany *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While an Emblematic and Symbolic Vote, but also Politically Crucial for USA's foreseeable Future, starts Tomorrow at Alabama's Mediatic GOP Primary for a New...
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news German People voted : Crystal-clear Absolute Majority to the Right + 56 % !
Sunday, 24 September 2017 | ACM
German People voted : Crystal-clear Absolute Majority to the Right + 56 % !  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after Norway, even stronger in Germany, Democracy spoke this September 2017 : The German People gave a Crystal-clear Absolute Majority to the Right with more than...
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news CoE asks Turkey for Content of Effective Investigation+Tangible Result on Cyprus MISSING People Fast
Friday, 22 September 2017 | ACM
CoE asks Turkey for Content of Effective Investigation+Tangible Result on Cyprus MISSING People Fast *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In an Important Decision taken by CoE's Top Political Body, its Committee of Ministers, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law...
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news A Real Bomb : London a.o. recent Islamist Terror Attacks reveal more Social Links + Security Gaps !
Thursday, 21 September 2017 | ACM
A Real Bomb : London a.o. recent Islamist Terror Attacks reveal more Social Links + Security Gaps ! *Strasbourg/- An Explosive Mixture, made out of recent Mass Migration from the Middle East, known but tolerated Radicalisation, fanatic Hate, galoping Islamisation, personal Conflicts, and more or...
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news CoE/ECHR: Turkey Fails to show Content of Enquiry for MISSING Cypriots, doesN't Pay, Hides Proof
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 | ACM
CoE/ECHR: Turkey Fails to show Content of Enquiry for MISSING Cypriots, doesN't Pay, Hides Proof *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/ [UPDATED]- Eve of a crucial CoE Ministers' meeting on ECHR case-Law Implementation (19-21/9/2017), Turkey Failed to show Any concrete Content of Investigation on...
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news Schaüble + Juncker to Eurofora, with Merkel : - Shift towards a Deep Europe ?
Monday, 18 September 2017 | ACM
Schaüble + Juncker to Eurofora, with Merkel :  - Shift towards a Deep Europe ?   *Offenburg (Germany)/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, succeeded Today, on 2017, to IMF's Chief, Catherine Lagarde, who had been the Invited Keenote Speaker...
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news CoE Commissioner Mujnieks+IPCAN Head Toubon to EF: Terror Suspects+Victims' Rights v. Police
Friday, 15 September 2017 | ACM
CoE Commissioner Mujnieks+IPCAN Head Toubon to EF: Terror Suspects+Victims' Rights v. Police *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In fact, it's on their main Duty to Protect Humanity against Barbarism, that conscientious Policemen have to Focus, Both when they must be Tough, Fast, Bold and...
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news EU Steps up its Criticism v. Turkey's unpopular EU bid, but Postpones Decision after German Election
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | ACM
EU Steps up its Criticism v. Turkey's unpopular EU bid, but Postpones Decision after German Election *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Closely Related to a Crucial Debate on Europe's foreseeable Future, launched Today in EU Parliament's plenary by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...
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news EU Chief BREXIT Negotiator Barnier to "Eurofora": -I Think we'll reach a Deal Before 2019 Election
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | ACM
EU Chief BREXIT Negotiator Barnier to *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite recent concerns by some that Bumpy EU - UK Negotiations on BREXIT might drag their feet Longer than a March 2019 Time Deadline, nevertheless,...
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news Merkel v. Islamist Terror, for Safety,Freedom+Live Well Together,Strong EU, eve of 9/11, in hit City
Saturday, 09 September 2017 | ACM
Merkel v. Islamist Terror, for Safety,Freedom+Live Well Together,Strong EU, eve of 9/11, in hit City   *Reutlingen (Germany)/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's at the Eve of 9/11's Anniversary, (for the 1st time with an US President having expressed Doubts on New York WTC's Collapse after 2...
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news EUROCORPS German Presidency (2017-19) Spokesman to EF on Drones use: Not scheduled, but Nor Excluded
Thursday, 07 September 2017 | ACM
EUROCORPS German Presidency (2017-19) Spokesman to EF on Drones use: Not scheduled, but Nor Excluded *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- During the incoming German Presidency of EUROCORPS for 2 Years (9/2017 - 8/2019), the use of Drones, announced Earlier this week by the New French Defense Minister...
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news EPP President Daul calls to Revise EU Asylum/Migration Policy after Political Assembly in Denmark
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | ACM
EPP President Daul calls to Revise EU Asylum/Migration Policy after Political Assembly in Denmark *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Experienced President of the European ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party, (which includes representatives from 41 Countries), former Long-Time Chairman of EU...
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news French Europe+Foreign Affairs Minister Drian to "EF": Digital EU plans suspended on German Election
Friday, 01 September 2017 | ACM
French Europe+Foreign Affairs Minister Drian to *Strasbourg/EuroFair/Angelo Marcopolo/- Decisions on forthcoming EU's new Digital Projects are practicaly suspended until the German Elections at the End of this Month (24/9/2017), replied, in...
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news CoE Debate: ESTC v.President, Vatican Life Expert, Professor Thiel to Eurofora: Fraternity+BioEthics
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 | ACM
CoE Debate: ESTC v.President, Vatican Life Expert, Professor Thiel to Eurofora: Fraternity+BioEthics *Strasbourg/Council of Europe/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" just after having Chaired an International Conference opened by CoE's deputy Secretary General, (the experienced...
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news EU "Big 4" Paris Migration Summit: Hotspots in Africa+Stop Irregular Migrants. Why Not in Turkey ?
Monday, 28 August 2017 | ACM
EU  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The interesting Strategy agreed Today on how to handle the Challenge of Mass Migration from Africa at EU's "Big 4" Summit in Paris, which brought...
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news Spain Islamist Terror (linked to France,Germany,UK,Finland,Russia+) Reveals Big Socio-Pol. Problems
Thursday, 17 August 2017 | ACM
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Strong Merkel - Sarkozy push for New "Multipolar" World governance, with Social/Human Values

Written by ACM
Thursday, 08 January 2009

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 Strong Franco-German/European will for New "Multipolar" World governance, with Social and Human Rights Values

and a "Political Europe" at the horizon of 2009 EU Elections,
(which may include Turkey issue)

(+Topical  issues on Economy, EU Defense/NATO, Energy, Middle-East, etc.) 
  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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* Paris(Elysee Palace)/ACM/ 8 Januray 2009/-
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    A strong will for a "Political Europe" and a "Multipolar World", working togeher with USA but, in a framework of "New International Institutions", without falling back to "outdated" and "failed" Unipolar organisations of the end of the 2nd World War, was expressed here by the  French President Nicolas Sarkozy and  the German Chancelor Angie Merkel.

    The move included anouncements for the preparation of the June 2009 EU Elections jointly by the two leaders, where Sarkozy's call for a "Political Europe" notoriously includes their well-known and common refusal of Turkey's  controversial EU bid, according also to his Historic February and July 2007 Strasbourg speeches, and his subsequent call for a "Debate on Europe's Future" due to start "affter the end of 2008",

    - "It's too early to confirm with certainty which issues  will be a matter for the June 2009 Elections, but we shall now soon, in a few weeks", told us Sarkozy's Spokesman for EU issues, Pierre Jerome Henin.

    - "EU wants to work together with the USA, but will not accept to fall back to the Past of a Unipolar world where only 1 voice was heard : Europe's voice must be heard, as well as other important voices of various other Countries
    : We cannot live in the 21st Century with out-dated Institutions stemming from the 2nd World War. Because the World has become Multipolar, and needs a New collective governance according to International Law, he concluded.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Merkel and Sarkozy spoke at a Paris' Press meeting, at the Presidential Palace Elysee, after participating in an International Conference on a "New World  Governance", with "new Values and regulation",  which started from Economic issues to enlarge on Social, Political and even "Human Rights" issues at the International arena, as Merkel added, supporting Sarkozy's stance in favor of bringing "Values" at the center of New Multipolar world rules.

    After the 2007 G-8 Summit at Heiligendam, we are involved in "process" due to enlarge the G-8 progressively "to more and more actors", said Merkel from the outset, giving a reply to those who had criticized the fact that, at the Washington 2008 G-20 Summit, Countries like Turkey were invited, while almost all African countries, and even African Union itself were not...This stirred strong protests from leaders and Heads of States at an subsequent International Conference in Strasbourg for Aid to Development.

    - "We (EU) already have a Human Rights charter. But we neeed also a Charter for a reasonble Economy", Merkel added. Because the current "crisis dissolved Values, provoked a void, doubts, anxiety, and this might lead to upheavals", Sarkozy explained.

    - "We must create a framework which will prevent Crisis", said Merkel. "We are for a Social Market", added Sarkozy. We want to do it together with the USA, but we shall not wait for ever. "The voice of 500 millions of Europeans must be heard in the World", they stressed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    That's why France and Germany, at the eve of "a very important International Conference in London, April 2",  decided to start unveiling their Vision on World developments"; he added. Europeans will gather in Berlin, beforehand, to prepare a common stance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Afterwards, at a Press Conference with Merkel, Sarkozy announced that "in Munich", "on February", they intend to forge some "Franco-German Initiatives", "in preparation of NATO's Summit in Strasbourg on April".

    But "UK's place is to be among the first inside Europe", said Sarkozy, after meeting with  former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and other Top invitees from allover Europe and the World at an International Conference  on "New World governance", with multifacet Economic, Social and Political aspects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

    Moreover, the current Gas Pipeline crisis between Russia and Ukraine incites Europe to
"diversify Energy Transports", as part of a larger updtate to its "EU Energy policy", stressed French
President Nicolas Sarkozy, after meeting here with German chancelor Merkel, opening perspectives also for more Ship transports, Renewable sources, etc.

     - "There is a series of issues to ensure EU's Energy Independency, and this would very probably include also the development of Ship Transports", replied, agreeing witth our question Sarkozy's Press Spokesman on European/International issues, Pierre Jerome HENIN

    Pipeline blackmails' confusio led EU to agree with Russia to send "Scientific Experts to find out f.ex. if Gaz left from Russia and disappeared at Ukraine, or not", said Merkel, who supported also ways to "store Gas stocks" for EU Energy independence.

    EU Energy Networks' funding programs include "Sea Highways" via EU Ships' Transport,  which does not depend on the desiderata of 3rd Countries (as Ukraine or Turkey) who might block Pipelines' transit.

    Meanwhile, Russia must respect its obligations vis a vis the EU, and Ukraine, who has a European ambition, must prove iits credibility, he concluded.

    On the Middle East crisis, they focused mainly on practical efforts to broker an agreement to monitor the border with Egypt against arm trafficking, as a key to stable Peace.very probably include also the development of Ship Transports", replied, agreeing witth our question Sarkozy's Press Spokesman on European/International issues, Pierre Jerome HENIN

    Pipeline blackmails' confusio led EU to agree with Russia to send "Scientific Experts to find out f.ex. if Gaz left from Russia and disappeared at Ukraine, or not", said Merkel, who supported also ways to "store Gas stocks" for EU Energy independence.

    EU Energy Networks' funding programs include "Sea Highways" via EU Ships' Transport,  which does not depend on the desiderata of 3rd Countries (as Ukraine or Turkey) who might block Pipelines' transit.

    Meanwhile, Russia must respect its obligations vis a vis the EU, and Ukraine, who has a European ambition, must prove iits credibility, he concluded.

    On the Middle East crisis, they focused mainly on practical efforts to broker an agreement to monitor the border with Egypt against arm trafficking, as a key to stable Peace.

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Sarkozy : Europe needs great ambitions in 2009

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 17 December 2008

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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

Written by ACM
Thursday, 23 October 2008

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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Historic EuroZone Summit launches common European replies to World Crisis

Written by ACM
Sunday, 12 October 2008

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*Paris/ACM/12 October 2008/-

When Europeans really feel a vital need to urgently launch common replies to challenging World Crisis, as the present Financial turmoil of Global Markets, they forge new decision-making tools and new dynamics :

The 1st in History EuroZone Heads of State and Government Summit, organized in Paris at the invitation of French President, and current EU chair, Nicolas Sarkozy, with the participation of 15 national leaders and EU institutions' chairmen, partly enlarged to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, after a highly symbolic duo with German Chancelor Angie Merkel, at General De Gaulle's birth-village, 50 Years after he welcomed there former German chancellor Adenauer (1958-2008), may have not one, but two results :

- The first, and more urgent, was to launch an "ambitious", "coherent", and "efficient" common European movement, able to stimulate "solutions" to the World Economic Crisis, as Sarkozy anounced from the outset : State Garantees (to new Bank debts up to 5 years), fresh Capital input (f.ex. by buying shares), support to distressed banks, (while also restructuring them), incite the European Central Bank to facilitate commerial bills europe-wide, etc.

"Acting swiftly", from tomorrow, national measures will quantify all these targets, with coordinated actions from all EuroZone's Governments : France, Germany, Italy and others, decided to anounce, at the same time, such concrete measures, according to agreements that we have already made all together, revealed Sarkozy at the final Press Conference, flanked by EuroZone's chairmen : EuroGroup's Jean-Claude Juncker, and Central European Bank's Jean-Claude Truchet, as well as EU Commission's Jose Baroso, to solemnly stress the will to find common European solutions.

- "United and Determined, all EuroZone's Countries will act to prove that Citizens can Trust" the Economy, Sarkozy concluded. If we attract also all EU's 27 countries, Wednesday in Brussels, then we can coordinate action with our American Friends at a Global level, he anounced.

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- "With this new Toolbox, we do not want to serve Bankers, but to work for Europe and its Citizens' interests", added Juncker.

- "For the moment, we want to act urgently to regulate the Crisis. But the time will come when those responsible for this, will have to account for their actions. Yes to real Capitalism, No to Speculators. Those who abused, will face sanctions, Sarkozy warned.


Need stimulates activities which create new organs, say biologists, and Gordon Brown, compatriot of Spencer, the famous bio-Historian, would certainly not deny that, after his surprise visit to EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which attracted him one hour more than scheduled...

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Decisions include also the creation of a Crisis-management European mechanism, which "requires constant Monitoring", as well as strengthening Economic policy cooperation between EuroZone's countries.

Sarkozy will be judged by History not just by the immediate Economic results, expected at the end of this week's decision-making proces at National and EU level, but also by the more far-reaching consequences at the aftermath of this Historic EuroZone 1st Summit : Will it succeed to become a precursor forging a New era in European institution's revitalization ?

Significantly, the French President sat, during discussions, between German Chancelor Merkel, and British Prime Minister Brown, facing the chairmen of EuroGroup, Juncker, ECB : Truchet, and EU Commission, Baroso, with Prime Ministers of Spain, Zapatero (a hot partisan of EuroZone's Summit) at his right side, and Italy's Berlusconi, at his left, surrounded by Austrian, Belgian, Cyprus', Finland's, Greece's, and Ireland's leaders, as well as Slovakia's, Slovenia's, Portugal's, Netherlands', Malta's and Luxembourg's leaders.

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Meanwhile, those who tabled for a rift between French and German positions were faced with a smiling Merkel at De Gaulle-Adenauer's meeting place, a sunny Saturday morning, and a particularly active-looking Merkel inside the French Presidential Palace at Elysee's gardens on Sunday, (as happy few photographers discovered)..

- "De Gaulle's hilltop, at Colombey-les-2-Eglises, gave an astonishing overview to a huge landscape, entirely surrounded by splendid Nature, as far as eyes could see", said to EuroFora an obviously charmed German Journalist.

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She was describing Saturday's inauguration of a High-Tech Memorial close to the Historic Giant Double Lorraine's Cross, built by famous Novelist Andre Malraux, to perpetuate the Memory of his famous call for "Resistance" to NAZI, and his vision for the creation of New Institutions and Franco-German reconciliation, to foster Europe's role in the World, also for the Future.

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Children playing at Elysee's gardens before the Historic 1st EuroZone's Summit : What Europe's Future will look like ?


Benedict's Source to revitalize Europe ? "The World needs Hope", Pope says pointing at Human Rights

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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