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news EU Parliament new President Tajani to EF on 3rd Issue about recent Mass Migration, eve of EU Summit
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament new President Tajani to EF on 3rd Issue about recent Mass Migration, eve of EU Summit *Brussels/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question on the sidelines of a Press Conference in Brussels' PressRoom, the New President of EU Parliament,...
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news CoE Media + Internet - Information Society Heads Grundmann +Gylfadottir to EF on Journalists +Terror
Monday, 19 June 2017 | ACM
CoE Media + Internet - Information Society Heads Grundmann +Gylfadottir to EF on Journalists +Terror *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after Leading Topical PanEuropean Debates particularly on Digital Media Internet Actors' Rights and Responsibilities, as well as Regulation or...
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news EUParliament NATO +CSDP Top French MEP Danjean Reply to Eurofora Question on BREXIT+Security/Defense
Thursday, 15 June 2017 | ACM
EUParliament NATO +CSDP Top French MEP Danjean Reply to Eurofora Question on BREXIT+Security/Defense *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Vice-President of EU Parliament's Committee for NATO, and Rapporteur on Common Foreign/Security Policy, as well as "Dual Use" assets,...
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news EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Biggest Group of MEPs' President, Manfred Weber, that of EPP, from the Governing ChristianDemocrat Party in Germany, speaking...
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news Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right
Sunday, 11 June 2017 | ACM
Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right  *Strasbourg/Prefectoral Palace PressRoom/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Record High popular Abstention, Never seen before in France's History, and a Dispersion of Voters among Many Different Political...
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news UK Election + BREXIT Chemistry : Get Farage out, and all goes astray ! But Why Now ?
Thursday, 08 June 2017 | ACM
UK Election + BREXIT Chemistry : Get Farage out, and all goes astray ! But Why Now ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- 0ne Picture resumes Everything about these Surprising 2017 UK Elections. No Need to read Dozens of Pages, watch at so-called "Experts" in Boring Medias,...
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news Macron tackled by MPs on Nature Polluting, as he slams Trump for droping 2015 Paris Climate Deal
Friday, 02 June 2017 | ACM
Macron tackled by MPs on Nature Polluting, as he slams Trump for droping 2015 Paris Climate Deal  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Macron was loudly bashing Trump for withrawing the US from the  2015 Paris' Climate Deal (negotiated by his Predecessor, Obama), that he accused to be a...
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news Anti-Corruption + pro-EU, Greek former Prime Minister dies, leaving Key+Topical European Legacy
Monday, 29 May 2017 | ACM
Anti-Corruption + pro-EU, Greek former Prime Minister dies, leaving Key+Topical European Legacy  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Former Prime Minister Constantin Mitsotakis who died nowadays in Greece, leaves a Legacy whose real main points are, in fact, both of Historic value, as well as much...
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news CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | ACM
CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Moves for PanEuropean Cooperation on Human Rights' respect and European Cultural Heritage protection and promotion, starting from the Highest Level, were among the...
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news Strasbourg:The Only New Christian Church =Under Construction, but 5th Mosque (Qatar-funded) Ended
Friday, 19 May 2017 | ACM
Strasbourg:The Only New Christian Church =Under Construction, but 5th Mosque (Qatar-funded) Ended  *Strasbourg/Christian Orthodox Russian Cultural Center/- Several French and other People, speaking inside EU Parliament to "Eurofora", Earlier this Week, had Criticaly commented a Paradox,...
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news EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority !
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament Vote's full Results, clearly reveal the Fact that a Controversial Call to put unprecedented Sanctions against the Popular Hungarian Government of...
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news UN Head Guterres: eventual new Geneva Conference on Cyprus must be Effective + Not Miss opportunity
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | ACM
UN Head Guterres: eventual new Geneva Conference on Cyprus must be Effective + Not Miss opportunity *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- At an EU Parliament's Press Conference here, UNO's new Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, experienced former Prime Minister of Portugal and f. UN High...
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news EUParliament: MEP Urges action on Turkey threats v. Oil/Gas dev. by EU+US Companies in Greece+Cyprus
Monday, 15 May 2017 | ACM
EUParliament: MEP Urges action on Turkey threats v. Oil/Gas dev. by EU+US Companies in Greece+Cyprus *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking at EU Parliament's Plenary Session's beginning, Today in Strasbourg, after its President, Antonio Tajani, called him on the forum, mainstream...
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news German People vote Wide Absolute Majority for the Right in NRW Election
Sunday, 14 May 2017 | ACM
 German People vote Wide Absolute Majority for the Right in NRW Election   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- At a 3rd Victory in a Row, but the Most Important until now, for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party of Chancelor Angie Merkel, the German People voted for a Large,...
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news MEP Sander+Region V.President Schalck to EF: Concertation+Visitors+Press'Mix = Boost to EUParliament
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 | ACM
MEP Sander+Region V.President Schalck to EF: Concertation+Visitors+Press'Mix = Boost to EUParliament *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Giving a Fresh "New Look" to a Basic Idea in "Eurofora"s 1997-2017 Wider Project, MEP Anne Sander and Strasbourg's "Great East"...
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news With a Minority of 43% v. 56% of French People, Macron faces crucial June Legislative Election
Sunday, 07 May 2017 | ACM
With a Minority of 43% v. 56% of French People, Macron faces crucial June Legislative Election *Strasbourg/City Hall Pressroom/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite calls by all Establishment's Parties to Vote Macron, against Rightist Marine Le Pen, and regardless of a Massive Backing by Mainstream...
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news Historic Record Short EU Summit on BREXIT unexpectedly Ends in Less than 3 Hours !
Saturday, 29 April 2017 | ACM
Historic Record Short EU Summit on BREXIT unexpectedly Ends in Less than 3 Hours !  *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Shortest ever Summit in EU's History, was that of EU's 27 States, specificaly Dedicated to "BREXIT",  in Brussels Today ! Indeed, this...
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news Enigmatic EPP Parties' Head Daul to Eurofora on French Election : -" I Wait for the Vote on May"
Saturday, 29 April 2017 | ACM
Enigmatic EPP Parties' Head Daul to Eurofora on French Election : - *Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question on the "Hot" Topical Issue of the unfolding French Presidential Election, Crucial for All Europe, the...
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news EUCommission V.President Sefcovic to Eurofora:Gas Project in EUMember Cyprus,Israel,Egypt=2nd Norway
Saturday, 29 April 2017 | ACM
EUCommission V.President Sefcovic to Eurofora:Gas Project in EUMember Cyprus,Israel,Egypt=2nd Norway *Brussels/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced vice-President of EU Commission, in charge of Energy and Climate, Maros Sefcovic, replying to an "Eurofora" Question, Today, in Brussels, on the...
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news Frontrunner Greek Opposition Party Head Mitsotakis: Even After BREXIT UK would be in Europe
Saturday, 29 April 2017 | ACM
Frontrunner Greek Opposition Party Head Mitsotakis: Even After BREXIT UK would be in Europe *Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Even After a now possible BREXIT, however, the UK would still be "in Europe", stressed Today the Frontrunner Main Opposition Party' Head in...
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news Spanish King calls to Help Peace in Refugees/Migrants' Countries of origin (while Events accelerate)
Thursday, 27 April 2017 | ACM
Spanish King calls to Help Peace in Refugees/Migrants' Countries of origin (while Events accelerate)  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  The young King of Spain, addressing CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, launched a Call for European Politicians to Try to Help Peace in the Countries of Origin of...
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news CoE: Greek President Pavlopoulos: Distinguish real Refugees from Irregulars or Criminals via Turkey
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 | ACM
CoE: Greek President Pavlopoulos: Distinguish real Refugees from Irregulars or Criminals via Turkey *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The main Problem about Mass Immigration through Turkey is to Distinguish between Real Refugees and Economic irregular Immigrants or even Criminals, stressed Greek...
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news Greek President Pavlopoulos OKs EF Idea on Citizens Participation Rights in Decision-Making process
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 | ACM
Greek President Pavlopoulos OKs EF Idea on Citizens Participation Rights in Decision-Making process  *Strasbourg/CoE+Sciences Po/Angelo Marcopolo/- Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who is also a Paris-Educated University Professor of Public Administration Law, speaking to "Eurofora"...
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news Greek President Pavlopoulos: Turkish Army Invasions Contrary to EU Law based Cyprus Issue solution
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 | ACM
Greek President Pavlopoulos: Turkish Army Invasions Contrary to EU Law based Cyprus Issue solution   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Foreign Military Interventions by Turkey are incompatible with a Solution of Cyprus' Issue based on EU Law, stressed the President of Greece, professor...
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news CoE decided full Monitoring on Turkey (with EU effects)
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 | ACM
CoE decided full Monitoring on Turkey (with EU effects)  *Stasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Decision which should normaly have Important Consequences on EU - Turkey's controversial, UnPopular and Costly "Accession" claims, CoE's...
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news Presidential Elections: French People to extend Spring 2017 into Summer-Time ?..
Sunday, 23 April 2017 | ACM
Presidential Elections:  French People to extend Spring 2017 into Summer-Time ?.. *Strasbourg/Prefectoral Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- The often Unpredictable French People, (as also the American People, recently), may reserve More Surprizes in the forthcoming, 2nd and Final Round of...
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news Declarations des premiers Candidats Présidentiels après Attentats Meurtriers de Terrorisme Islamiste
Friday, 21 April 2017 | ACM
Declarations des premiers Candidats Présidentiels après Attentats Meurtriers de Terrorisme Islamiste   *Strasbourg(France)/Texte Integral/- ...Réagissant tous, pour la première fois, à conditions égales et "à chaud", de suite après l' Aggression armée aux Champs Elysées, au coeur de...
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news Turkish lobby attempts to Drop CoE Draft asking for full Monitoring (with EU effects) ?
Friday, 21 April 2017 | ACM
Turkish lobby attempts to Drop CoE Draft asking for full Monitoring (with EU effects) ? *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While things advance "Normaly" for CoE Assembly's experienced, but also diplomatic, Director General, Wojcieck Sawicki, as he ensured  in reply to a...
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news CoE Anti-Torture Watchdog Chief Gnatovsky to EF: Turkey, Remand Prisoners +Obstacle to Publish Facts
Thursday, 20 April 2017 | ACM
CoE Anti-Torture Watchdog Chief Gnatovsky to EF: Turkey, Remand Prisoners +Obstacle to Publish Facts   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after having Denounced the "Extensive resort to Lengthy Remand Detention" of Dissidents "by the Turkish Authorities", often even Before...
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news Eurofora Wishes a Happy Easter 2017 to all its Readers
Friday, 14 April 2017 | ACM
Eurofora Wishes a Happy Easter 2017 to all its Readers   ... With Salvador Dali's "Christ on the Cross" (1951), as well as Mathias Grünewald's "Christ's Resurrection" (1515),   + added to Johan Sebastian Bach's...
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news Fillon: People's Historic Culture=Oxygen to Integration, versus Islamist Radicals, for France+Europe
Thursday, 06 April 2017 | ACM
Fillon: People's Historic Culture=Oxygen to Integration, versus Islamist Radicals, for France+Europe *Strasbourg/Rhenus Hall (Facing EU Parliament)/Angelo Marcopolo/- Today, also for Europe's sake, we Urgently Need to Turn on in France the Best Engine for Action, which is in People's Heart,...
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news PanEuropa Head Terrenoire: End Turkey EU Bid. Better links to Russia, HighTech +People=> EU Revival
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 | ACM
 PanEuropa Head Terrenoire: End Turkey EU Bid. Better links to Russia, HighTech +People=> EU Revival *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It's Now", at "one of those Rare Moments where History is On the Making", that European People "must Go to the...
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news Islamist Terrorists Target Civilian People reminding Real Europe: Paris,Berlin,London,St-Petersburg+
Monday, 03 April 2017 | ACM
Islamist Terrorists Target Civilian People reminding Real Europe: Paris,Berlin,London,St-Petersburg+   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU Parlament's plenary this week Risked to be limited to just another "BREXIT", Anti-Russian, and Anti-Alternative Web Medias' (etc) routine...
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news Munich Security Conference CEO Ambassador Ischinger to EF: Global Web Governance to include Judges ?
Thursday, 30 March 2017 | ACM
Munich Security Conference CEO Ambassador Ischinger to EF: Global Web Governance to include Judges ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Head of Munich's Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, speaking to "Eurofora", supported the use of International Judges as a...
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news CoE Local Democracy Watchdog slams Turkey's Mass Oppression of Elected Mayors : Back to 1990ies ?!
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 | ACM
CoE Local Democracy Watchdog slams Turkey's Mass Oppression of Elected Mayors : Back to 1990ies ?! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  "I have NEVER seen a SO BAD  Situation as Now" in "Turkey",  during 18 Years that I've been CoE's Rapporteur on Local Democracy for...
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news CoE Chairman, Foreign Minister Kasulides +CLRAE President Mosler-Tornstrom to EF on Cyprus UN Talks
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 | ACM
CoE Chairman, Foreign Minister Kasulides +CLRAE President Mosler-Tornstrom to EF on Cyprus UN Talks    *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking exclusively to "Eurofora" just after his Address to CoE's Local/Regional Democray Watchdog (CLRAE) Plenary in Strasbourg, the...
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news EU Leaders Highlight Citizens role in foreseeable Future (10 Years)
Saturday, 25 March 2017 | ACM
EU Leaders Highlight Citizens role in foreseeable Future  (10 Years) *Rome/Campidoglio Hill/Angelo Marcopolo/- Developing Further, and Projecting at the Future, a Shift which had Emerged at Bratislava Summit (9/2016 - See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports...
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news Pope Francis for New European Humanism : Dare Dream a New Hope ?
Friday, 24 March 2017 | ACM
Pope Francis for New European Humanism : Dare Dream a New Hope ?   *Rome/Vatican/Angelo Marcopolo/- When Vatican's brand new Deputy Press Director, Paloma García Ovejero, first heard "Eurofora"s suggestion to associate Pope Francis' call to...
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news CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge
Thursday, 23 March 2017 | ACM
CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of CoE's watchdog for the Respect of European Landscapes, Liv Kristine Mortensen, from Norway, speaking to "Eurofora", observed, in...
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news UK MPs Refuged in Christian Church after Islamist Terror targets Innocent Civilian People !?
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 | ACM
UK MPs Refuged in Christian Church after Islamist Terror targets Innocent Civilian People !?  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE Assembly's President, Pedro Agramunt, an expêrienced Spanish ChristianDemocrat MEP, in a Press Communiqué edited Today in Strasbourg and send by the CoE...
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news CoE Anti-Corruption watchdog Head Mrcela to EF on French Presidential: ALL Politicians to be Cleaned
Monday, 20 March 2017 | ACM
CoE Anti-Corruption watchdog Head Mrcela to EF on French Presidential: ALL Politicians to be Cleaned *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Marin Mrcela, from Croatia, President of CoE's Anti-Corruption Watchdog, known as "GRECO", replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question on the...
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news Trump's Finance Chief Mnuchin to EF on his 1st Trip to Europe: a Feeling of Coming Back Home ?...
Saturday, 18 March 2017 | ACM
Trump's Finance Chief Mnuchin to EF on his 1st Trip to Europe: a Feeling of Coming Back Home ?...  *Baden-Baden (Germany)/G20 Ministerial Finance Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New US Treasure Secretary, Steven Mnuchin's unusual Reply, was given to an even more unusual "Eurofora"s...
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news Schäuble to EF after G20 Finance+EU Rome Summit's Eve: €uro to Strengthen Europe with its People
Saturday, 18 March 2017 | ACM
Schäuble to EF after G20 Finance+EU Rome Summit's Eve: €uro to Strengthen Europe with its People *Baden-Baden/G20 Ministerial Finance Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- German Minister of Finance, Wolgang Schäuble, who Chairs now the "G20" Finance Ministerial Summit for 2017, Replying to a...
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news Mnuchin US Interest Rate move Natural, says French Finance Minister Sapin to EF, at G20
Friday, 17 March 2017 | ACM
Mnuchin US Interest Rate move Natural, says French Finance Minister Sapin to EF, at G20 *Baden-Baden/G20/Angelo Marcopolo/- French Minister of Finance, Michel Sapin, speaking to "Eurofora" during a G20 Finance Summit, backed US Interest rates latest move :  - USA...
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news Trump+Merkel overshadow G20 Finance Ministers Start in Baden Baden (Germany)
Friday, 17 March 2017 | ACM
Trump+Merkel overshadow G20 Finance Ministers Start in Baden Baden (Germany) *Baden-Baden /G20 Finance Ministerial/Angelo Marcopolo/- As it was also reported ater the latest Brussels' EU Summit, "Family Photos" of Top Politicians in European/International...
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news Europe Internet Providers Head Rotert to EF: Concern for EU-CoE Moves on "Hate Speech"+ Human Rights
Thursday, 16 March 2017 | ACM
Europe Internet Providers Head Rotert to EF: Concern for EU-CoE Moves on *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Pioneer of Internet Global Communications, since the Early 1980ies, Professor in German University of nearby Karlsruhe (an EU "MIT" for many), as well...
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news Netherlands' 2017 Election: Dutch People slam "Gro-Ko", and Vote mainly at the Right
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 | ACM
Netherlands' 2017 Election: Dutch People slam *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite a Last-Minute "Lifting" offered by Turkey's Mediatic Provocation to the Outgoing Prime Minister Rutte, as various, German a.o. Medias note,...
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news EU Scientific Research Council Chief Burguignon to Eurofora on relations with USA, Russia, China +
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 | ACM
EU Scientific Research Council Chief Burguignon to Eurofora on relations with USA, Russia, China +  *Strasbourg/SupraMolecular RST Institute/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of EU's Scientific Research Council, (ERC), Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, a Top Mathematician from France, speaking...
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news Head of German Governing CDU-CSU MEPs Reul to EF on Franco-German Elections + Decisions on EU Future
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 | ACM
Head of German Governing CDU-CSU MEPs Reul to EF on Franco-German Elections + Decisions on EU Future *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Herbert Reul, Head of the German Governing Christiandemocrat MEPs in EU Parliament, speaking to "Eurofora" Today, stressed that EU Politicians...
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news EUParliament V.President Wieland +EFDD Group Chair Farage: 2 Opposed Views on BREXIT meet on Timing?
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 | ACM
EUParliament V.President Wieland +EFDD Group Chair Farage: 2 Opposed Views on BREXIT meet on Timing? *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" from 2 clearly Opposed Viewpoints on BREXIT, EU Parliament's vice-President Rainer Wiener, a prominent...
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news French Right's Unity on EU Solidarity v. Turkish State Political Rallies row in Europe spread Left
Sunday, 12 March 2017 | ACM
French Right's Unity on EU Solidarity v. Turkish State Political Rallies row in Europe spread Left *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A clear Majority of Top French Politicians, Uniting for the First Time all the Right side of the Political spectrum, from Center-Right "Republicans" and their...
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news Turkey still Refuses to apply ECHR Judgements, as Cyprus Refugees/IDPs, Waiting for Justice, Die !
Friday, 10 March 2017 | ACM
Turkey still Refuses to apply ECHR Judgements, as Cyprus Refugees/IDPs, Waiting for Justice, Die ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Decisions taken Today by CoE's Committee of Ministers on the Supervision of ECHR Judgements' execution, clearly Reveal that the Turkish Government still...
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news French Rising Star+Strasbourg Region V.President+Candidate MP Schalck to EF: No Erdogan meeting here
Thursday, 09 March 2017 | ACM
French Rising Star+Strasbourg Region V.President+Candidate MP Schalck to EF: No Erdogan meeting here   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 1st French Politician (after those in Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, etc) to dare Resist controversial Turkish Government's pressing...
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news CoE Child Abuse Watchdog Officials to EF for Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Age Verification
Monday, 06 March 2017 | ACM
CoE Child Abuse Watchdog Officials to EF for Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Age Verification *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Real Children's "Age Verification is a very Important Issue" Today, particularly in relation to Sexual Abuse and Migration, so that a special...
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news People eye Fillon determined v. Islamo-Fascism, Change from Socialists, face NF : No Hold up on Vote
Sunday, 05 March 2017 | ACM
People eye Fillon determined v. Islamo-Fascism, Change from Socialists, face NF : No Hold up on Vote *Angelo Marcopolo/- At the Symbolic "Human Rights' parvis" of Paris' "Trocadero" square, between 50.000 or 200.000 People, according to various estimations, (except from...
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news French Presidentials: MEP Alliot-Marie's Lawyer asks Macron to Stop apparent Plagiarism at Program
Friday, 03 March 2017 | ACM
French Presidentials: MEP Alliot-Marie's Lawyer asks Macron to Stop apparent Plagiarism at Program *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Mainstream French MEP and Chair of EU Parliament's Delegation to the Arab Peninsula, Experienced former Minister of Defense, JHA and Foreign Affairs, Michelle...
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news All French Right's Top Candidates exposed to Judicial Prosecution eve of Election crucial for Europe
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 | ACM
All French Right's Top Candidates exposed to Judicial Prosecution eve of Election crucial for Europe *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU has practicaly Suspended Final Decisions on the Topical Debate about the Future of Europe (Initiated at the First EU-27 Summit of September 2016 in Bratislava...
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news ECHR Condemns Turkey for 17 Years Delay in Judging complaints for Torture
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 | ACM
ECHR Condemns Turkey for 17 Years Delay in Judging complaints for Torture  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Unanimous ECHR Judgement published Today Condemned the Turkish Authorities for Violating the Prohibition of Torture and Inhuman/Degrading Treatments, by Delaying...
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news Mayor Sadiq drops Killed Innocent Victim Family plea v. Impunity in choice imposed on London Police
Thursday, 23 February 2017 | ACM
Mayor Sadiq drops Killed Innocent Victim Family plea v. Impunity in choice imposed on London Police *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Controversial current London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejected a Tragic Plea from the Family of a notoriously Unjustly Killed Innocent Victim, Brutaly Shot 7 times at the ...
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news EU - Canada Trade: Contradictory EU Parliament Votes on CETA, after Trump asked NAFTA Review
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 | ACM
EU - Canada Trade: Contradictory EU Parliament Votes on CETA, after Trump asked NAFTA Review    *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Differend Majority Votes of MEPs gave in EU Parliament here a Contradictory image on a controversial EU - Canada Trade deal (CETA), "the Most Ambitious"...
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news Industry/Research Committee Chair f.EUParliament President Buzek to EF: Digital EU Cloud on Science+
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 | ACM
Industry/Research Committee Chair f.EUParliament President Buzek to EF: Digital EU Cloud on Science+     *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Exclusive Statements to "Eurofora", the Chairman of EU Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), and former...
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news Top German MEP Brok to Eurofora on Trump : Europe is Ready for Fight v. ISIS +
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 | ACM
Top German MEP Brok to Eurofora on Trump : Europe is Ready for Fight v. ISIS +  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Even if we have yet to see how things will go exactly between the New US President Don Trump and the EU, nevertheless, Europe is Ready for a real Fight...
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news Top German MEP Brok to EF: No to Ankara claim for 80 Million Turks to get EUCitizen Rights in Cyprus
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 | ACM
Top German MEP Brok to EF: No to Ankara claim for 80 Million Turks to get EUCitizen Rights in Cyprus *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Ankara Government's recent provocative Demand for 80 Millions of Turks to get an identical Status to EU Citizens in Cyprus, as a Condition for the...
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news EU Debate on Ukraine Aid: Need for impartial Judges against Corruption hampers Economy's potential
Monday, 13 February 2017 | ACM
EU Debate on Ukraine Aid: Need for impartial Judges against Corruption hampers Economy's potential *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An exceptional and Topical MEPs' Debate in EU Parliament Today pointed mainly at Judges' integrity, away from Political influences, and Committed to the Rule of...
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news France: All Leaders of Right Change hit by Judges named by Socialist Outgoing Rulers at Vote's eve
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 | ACM
France: All Leaders of Right Change hit by Judges named by Socialist Outgoing Rulers at Vote's eve  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- All French main Leaders able to present a serious Alternative at the Right side of the Political Spectrum in the forthcoming, Crucial Elections of April/May 2017,...
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news As "Post-Human" Risks grow, Prof. Mattei to EF: BioTech = as Nuclear Bomb +Global Issue for Humanity
Saturday, 04 February 2017 | ACM
As *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While speculations are going on about whether New US President Don Trump will, or not, Reverse Dems' Obama's 1st Decision : to Spend Federal Funds for Genetic...
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news PACE President Agramunt to EF: Terrorism Victims voice must he heard (+CoE Chair Cyprus project)
Friday, 27 January 2017 | ACM
PACE President Agramunt to EF: Terrorism Victims voice must he heard (+CoE Chair Cyprus project) *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The just re-Elected for a New Mandate, experienced President of PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Pedro Agramunt, a mainstream ChristianDemocrat...
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news CoE on Mass Migration : No to EU 2015 ReSettlement + For Asylum processing Outside Europe
Thursday, 26 January 2017 | ACM
CoE on Mass Migration :  No to EU 2015 ReSettlement + For Asylum processing Outside Europe *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- After an "Urgent" Debate on "the Need to Reform European (Mass) Migration Policies", CoE, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights,...
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news ECHR: Raimondi finds Turkish reply for Torture "Excellent News"
Thursday, 26 January 2017 | ACM
ECHR: Raimondi finds Turkish reply for Torture *Strasbourg/ECHR/Angelo Marcopolo/- Mr. Guido Raimondi, who holds ECHR's Top Job at its Head since 2015, appeared Glad to Anounce Today, from Early Morning, in an Exceptionaly Shortened Press...
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news CoE Social Rights Committee vice-Presidents to EF on Right to Work +Vocational Training developments
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 | ACM
CoE Social Rights Committee vice-Presidents to EF on Right to Work +Vocational Training developments   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- 4 Years of Investigations in more than 34 Countries by PanEuropean CoE's Social Rights Committee, clearly designated the Right to Work and Vocational...
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news Cyprus President+CoE Chair Anastasiades to EF: New USA Leadership to be Briefed on UN Peace Efforts
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 | ACM
Cyprus President+CoE Chair Anastasiades to EF: New USA Leadership to be Briefed on UN Peace Efforts *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Member Cyprus' President, and current Chairman of the 47 Member States-strong, PanEuropean CoE's Organisation (which includes Russia),...
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news CoE Secretary General Jagland to EF: NOBEL Peace Prize for Cyprus Deal = Too Early ?
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 | ACM
CoE Secretary General Jagland to EF: NOBEL Peace Prize for Cyprus Deal = Too Early ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE's Secretary General, and NOBEL Peace Prize Committee's Long-Time Member, (former Chairman), as well as Prime Minister of Norway, Thorbjorn...
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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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Sarkozy stimulated by Irish "No" challenge : - "It's a call to change and build Europe otherwise. Not later, but now. It won't be easy, but it's fascinating !"

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* Paris, Elysee, June 14, 2008.

Forthcoming EU Chairman, French President Nikolas Sarkozy, created a surprise by declaring that the challenge of the Irish "No" to the EU Treaty, stimulates his belief that we must immediately change the way Europe is built.

A difficult but fascinating task, that he intends to accomplish in the next 6 Months, during which he will analyse developments 3 times to EU Parliament in Strasbourg, on July, October and December 2008.

But Agenda obliged to give a first reply to Questions raised by the Irish Referendum, on the sidelines of a Press Conference with USA President GWBush, in Paris' Elysee palace, Saturday :

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Sarkozy's reply was twofold :

First, the Franco-German position is that EU must make sure "that the Irish Incident does not become a Crisis". Ratification must continue, after 18 EU Member States, also to the rest, as UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised.

But, pointing at deeper causes, Sarkozy also criticized bureaucratic "sabotage" of Europe's "founding fathers" original dream. The move reminded his Historic February and July 2007 speaches in Strasbourg on Europe's future, joining criticism to a call for EU's Renaissance, which now became urgent :

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