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Expo : Strasbourg's Golden Age

Sunday, 27 April 2008

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Strasbourg's Golden Age : Beyond past Tragedies, "Paradise Garden" of a European Quatrocento, aspiring for a new Renaissance ?

Strasbourg's Golden Age, at the 15th Century, its "Quatrocento", is pictured mainly in 2 contrasting paintings, reveals Expo "1400" : Tragedy against Splendor : Christ's Crucification by a dominican painter, doesn't hide the atrocities of blatant cruelty. But "Paradise Garden" ("Le jardin de Paradis"), on the contrary, strikes by its beautiful, calm, intelligent, light colours, depicting the bright side of an opulent and human everyday life, among a luxurious Nature, typical of Alsace's fertility.

What relation between a so-called "Gothic" Art and the famous Italian "QuatroCento" ? From Rome to Wiena, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Koeln, Fribourg, Swiss Bern, and other cities, linked by rivers, lakes and seas, various artists cooperate in forging Strasbourg's original European style : It's precisely in 1423 that Strasbourg's cathedral became, for the 1st time, Europe's highest peak.

But finally, the brightest light, in sculptures and paintings, appears at a Mother's all too Human way to look after her beloved baby or child : In the way she holds it in her hands, plays together, or offers a flower out of a book's wisdom, etc. : A prefiguration of what became later Europe's Capital for Human Rights ?

The father is not far away : Astonishingly, the painters mirrored the father at the child's own face...

And may be, that's the point : Paradoxically, Strasbourg was called, then, "Argentina", from the Latin "Argentoratum", i.e. the "Silver City", as if it postponed its "Golden Age" for a Future time : Half a Millenium later, from 1400 to 2008, the exhibition looks as a symbol of a fresh wish for a new European Renaissance.


See it all (in French, oder Deutsch), from March to July 2008, at : http://www.strasbourg1400.com

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Ries wants to boost Strasbourg's role for EU Citizens

Tuesday, 08 July 2008

Strasbourg's potential for EU Citizens' links to European and PanEuropean decision-making can and must be developed, said in substance the City's Mayor in a Press Conference together with MEP Catherine Trautmann, his former collegue, t EU Parliament.

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- "I intend to work mainly along the line : "European Court of Human Rights and EU Parliament", Ries warned earlier "EuroFora", making more concrete his larger appeal "to the Peoples of Europe".

He added now the EU Ombudsman, where EU Citizens can lodge complaints against alleged violations of EU Law, and he could also extend to the Shengen system, which serves EU Citizens' right to free and secure movement, both headquarted in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, Strasbourg's Mayor unveiled a colourful program of various events co-organized by the City during the French EU Presidency (July -December 2008), spreading from Media to Music, Science and research, Business and Development, etc.,...tastefully starting immediately with a .."European Food Festival", (that "EuroFora" regretfully had to miss because of an urgent trip to Paris, to prepare the EU - Mediterranean Summit of Heads of State and Government)..

Regardless of normal national political differencies, Ries, (a Socialist for whom earlier rumours hinted at a possible Ministerial mission by President Sarkozy), "thanked the President for scheduling 3 official visits in Strasbourg" this semester (July, October and December 2008), and firmly reminded "Prime Minister Fillon's warning, recently in Holland, that France will never drop Strasbourg as Headquarters of EU Parliament's 12 plenaries each year : - "If anyone might ask to modify EU Treaties on this point, then, everything", including all other EU institutions' location in several EU countries, "will come also at the table for possible changes"..

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Russia - Georgia differend makes CoE re-invent Geography !

Friday, 26 September 2008

 

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The recent Georgia - Russia crisis over South Ossetia had already an unexpected effect in Europe : It obliged the Strasbourg's PanEuropean organization, the Council of Europe (CoE) to start re-inventing functional Geography !

Astonished, but smiling CoE's Officials, revealed to "EuroFora", that a High-level group of Political leaders from its Parliamentary Assembly, who made an exceptional visit to Moscow and Tbilisi, as well as at S.Ossetia, at the eve of a rather "hot" session in Strasbourg next week, had to travel all the way back from Russia to .. Munich (Germany), in order to take another airplane for Georgia, because direct links between the two neighbouring countries had been "freezed" after the conflict !

This unprecedented, giant zig-zag (See Map), transforming a European flight into a .. Trans-Continental one, by its huge dimensions, not only wasted precious Time, but also obliged CoE MEPs' political leaders to stay for tens of hours closed inside airplanes' artificial air and seats not destinated for flights longer than 10 hours...

One of the results was that CoE Assembly's leaders were certainly glad to find Strasbourg's usual Sunday excursion to the best fresh air of the Alsace region : at the Haut Koenigsburg Castle, standing high at a pik of Vosges Mountains full of eye-catching views and refreshing oxygen, which celebrated its 100th Anniversary since being restored from the latest demolition, curiously provoked from an old miltary clash with a Swedish army, from the country which currently chairs the CoE !

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As a consolation, the Swedish President of CoE's Political Committe, Goran Lindbland, confirmed to "EuroFora" that he'd visit Haut Koenigsburg, peacefully this time..., but, in order to keep a cool atmosphere, he preferred to postpone for afterwards the formal anouncement of CoE group's visit to Russia and Georgia.. Recent Demands to freeze the credentials of Russian MEPs at CoE's Assembly, have stirred a controversy, which, according to some observers,might, eventually, spread also towards the credentials of the Georgian delegation, just coming back to Strasbourg from recent elections..

An unmistaken indication that all this could put a heavy work burden over CoE's Committee on the Rules, which is competent also for checking MEPs' credentials, is the fact that, as "EuroFora" found out, CoE has just decided to reinforce its team, precisely, at the Committee of Rules, by sending there also a beautiful and smart young lady, previously dealing with Political issues, to work together with the experienced and clever head of its secretariat...

Unlike EU or NATO, CoE has no Money or Army to use as possible "Sanctions", (effective or threatened), and, therefore, it often uses its own existence, as a PanEuropean organization, in some "carrot and stick" moves : I.e. a country might be promissed to be given - or on the contrary be threatened to lose - Full or partial Membership, or a special Status, inside CoE, according to whether it complies, or not, to certain Criteria, and/or to the decisions taken by a Majority of other CoE's Member States..

Thus, f.ex., Russian MEPs' credentials have already been "suspended" in the past, as well as Ukranian MEPs', while Belarus was practically dismissed, Serbia delayed, Greece obliged to withdraw during a Military Hunta period, and even ... the USA once were threatened to lose the special status they've got since 1995...

The only one, among those Countries who are usually cited as "problematic" from the point of view of CoE's principles on Human Rights and International Law, to have escaped from such threats, until now, is Turkey : In 1994 - 1995, CoE's Assembly had initially adopted an "Ultimatum" asking Turkey to make substantial progres on Human Rights, Democracy, Cyprus' issue, the Kurdish problem, and the Aegean differend with Greece, etc, and giving Ankara a Deadline of 6 Months.

However, later-on, a compromise avoided any sanction : Instead, CoE created a "Monitoring" Committee, due to check recalcitrant Member States' compliance with commitments, starting witrh Ankara's. Now, this "Monitoring" Committee has to check various countries, but also to re-start checking Turkey's situation, almost the same time as Russia's and Georgia's, ... while recently even an old CoE Member, as the U.K. did not escape from a check on its controversial 2005 Election result....

But, at this crucial moment, the over-active Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, who currently chairs CoE's powerful Ministerial Committee, suddenly took another Geography-twisting decision : - Exceptionally, CoE's Foreign Ministers did not meet this week in Strasbourg, but at ... New York, on the sideliness of UNO's Assembly !..

Probably justified by topical political developments, and by the fact that Foreign Ministers were, at any case, obliged to be in New York these days for the UNO, this second Geographic paradox, indirectly but surely had also another unexpected result :

In real practice, this exceptional New York CoE Ministerial meeting was inevitably transformed (at least partially) into a kind of ... informal Heads of State and Government Summit, since Foreign Ministers were, as usual, accompagnying their Presidents or Prime Ministers to New York..

Perhaps the Timing was not due to pure chance : Big Political decisions, usually dealt with at a Top level, have to be taken, indeed, next week at the CoE in Strasbourg on at least 2 thorny issues : The Russia - Georgia differend, and the Cyprus' issue, which inevitably relates also to EU - Turkey relations.. Both of great interest also to the USA and other Global players.

It's a fact that the New York - Strasbourg's exceptional round trip, occured this same week with the, equally exceptional, Moscow - Munich - Tbilisi zig-zag...

Perhaps the people usually worried about how Strasbourg's airport might link with Brussels for EU Parliament - Commission transport, have seen nothing yet : CoE makes the challenge trans-continental !..

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Deep State on Russia and Truth in US Election, eve of Trump-Putin Summit, as CoE eyes CyberSecurity+  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- By a surprizing Coincidence, it's just 1 Hour after the Conclusion of an important International Conference on Cyber-Security at the CoE in Strasbourg,...
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news A Paradox: China push for European Integration, if EU delays (+Transport/Trade/Decision-Making) ?
Saturday, 07 July 2018 | ACM
A Paradox: China push for European Integration, if EU delays (+Transport/Trade/Decision-Making) ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Big but Timely Paradox emerges from an EU Court of Auditors' Report, recently published at nearby Luxembourg, compared to an almost Synchronous, Exceptional...
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news New EU Head, Austrian Chancellor Kurz: build Bridges in Challenging Times before 2019 EU Elections
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 | ACM
New EU Head, Austrian Chancellor Kurz: build Bridges in Challenging Times before 2019 EU Elections *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's MEPs debated for almost 2,5 Hours New EU Chairman-in-office, the Young Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's vow to strive to "Build...
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news +EU Commission President Juncker to EF on Russia as EU-COE-USA moves unfold: "Big Issues" ?
Friday, 29 June 2018 | ACM
+EU Commission President Juncker to EF on Russia as EU-COE-USA moves unfold: *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed that he Spoke about Russia with CoE's Secretary...
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news EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+
Friday, 29 June 2018 | ACM
EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+  *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Balkan Countries' better Integration in Europe is a Priority of the Next EU Presidency by Austria (7-12/2018), the out-going EU...
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news Duma International Committee Chair Slutsky to EF on Russia-CoE Assembly row: A Chance for Deal ?
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 | ACM
Duma International Committee Chair Slutsky to EF on Russia-CoE Assembly row: A Chance for Deal ? *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Alea Jacta Est", and Time for Decisions has come, in the 4 Years-Long Russia - CoE Assembly Row, which has left the PanEuropean Organisation wihOut any...
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news CoE Chair, Croatia Prime Minister Plenkovic to EF: Inter-Connected EU-CoE actions
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 | ACM
CoE Chair, Croatia Prime Minister Plenkovic to EF: Inter-Connected EU-CoE actions  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Mass "Migration", "Western Balkans", and "Human Rights", are among the Issues of current EU - CoE Cooperation, said in Reply to an...
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news New CoE Assembly President Pasquier to EF: Equality + Family to save Europe's Demography ?
Monday, 25 June 2018 | ACM
New CoE Assembly President Pasquier to EF: Equality + Family to save Europe's Demography ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" asked the New President of the PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Swiss MEP Liliane Maury Pasquier, how did she manage...
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news Russia - PACE row may be resolved on EF's ideas, reveals CoE Assembly CEO Sawicki's reply +Document
Friday, 22 June 2018 | ACM
Russia - PACE row may be resolved on EF's ideas, reveals CoE Assembly CEO Sawicki's reply +Document  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Time Deadlines arrive at a Critical Threshold, it's near to 2 "Eurofora"'s key observations/suggestions that a Solution might, perhaps, be...
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news PanEuropean Commissioner for Data Protection, Walter to EF: Start by checking our own Organisations
Thursday, 21 June 2018 | ACM
PanEuropean Commissioner for Data Protection, Walter to EF:  Start by checking our own Organisations *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" just after being Elected, earlier Today, as the New PanEuropean Commissioner for Data Protection, Jean-Philippe Walter, an...
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news CoE Legal+Human Rights Director Giakoumopoulos to EF: Europe may go Global on Data Protection
Thursday, 21 June 2018 | ACM
CoE Legal+Human Rights Director Giakoumopoulos to EF: Europe may go Global on Data Protection *Strasbourg/COE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New CoE's Director General for Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Christos Giakoumopoulos from Greece, speaking to "Eurofora" after an International...
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news CoE v.Chair, Croatia v.Prime Minister Buric to EF : for W.Balkans Integration, Minorities = Bridge
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 | ACM
CoE v.Chair, Croatia v.Prime Minister Buric to EF : for W.Balkans Integration, Minorities = Bridge *Strasbourg/CoE/Eurofora/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question on Western Balkans at the incoming Austrian EU Presidency's Priorities (7-12/2018) and Croatia's PanEuropean CoE's...
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news EU Parliament Maghreb Committee: Tunisian People deserve a Real Choice on Alternatives in 2019 Votes
Thursday, 14 June 2018 | ACM
EU Parliament Maghreb Committee: Tunisian People deserve a Real Choice on Alternatives in 2019 Votes   *Strasbourg/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Stressing the Importance of the forthcoming Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Tunisia on 2019, EU Parliament's competent...
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news EUParliament v.President Wieland to EF: Hails Trump - Kim Singapore Summit for Korean Nuclear Peace+
Monday, 11 June 2018 | ACM
EUParliament v.President Wieland to EF: Hails Trump - Kim Singapore Summit for Korean Nuclear Peace+  *Strasbourg/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- One among the most Experienced and Long-Time EU Parliament's vice-Presidents, from the Governing Party in the Biggest EU Member Country : that of...
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news Free Press NGO RSF (f. FIDH) v.Director Bernard to EF: Daphne Murder Enquiry Incident+Journalism Now
Sunday, 10 June 2018 | ACM
Free Press NGO RSF (f. FIDH) v.Director Bernard to EF: Daphne Murder Enquiry Incident+Journalism Now *Strasbourg/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, the New v. Director-General of the International Press Freedom Watchdog "Reporters withOut...
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news G7 or G8 ? Why Italy PM Flip-floped on Russia ? Trump (eve of Korea RDV): -"We have a World to run !
Friday, 08 June 2018 | ACM
G7 or G8 ? Why Italy PM Flip-floped on Russia ? Trump (eve of Korea RDV): -   *Strasbourg/Critical News-ViewPoint/-  New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's "flip-flop" on Russia's return back to a fully-fledged "G-8", instead of the current,...
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news Great East Region President Rottner to EF: Boost EU Transport Links "Brussels-Strasbourg-Geneva+"
Friday, 08 June 2018 | ACM
Great East Region President Rottner to EF: Boost EU Transport Links *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, the New President of Strasbourg's "Great East" Region, Jean Rottner, stressed the Importance of...
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news Slovenian People Voted for Center-Right Majority (Headed by f. twice Prime Minister+EU Chair Jansa)
Sunday, 03 June 2018 | ACM
Slovenian People Voted for Center-Right Majority (Headed by f. twice Prime Minister+EU Chair Jansa) *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Absolute Majority, (of about 48 MPs out of a Total of 90), in Slovenia's Parliament can be, normaly, reached by the Center-Right, Headed by the Experienced...
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news EU Ombudsman O'Reilly on EF project (Citizens - EU Decision-Makers Debates Before Acts): BIG ISSUE !
Friday, 01 June 2018 | ACM
EU Ombudsman O'Reilly on EF project (Citizens - EU Decision-Makers Debates Before Acts): BIG ISSUE ! *Strasbourg/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Key EU Personality : the EU Ombudswoman (alias : EU Defensor of Citizens' Rights), Emily O'Reilly, from Ireland, Replying to an...
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news EPP President Daul to EF: Victor Orban won Democraticaly ! => Quid for EU Elections 2019 ?
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 | ACM
EPP President Daul to EF: Victor Orban won Democraticaly ! => Quid for EU Elections 2019 ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, the Experienced President of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party (HQ in Brussels), former Long-Time Head of EPP MEPs' Group in...
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news French EU Affairs v.Minister Loiseau: Citizens Consulations on EU Future Spread in Europe
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 | ACM
French EU Affairs v.Minister Loiseau: Citizens Consulations on EU Future Spread in Europe  *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora", during a Press-Lunch organized Today Noon by the Press-Club of Strasbourg/Europe,...
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news Yazidi Woman, survivor of ISIS to Eurofora+COE: Justice + Help Genocide Victims and AFRIN People
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 | ACM
Yazidi Woman, survivor of ISIS to Eurofora+COE:  Justice + Help Genocide Victims and AFRIN People  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" just after participating in a CoE's Debate against Human Trafficking nowadays, Yazidi Minority Young Woman former ISIS'...
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news COE+OSCE Leaders v. Human Trafficking to Eurofora on 10 Years Experience (2008-2018)+the Way Forward
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 | ACM
COE+OSCE Leaders v. Human Trafficking to Eurofora on 10 Years Experience (2008-2018)+the Way Forward  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- On the Occasion of a well attended, 2 Days-Long, International Conference on Stock-Taking of 10 Years in Fighting versus Human Trafficking and Abuse, the...
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news CoE: +Big Business ask Clean Ethical Certificates/Labels versus Human Trafficking, on their Products
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 | ACM
CoE: +Big Business ask Clean Ethical Certificates/Labels versus Human Trafficking, on their Products  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- An UnExpected Mark of potential Efficiency for CoE's already 10 Years-long Fight against Human Trafficking and Forced Labor it often provokes, among others,...
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news French Media Minister Nyssen to Eurofora: Towards defining Journalism by Deontology, Not Fiscal data
Friday, 18 May 2018 | ACM
French Media Minister Nyssen to Eurofora: Towards defining Journalism by Deontology, Not Fiscal data *Strasbourg/ARTE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Responding to a Press Invitation for a Debate with New French Minister for Medias and Culture, Francoise Nyssen, on the "Hot" Topical Issue of "Fake...
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news French Prime-Minister Philippe: Don't Weaken EU, but Change the System (as Italy reveals Gov. Plan)
Friday, 18 May 2018 | ACM
French Prime-Minister Philippe: Don't Weaken EU, but Change the System (as Italy reveals Gov. Plan) *Strasbourg/ENA/Angelo Marcopolo/- Via a Series of Timely Symbols, Both in what he said to accredited Journalists, including "Eurofora", (See Infra), and, mainly, by Choosing to Speak...
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news CoE Education Director Bergan to EF: New Tool on PluriLingualism adds Digital+Social Mediation skill
Thursday, 17 May 2018 | ACM
CoE Education Director Bergan to EF: New Tool on PluriLingualism adds Digital+Social Mediation skill *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 47 Member Countries" strong (including Russia) PanEuropean CoE's Director for Education, experienced Sjur Bergan, speaking to "Eurofora" on...
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news 1948-2018 Hague Congress=70.Human Rights Professor Benoit-Rohmer on EF: Build Europe with the People
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | ACM
1948-2018 Hague Congress=70.Human Rights Professor Benoit-Rohmer on EF: Build Europe with the People  *Strasbourg/Institute of Political Science/Angelo Marcopolo/- In an event organized at Strasbourg's University by the European Movement for the Anniversary of Hague's Historic Congress of...
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news Eurofora Invited to NATO-France CyberDefence pledge + EU Ombudsman Press Conference (Paris+Brussels)
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | ACM
Eurofora Invited to NATO-France CyberDefence pledge + EU Ombudsman Press Conference (Paris+Brussels)  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Eurofora" was kindly Invited to "Cyber-Defense pledge" NATO International Conference, organized by both French Army Minister Florence Parly and...
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news Paris' Deadly Islamist Terrorist attack on Civilians = Crossroads (Chechnya, Merah, Italy, World+) ?
Saturday, 12 May 2018 | ACM
Paris' Deadly Islamist Terrorist attack on Civilians = Crossroads (Chechnya, Merah, Italy, World+) ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(UPDATED)- Grown at Cultural Ghettos in Strasbourg, where he received Shelter, Refugee status, Education +French Citizenship, a Chechen-Origin Islamist Terrorist Cowardly...
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news Mandatory Vaccine row from Texas to Strasbourg: Dissidents win v. Establishment in ECHR Law Contest
Friday, 04 May 2018 | ACM
Mandatory Vaccine row from Texas to Strasbourg: Dissidents win v. Establishment in ECHR Law Contest  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Case that has Rocked the USA, and may come anew to Press Headlines in Europe in the foreseeable Future, the CoE's Foreign Ministers-Backed 2018 Annual...
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news ECHR Chief Registrar Liddell to EF on Discretionary Power's Decision-Making Process' control
Friday, 04 May 2018 | ACM
ECHR Chief Registrar Liddell to EF on Discretionary Power's Decision-Making Process' control  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/(Partly UPDATED)/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question on the Judicial Control of Public Administration's Discretionary Powers, and, particularly, if...
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news EU+CoE stress Daphne Murder link to Press Freedom+Anti-Corruption:+Malta needs European Supervision?
Thursday, 03 May 2018 | ACM
EU+CoE stress Daphne Murder link to Press Freedom+Anti-Corruption:+Malta needs European Supervision? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Both EU Parliament in Brussels and CoE in Strasbourg, this week, linked WebNews Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's Murder with the Freedom of...
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news CoE Assembly President Nicoletti to EF: = More Cases in Corruption Enquiry. But Priority on Measures
Friday, 27 April 2018 | ACM
CoE Assembly President Nicoletti to EF: = More Cases in Corruption Enquiry. But Priority on Measures *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question at a Press Briefing with Strasbourg Journalists, COE Assembly's President, Professor Michele Nicoletti from Italy,...
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news Russian Duma Foreign Affairs Committee President Slutsky to EF: +CoE Exchanges for Peace in Syria
Thursday, 26 April 2018 | ACM
Russian Duma Foreign Affairs Committee President Slutsky to EF: +CoE Exchanges for Peace in Syria *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 1st Time after Years, CoE had a Chance for Discussions with Top Political Russian Politicians on the "Hot" and Topical Issue of Syria, Today in...
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news CoE Human Rights Commissioner Mijatovic to EF on Journalism Safety: PACE Extends to All Media Actors
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 | ACM
CoE Human Rights Commissioner Mijatovic to EF on Journalism Safety: PACE Extends to All Media Actors *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora", the New CoE's PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović (2018 - 2024), announced that she would...
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news UN Rapporteur on Displaced Persons Jimenez-Damary to EF: Homes/Property=Very Important Human Right
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 | ACM
UN Rapporteur on Displaced Persons Jimenez-Damary to EF: Homes/Property=Very Important Human Right *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Relying to "Eurofora"s Questions on a CoE's Draft Report which Denounces as "War Crime" the Replacement of Population in an Occupied...
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news Syrian Kurd Leader Maslem to EF on Afrin after Turkish Army Invasion : Danger of Islamist Terrorism
Monday, 23 April 2018 | ACM
Syrian Kurd Leader Maslem to EF on Afrin after Turkish Army Invasion :  Danger of Islamist Terrorism   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Invited anew by MEPs to the CoE, at a Side Event organized during the PanEuropean Organisation's Parliamentary Assembly's plenary session of Spring 2018,...
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news CoE Rapporteur on Medias due to be Replaced by Turkish MP in key Debate, CoE Officials tell Eurofora
Friday, 20 April 2018 | ACM
CoE Rapporteur on Medias due to be Replaced by Turkish MP in key Debate, CoE Officials tell Eurofora  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-PanEuropean Organisation for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law's Rapporteur on Medias, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Volodymyr Ariev, from Ukraine, is due to...
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news Sources: Anti-Corruption Inquiry on CoE Parliamentary Assembly may extend to Other Areas/Bodies
Friday, 20 April 2018 | ACM
Sources: Anti-Corruption Inquiry on CoE Parliamentary Assembly may extend to Other Areas/Bodies *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Independent Experts' Inquiry on Corruption, exceptionally set up top check Allegations of wrongdoing in CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), might Extend...
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news EUParliament's Ukraine Delegation Head, Rosati to EF on most Needed Reforms at Kiev before Elections
Thursday, 19 April 2018 | ACM
EUParliament's Ukraine Delegation Head, Rosati to EF on most Needed Reforms at Kiev before Elections *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" after concluding an Important Meeting between EU and Ukranian sides in EU Parliament this Morning in Strasbourg, the...
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news Macron to EF: EUCitizens Consultation before EU Decisions also After 2019 with Real Debates from Now
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 | ACM
Macron to EF: EUCitizens Consultation before EU Decisions also After 2019 with Real Debates from Now *Saint-Dié/Vosges Mountains/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, French President Emmanuel Macron made it clear that he Intends to Advance Further than the current...
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news MACRON to EF+: It's up to the People of Europe to SEIZE THE CHANCE of EU Citizens' Consultations !
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 | ACM
MACRON to EF+: It's up to the People of Europe to SEIZE THE CHANCE of EU Citizens' Consultations !  *Epinal (Vosges' Mountains)/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking briefly to Journalists, including "Eurofora", just after the Official Inauguration of the 1st in a 6 Months-long Series of EU...
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news Macron in EU Parliament Focuses on Citizens' Debates before 2019
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 | ACM
Macron in EU Parliament Focuses on Citizens' Debates before 2019 *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Half of French President Emmanuel Macron's EU Parliament's Speech, and Most of his Total Speaking Time here, this Morning, here, were surprizingly Focused, from...
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news Macron starts Long March of Citizen Consultation on Vosges Mountain after EUParliament with obstacle
Monday, 16 April 2018 | ACM
Macron starts Long March of Citizen Consultation on Vosges Mountain after EUParliament with obstacle   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/News-Viewpoint/- Embattled New French President Emmanuel Macron's deep awareness of the Fact that Europe needs, nowadays, to be reVitalized by certain profound...
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news EU/CoE Digital Resistance project=Double-Edged say Experts to EF among Vote/Data/CitizenConsultation
Monday, 16 April 2018 | ACM
EU/CoE Digital Resistance project=Double-Edged say Experts to EF among Vote/Data/CitizenConsultation *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, the Leading Experts of a Pioneer EU/CoE's New Joint Program "Digital Resistance", Richard Heise and...
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news 1st EU University aims Integration First but Development can go Fast tell EF French+German Officials
Thursday, 12 April 2018 | ACM
1st EU University aims Integration First but Development can go Fast tell EF French+German Officials  *Strasbourg/Great East Region HQ/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" on their Decision, Today, to start Building here the 1st European University, Key Franco-German Actors at this...
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news Bad Times for WhistleBlowers ? 2018 International Human Rights Foundation René Cassin ECHR contest
Friday, 06 April 2018 | ACM
Bad Times for WhistleBlowers ? 2018 International Human Rights Foundation René Cassin ECHR contest  *Strasbourg/ECHR/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora", International Human Rights' Foundation "René Cassin"'s Chairman, former Long-Time ECHR President, Professor...
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news Cyber ao. Attacks v. EF after Publ. on EUParliament+Macron+EF Project: Citizen Debate before EU Acts
Saturday, 31 March 2018 | ACM
Cyber ao. Attacks v. EF after Publ. on EUParliament+Macron+EF Project: Citizen Debate before EU Acts  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(PARTLY UPDATED)/- "Eurofora" News was Targetted and Hit by a Series of Cyber and Other Aggressions and/or Harassments, (withOut Precedent in more than a...
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news CLRAE Rapporteur on Lone Refugee Children, Elmrini to EF on Integration: School+Language=Essential+?
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 | ACM
CLRAE Rapporteur on Lone Refugee Children, Elmrini to EF on Integration: School+Language=Essential+?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE's 2018 Rapporteur on the Topical, Ethically and Socio-Economically important, but also Controversial Issue of "UnAccompanied Refugee Children",...
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news CoE under Pressure by ..Turkey against Criticism of Persecuting,Replacing+Jailing Dissident Mayors ?
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 | ACM
CoE under Pressure by ..Turkey against Criticism of Persecuting,Replacing+Jailing Dissident Mayors ? *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- -"CoE must put Pressure on Turkey" in order to Respect Local Democracry, after Hundreds of Local/Regional Elected Representatives were Dismissed, Replaced...
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news EU Regions Committee Head +CLRAE v.Chair Lambertz to EF on Tabarnia Split from Catalonia in Spain
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 | ACM
EU Regions Committee Head +CLRAE v.Chair Lambertz to EF on Tabarnia Split from Catalonia in Spain *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Regions' Committee new President in Brussels, and CLRAE vice-President in Strasbourg, Karl-Heintz Lambertz, speaking to "Eurofora" on the latest...
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news New Austrian Chancellor+Next EU Chair Kurz to Eurofora on Turkey: the Question is: -Which Measures ?
Friday, 23 March 2018 | ACM
New Austrian Chancellor+Next EU Chair Kurz to Eurofora on Turkey: the Question is: -Which Measures ? *Brussels/EU-Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New Chancellor of Austria, and Next EU Chairman-in-office for the period of July-December 2018, Sebastian Kurz, Leader of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party...
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news EUParliament Head Tajani to EF +French President Macron: April RDV+Citizen Debate before Decisions ?
Friday, 23 March 2018 | ACM
EUParliament Head Tajani to EF +French President Macron: April RDV+Citizen Debate before Decisions ? *Brussels/EU-Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, speaking to "Eurofora" on the sidelines of his Press Conference during the EU Summit of March 2018 in...
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news EUSummit+Parliament+Germany+France Leaders Tajani+Merkel+Macron slam Turkey Violence (Varna RDV eve)
Friday, 23 March 2018 | ACM
EUSummit+Parliament+Germany+France Leaders Tajani+Merkel+Macron slam Turkey Violence (Varna RDV eve) *Brussels/EU-Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU's 28 Heads of State/Government clearly slamed, during a 2 Days-long Summit in Brussels, Turkey's latest Violent Abuses against EU Member Cyprus'...
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news CoE to Boost Athletes' Human Rights after Anti-Doping Zig-Zag Row between Russia - SKorea Olympics
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 | ACM
CoE to Boost Athletes' Human Rights after Anti-Doping Zig-Zag Row between Russia - SKorea Olympics *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Acting Fast, After the Recent Olympic Games' Row, which initially Excluded, Before Later Restoring to their Rights, many Russian Athletes, regarding Doping...
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news CoE Expert Prof Aebi to EF on Penal Stats: Turkish Prison rate Booms, Supervision Grows, Cost Enigma
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 | ACM
CoE Expert Prof Aebi to EF on Penal Stats: Turkish Prison rate Booms, Supervision Grows, Cost Enigma *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- From the Data and the Replies given to Questions raised by "Eurofora" and/or Other Journalists during a Press Briefing at the CoE in Strasbourg by...
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news EUParliament USA+Security Commitee Leader Ehrel to EF: STOP Turkey Invasion in Syrian Kurds' Afrin !
Thursday, 15 March 2018 | ACM
EUParliament USA+Security Commitee Leader Ehrel to EF: STOP Turkey Invasion in Syrian Kurds' Afrin !  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New President of EU Parliament's Delegation for the USA, as well as vice-President of its Defence/Security Committee, German MEP from Bayern,...
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news EUParliament slams Turkey Intrusion in Syrian Kurds areas: CeaseFire/Withdraw Army/No-Fly Zone(UNSC)
Thursday, 15 March 2018 | ACM
EUParliament slams Turkey Intrusion in Syrian Kurds areas: CeaseFire/Withdraw Army/No-Fly Zone(UNSC)   *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/(UPDATED)- Just Hours after deadly Turkish Bombings on the surrounded Afrin city,  EU Parliament adopted a last minute Amendment in a New Resolution on...
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news Turkey Attack in Syrian Kurds' ARFIN Canton: No Border Security, But Military INVASION - Occupation!
Sunday, 11 March 2018 | ACM
Turkey Attack in Syrian Kurds' ARFIN Canton: No Border Security, But Military INVASION - Occupation! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's, obviously, No more a Border Security operation, But a fully-Fledged Foreign Military Invasion and Occupation, even a massive Population Replacement plan, as...
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news Italian People vote new Right's Unity 1st, +grow Grillo's "5 Stars". Left Falls Down. = Quid Now ?
Sunday, 04 March 2018 | ACM
Italian People vote new Right's Unity 1st, +grow Grillo's  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(partly UpDated)/- The Italian Voters gave a crystal-clear 1st Place to a New Unity of the Right, (where Salvini's ""Lega" Rightists get an UnExpected...
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news UN Resolution on Syria CeaseFire Violated by Turkish Invasion killing Damascus Forces+Kurds at Afrin
Saturday, 03 March 2018 | ACM
UN Resolution on Syria CeaseFire Violated by Turkish Invasion killing Damascus Forces+Kurds at Afrin *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Shortly before Important CoE's PanEuropean Political Meetings in Paris, where Syria, including the Turkish Military Invasion at its Kurdish Region of Afrin, is due...
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news UN Committee Top Official Prof Decaux to EF: Investigate Missing People despite Time+Proof Obstacles
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 | ACM
UN Committee Top Official Prof Decaux to EF: Investigate Missing People despite Time+Proof Obstacles *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Professor Emmanuel Decaux, of Paris' Pantheon University, an Experienced Member and former President of UNO's Committee on Enforced  Disappearances (CED) at...
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news EU Member Cyprus' Energy v. Turkey's GunBoats point also at European Defence Future
Friday, 23 February 2018 | ACM
EU Member Cyprus' Energy v. Turkey's GunBoats point also at European Defence Future *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Will the EU let Turkey's GunBoat Bullying against International Law Deprive it from the Only New and Growing Oil/Gas Findings in European Territory and/or Directly...
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news CoE: European AudioVisual Production, CO-Productions+Exports Boom: Fairy Tales or Not ?
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 | ACM
CoE: European AudioVisual Production, CO-Productions+Exports Boom: Fairy Tales or Not ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It looked like a Fairy Tale ! However, the Reality is More Complex, but, anyway, Interesting... A Series of recent Statistics on European AudioVisual creations,...
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news UN Press Spokesman Dujarric to EF on more Turkey GunBoats v. EU Energy Source in Cyprus: Checking+
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 | ACM
UN Press Spokesman Dujarric to EF on more Turkey GunBoats  v. EU Energy Source in Cyprus: Checking+ *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The UN are Aware, Interested and carefully Following the Latest Developments on Turkey's GunBoat Bullying against EU Countries' efforts to Develop recent...
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news Germany : Towards a "New GRO-KO" ?!...
Monday, 19 February 2018 | ACM
Germany : Towards a  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After 2 "GroKo" - Big Coalition Governments with an obliged CoHabitation of ChristianDemocrats/EPP and Socialists, the German People might, perhaps, be Ready...
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news FBI versus critical Web Speech, but Zero on mass Killings ?!
Saturday, 17 February 2018 | ACM
FBI versus critical Web Speech, but Zero on mass Killings ?!  *Strasbourg/(OPINION+NEWS)/- Some Barack Hussein Obama's remnants inside FBI made Today a Big Fuss against Web Free Speech, including by inflicting Criminal "Indictments", etc., while...
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news Turkish GunBoat bullying Blocks European Energy source at EU Member State Cyprus: First Reactions
Thursday, 15 February 2018 | ACM
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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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