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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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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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news Cyprus Foreign Minister Kasulides to EF: We wished UN SC PM+ at UN's Conference, but Others did not
Monday, 23 January 2017 | ACM
Cyprus Foreign Minister Kasulides to EF: We wished UN SC PM+ at UN's Conference, but Others did not *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Cyprus had wished an active Presence of several other Important Global Powers at the UN sponsored International Conference of Geneva for the ReUnification of that...
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news CoE Human Rights Director Giakumopoulos to Eurofora: Trump's view on "MedicAid" shows "Civilisation"
Friday, 20 January 2017 | ACM
CoE Human Rights Director Giakumopoulos to Eurofora: Trump's view on *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While the 47 Member States-strong CoE is Ready to Participate in a Ground-Breaking  International Conference for a "European Pillar of Social Rights",...
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news CoE: Calls to Debate + put Turkey under Monitoring, with Concequences vis a vis EU
Friday, 20 January 2017 | ACM
CoE: Calls to Debate + put Turkey under Monitoring, with Concequences vis a vis EU  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE Assembly's (PACE) Powerful Political and Monitoring Committees have Both Officially asked for an "Urgent" Debate on Turkey, Next Week in...
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news Antonio Tajani is one of the Rare EU Parliament's Presidents who owes Nothing to Socialists !
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 | ACM
Antonio Tajani is one of the Rare EU Parliament's Presidents who owes Nothing to Socialists ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 1st Time after Many Years of "Gro-Ko", (i.e. that Total Confusion on People's Freedom to Choose between Right and Left in Democracy, considered by...
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news CoE-UNESCO-ICC Officials to EF: Cultural Heritage Property new Treaty to Fil Gap + Fight ISIL Terror
Friday, 13 January 2017 | ACM
CoE-UNESCO-ICC Officials to EF: Cultural Heritage Property new Treaty to Fil Gap + Fight ISIL Terror *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New PanEuropean/International Legal Tool for the Protection of Cultural Heritage is due to Fill serious Gaps on Safeguarding People's Historic Identity and...
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news EU Parliament's Presidency: In the Past, Italian Right left it to Socialists. Now it wants it Back !
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament's Presidency: In the Past, Italian Right left it to Socialists. Now it wants it Back !   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An "EXCLUSIVE" and Original Press Reportage by "Eurofora" reveals the Fact that the Italian Center-Right had already Accepted to Give, Once, its...
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news CIA: Obama-Hired Staff push his Cold War/Complot claim v. Russia +Expose People to Islamic Terror
Saturday, 07 January 2017 | ACM
CIA: Obama-Hired Staff push his Cold War/Complot claim v. Russia +Expose People to Islamic Terror   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-  In an Historic "Double" Record Today, controversial CIA Officials appointed by the Out-going US President Barack Hussein Obama, vainly attempted to Back...
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news More LIGHT in 2017 ?
Sunday, 01 January 2017 | ACM
More LIGHT in 2017 ?    *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While new US President-elect, Don Trump, speaking from New York, has symbolicaly promissed to the American People, just after his November 2016 Surprize Win, that...
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news F. Greek Ambassador to Libya on 2012, Murdered on 2016 in murky Brazil case, incl. Political Issues?
Friday, 30 December 2016 | ACM
F. Greek Ambassador to Libya on 2012, Murdered on 2016 in murky Brazil case, incl. Political Issues? * The former Ambassador of Greece to Libya during the notorious "Benghazi scandal" of 2012 of the non-elucidated yet Deadly Attack by Islamic Extremists against US Ambassador Stevens and 3...
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news Russian Plane to Syria via Turkey: Crash kills Artists+Press on Christmas for Aleppo Damaged Church
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 | ACM
Russian Plane to Syria via Turkey: Crash kills Artists+Press on Christmas for Aleppo Damaged Church *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- What really Happened, in the Middle of 2016's Christmas Night, when 92 Persons, including a World Famous Choir+Dance Group with a Dozen of Women, a Top ...
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news Berlin Islamic Terror Massacre=Attempt to OverShadow Russian Ambassador Murder by Turkish Policeman?
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 | ACM
Berlin Islamic Terror Massacre=Attempt to OverShadow Russian Ambassador Murder by Turkish Policeman?    *(Investigative, Factual News-Viewpoint).- The Biggest Massacre of innocent Civilian People committed in Germany until now by Islamic Terrorism, which Killed 12 Victims and Wounded about 50 more,...
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news EUParliament 1st v.President Tajani: Recent Violence on Jews risks to provoke new Exodus to Israel !
Monday, 12 December 2016 | ACM
EUParliament 1st v.President Tajani: Recent Violence on Jews risks to provoke new Exodus to Israel !    *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Recently Growing Number of Aggressions against Jewish People risk to provoke a New Exodus towards Israel, Warned the 1st vice-President of EU...
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news USA: McCain+Dems Skid, get Out of Control: Fire on Russia, Forget ISIL Islamic Terrorism + X else...
Saturday, 10 December 2016 | ACM
USA: McCain+Dems Skid, get Out of Control: Fire on Russia, Forget ISIL Islamic Terrorism + X else... *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Notoriously Controversial Establishment "Bi-Partisan" RINO, Mr. McCain, obviously Skided away and got Out of Control Today, by Brutaly Attacking the President...
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news OECD Education Head Schleicher to EF: Global Stagnation on Science Students Performance may Hide Gap
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 | ACM
OECD Education Head Schleicher to EF: Global Stagnation on Science Students Performance may Hide Gap  *Strasbourg/OECD Webinar/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Global tendency to augment a Gap in Students' Performance in Science, (from 15 years old), appears during the latest Decade or so, even if it's...
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news Top MEP (f.PM) Peterle to EF: Boost Citizens Web Debates before EUParliament Decisions ahead of 2019
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 | ACM
Top MEP (f.PM) Peterle to EF: Boost Citizens Web Debates before EUParliament Decisions ahead of 2019 *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced former Prime Minister of Slovenia, mainstream Top ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP, Alojz Peterle, President of EU - FYROM Delegation, replying to a...
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news EUCommission v.President Ansip to EF: Digital Tech. for Citizens Access + Authors Reward on Culture
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 | ACM
EUCommission v.President Ansip to EF: Digital Tech. for Citizens Access + Authors Reward on Culture   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Modern Digital Technologies and EU's Single Market are Able to Ensure, at the Same Time, Both Better Citizens' Access, and Fair Remuneration to Authors,...
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news New CoE Chairman Kasulides (11/2016-5/2017) to Eurofora: RDV Spring 2017 for EU-CoE Cooperation+
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 | ACM
New CoE Chairman Kasulides (11/2016-5/2017) to Eurofora: RDV Spring 2017 for EU-CoE Cooperation+  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Luxembourg, from one side, Cyprus from another : Will those often interlinked, Small but Strategic European Countries, currently holding the Presidency of EU and...
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news UN Cyprus Talks' Setback: TextBook case against Abandoning Human Rights to Political bargaining.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 | ACM
UN Cyprus Talks' Setback: TextBook case against Abandoning Human Rights to Political bargaining. *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A sudden and strange Break-Down of UN sponsored Top Level InterCommunal Talks on the complex but Important, long overdue issue of Cyprus' ReUnification, still...
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news ECHR President Raimondi+ to EF on Cyprus' Refugees Judgements Implementation : "Trust" CoE to move
Monday, 21 November 2016 | ACM
ECHR President Raimondi+ to EF on Cyprus' Refugees Judgements Implementation : *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- European Court of Human Rights' new President, Guido Raimondi, speaking to "Eurofora" in the CoE, almost at the Same Time that a Final Push was...
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news BioEthics = a Win Factor in France ? Mystery of Unexpected Gain in Center-Right's Primary by Fillon
Sunday, 20 November 2016 | ACM
BioEthics = a Win Factor in France ? Mystery of Unexpected Gain in Center-Right's Primary by Fillon  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Unexpected, Strong Win at French Center-Right's Primaries, (widely expected to determlne the Next President of the Republic for the 2017-2022 period), by former...
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news Paris ISIS Terror lets Open Questions as Bataclan staffer Bullies Survivor Critic of Security gaps
Sunday, 13 November 2016 | ACM
Paris ISIS Terror lets Open Questions as Bataclan staffer Bullies Survivor Critic of Security gaps *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A whole Year after the 13 November 2015 Mass Killings in Paris, while it remains still an Unsolved Mystery, how 3 or 4 Islamic Terrorists entered with Heavy Arms...
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news USA: Surprise Win of a "European" President + People's Voice on the Web versus Establishment's Media
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 | ACM
USA: Surprise Win of a *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- From the nevralgic Viewpoint of the PanEuropean CoE (47 Member States, Russia included) Headquarters City of Strasbourg, (a Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law...
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news Sarkozy on ISIL Terror +SocioCultural Integration: Authority+Humanism. Calls People for Clear Change
Friday, 04 November 2016 | ACM
Sarkozy on ISIL Terror +SocioCultural Integration: Authority+Humanism. Calls People for Clear Change *Belfort/People's Home - Resistance Square/Angelo Marcopolo/- From the Beginning to the End, the Alfa and Omega of embattled Nicolas Sarkozy's message, this Evening, to the French People, at...
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news Iceland 2016 Election: Voters strengthen a Right course, but also Open brand New Pathways
Saturday, 29 October 2016 | ACM
Iceland 2016 Election: Voters strengthen a Right course, but also Open brand New Pathways  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Established Parties Fall Down, with the Only Exception of the Right, (which even ameliorates a bit its results), but with a Collapse of Socialist and Center-Left...
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news At least 1/3 of MEPs Lean on Stopping Turkey's EU bid Now ?! (incl. some of the Best in All Groups)
Thursday, 27 October 2016 | ACM
At least 1/3 of MEPs Lean on Stopping Turkey's EU bid Now ?! (incl. some of the Best in All Groups) *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Votes Today revealed a Surprise: At least 1 out of 3 MEPs seem to already Support or Hesitate for an immediate and clear Full Stop Now of...
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news EUParliament Secretary General Welle to EF: Citizens-MEPs Debates before Decisions, on Study 1.2017+
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 | ACM
EUParliament Secretary General Welle to EF: Citizens-MEPs Debates before Decisions, on Study 1.2017+ *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Pioneer Ideas for EU Citizens - MEPs' interaction thanks to New Information/Communication Technologies are due to be Reviewed by EU Parliament from...
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news Top British MEP Tannock to EF: support for Sarkozy Ambition to Attract the UK in a Future, "New EU"
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 | ACM
Top British MEP Tannock to EF: support for Sarkozy Ambition to Attract the UK in a Future, *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/-  Experienced British mainstream MEP of the Governing Conservative Party, from London, former Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP...
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news EU Parliament v-President Tajani to EF: New Humanism really Important v. Radicalisation/ISIL Terror
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 | ACM
EU Parliament v-President Tajani to EF: New Humanism really Important v. Radicalisation/ISIL Terror *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced former EU Commissioner and currently EU Parliament's vice-President, Italian ChristianDemocrat/EPP long-time MEP, Antonio Tajani, speaking...
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news Center-Right Coalition versus Same Sex Marriage marks Big Electoral Win at Lithuania (EU)
Sunday, 23 October 2016 | ACM
Center-Right Coalition versus Same Sex Marriage marks Big Electoral Win at Lithuania (EU)   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Popular Mass Demonstrations for BioEthical Values (such as Opposal to "Same Sex Marriage" and/or Adoption of Children by Homosexual couples,...
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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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