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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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CLRAE vicePresident Angelopoulos to *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's clear that Greece canNot bear alone all the burden of those Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants who are brought in Europe through Neighbouring Turkey,...
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news Investigative Journalist Daphne's Murder and Independent Web's Importance over Establishment's Media
Monday, 16 October 2017 | ACM
Investigative Journalist Daphne's Murder and Independent Web's Importance over Establishment's Media *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Journalist's independent Web "NoteBook", which became Popular by its Freedom of Criticism and Investigative Journalism,  proved to be much more...
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news Elections' results: Austria to become the 5th EU Country with Unity of All the Right ?
Sunday, 15 October 2017 | ACM
Elections' results: Austria to become the 5th EU Country with Unity of All the Right ?  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After Norway, Denmark, Finland and Bulgaria (etc), Austria seems due to become the 5th EU Country with a New Government forged on the basis of a Unity among All the...
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news New PACE President Kyriakides to "EF": Trust, Russia, New Summit + Fight v. Corruption = Priorities
Friday, 13 October 2017 | ACM
New PACE President Kyriakides to *Stasbourg/CoE/Angel Marcopolo/- Replying to "Eurofora"s Questions, CoE Parliamentary Assembly's New President, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from the Governing Party in Cyprus,...
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news CoE Rule of Law Criteria include Eurofora idea on Dialogue with Citizens before important Decisions
Thursday, 12 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Rule of Law Criteria include Eurofora idea on Dialogue with Citizens before important Decisions *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) of the PanEuropean Organisation for Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights, CoE, has just decided to Start Implementing, in real...
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news Ukraine's Poroshenko +PACE Chair Kyriakides (Cyprus): No Credentials+No Dialogue during Occupation ?
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 | ACM
Ukraine's Poroshenko +PACE Chair Kyriakides (Cyprus): No Credentials+No Dialogue during Occupation ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite the Kind Words between them, when Hard Facts were discussd with MEPs, the exchanges between Ukranian President Petro Poroschenko and CoE Assembly's...
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news CoE: Life-long Genetic AppartHeid accepted + incited by Report drafted in Strange Context ?!
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 | ACM
CoE: Life-long Genetic AppartHeid accepted + incited by Report drafted in Strange Context ?! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A very "Tricky" CoE Report, Debated and Voted Tomorrow, on the "Hottest" BioEthical Issue: that of "new  Genetic Technologies" that...
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news 1st PACE President from Cyprus Kyriakides among Czech President Zeman +CoESG Jagland moves on Russia
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 | ACM
1st PACE President from Cyprus Kyriakides among Czech President Zeman +CoESG Jagland moves on Russia *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- After stressing to Journalists her "Firm Belief to Human Rights" and her Intention to "treat All CoE's Member States Equally", the New...
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news Cyprus' Lady MEP leads Eminent Lithuanian MEP in Surprize Vote for New CoE Assembly President
Monday, 09 October 2017 | ACM
Cyprus' Lady MEP leads Eminent Lithuanian MEP in Surprize Vote for New CoE Assembly President *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after the "Bumpy" Controversy which pushed at the Out-going CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) President, Pedro Agramunt's last-minute,...
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news CoE Assembly SG Sawicki to EF: Russian MEPs can Participate+Vote, even if some asked Sanctions Later
Friday, 06 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Assembly SG Sawicki to EF: Russian MEPs can Participate+Vote, even if some asked Sanctions Later *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  Russian MEPs' eventual Return at the CoE on Monday, starting with full Rights, is not only Possible, but might even have Saved, perhaps, outgoing PACE...
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news CoE Committee wants to Stop Turkey's candidates from entering in the ECHR
Friday, 06 October 2017 | ACM
CoE Committee wants to Stop Turkey's candidates from entering in the ECHR *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- At the Same Time that a Judge imPrisoned in Turkey was chosen as one among the 3 Candidates for prestigious "Vaklav Havel" Human Rights Prize award, next...
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news New Strasbourg 'Great East' Region Prefect Marx to "EF": TransBorder Links now = Necessity+Dynamism
Thursday, 05 October 2017 | ACM
New Strasbourg 'Great East' Region Prefect Marx to *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New French President, Emmanuel Macron, bringing also a New Prefect, Jean-Claude Marx, in Strasbourg's strategic PanEuropean Headquarters of the CoE, EU...
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news Cyprus-UK BREXIT Negotiation will Start+Advance well, says to "EF" Governing Party MEP Christoforou
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 | ACM
Cyprus-UK BREXIT Negotiation will Start+Advance well, says to *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Forhcoming Cyprus - UK Negotiations on relevant "BREXIT"'s aspects would Start soon and shall Advance Well, optimistically said to...
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news Scheduled EU Parliament's Vote on critical Resolution on Turkey ... vanishes mysteriously !
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 | ACM
Scheduled EU Parliament's Vote on critical Resolution on Turkey ... vanishes mysteriously !  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just After the German Elections (but still Before the Austrian a.o.), suddenly, an Expected, officially Announced, and even initialy Registered, EU...
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news EUParliament: Fight v. Islamist Terror Attacks in EU/USA, + Debate on Secessionist trouble in Spain
Monday, 02 October 2017 | ACM
EUParliament: Fight v. Islamist Terror Attacks in EU/USA, + Debate on Secessionist trouble in Spain   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament had to Handle Today a series of various "Hot" Topical Issues currently Challenging Europe, at the opening of its full Plenary Session this...
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news French Regions' President Richert quits + points at Identity+General Interest, in Mystery..
Saturday, 30 September 2017 | ACM
French Regions' President Richert quits + points at Identity+General Interest, in Mystery.. *Strasbourg/Great East Region HQ/Angelo Marcopolo/- The most Experienced French "Regionalist" Top Politician, at EU's Core area of Strasbourg, the ChristianDemocrat/EPP President of the...
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news EPPSG Isturiz to EF: Secessionist Catalan Referendum Propaganda abused Anti-IS Terror Demonstration
Thursday, 28 September 2017 | ACM
EPPSG  Isturiz to EF: Secessionist Catalan Referendum Propaganda abused Anti-IS Terror Demonstration *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- While the Controversy on a pro-Secession Referendum in Catalonia Region of Spain approaches the scheduled Day of October 1st, even if EU Parliament...
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news European People back Judge Moore's Fight in Alabama (US) for Natural Family +by key Votes in Germany
Monday, 25 September 2017 | ACM
European People back Judge Moore's Fight in Alabama (US) for Natural Family +by key Votes in Germany *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While an Emblematic and Symbolic Vote, but also Politically Crucial for USA's foreseeable Future, starts Tomorrow at Alabama's Mediatic GOP Primary for a New...
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news German People voted : Crystal-clear Absolute Majority to the Right + 56 % !
Sunday, 24 September 2017 | ACM
German People voted : Crystal-clear Absolute Majority to the Right + 56 % !  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after Norway, even stronger in Germany, Democracy spoke this September 2017 : The German People gave a Crystal-clear Absolute Majority to the Right with more than...
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news CoE asks Turkey for Content of Effective Investigation+Tangible Result on Cyprus MISSING People Fast
Friday, 22 September 2017 | ACM
CoE asks Turkey for Content of Effective Investigation+Tangible Result on Cyprus MISSING People Fast *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In an Important Decision taken by CoE's Top Political Body, its Committee of Ministers, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law...
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news A Real Bomb : London a.o. recent Islamist Terror Attacks reveal more Social Links + Security Gaps !
Thursday, 21 September 2017 | ACM
A Real Bomb : London a.o. recent Islamist Terror Attacks reveal more Social Links + Security Gaps ! *Strasbourg/- An Explosive Mixture, made out of recent Mass Migration from the Middle East, known but tolerated Radicalisation, fanatic Hate, galoping Islamisation, personal Conflicts, and more or...
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news CoE/ECHR: Turkey Fails to show Content of Enquiry for MISSING Cypriots, doesN't Pay, Hides Proof
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 | ACM
CoE/ECHR: Turkey Fails to show Content of Enquiry for MISSING Cypriots, doesN't Pay, Hides Proof *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/ [UPDATED]- Eve of a crucial CoE Ministers' meeting on ECHR case-Law Implementation (19-21/9/2017), Turkey Failed to show Any concrete Content of Investigation on...
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news Schaüble + Juncker to Eurofora, with Merkel : - Shift towards a Deep Europe ?
Monday, 18 September 2017 | ACM
Schaüble + Juncker to Eurofora, with Merkel :  - Shift towards a Deep Europe ?   *Offenburg (Germany)/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, succeeded Today, on 2017, to IMF's Chief, Catherine Lagarde, who had been the Invited Keenote Speaker...
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news CoE Commissioner Mujnieks+IPCAN Head Toubon to EF: Terror Suspects+Victims' Rights v. Police
Friday, 15 September 2017 | ACM
CoE Commissioner Mujnieks+IPCAN Head Toubon to EF: Terror Suspects+Victims' Rights v. Police *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In fact, it's on their main Duty to Protect Humanity against Barbarism, that conscientious Policemen have to Focus, Both when they must be Tough, Fast, Bold and...
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news EU Steps up its Criticism v. Turkey's unpopular EU bid, but Postpones Decision after German Election
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | ACM
EU Steps up its Criticism v. Turkey's unpopular EU bid, but Postpones Decision after German Election *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Closely Related to a Crucial Debate on Europe's foreseeable Future, launched Today in EU Parliament's plenary by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...
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news EU Chief BREXIT Negotiator Barnier to "Eurofora": -I Think we'll reach a Deal Before 2019 Election
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 | ACM
EU Chief BREXIT Negotiator Barnier to *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite recent concerns by some that Bumpy EU - UK Negotiations on BREXIT might drag their feet Longer than a March 2019 Time Deadline, nevertheless,...
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news Merkel v. Islamist Terror, for Safety,Freedom+Live Well Together,Strong EU, eve of 9/11, in hit City
Saturday, 09 September 2017 | ACM
Merkel v. Islamist Terror, for Safety,Freedom+Live Well Together,Strong EU, eve of 9/11, in hit City   *Reutlingen (Germany)/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's at the Eve of 9/11's Anniversary, (for the 1st time with an US President having expressed Doubts on New York WTC's Collapse after 2...
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news EUROCORPS German Presidency (2017-19) Spokesman to EF on Drones use: Not scheduled, but Nor Excluded
Thursday, 07 September 2017 | ACM
EUROCORPS German Presidency (2017-19) Spokesman to EF on Drones use: Not scheduled, but Nor Excluded *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- During the incoming German Presidency of EUROCORPS for 2 Years (9/2017 - 8/2019), the use of Drones, announced Earlier this week by the New French Defense Minister...
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news EPP President Daul calls to Revise EU Asylum/Migration Policy after Political Assembly in Denmark
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 | ACM
EPP President Daul calls to Revise EU Asylum/Migration Policy after Political Assembly in Denmark *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Experienced President of the European ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party, (which includes representatives from 41 Countries), former Long-Time Chairman of EU...
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news French Europe+Foreign Affairs Minister Drian to "EF": Digital EU plans suspended on German Election
Friday, 01 September 2017 | ACM
French Europe+Foreign Affairs Minister Drian to *Strasbourg/EuroFair/Angelo Marcopolo/- Decisions on forthcoming EU's new Digital Projects are practicaly suspended until the German Elections at the End of this Month (24/9/2017), replied, in...
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news CoE Debate: ESTC v.President, Vatican Life Expert, Professor Thiel to Eurofora: Fraternity+BioEthics
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 | ACM
CoE Debate: ESTC v.President, Vatican Life Expert, Professor Thiel to Eurofora: Fraternity+BioEthics *Strasbourg/Council of Europe/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" just after having Chaired an International Conference opened by CoE's deputy Secretary General, (the experienced...
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news EU "Big 4" Paris Migration Summit: Hotspots in Africa+Stop Irregular Migrants. Why Not in Turkey ?
Monday, 28 August 2017 | ACM
EU  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The interesting Strategy agreed Today on how to handle the Challenge of Mass Migration from Africa at EU's "Big 4" Summit in Paris, which brought...
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news Spain Islamist Terror (linked to France,Germany,UK,Finland,Russia+) Reveals Big Socio-Pol. Problems
Thursday, 17 August 2017 | ACM
Spain Islamist Terror (linked to France,Germany,UK,Finland,Russia+) Reveals Big Socio-Pol. Problems *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Barcelona's Islamist Terror, by Killing 15 and Wounding 130 Civilian People, cowardly Targetted by ISIS' adepts, amidst similar Brutal Attacks in Germany...
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news USA People Vote pro-Natural Family Alabama Senator Moore before Mid-Term + German Elections
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 | ACM
USA People Vote pro-Natural Family Alabama Senator Moore before Mid-Term + German Elections *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While in Europe BioEthical Controversies on "Same Sex Marriage" practically wait the Results of the forthcoming German Election and a Judgement by the...
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news Press Freedom Guru Greenwald (Left) backs Conservative US President Trump v. Deep State. Why ?
Monday, 07 August 2017 | ACM
Press Freedom Guru Greenwald (Left) backs Conservative US President Trump v. Deep State. Why ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Global Press Freedom NGO "Intercept"s co-Founder, Award-Winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald, from the Left side of the Political Spectrum, launched an...
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news Hamburg Bloody Islamist Terrorist Attack Targetting Civilian People highlights Wider Security Gaps
Monday, 31 July 2017 | ACM
Hamburg Bloody Islamist Terrorist Attack Targetting Civilian People highlights Wider Security Gaps *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After even Today's explicit Confirmation, by Confession of the Culprit himself, that the Knife Attack which Targetted and Killed 1 and Wounded 6 Civilian Victims...
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news Obama era's UN Cyprus' Envoy Eide Disregards even landmark ECHR Judgements on Human Rights ?
Friday, 21 July 2017 | ACM
Obama era's UN Cyprus' Envoy Eide Disregards even landmark ECHR Judgements on Human Rights ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's not only on what really happened recently at Crans-Montana's UN Cyprus' Talks Deadlock, (widely attributed mainly to Turkey's refusal to withdraw...
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news France and Germany launch EU "Autonomy" Strategy in Dual (Defense+Civil) High-Tech.
Thursday, 13 July 2017 | ACM
France and Germany launch EU *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just before Strasbourg-HeadQuartered EUROCORPS, a Franco-German inspiration for EU-Core Military Heads of Staff (Etat Major, together with Spain, Poland, Belgium,...
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news ECHR: Open Questions on f. leftist Cyprus Leader Christofias for seized Syria/Iran Arms' Explosion
Thursday, 13 July 2017 | ACM
ECHR: Open Questions on f. leftist Cyprus Leader Christofias for seized Syria/Iran Arms' Explosion  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-  A 7 Members Section of the 47-Members Strong ECHR, ruling on a case of 13 Killed and 62 Wounded People, by a July 2011 Explosion of Ammunitions Seized from a Ship...
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news French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links
Saturday, 08 July 2017 | ACM
French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links    *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- France and the EU should and could Protect the evolving Oil-Gas Findings at EU-Member Cyprus, and accelerating Plans for Direct Energy Transport to Europe,...
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news Merkel Welcomes Historic Trump-Putin 1st Meeting she hosted at G20 Summit: Towards "New Detente" ?
Saturday, 08 July 2017 | ACM
Merkel Welcomes Historic Trump-Putin 1st Meeting she hosted at G20 Summit: Towards   *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Good, Honest and Sincere" USA - Russia Talks "can be Beneficial for All", said Experienced German Chancellor Angie Merkel, speaking to...
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news EU-China and G20 Summit: "In big Pressure, Firmer Knot": Kristoff Wang + "People to People" links
Saturday, 08 July 2017 | ACM
EU-China and G20 Summit: *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- On the occasion of the 2017 "G20" Summit at Hamburg, Terminal Hub of EU - China trans-Continental Train Links, (inaugurated by Chinese President Xi...
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news G20 Summits: from Hamburg to Buenos-Aires (Germany 2017-2018 Argentina): Quid of a Global Rail Net ?
Friday, 07 July 2017 | ACM
G20 Summits: from Hamburg to Buenos-Aires (Germany 2017-2018 Argentina): Quid of a Global Rail Net ?  *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Exceptional, Unprecedented Day of Total Transports Blackout, as far as the 2017 "G20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany) is concerned, looks ...Ideal in...
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news Fast Track Political Start at Exceptional "G-20" Summit (amidst Transports' Black out)...
Thursday, 06 July 2017 | ACM
Fast Track Political Start at Exceptional   *Hambourg/(Germany)/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- An exceptionaly "Tight" "in" and "off" Program just started to Unfold overNight from the Eve of G20 Summit of Heads...
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news EUCommission 1stV.President Timmermans to Eurofora: EU Security/Defense policy can be used in Cyprus
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 | ACM
EUCommission 1stV.President Timmermans to Eurofora: EU Security/Defense policy can be used in Cyprus *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced 1st vice-President of EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, former Foreign Minister from the Netherlands, speaking to "Eurofora" Today in...
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news Top German MEP Brok to Eurofora: Turkish claim on Cyprus Occupation+Unilateral Invading=Unacceptable
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 | ACM
Top German MEP Brok to Eurofora: Turkish claim on Cyprus Occupation+Unilateral Invading=Unacceptable *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, Long-Time Mainstream MEP, from the Governing ChristianDemocrat Party (CDU) in Germany, Elmar Brok, speaking to "Eurofora" in EU...
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news Simone Veil to Eurofora (Original 2010-2017) : Europe in a Transitional stage, before a New Era ?
Monday, 03 July 2017 | ACM
Simone Veil to Eurofora (Original 2010-2017) : Europe in a Transitional stage, before a New Era  ?  *Paris (Sorbonne) 2010-Strasbourg 2017/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" met the 1st EU Parliament's President, Simone Veil, back on 2010 in Paris, the Famous Academician Lady,...
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news Kohl is Here !
Saturday, 01 July 2017 | ACM
Kohl is Here ! *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It" happened at the "End": Just after Ludwig Beethoven's European Anthem, when EUROCORPS' Army Officers slowly but...
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news Kohl more Popular than NATO/G7+, has Topical Legacy on GeoPolitic, Social, BioEthic European+ Issues
Thursday, 29 June 2017 | ACM
Kohl more Popular than NATO/G7+, has Topical Legacy on GeoPolitic, Social, BioEthic European+ Issues *Strasbourg/CoE+Prefectoral Palace+EUParliament Press Conference/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 1st Time that we met Helmut Kohl, was at CoE's 1997 Summit in Strasbourg, Together with Chirac and Yeltsin,...
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news CoE Chair, Czech Foreign Minister Zaoralek to EF: Turkey v. Human Rights eve of Cyprus UN Conference
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 | ACM
CoE Chair, Czech Foreign Minister Zaoralek to EF: Turkey v. Human Rights eve of Cyprus UN Conference *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  President in office of the CoE for the period of May - November 2017, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, Experienced former President of the Parliament, and...
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news Top MEP Omtzigt+Expert El-Massih to EF: Syria/Iraq Christian Refugees under Pressure even in Europe!
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 | ACM
Top MEP Omtzigt+Expert El-Massih to EF: Syria/Iraq Christian Refugees under Pressure even in Europe! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced vice-President of PanEuropean CoE Assembly's Human Rights Committee, Pieter Omtzigt, a mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from the Netherlands,...
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news Turkey-imported Mass Irregular Migrants' problem Divides an Otherwise Successfull EU Brussels Summit
Friday, 23 June 2017 | ACM
Turkey-imported Mass Irregular Migrants' problem Divides an Otherwise Successfull EU Brussels Summit *Brussels/EU-Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" asked French and German Delegations whether they had sufficiently "Coordinated" the Timing for the Press Conferences of the...
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news EU Parliament new President Tajani to EF on 3rd Issue about recent Mass Migration, eve of EU Summit
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament new President Tajani to EF on 3rd Issue about recent Mass Migration, eve of EU Summit *Brussels/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question on the sidelines of a Press Conference in Brussels' PressRoom, the New President of EU Parliament,...
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news CoE Media + Internet - Information Society Heads Grundmann +Gylfadottir to EF on Journalists +Terror
Monday, 19 June 2017 | ACM
CoE Media + Internet - Information Society Heads Grundmann +Gylfadottir to EF on Journalists +Terror *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after Leading Topical PanEuropean Debates particularly on Digital Media Internet Actors' Rights and Responsibilities, as well as Regulation or...
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news EUParliament NATO +CSDP Top French MEP Danjean Reply to Eurofora Question on BREXIT+Security/Defense
Thursday, 15 June 2017 | ACM
EUParliament NATO +CSDP Top French MEP Danjean Reply to Eurofora Question on BREXIT+Security/Defense *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Vice-President of EU Parliament's Committee for NATO, and Rapporteur on Common Foreign/Security Policy, as well as "Dual Use" assets,...
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news EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Biggest Group of MEPs' President, Manfred Weber, that of EPP, from the Governing ChristianDemocrat Party in Germany, speaking...
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news Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right
Sunday, 11 June 2017 | ACM
Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right  *Strasbourg/Prefectoral Palace PressRoom/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Record High popular Abstention, Never seen before in France's History, and a Dispersion of Voters among Many Different Political...
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news UK Election + BREXIT Chemistry : Get Farage out, and all goes astray ! But Why Now ?
Thursday, 08 June 2017 | ACM
UK Election + BREXIT Chemistry : Get Farage out, and all goes astray ! But Why Now ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- 0ne Picture resumes Everything about these Surprising 2017 UK Elections. No Need to read Dozens of Pages, watch at so-called "Experts" in Boring Medias,...
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Friday, 02 June 2017 | ACM
Macron tackled by MPs on Nature Polluting, as he slams Trump for droping 2015 Paris Climate Deal  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Macron was loudly bashing Trump for withrawing the US from the  2015 Paris' Climate Deal (negotiated by his Predecessor, Obama), that he accused to be a...
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news Anti-Corruption + pro-EU, Greek former Prime Minister dies, leaving Key+Topical European Legacy
Monday, 29 May 2017 | ACM
Anti-Corruption + pro-EU, Greek former Prime Minister dies, leaving Key+Topical European Legacy  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Former Prime Minister Constantin Mitsotakis who died nowadays in Greece, leaves a Legacy whose real main points are, in fact, both of Historic value, as well as much...
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | ACM
CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Moves for PanEuropean Cooperation on Human Rights' respect and European Cultural Heritage protection and promotion, starting from the Highest Level, were among the...
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Friday, 19 May 2017 | ACM
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news EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority !
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | ACM
EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament Vote's full Results, clearly reveal the Fact that a Controversial Call to put unprecedented Sanctions against the Popular Hungarian Government of...
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | ACM
UN Head Guterres: eventual new Geneva Conference on Cyprus must be Effective + Not Miss opportunity *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- At an EU Parliament's Press Conference here, UNO's new Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, experienced former Prime Minister of Portugal and f. UN High...
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Monday, 15 May 2017 | ACM
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Pierre Pflimlin's visionary line : Honouring the Memory of the man who wanted to build Europe on the Mountains, based on Spirit !

 

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One of EuroFora's best inspirators is naturally Pierre Pflimlin :

We had a chance to personally meet the dynamic and experienced former President of both EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, France's Prime Minister and Strasbourg's Mayor, only at his 90th anniversary, during an Historic speech at the Council of Europe, exceptionally full of people.

But his energetic figure looked more like a youngster of 19 years old, eager to win the Olympic games !..

Visionary, 2P was, from many points of view :

His daughter, Antoinette, Artist-decorator, and Senator Jung, President of a group of friends, confirmed us an Historian's revelation, that Pflimlin had initially the idea to build all European institutions (EU Parliament, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, etc) at the spectacular heights of Oberhausbergen hills, with an eye-catching view of both French Vosges and German Black Forest Mountains, in the midst of a Forest : A real vision to create a brand New European Headquarters with a big ambition !

But, it seems, that "someone in Brussels" found that picture, precisely, too big for his taste, and threw a spanner on the works...

Pflimlin stroke back a Decade ago, at his Historic 1997 farewell speech :

He urged Europeans to find another, more substantial way, to lift Europe to more important Heights in Future :

- "On which basis can we imagine the birth of a great Europe ?", he asked.

"Certainly an Economic basis ! A solid market economy, meeting also the needs of social justice. A Political basis : Europe must become a strong Political Power, able to influence World's changes, naturally for Peace."

"But I believe that the essential foundation of a greater Europe should be of Spiritual nature : .... The great pacific Revolutions were Spiritual Victories" : They expressed "People's main motivation to live in a society with our Values of Liberty, Democracy, respect for Human Dignity".

"Then, the roadmap is ready : Yes, the foundation of the unity for a large Europe is the spiritual heritage, inspired by Christian Humanism and the Humanism of Renaissance, of Enlightenment, from which emerged a Civilisation focused on the Human person".

"Here is the task to be accomplished. It's very difficult".

"The Time approaches when I'll have to pass over the torchlight. God willing, this torch should enlighten the path of those who are going to build, tomorrow, the great Europe, marked by this Spirit".

 

(Extract from the Book "Pierre Pfilmin : Alsacian and European", 2007. Texts by Senator Louis Jung, by the long-time f. Director of Strasbourg's Newspaper DNA, Alain Howiller, and by f. EU Parliament's Press Director, Paul Collowald : See dedications, hand-written by the authors, the day the book for Pflimlin's 100th Aniversary was launched at Strasbourg's Press Club and European Parliamentary Association's headquarters, 13 April 2007).

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