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Pope Francis for New European Humanism : Dare Dream a New Hope ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 24 March 2017


*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 "Dare Dream",as he stresed Earlier this Same Week at an "Angelus", with his "New Hope" LeitMotive, which Emerged, Unexpectedly, in his Europe Speech at a Pioneer Audience for EH Heads of  State/Government Tonight, Eve of the 60th Anniversary of Rome Treaties, she appeared Carefully Positive :


- "Yes, Why Not ? May Be...", she Simply reacted, Kindly Smiling, inside Vatican's PressRoom Full of Journalists, while the Pope was seen at Crystal Liquid Screens Engage in various Formats of Bilateral or other "Tete a Tete" Friendly Exchanges with EU Leaders, before they Leave through Saint Peter's Courtyard, also Full of Photographers and Comments' Seeking collegues, Gathering there, a Beautiful Spring 2017 Evening at Rome.


The Paradox naturaly is that, at the Same Time, Pope Francis didN't Hesitate to Acknowledge the Fact that, "Our Time is Dominated more by the Concept of <<Crisis>>: There is the Economic Crisis, that has Marked the Past Decade ; there is the Crisis of Family and Established Social Models ; there is a WideSpread <<Institutional Crisis>>; and the Migration Crisis. So Many Crisis that Engender Fear and profound Confusion, in our Contemporaries, who Look for a New Way of Envisioning the Future". Despite -or Because of- the Fact that, also, "Today, with the UK, we Mourn the Victims of the Attack that took place in London, 2 Days away", as he added Afterwards, in a unique reference to ISIL's Islamist Terrorism cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People.

 

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- "Yet, the Term "Crisis" is Not Necessarily Negative : It does Not Simply indicate a Painful Moment to be Endured. The Word "Crisis" has its Origin in the Greek Verb "Krino", which Means to Discern, to Weigh, to Assess. Ours is a Time of Discernement : One that Invites us to Determine what is Essential, and to Build on it". While also"it's a Time of Challenge and Opportunity", he Concluded on this Key point.


=> Therefore, particularly "Those who Govern, are Charged with Discerning the Paths of Hope, Identifying Specific Ways Forward", Pope Francis Urged EU Heads of State/Government, gathered here at Rome, Triggering a Parallel Gathering of various European Journalists, amidst a Bunch of "Vatican Faithful", Insiders several of whom "Eurofora" already met at some Exceptionaly Important Meetings Elsewhere, while Some of them Told us that they found the Holy See's New Spokesman, Greg Bruke, present at an Office located just at the Other Side of the PressRoom, who is quite Open and often Ready to Engage Dialogue with Medias' Writers, particularly about main Orieantations or Pathways, personaly Stemming from Missouri, an USA State Marked, a Few Years ago, by a Bitter, and very Concrete Struggle on BioEthics, a Key  Crucial InFight for the immediate Future of all Humankind...


>>> - "Europe Finds New Hope, when Man is at the Centre and the  Heart of her Institutions", Firmly stressed this particular Day in Ober-Millenary Rome, Pope Francis, Starting "ab ovo", from the Essntials. +"EuropeFinds New Hope in Solidarity, which is also the Most Effective Antidote" even to EuroScepticisl, he Added. ++ "Europe Finds New Hope when it Refuses to Yield to Fear, or Close itself  offin False forms of Security", he warned. +++ -"Europe Finds New Hope when she Invests in Development and in Peace", Pope Francis runderlined. ++++ - "Europe has New Hope when she is Open to the  Future", including "When she Defends Life in All its Sacredness", he pointed out.


-  "Nowadays, with the General Increase in People's Life Span, 60 (as EU's Anniversary Tomorrow) is considered the Age of Full Maturity"...  Even More : - "Europe Faces the Possibility of a New Youthfullness": Because, in particular, "as (EU) Leaders, You are Called to biaze the Path of a <<New European Humanism>>

    >>>Particularly, considering the Fact that Christian Church is "Insepatably Linked" to "Europe's Future", as he stressed, Stimulating also "the Conscioussness" that even "at the Origin of European Civilisation is Christianity", he Topicaly Reminded.
                                                                              

  - >Thus,"he Memory of that (EU's 60th Anniversary) is Linked to Today's Hopes and the Expectations of the People of Europe", Pope Francis Concluded, (using an Interesting Formula in fine).



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CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge

Written by ACM
Thursday, 23 March 2017
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*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 substance, that Both Quality of Life, and Human Rights, as well as Democratic Principles, should Boost the Protection of Natural and/or Historic/Cultural Landscapes in Europe, that even Pope Francis' 1st Encyclic, in fact, Urges to Saveguards, as a Vatican's Representative strongly Pleaded, later-on.

They were both speaking on the Occasion of a 2017 PanEuropean Conference focused on the "Implementation" of CoE's Landscape Convention, organized Today and Tomorrow by Cyprus' Presidency of the Highest Political body of Strasbourg's Institution, its Committee of Ministers, (November 2016 - May 2017).

Chairwoman Liv Kristine Mortensen explained to "Eurofora" that f.ex. her own Country  had practicaly "Integrated" CoE's  Landscape Convention's rules inside its own National Legislation, so that they could be used by affected Citizens in the National Courts, if necessary.

 

It's not for nothing that Norway has just Won the Title of the Country with the Best Quality of Life in the World, after Hard Global Competition, initialy from Switzerland, and afterwards from Canada, as she Agreed, on this point, with "Eurofora"...

 

+ But, concerning the main Decisions that CoE's Landscape Watchdog is due to Take this Week in Strasbourg, Mortensen pointed particularly at 2 Draft "Recommendations": One for "Landscape's possible "Contribution"..."to the exercise of Democracy and Human Rights", and anOther on the "Participation of the Public in the Definition and Implementation of Landscape policies".

 

-  The Latter could Stimulate a much-Needed "Grassroots", "Bottom - Up"  Popular Mobilisation for the protection of European Landscapes, instead of the Current, too Vertical Mechanism, she criticaly HighLighted. 

 

Both those 2 New Draft CoE Recommendations are expected to be Debated and/or Voted by the Conference Later this Evening, or Tomorow Morning, and, in that case, after Validation, the Final Decisions could be Definitively adopted by the Committee of Ministers "from September" 2017, indicated to "Eurofora" the experienced CoE's Director for Cultural Heritage, Natural Environment and Landscape, Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons.

 

Regarding particularly the Human Rights' aspects, she pointed also at arecent Introductory Statement of CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, in a Pamphlet on relevant "Awards" alliance,  where he calls "Landscapes" as "an Essential, but frequently overlooked Dimension of Human Rights".

 

- In Fact, Landcape stands at an InterSection of CoE's key Values, including Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, etc., Dejeant-Pons observed, showing f.ex, to "Eurofora", a Simple but Beautiful Art Design, reportedly Symbolising Natural and/or Cultural/Historic Landscapes' closeness to various aspects of an elementary Quality and Values of Human Life, (See relevant Photo, herewith).

 

++ But, for the 1st Time in 2017, CoE's Annual Conference on the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, Added also anOther, Moral much Stronger Ally, in real practice :  Pope Francis himself !

Indeed, asi it was lively Stressed by a Represenative of the Vaticn, from the outset, at the Beginning of this Afternoon's PanEuropean Debate on various "Public Policies for the Implementation" of CoE's Convention on European Landscapes, Pope Francis' important 2015 Encyclique (See, f.ex.his former Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director,Frederico Lombardi Statements to"Eurofora" at ....), called to Care for our "Common Home", and pleaded in favor of an "Integral Ecology", including the "Human Ecology", (that his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict had practicaly launched with a landmark Speech at the Bundestag, back on September 2010, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport, then, at : ...), pointing at the "Integrality of Nature".

Landscape is part of the action of those Social Actors who realy Care for all the Creation, in general, he concluded in substance.

 

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("DraftNews", as already sent to "Eurofora" Subsrcibers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).

 

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UK MPs Refuged in Christian Church after Islamist Terror targets Innocent Civilian People !?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

 

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CoE Assembly's President, Pedro Agramunt, an expêrienced Spanish ChristianDemocrat MEP, in a Press Communiqué edited Today in Strasbourg and send by the CoE to all Journalists regularly Publishing on European/PanEuropean Issues, including "Eurofora", vows that those who are behind such a coward Attack, as that against Civilians by ISIS-inspired Terrorists, they Will Fail in Their Aim of creating Division and Fear", Because "Democracy will Never Bend to Terror".

 

In addition, CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, a former Prime Minister of Norway, at another such immediate Statement from the PanEuropean Organisation of Strasbourg, (whose Next, 2019-panned, Heads of State/Goverment Summit is due to Focus on "Democratic Security", under French rotating Chairmanship), said that he was "very Alarmed by the events in Westminster", and that "our Thoughts are with all those hurt or otherwise affected by what has happened in the Heart of London." 

 

 But, in Fact, "what has happened (Today) in the Heart of London", (as Jagland rightfuly pointed out), seems to have much More, and manifold, various Surprising Aspects than one might have thought at first sight : 

 


    Probably the most Unexpected aspect of this Tragic Incident, which Killed or Wounded several Civilians cowardly Targetted by Islamist Terror, was the Fact that, in an unprecedented move, almost All the British Parliament's staff and MPs were Urgently evacuated, immediately after that Brutal Attack, and Massively ReLocated inside the adjacent Christian Cathedral of Westminster's Abbey, as the attached Photos picture quite clearly !


    Coming, by a Topical Coincidence, almost at the Same Moment that all 28 EU Member Countries' Heads of State/Government are due to Gather, just in 3 Days Time : on March 25, at Rome, in Italy, for the 60th Anniversary of EU Treaties (1957-2017), with a declared aim to Focus on the foreseable Europe's Future, (as Decided with the "RoadMap" of EU 27 Summit at Bratislava, in Slovakia, last September 2016 : See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot, then : +...), at the Eve of which, they will be received in Audience by Pope Francis, on March 24 in the Vatican, all this, obviously, looks very Symbolic...

 

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    Who would expect, indeed, Nowadays, that even the over-"Secularized" Post-Blair UK Politicians would, suddenly, Feel a pressing Need to strive to be Saved (Body and Soul)  from Brutal Islamist Terror Dangers, Threatening Democracy Today, by seeking Refuge into such Key Holy Shrines, Monuments of Europe's overMillenary Christian History  ?

     Certainly not the Controversial latest London Mayor Mr. Sadiq Khan, whose Strange Election, despite alleged Past Links with various Islamic Extremists, had already faced, rght from the Start, various Stern Warnings (including by former British Prime Minister David Cameron, etc. See Facts cited f.ex. at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/lnopolicemanatlondonknifemassterrorattack.html ), of Serious Dangers to fuel Islamist Extremism and/or Terror, even pictured, in Medias FrontPage Headlines, published at the Eve of that crucial Vote, with a Picture of an Islamist Knife pending Threatening over London,  (See f.ex. already Published, then, Photo)... 

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(British Media FrontPage Headlines, Published as a Warning at Mr. Sadiq Khan's controversial Local Election in London, last year. Comp. also "Drudge Report"'s subsequent Frontpahe Heading "Londonistan ?", as cited also by Mainstream Media "the Spectator", a Conservative Think Tank traditonaly linked to the Governing Party of Prime Minister Theresa May, as another Warning, then).

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        Was it, perhaps, Premonitory, after a Growing, recently, Series of Unprecedented, ISIS-inspired, Deadly Knife Attacks by some Radicalized Islamist Migrants, (eventualy even coming f.ex. from Somalia and some other among the Countries Listed as exceptionaly affected by ISIS and other Terrorists, already by that notorious List, earlier established by Obama's former US Administration, and now used by New US President Don Trump's arguments for some Hotly Debated Security Measures), which committed Bloody Strikes at certain particularly Important, Historic Symbols of English Society, from the British Museum, Initialy, up to Westminster Parliament, Now ?

 

    By an Irony of the Sort, even Mr Sadiq Khan  - an "integrated" Pakistani Migrant notoriously Based since the Start of his Private Business and Politician Career, First of all, on the Muslim Community in London, (backed by the Socialist/"Labour" Party, after a "Hot" ¨Primary Competition between various Candidates inside that Party), reportedly grown recently at about 14% there, i.e. the Biggest in the Country - was, according to a British Tradition, ...Officialy "Inaugurated" in his Latest Job at the post of Mayor (until the Next Local Elections, due on 2019 at the Latest) inside that same Westminster Abbey, (where, however, the Leader of the "Labour" Party had, Exceptionaly, Abstained from participating, claiming that he would be "Busy" Elsewhere in the Country, at a City located Far Away)...

 

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("NDLR" : The 3 Photos re-Published above, Authentic Documents from an Eyewitness during London's Tragic Incidents, seem to come from a Mainstream Liberal Member of the House of Lords, who had Taken them from Inside, and "Tweeted" them immediately, while all UK's Elected Representatives were still Refuged, in Westminster's Christian Abbey, from Bloody Islamist Terror Attacks at the nearby Parliament).

 

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Trump's Finance Chief Mnuchin to EF on his 1st Trip to Europe: a Feeling of Coming Back Home ?...

Written by ACM
Saturday, 18 March 2017

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*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 Question, at the conclusion of an, otherwise, quite "Hot" Press Conference, on the Results of "G20"'s important Finance Ministers Summit at Germany's Baden-Baden city, almost at the Heart of Europe, from where Both Mnuchin himself, and, even more, the New US President Don Trump's Families, notoriously originate :

As the Chairman, German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schauble had already Suggested, in his Introductory Remarks to the "Press HandBook" for that "G20" Baden-Baden Ministerial Summit of 2017, when he expressed the Wish, for the Working Conditions of all Participants and attendees, to be as ..."Relaxed" as People usualy are in this World-Famous "Spa" City, located amidst "Black Forest"'s splendid Natural Environment, (full of Mountains and Trees, Sources and Rivers, etc), after more than 2 Days of Intensive, and sometimes, reportedly "Hot" Political Discussions among more than 30 Countries (including "Guests") and 10 International Institutions, (from ECB up to IMF, etc), a Last-Minute, unusual Question by "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of USA's New Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, contributed a bit to Calm the Spirit, among a lot of quite Critical Queries previously raised by most other collegues :


Mnuchin noted that he had a good opportunity to meet and discuss with Schauble in Berlin, Earlier this Week, praising his Experience.


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    - "In your Curriculum Vitae you have several Personal Relations of your Family with Europe, in the Past, and also President Trump's Father origins are from Nearby Kallstadt" (German) city, (close to Strasbourg), "Eurofora" observed, in a Question to the Top US Official.


    => Therefore, "Despite certain Discussions - but you are Experienced on that -   Did you have some kind of Feeling about ...<<Comming Back Home>>, in one way or another ?", we asked Mnuchin, half joking, half seriously, in substance.


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    - "I can't be, exactly, coming back Home, since I've never been (at least) in Baden-Baden !", Steven Mnuchin Replied, Smiling, to "Eurofora"s, friendly, but quasi-"provocative" Question.


    - "But, I must say, that here it's a Beautiful Place. I was terribly Impressed with it", he kindly conceded. Therefore, "I Hope to have an Opportunity to Come Back, at some point".


     + Moreover, "I give you that, for a Long Period of Time, this was the kind of Place where a lot of Rich People came, especialy in the Summer, particularly from Russia, in the Old Days", Mnuchin partialy Agreed with "Eurofora"s Question.


 Inter alia, since his GrandFather had, indeed, reportedly Left Russia just a few years Before the 1917 Bolshevic Revolution, and lived, for a part, somewhere inside nowadays EU, including nearby Belgium, where EU Commission and EU Council Brussels' Headquarters are located at present.


    - Now, "I see why those People were comming Here", he realized. - "It's such a Beautiful Place".


    - "Particularly while Walking by the River". Indeed, -"We ("G20" Participants) had the Opportunity to Walk Many Times by the River, Yesterday", (i.e. when the Weather was Sunny), and "it was just a Beautiful Series of that".


    It looked as a Relaxing Conclusion to a quite intensive working day, at the end of the New US Treasury Secretary's Press Conference on this Baden-Baden 2017 Minsterial G20 Finance Summit, (which amused several TV cameramen/women around the 1st Floor of the ..."KonzertHaus", that served as Press Centre).


    - F.ex. it reminds American Singer Billy Joel's neo-classical "River of Dreams" : "... Walking ... to a River so Deep. ...Looking for something... Sacred I lost. But the River is Wide, and it's Too Hard to Cross". However, "...even though I know the river is wide. I walk down every evening ... And try to cross to the opposite side. So I can finally find out what I've been looking for". Particularly as far as Efforts to "Cross" over some "Opposite" Interests, and/or Memory of a "Lost" but "Sacred" Past, may be concerned...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSq4B_zHqPM


    New US President Don Trump's Family links to Europe are even More numerous : In addition to his Mother's origins from Scotland (UK), his grand-Father is from Nearby Kallstadt (Germany), and his Wife, Melanie, from Slovenia.

    And, Unexpectedly, when Mnushin spoke about his adherence to President Trump's promise to "Defend the Interests of American Workers", this stroke a cord of ...French Maurice Thorez' "Popular Front" Wording of a remote Past in Europe...


    Since this was used in order to speak about the "Fair Trade" Controversy, inevitably, here, it also Reminded former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2010 Speech at Urmatt, Near Strasbourg, against "Economico-Social and/or Environmental Dumping", (See, f.ex., "Eurofora"s NewsReport from Urmatt, then, at : ...).
    
    At any case, when some others, (particularly the Out-going French Socialist Minister of Finance, Michel Sapin : Comp. various Sapin's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions in Topical Issues, Yesterday, f.ex. : ... +..), "Regretted" Mnuchin's a.o. reported reluctance to Insert, at "G20"'s Official Communiqué a Mention on the "Paris" Agreement for a set of Measures "gainst Global Warming", (something which has provoked Growing Controversies, particularly in the US, etc), perhaps this Might have been understood Yesterday, Friday, 17 of March, when a rather unusualy Hot, for this Period of the Year, Bright Sun had Warmed too much the ambiant Atmosphere here...


    But probably Not Today, Saturday, March 18, when, already OverNight, suddenly, a Cold Winter Wind, Gray Clouds, and a quite Chilly Rain, started to unexpectedly Freeze those who had Imprudently kept too Light Clothes from Yesterday : It all rather looked, much More as a kind of ... "Global Cooling" !

However, Schauble obviously Tried, as Representative of the German 2017 Presidency of this "G20" Global Top Political Event, (while naturaly Keeping Berlin's own positions on the Issues, f.ex. on Trade, etc), to somehow Calm the Play, and/or Create a kind of Synthesis, or, at least, Succesfully propose an Unusual, (as he remarked himself and others), but Neutral "Wording", at the Concluding Official Communiqué, due to manage most susceptibilities from all sides.

Spectaculary Marked also by some Exceptional Top Political Meetings these Same days, key to GeoPolitical developments related to the New, Don Trump's US Administration's policies, this very "special" G20 Ministerial Finance Summit at Baden-Baden's First Day "coincided" with German Chancelor Angie Merkel's 1st visit to US President Trump in Washington DC, Yesterday Evening (Comp., f.ex. : ....), as well as with New USA State Secretary (Foreign MInister) Rex Tillerson's 1st Visit to China, to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, (to be followed even by President Xi Jiping himself), during Baden-Baden's Global Gathering's Second Day, earlier This Morning, when, naturaly, also various "Hot" G20-related Issues were Discussed there.

Final "G20" Decisions are, indeed, currently Prepared for a July 2017 (i.e. soon After the forthcoming, crucial French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of April-June), Heads of State/Government Summit in Hamburg, (North-Western Germany).



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Schäuble to EF after G20 Finance+EU Rome Summit's Eve: €uro to Strengthen Europe with its People

Written by ACM
Saturday, 18 March 2017
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*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 relevant "Eurofora"s Question, launched a Vibrant Appeal for the forthcoming EU Heads of State/Goverment Summit, Next Week at Rome, to Move towards "Strengthening Europe", closely Together with its People.

An Horizon that he Finds to be Both Achievable and Necessary, as he said, just After an Intense Experience of "Fresh", and sometimes "Hot", Global Political, Both Bilateral and Collective Meetings between Representatives of 30 Countries, (i.e. Including the "Guests"), and 10 International Institutions, Exceptionaly held, during more than 2 Days, at Baden-Baden, near the Franco-German Borders and Strasbourg, at the Same Time that the New, US President, Don Trump, was meeting, for the 1st Time, with German Chancelor Angie Merkel, at the White House in Washington DC, and sending his New Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to meet the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Xi Jiping at Beijing, (etc).


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Schauble is a very Experienced Twice Finance Minister, after having served also Twice as JHA Minister, who was considered as one among the possible Successors to former Long-Time Chancelor Helmut Kohl, (the Historic "Father" of the ReUnification of Germany, followed by that of Europe, in Cooperation with Schauble, from which Emerged Angie Merkel), while also being Nowadays a Close Partner and Solid Political Support to Chancelor Merkel, (whom he had advised in the Past also on Security and Foreign Policy matters). After having served also as Chairman of the Govering, ChristianDemocrat CDU Parliamentary Group at the Bundestag, Schauble has also served as President of the CDU Party in the Past. He's widely considered as Firm Supporter of European Integration, (including in its Franco-German core, Personaly living Near France with his Wife, who had Earlier said to "Eurofora" that she found Strasbourg City recently Changed).


For various Previous Statements made by Schauble in Reply to Other "Eurofora" Questions on several Topical European Issues, See, inter alia, also, f.ex. : .... + ..., etc).


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     - "Mr. President, according to your Experience, and from what you saw Today (at the G-20 Finance), in view of the (EU) Rome Summit Next Week", (on EU's Anniversary + Future), "what is your Feeling, Now, about the €uro's Future and EU Integration ?", "Eurofora" asked Schauble, joining 2 relevant Topical Issues, that he knows very well, (Comp. Supra).

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    - "The (EU) Summit on the (60th Anniversary of the) Treaties of Rome is, I think, for the Heads of States and Governements (of 2_EU Member Countries) to use this Anniversary as an issue to Show the Importance (that it has Nowadays) to Strengthen Europe", Schauble Replied to "Eurofora"s Question.


    - Because, Today, "the Integration of Europe is More Needed, than Ever !", the Experienced German Top-Minister, and currently Chairman of the International "G-20" Finance Ministerial 2917 Summit, of Key Importance for the Present and Forthcoming GeoPolitical developments, Strongly Added, Speaking to "Eurofora" just after an Exceptionaly Intensified and original Global Political Meeting here, (including, particularly, with the New US Administration's representative, Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who made his 1st Official Visit in Europe. Comp. Mnuchin's reply to another "Eurofora" Question, during his own Press Conference, at the Conclusion of Baden-Baden's G20 Finances for 2017, at : ....).

 

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    + And, concerning the Crucial Point, of whether this Can be Achieved Now sufficiently "Together With the People", Schauble appeared Careful but clearly Positive : - "Yes, I Think so. I do Think so !", he Replied also to another, relevant "Eurofora"s Question, speaking Exclusively, before Leaving an Important and Long, Presidential Press Conference about the Official Conclusions of the "G20" Finance Ministerial 2017 Summit that he Chaired during 2 Busy Days here.


    He had, Earlier, Stressed the Need for that particularly Important, latest Point, during another Exceptional Conference, held Together with ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party's President, Joseph Daul (France), at CoE/EU Parliament Plenaries' Headquaters in Strasbourg, previously, as "Eurofora" Reminded to Schauble now, inviting him to renew his stance now, taking into account all, meanwhile, relevant developments.

 

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    "G20" Finance Ministerial Summit's official Conclusions, published during Schauble's Press Conference, speaking as its Chairman, Today (Saturday) Afternoon, stress from the outset, a Global "Agreement" to "foster Economic Resilience", and a "Determination to use all policy Tools : Monetary, Fiscal, and Structural (Reforms) - Individualy and collectively - to achieve (a) Strong, Sustainable, Balanced and Inclusive Growth", while "Global Economic Recovery is Progressing", recently, "But (with) a Pace of Growth (which) is Still Weaker than desirable, and Downside Risks (which) remain". In such a Context, "Excess Volatility and Disorderly Movements in Exchange Rates, can have Adverse Implications, for Economic and Financial Stability", so that "G20" Countries "Commit" themselves to "Refrain from Competitive Devaluations", and "Not Target (their) Exchange Rates for Competitive purposes" : I.e. something which should, normaly, enhance also €uro-Area's potential role, in the foreseable Future.


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G20 Finance Ministers 2017 logo's part on "a MultiPolar World", Nowadays pictured in Germany's Baden-Baden "KurHaus", is an Historic and Symbolic Wording able to Please both French Gaullists and China's President Xi, while it might Not be excluded also from New US President Don Trump's GeoPolitical Vision, since Many among his Popular Fans notoriously Criticise what they call "Globalists".


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The "G-20" was Initialy Created Back on late 2008, as a Tool to Help Face the Emerging, then, Global Economic and Financial Crisis. The move had been made on a joint Initiative by former French and US Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and George W. Bush, supported by German Chancelor Angie Merkel and former Chinese President Hu Jintao (to whom, the current President Xi Jiping, served then as Vice-President), as well as by Russian former President Dimitri Medvedev, (a close Ally to the current Russian President Vladmir Putin, who had served, then, as Prime Minister), welcomed by other Leaders in Europe and the World.

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=> Thus, Economy and Finances were, right from the Start, at the Heart of the G20 in general, (while the Pre-existing G7 or G8 (currently Chaired by Italy, with a Summit scheduled on May at Bari), developed, since then, towards a More "Political" Global body.


But, in this Exceptional 2017 Year, during which an Important Political Change has recently Started in the USA, after the Latest Presidential Elections, due to be Followed, Later-on, also by Crucial French and German National Elections, (respectively on April-June and September 2017), probably to be Followed soon even by Italian Elections, while Germany and Italy are Chairing G20 an G7(8) respectively, Economic/Financial and Political Issues clearly appear as closely Interwined, and/or largely imbricated together, in real Practice.


Spectaculary Marked also by some Exceptional Top Political Meetings these Same days, key to GeoPolitical developments related to the New, Don Trump's US Administration's policies, this very "special" G20 Ministerial Finance Summit at Baden-Baden's First Day "coincided" with German Chancelor Angie Merkel's 1st visit to US President Trump in Washington DC, Yesterday Evening (Comp., f.ex. : ....), as well as with New USA State Secretary (Foreign MInister) Rex Tillerson's 1st Visit to China, to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, (to be followed even by President Xi Jiping himself), during Baden-Baden's Global Gathering's Second Day, earlier This Morning, when, naturaly, also various "Hot" G20-related Issues were Discussed there.


The Final, Heads of State/Government G20 Summit, is due to take place in Hamburg, on July 2017, i.e. just After the forthcoming, Crucial French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections (April/May and June, respectively).


Since the 2016 UK Referendum for "BREXIT", Germany (which also holds Elections, Later, on September 2017), and France have Become more Important than ever for a eventual ReLaunch of the European Integration, Starting from its €uro-Area core.



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*Paris/ACM/12 October 2008/-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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