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French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links

Written by ACM
Saturday, 08 July 2017
 
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*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, in cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, Italy, etc., according to New French President Emmanouel Macron, speaking to "Eurofora" on the sidelines of his Press Conference at the Conclusion of the 2017 "G-20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany).


The move came here while controversial Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan, whose Government just Blocked the recent UN Efforts for a peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus, at Switzerland's Crans Montana, by insisting to Claim an Unilateral Right for even More Military Invasions and Occupations also in the Future, in Addition to a Prolonged presence of Turkish Troops already occupying the Northern Part of the island, on Pretexts of "Security", Threatend the Island with "a Plan B or C" if it doesn't "behave", (i.e. apparently an even Worse Partition), at his own Press Conference, this Same Day in Hamburg, that "Eurofora" attended.


Meanwhile, UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who came here (Hamburg/G20 Summit) directly from Switzerland's Crans Montana, where Cyprus' UN Sponsored Talks had just been Stalled, did not make any Press Conference in Hamburg, and was urgently in the process of "Leaving for Ukraine", as UNO's Press Director and Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric told "Eurofora" by phone.


Recent Oil-Gas Findings at Cyprus exclusive Economic Zone, located inside EU's External Borders, and several other Neighouring Countries, such as Israel, Egypt, partly Lebanon, and eventualy Greece, etc, incited the experienced EU Commissioner for Energy, Maros Sefcovic to speak about "a possible 2nd Norway" at the Northern Sea, (i.e. Europe's Biggest Gas Resources, but recently Declining), as he characteristicaly said in reply to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, on April 2017 in Brussels, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionersefcoviconcyprusenergy.html )


 - "It's a Big Chance for All", had stressed, in this regard, already as early as since 2015, Emmanouel Macron, (then Minister of Economy, Before becoming President of the Republic), replying to a relevant "Eurofora"'s Question on Cyprus, Israel and Egypt Oil - Gas Findings and the East-MED Pipeline project for Direct Transport into the EU, while he Inaugurated the European/International Fair of Strasbourg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html )

 

=> In consequence, "Would, France and Europe, Protect, now, those New Energy Resources' Exploration and Findings, due to be Directly Transported in Europe, by EU Member Cyprus, in Cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Greece, etc. ?", "Eurofora" asked Today Macron, shortly after concluding his Press Conference at the "G20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany).


 - After carefuly, and repeatedly Hearing "Eurofora"s Question, President Macron confirmed that he Remembered our above-mentioned 1st Press Exchange, on September 2015, (Comp. Supra), After which he had immediately Decided to Change his Draft Agenda for an imminent Visit to Israel and Palestinian Authority, by Adding there also a meeting with the Israeli Minister of Energy, (See : .....)


- "Yes !", the New French President replied Positively to "Eurofora"'s Query.


- "I do Think that We (France and the EU) Should act accordingly !", Macron clearly added, in this regard.


 - His Reply came precisely when "Eurofora" reminded the Fact that "EU Member Cyprus" (in Association with Greece and italy, etc) plays a Strategic role in those Explorations and Transport Plans for New Energy Findings, Directly to Europe.


- Macron was accompagnied by New Finance/Economy Minister, and former EU Affairs Minister, Bruno Le Maire, who Nodded positively, in Confirmation of "Eurofora"s supplementary Observation about the Fact that such New Energy Resources in Europe's area, could Help Boost much needed Economic Growth. (Comp. various Le Maire's Replies to Different "Eurofora" Questions in the Past, f.ex. when he was EU Minister, etc).

 

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- The New French President appeared also spontaneously Interested to the Fact that, as "Eurofora" had Noted, French Oil-Gas Company "TOTAL" was now Firmly and Clearly Involved in that Project. Former Long-Time TOTAL's CEO, Christophe de Marjorie, had First Spoken with "Eurofora", in the Presidential Elysée Palace in Paris, back on 2011, about EU Member Cyprus' Gas Resources, and Anounced then his Intention to Take Part in the on-going Searches, (See relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReport from Elysée Palace, then, at : ...). This was, indeed, Confirmed on 2012, but on 2014 TOTAL's CEO was Surprisingly Killed at an ill-elucidated Accident in a big Airport in Russia, attributed to some "Maintenance/Logistics" blunders, (See : ....), and the Cyprus' Energy issue was indirectly somewhat Postponed, until Recently.


>>> The most Important Fact Now is that "TOTAL" Giant Company, from France, together with Italian "ENI", are due to Start Drilling at Cyprus' territorial waters' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) slot Number 11, i.e. Adjacent to Egypt's, already succesful, "ZOR" slot, (for 2,5 Months), in just a Few Days : From Next Wednesday, July 12 !...


USA's "Noble Energy" (a Texas Company specialized in Deep Sea drilling) and recently "EXXON-Mobil", (for a Long Time Directed by Rex Tillerson as CEO, recently picked by US President Trump as New USA's Secretary of State), are also icluded among the interested Energy Companies which have already entered in concrete Agreements signed with Cyprus.


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Cyprus' and Israel's already Discovered Gas Fields total about 1,2 Trilion metric cubes, but much More are Expected to be Found soon, to which should be Added also those of Egypt's, around River Nile's Delta at South Mediterranean Sea, without excluding, later-on also Lebanon's part (Comp. Supra).


The East-MED Gas Pipeline is expected to Cost about 6 Billions €, and be definitively completed in 8 Years, i.e. before 2.025, with a support by EU Funds. The Electricity Cable, nicknamed "Europe-Asia InterConnector", costs about 3 Billions €, and it could embed also an Optic Fiber cable for Telecom Data Transfert only for 10% more only. Meanwhile, 1,5 Billion € have been reportedly earmarked by the EU to Fund that second project.
But, already, Before all that, Energy naturaly could be Send to Europe from nowadays, especialy with LNG Containers by Ships, (as, f.ex., Egypt seems to prefer, until now).


The most probably Huge Total Potential of Energy that this Key South-Eastern Mediterranean are encloses, had been already made Public, as Early as Since, at least, 2001 (See relevant "Eurofora" co-Founder's 3 NewsReports from a PanEuropean "Geo-Science" Mega-Conference in Strasbourg and other Experts, published then at "The Cyprus Weekly", and about which we had spoken with twice-elected former President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides, by phone, just before he visits former Egyptian President Mubarak in Cairo, precisely for an Agreed Delimitation of those Neihbouring Countries respective EEZ).

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 + It's also since 2001 that Experienced long-time EU Parliament's Rapporteur on Science/Technology Research, German f. MEP Rolf Linkohr, in an INTW with "Eurofora"s co-Founder, had already supported the Idea of developing a Middle-East region outreach for EU Maritime Technologies related to Modern Oil/Gas Exploration, Exploitation, and Transpots based in Cyprus, if the prospects for such Energy Resources' Findings were confirmed, (something which was done, meanwhile).

>>> Moreover, Linkohr had already advanced the view, in Our Encounter of 2001, that Cyprus' Oil-Gas Findings would Fit well EU's "Key Strategic" Need to "develop New Energy Sources inside Europe", in order to Help Free the EU from External Dependency, (See our relevant Publication, then, at "TCW", copy attached herewith).

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For that Delay of more than 16 Years in the Past (2001-2017), the main Responsible is Turkey's persistent Reluctance to really Solve the Political Cypus' Issue, as Ankara's Politicians have again shown, just a Few Days ago, at Crans-Montana, this July 2017 (Comp. Supra).


But Turkey, (and/or whoever might, eventualy, be Hidden behind it), does Not have any Right to Delay even more Europe's Direct Energy supplies.


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Thus, the Leaders of 3 directly involved Countries : Cyprus' President Anastassiades, Greece's Prime Minister Tsipras, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahou, recently met anew at a Trilateral Summit in Greece's Economic Capital : Thessaloniki, on June 2017, Focusing, inter alia, also on the Acceleration of "East-MED" Pipeline project, supported by the EU.


A Parallel Project to build also an UnderSea Cable for Electricity Transmission, liking Israel to Cyprus and Greece (via the Island of Creta) towards the rest of the EU, came also anew on the Limelight, (while Greece pushed even a Fiber Optic, Telecommunication cable project, on this Same Occasion, with a comparatively low cost. Cyprus, already Host of Many Off-shore Foreign/International Companies, is a Telecom. Hub between Europe and the Middle East area).

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=> The Next such Trilateral Summit of Cyprus-Greece-Israel is expected on Autumn 2017, at the Island of Cyprus, where the 3 Leaders are due to fully Sign a concrete Deal on EU-Supported "East-MED" future strategic Pipeline.


+ Egypt's recently augmented Gas Findings (also by Italian ENI, etc), adjacent to those of Cyprus and Israel, have also been Associated at another Series of Greece-Cyprus-Egypt Trilateral Summits, with President Al-Sisi, where Energy and Security naturaly play Primary roles. France has recently sold 2 "Mistral" High-Tech Military super-Ships (able to Transport Soldiers, Tanks, Helicopters, etc, and Equiped with a Hospital, as well as Modern Telecom and Electronic surveillance tools), in Agreement with Russia, (whose Initial bid, signed with former President Sarkozy, had got stalled by controversial Sanctions after the 2014 Ukraine conflict, under his successor, Hollande, whose mandate ended this year).


++ Even Neighbouring Lebanon, (which claims a part of a Giant Gas Field discovered at Israel's territorial waters, and might have also Other such Energy Resources nearby, f.ex. as Experienced Geology Experts had already told to "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, as Early as since Spring 2001), was Recently Visited by Top Political Officials from EU-Member Cyprus on Energy Findings and Transport means, (including, on May 2017, by the Cypriot Foreign Minister Casulides, who met also with Lebanese Minister of Energy Cesar Khalil, on the occasion of an International Oil and Gas Conference, offering also a 1,5 Millions € Defence Aid against Extremist Islamist ISIS' Attacks, as Energy and Security often go Together)...


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+ By a coincidence, Macron, who was Last Saturday in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, for a special Heads of State/Government Ceremony in honor of Helmut Kohl, the Historic German Chancellor of the ReUnification of Europe, has just met and warmly saluted, there, the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was invited as a Guest and placed, during the Official Ceremony, side by side with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, (See relevant "Eurofora"s Newsreport from the spot, at : .... + 2 specific Photos). Afterwards, Macron reportedly Invited Sarkozy with his Wife (a Singer of Italian origine) for a Diner at Elysée Palace, together with his own Wife, New 1st Lady of France (a former Teacher), precisely at the Eve of this "G20" Summit, on July 5.


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Today's move Timely comes also in a quite Positive Context for Europe's Energy Links, in cooperation with Key and trusted Partners in the World, of Both New US President Trump's visits to Poland, for the "3 Seas" Initiative, and in Germany, for the "G20" Summit.


Part of the "3 Seas" Plan are LNG Terminals of Poland, at the Baltic Sea, and Croatia's, at the Krk Island, due to conclude on 2019, as well as Highway Links betwen Lithuania's and Greece's Seaports, at Thessaloniki, in the Aegean Sea, (a 2.000 Years Historic stronghold of Jewish presence in Europe, which was Harshly oppressed during the NAZI Invasion/Occupation at the 2nd World War, but Revived Recently, as a Memorial, inaugurated during the above-mentioned 2017 Trilateral Israel-Greece-Cyprus' Summit of June 2017 : Comp. Supra).


 - Meanwhile, Trump Anounced there, that USA can Contribute to the Diversification of Energy Sources, Supplies and Routes, to ensure Europe's Energy.

The "G20" Summit's Conclusions, presented Today in Hamburg by the 2017 Chair, German Chancellor Angie Merkel, inter alia, Point at "Energy Collaboration", particularly on "Energy Security":


"G20" officialy "Welcome(s) International Cooperation on the Development, Deployment and Commercialisation of sustainable and clean Energy Technologies", (f.ex. CO2-Free Gas, LNG Terminals, etc).
In this regard, the New US Administration of President Don Trump marked "its Strong Commitment in an approach which Lowers (CO2) Emmisions, while Supporting Economic Growth, and improving Energy Security Needs".


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+ The Forthcoming Franco-German Inter-Governemental meeting, Next Week in Paris, with Macron and Merkel on July 13, almost at the Same Time that New US President Don Trump is exceptionaly Invited there on the occasion of the French National Day of July 14, followed even by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's venue in France, on the occasion of the commemoration of Massive Persecution of Jews during the 2nd World War, on July 16, (etc), can, obviously, Timely facilitate Top Level Contacts also in relation of the Topical Issue described at this Paper, (i.e. Ensure the Security of Oil-Gas Energy Exploration and Transport Directly to Europe from any eventual interference : Comp. Supra).

 

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("DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).


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Merkel Welcomes Historic Trump-Putin 1st Meeting she hosted at G20 Summit: Towards "New Detente" ?

Written by ACM
Saturday, 08 July 2017
 
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*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 Journalists, including "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of 2017 "G20" Summit in Hamburg, where she Welcomed an Historic 1st Meeting between New US President Don Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yesterday, (Friday), 7/7/2017.

 

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    She Hosted that meeting as Chairwoman for 2017 of "G20"'s Evolving Global gathering of Heads of State/Government, initialy exclusively Economic, but nowadays also partly Political, which is due to celebrate its 10th Anniversary (2008-2018) Next Year in Argentina (Birthplace of Pope Francis), i.e. at Twice the Other Side of the Globe, on 2018.
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    - Merkel said that she was "Glad that the 1st Meeting" between Trump and Putin, "took place here", in Hamburg, "on the sidelines of the G20 Summit", and that "the Conversation has Lasted ... for a very Long Time", (More than 2 Hours and 16 Minutes !).


+ In Addition, "I Saw that Now (i.e. on June 2017, After Obama), there is quite More Contact with each other", "Hoping that it would Lead into a Stable Relationships growing up", as she added


 - Because "there are Problems that can only be Solved by Russia and the USA", f.ex. "Syria", Nuclear "Disarmament", or "Norther Korea", etc., she indicated.


 - Certainly, also Other Actors will be Needed. F.ex. regarding North Korea : China, Japan and South Korea", and "we (EU) also are Willing to Help with this". (See Infra, for Ukraine, etc).


 - "But it can only be Beneficial for all, if there is a Good, Honest and Sincere Conversation channel between Russia and the USA", Merkel concluded.

 

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Those who had Dreamed about a possible "New Detente" 2017, already as Early as since almost the Beginning of GOP's 2015-2016 Primaries (with, initially 14 Candidates !), as, f.ex., "Eurofora"'s co-Founder actually had done then elsewhere in the Web, were naturaly glad that an incredible lot of sly and/or even brutal attempts by some shady Lobbies to push Back to another "Cold War", if not even Worse, mutatis mutandis, and/or to Undermine all those who Hoped for a "New Detente", by attempting to abuse of any means, up to the last minute, finaly Failed now in Hamburg...


But, in Fact, the Unprecedented Paradox of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Unexpected Sympathy among North American Conservatives Nowadays, stems from Several Years Ago, and has a Wider Impact with Deeper Roots :


- It mainly Dates Back Since early 2013 at least, and is widely related also to Topical and "Hot", srongly Disputed BioEthical Issues,(as it resulted also from an Interesting Meeting that "Eurofora" had at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, then, with Experienced Russian Permanent Representative to the EU, former Deputy Foreign Minister, Vladimir Chizov, on related Issues) :


Twice elected then, former US President Barack Hussein Obama, - who was Astonishingly Funded by More Money in the History of USA's Elections, even of Multi-Millionaire Rockfeller, and Profited also from Controversial Eliminations in GOP's Primaries, of Popular, Real Conservative values' Candidates (such as Mike Huckabee on 2008 and Santorum on 2012), in favour of UnPopular and Opportunist, "Flip-Flop" Candidates (such as McCain on 2008 and Millionaire Romney on 2012), -  after immediately Cancelling, since March 2009, a former US President GWBush's Decision of 8/2001 to Outlaw Public Funds for Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, had just Started, since 2012, even a Domestic and Worldwide Campain seeking to Impose, by Forceps, the Controversial and UnPopular "Same Sex Marriage", including even to Submit Children to the Power given to Homosexual couples, under Pretext of so-called "Adoption", that a Shady Lobby of Technocrats can Exploit in order to Multiply Artificial Procreations of Human Beings (since Homosexuls are Unable to give Natural Births), with obvious Dangers agaist all Humankind.


Massive Popular Reactions were Mushrooming and Growing f.ex. in France, in the USA, (even in Africa !), etc., in form of Demonstrations, Petitions, etc, while in Many other Countries had Started unprecedented Attempts to Guarantee Natural Family and Births, as well as Childrens' Freedom, Safety and Dignity, f.ex. by Inserting various Protective Clauses in their National Constitutions (as also several USA's Federated States also tried to do), often provoking Harsh Oppressive Measures by the Police and/or the Judges controlled by the Contested State, (some of which have been even Denounced by CoE's Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg), etc.


Russia's Firm Stance in Defending Natural Family and Births, even Prohibiting the Exportation of Children destinated for Adoption in Countries where "Same Sex Marriage" had been imposed, (moves that various other Countries in the World, also Started to adopt), to which was soon Added also a marked Respect for Europe's Historic, over-Millenary "Christian roots", and a Crystal Clear Opposal and Strong Fight against a Fast-Growing, Deadly Islamist Terrorism, soon Started to Attract an Unprecedented Sympathy by several Top Leading Conservative Americans for President Vladimir Putin's relevant Strategy, (as, f.ex., publicist Pat Buchanan, Rev. Franklin Graham, the Illinois-based "World Congress of Families", which had even scheduled its International Annual 2014 Conference in Moscow, before being Hindered by Obama's "Sanctions", etc).


It's amidst such an Historicaly Unprecedented Context, where a kind of "Cultural Fight" was Starting to be Won by some Never Seen Before Social Forces and/or Alliances, that at least one among the initially 14 Candidates in GOP's 2015-2016 Primaries for the US Presidential Election of November 2016, Don Trump, clearly and openly adopted a simple, pragmatic Stance, according to which, thanks also to his Practical Experience as Businessman, he would be Willing and Able to Negotiate and make a Good "Deal" with the Russian President also on Various outstanding GeoPolitical and other pending Issues.


Comming from a son of a Family of Billionaires, Private Businessmen, and Politicaly Conservative, with the declared Ambition to "Make America Great Again", according to his Well known Electoral Campaign' Moto, this, naturaly, did Not raise any Negative Suspicion (f.ex. for eventualy being a ..."Communist" manipulated "by Moscow", etc) at all, by Anyone, at least at the Beginning. On the Contrary, Trump (despite having being, at the same Time, a New York Billionaire), succeeded to Attract, in this way, also Many Popular Conservative Values' driven, simple Working American People, particularly from USA's famous "Heartland", marking, thus, a much Wider Win than expected, i.e. Winning in much More States accross the Country, than Hillary did, with the Result to get More "Great Electors" in his favour.


Added also to Trump's promises to really Struggle to bring Industrial a.o. Jobs Back Home for many recently impoverished American People, to "Fix" Poor Suburbs' basic Infrastructures, to Control Mass Migration (unethicaly and hypocriticaly Exploited by some unscrupulous Smugglers' Networks and "Users"), as well as to a at least partly Justiify his Strong Criticism of Corrupted Officials and Biaised Medias of an UnPopular Establishment, all this attracted a lot of Supporteurs.


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G20 with Trump+Putin :
Focus on Struggle against Deadly Islamist Terrorism +

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Counter Islamist Terrorism is, apparently, the Most Topical, and the most Important move that they Both Tried to Boost in this 2017 "G20" Summit, (given also the recent Deadly Attacks against innocent Civilian People both throughout all Europe, including Russia, and in the U.S., or elsewhere in the World) :


   - For the 1st Time in its almost a Decade of History (2008-2017), a "G-20" Summit clearly indicates that the No 1 Priority Today is to definitively eradicate that Deadly Islamist Terrorism which has aggressed many European, American, Asian or African Countries, accross the Globe:

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  - Indeed, on 2017, G20's First and Longer Session, starting Friday Morning, July 7, was dedicated on that Issue, which resulted, inter alia, also in a Six (6) Page-long "Declaration" of its Heads of State/Governments "on the Fight against Terrorism", despite the Fact that G20 had been Initialy Created in order to Struggle against the Global Economic and Financial Crisis, back on 2008, and that its "Core Competences" still remain "the Global Trade and Economy", as Chancellor Merkel reminded afterwards in a subsequent "Introductory Statement".


+ That Long List of Counter-Terrorism Actions, is Not Limited only into Monitoring Funding and the Internet, as some claimed :


In fact, (and this seems of Fundamental Importance both for Trump and Putin : See Infra), it Extends to "a Comprehensive Approach", which Includes also combatting Radicalization and Recruitment, hampering terrorist Movements and countering terrorist Propaganda", (also, f.ex., with "Robust and Positive Narratives")


As well as "concrete Measures to address Threats from Returning foreign terrorist fighters and Home-grown Radicalised individuals", but also to Boost "Aviation Security", External "Borders' Management", etc.


"Countering Terrorism requires comprehensively addressing Underlying Conditions that terrorists exploit. It is therefore crucial to promote political and religious Tolerance, economic Development and social Cohesion and inclusiveness, to Resolve armed Conflicts", etc., they "stressed".


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+ But, for Both the American and the Russian Presidents, it's clear that the Real Dimension of that Issue is much Larger and Deeper :


* Thus, f.ex., Putin, speaking Earlier at a BRICS' Meeting, Earlier, Friday Morning, stressed from the outset that "the Key Priority", on this G20 Summit, "is Terrorism".


- "Russia has, on several occasions, advanced the concept of a common UN-led counter-terrorism Front", he recalled.


=> Therefore, the Russian President "Urged" to work Together in order "to eliminate the Political, SocioEconomic and Ideological preconditions for the rise and expansion of Terrorism".


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+ Trump's landmark "Civilisation Survival" Speech,
Eve of 2017's G20 :
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    + For that purpose, New American President Don Trump's landmark Speech, at Neighbouring Poland, (for which the White House had Warned that it would be "a Major Speech") is a Wider but Key Masterpiece :


    - "Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our Civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?", he asked from the outset.


    - "The Fundamental Question of Our Time" is, indeed, whether we really have "the Will to Survive", Trump stressed.


    - In fact, " defense ... ultimately rests not only on means, but also on the Will of the People to prevail" : "Do we have the confidence in our Values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our Borders?"


    - Because, "We can have the largest Economies and the most lethal Weapons anywhere on Earth, But if we do not have strong Families, and strong Values, then we will be weak and we will not survive". Nobody should forget "the Critical Importance of these things", he pointed out.

 
    - Indeed, "Our own Fight ...does not begin on the battlefield -- it Begins with our Minds, our Wills, and our Souls".


    - Since "Our Freedom, our Civilization, and our Survival depend on these Bonds of History, Culture, and Memory", the American Leader of German and British origin, Symbolicaly declared in Poland, often called "Heart of Europe", not far away from Russia.


    => - "I declare today, for the World to hear", that ... we "will Never, ever be Broken. Our Values will prevail. Our People will thrive. And our Civilization will triumph. So, Together, let us all Fight ...-- for Family, for Freedom, for Country, and for God", he strongly Urged, at the Eve of this so special "G20" 2017 Summit.


    - "Today ...we have to say there are dire Threats to our Security and to our Way of life. You see what’s happening out there. They are threats. We will Confront them. We will Win. But they are threats", he Warned.


    - Indeed, "We are confronted by another Oppressive Ideology -- one that seeks to export Terrorism and Extremism all around the globe. America and Europe have Suffered one Terror Attack after another".


    => Therefore, among others, "During a historic gathering in Saudi Arabia, I called on the leaders of more than 50 Muslim Ntions to Jin together to drive Out this Menace which Threatens all of Humanity", as he Rightfuly noted.


     - For that purpose, "We must stand United, against these Shared Enemies, to Strip them of their Territory and their Funding, and their Networks, and any form of ideological support that they may have", he advised.


    - And "While we will always Welcome new citizens who share our Values and love our People, our Borders will always be Closed to Terrorism and Extremism of any kind", Trump explained, as a matter of general principle, on a notoriously Topical issue.


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    - Pointing, particularly, at the "Western Civilisation", Trump noted that “Americans, ...and the nations of Europe, value individual Freedom and Sovereignty. We must work Together to Confront forces, whether they come from Inside or Out, from the South or the East, that Threaten over time to Undermine these values, and to Erase the Bonds of Culture, Faith and Tradition that Make us Who we are", he urged.


- Because, "If left unchecked, these forces will Undermine our Courage, Sap our spirit, and Weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies", he warned.


- "But ... these forces, too, are Doomed to fail, ...not only because our Alliance is Strong, our countries are Resilient". But "because we will Never Forget Who we are :"


- "We write Symphonies", (Trump noted, Eve of "G20 Summit"'s scheduled pause for Beethoven's Symphony No 9, alias "Ode to Joy", which serves as European Anthem, at Hamburg's brand new "Elb-Pilarmonie", from where ...Only Turkish President Erdogan was Absent, prefering to watch a Match of Foot in TV, as he explained Today !).


 - We pursue Innovation. We celebrate our ancient Heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to Explore and discover brand-New frontiers".


- "We strive for Excellence, and cherish inspiring works of Art that honor God. We treasure the rule of Law, and protect the right to Free Speech. We put Faith and Family, Not government and Bureaucracy, at the Center of our lives. And we Debate everything. We Challenge everything. We seek to Know everything".


>>> "Above all, we value the Dignity of every Human life, protect the Rights of every Person, and share the hope of every soul to live in Freedom. That is Who we are. Those are the priceless Ties that Bind us Together, as nations, as Allies, and as a Civilization", stressed Don Trump, (at the Eve of his venue to he "G20" Summit in Hamburg, whose Logo, precisely shows a Knot which becomes even More Firm and Tighter under Pressure)...


 - "It is the People, not the powerful, who have always formed the Foundation of Freedom and the cornerstone of our Defense".


  - "if we fail to Preserve ... what we Inherited from our ... ancestors ..., it will never, ever exist again", he Warned. "So we canNot Fail", he urged.


=> Thus, "We will Never Back down !", he vowed. Because, "as long as we know our History, we will know how to build our Future.”


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On the Top MEETING and the ISSUES :
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When the New American and the Russian Presidents met eachother, for the 1st Time face - to - face, Yesterday (Friday, 7/7/2017) Morning in Hamburg, on the sidelines of this 2017 "G20" Summit, Trump spearheaded from the outset, that : - "We look Forward to a lot of Positive things happening".


 -  Indeed, "I Hope that our meeting will lead to Positive Results", Putin reciprocated.

 
+ And as New USA's Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, notoriously Concluded, Later on, at a Press Briefing, (Comp. Supra + Infra), "it was an Extraordinarily Important meeting", with "a very Clear, Positive Chemistry", here, between the two leaders" : They "Connected very Quickly", and "the meeting was very Constructive".  There was a big "Level of Engagement and Exchange".

 

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  - "The Perspective of both of them was : "this is a really Important relationship. ... We simply have to Find a Way to go Forward". "Both Presidents" expressed a "Strong Desire" to do so, Tillerson estimated.


+ "In fact, we have build some prerequisitives for getting the Russo-American relations Out of the Crisis they are in. I very much Hope that we will be able to do so, Putin pointed out in his Press Conference Today (8/7/2017).


 -  "If we Build our relations in the Vein of our yesterday's meeting, (7/7/2017), there are good reasons to believe that we will be able to Revive, at least partially, the level of Interaction that we need", concluded Putin.


- Presidents Putin and Trump "are Driven by the national Interests of their countries, and pursue them primarily by seeking to achieve Mutually Beneficial Agreements, rather than trying to act out confrontational scenarios and invent problems out of the blue", described, already in a Yesterday's Press Briefing, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.


- "It was in this Concrete and Business-like Vein that ... Issues were discussed, he observed.

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But, on which main Issues might be Expected some concrete Results, after their 2 Hours + 16 Minutes, unexpectedly Long (instead of about 30 minutes, as Initialy thought), First Direct Dialogue ?

 
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- Tillerson observed that "there was so Much to talk about -- All these Issues.  Just about Everything got touched on, to one degree or another" . "It was a Good Start", And ...neither one of them wanted to stop"...  

 

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 - "Syria, Ukraine, the Korean Peninsula, Cyber security and a number of other issues"  were Discussed, and "Agreements were reached on some quite Concrete things", said Lavrov.


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>>> iIt's notoriously on Syria, that this Historic, initial Meeting between the 2 more Powerful (but also quite atypical) Leaders of the World, yesterday morning here, is expected to Start having the Most Interesting concrete Results :

 - New USA Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson revealed that there was "a very Lengthy period on Syria", between Trump and Putin. "There was a substantial amount of time spent on Syria, just because we've had so much activity going on with it."


 - It included "a great amount of Detailed exchange on the Agreement we had Concluded today", about the Establishment of a De-escalation Zone at the Southern Borders of Syria, adjacent to Jordany.


 - "But, Also Where we Go", "trying to get much greater clarity around .... where do we share a Common view, and where do we have a Difference".  In fact,  "there's a lot More Commonality to that, than there are differences", Tillerson observed.  => "So we want to Build on the Commonality, and we spent a lot of time talking about Next Steps".


 - Because "Syria (is) Transitioning from the Defeat of ISIS, which we are progressing rapidly", towards the question :  - "what do we do to Stabilize Syria, once the war against ISIS is won". Both Russia and the US have the same "Interest ...in having Syria become a Stable place, a Unified place, but ultimately a place where we can facilitate a Political Discussion about their Future", Tillerson stressed.


 - "People are getting tired.  They're getting weary of the conflict"... and the South is ...our First show of Success.  We're Hoping we can Replicate that Elsewhere".


- Meanwhile, "This Agreement, ....was entered into between Jordan, the United States, and Russia.  And we ...have a very Clear picture of who will provide the Security forces. But we have a few more Details to Work out. .... I expect that will be Completed  (in) ... less than a Week".

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+ As described his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Lavrov : "Today, Russian, US and Jordanian Experts finished work in Jordan’s capital Amman and agreed on a Memorandum on De-escalation Zones in the South-west of Syria – in Daraa, Quneitra and Souweida. The Ceasefire in this zone will come in effect on July 9 (Sunday), at 12 pm Damascus time".


    - "Russia and the US" will "Ensure the Ceasefire regime by all the groups present there, and also ..provide Humanitarian access, and establish Contacts between the Opposition in that region and the Monitoring Centre being set up in the capital of Jordan. In the Beginning, Security around this de-escalation zone will be provided by Russian military Police in Coordination with Americans and Jordanians. ...the document US. to the Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Syria, and the UN SC Resolutions ... for ...a political Settlement. This is the agreement that Both Presidents Welcomed today."


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+ President Putin himself went, Today (Saturday, 8/7/2017) as far as to speak even about a "Breakthrough" on Syria.


 - "The most important thing is to ensure Syria’s territorial integrity : If we manage to make each of those De-escalation Zones become like Regions cooperating with eachother and with the Damascus' Government, then, we'd create the conditions for an overall Political Solution of the Syrian issue, Putin highlighted.


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Merkel, Today, pointed explicitly at the concrete Examples of Syria, Nuclear Disarmament and North Korea.


But she was well placed to eventualy Add also Ukraine, (naturaly in a Wider Format, i.e. with EU's Franco-German core's active role, developing further "Normandy format" Talks with Russia and Ukraine, in a much needed effort to UnBlock the stalled "Minsk" Agreement's status quo : See Infra).


Speaking to Journalists in Hamburg, including "Eurofora", just After a Trilateral Meeting between France-Germany-Russia Leaders, Earlier this Morning, at the sidelines of this G20 Summit in Hamburg, (See "Eurofora"s previous anouncement at : ...), Merkel acknowledged that the Minsk Agreements, (even of they have, more or less, Succeeded, until now, to Stop Massive Killings, particularly of Civilian People, at the pro-Autonomy Donetsk/Luhansk Eastern Regions, in a Conflict which has already Costed about 10.000 Human Lives, and still Continues to have several Victims even now), are not being Implemented but only "very Slowly", some Key parts having even Stalled.


This is of Relevance even to "G-20" Summit as such, since OECD's Head, Angel Guria, has already Declared to "Eurofora" that the Ukranian Conflict has Costed, and still does, a lot, also on Economic Growth potential being Wasted for Years, mainly in Europe, but also Worldwide, (given also the "Sanctions" on Russia, etc), as he had told us at the CoE in Strasbourg (See : ...).


Meanwhile, experienced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, (Comp. f.ex. Lavrov's Reply to "Eurofora"s Question, on the sidelines of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev - currently Prime Minister - at the "G-8" Summit of 2011 in Deauville : ...), at a Press Briefing, Yesterday Afternoon, in Hamburg's "G-20", (for which "Eurofora" had been Timely Warned : See ..., But Hindered to arrive on Time, because of the already Denounced, unprecedented, Local Practical Obstacles : See Ibid), said that Trump, as well as Tillerson, and even his French counterpart, Drian (Comp. several Drian Stetements to "Eurofora", f.ex. at ... + ...), did Not really Seek (at least not yet) any radicaly Different Plan, but mainly how to Revive, Accelerate and Complete the "Implementation" of Minsk Agreements.


Moreover, Trump's New US Arministration anounced here the Apointment of a "Special Envoy for Ukraine", who is due to visit also Russia asap.


Lavrov added that It was also agreed to "set up a Channel between Russian and US officials, so as to use US capabilities for promoting a Settlement, on the Basis of the Minsk Agreements and relying on the groundwork laid by the Contact Group and in the Normandy format".


New USA State Secretary Rex Tillerson, at another Press Briefing, Yesteday Afternoon, here, (where "Eurofora" was also Hindered to arrive on Time, because of the already Denounced, Unprecedented, Local Practical Obstacles : See ...), together with Treasure Secretary Mnushin, (Comp. Mnushin's Reply to an "Eurofora" Question at his Press Conference in "G-20"'s Financial Ministers' Summit in Baden-Baden, earlier on March 2017 : ...), confirmed that Trump had just Nominated "Ambassador Kurt Volker", as his "Special Representative for Ukraine", who has "Decades of Experience in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps", including at the NATO and "his permanent Political" tasks.


Tillerson also stressed that, in Wider terms, Presidents Trump and Putin spend 2 Hours 15 Minutes about "all these issues", including "Ukraine", on which "Both of the Leaders feel like there's a lot of things in the Past that both of us are Unhappy about.  We're Unhappy, they're Unhappy", and that's why "there was so much to talk about". But, "this (USA - Russia) is a really Important relationship", and "We simply have to Find a way to Go Forward", as he said, at the Eve of his own Departure for Ukraine, that he's due to Visit on Sunday, July 9.


+ Significantly, at the Same Time, it's also the New UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who is currently in the process of Leaving Hamburg's "G-20" Summit also for Ukraine, said Today (Saturday, July 8), to "Eurofora", UNO's Experienced Press Director, and Top Spokesman, Stephane Durarric, by phone.


As for Rex Tillerson's observations about Both Trump and Putin being "UnHappy" of things which happened "in the Past" on "Issues" such as Ukraine, etc., (Comp. Supra), they Timely remind the Notorious statements of Former US Under-Secretary of State for Eur-Asia, Mrs Nuland, (apointed by Obama), about ... "Fuck the EU !" (sic), precisely on the Issue of Ukraine, and her Interferences on Who should become Prime Minister, or not, etc., as Early as, already, since February 2014, i.e. at the Moment that Strange and still UnIdentified, but Deadly "Snipers" curiously Shot and Killed ...Both Demonstrators and Policemen, Firing mainly from an Hotel behind their back at Maidan Square, in a way which Provoked massive Violent and Deadly Riots Attacking the Parliament, etc., and Toppling a Peaceful Political Agreement, which had been just been Signed by then Ukranian President Yanukovitch and All the Opposition, under the auspices of French, German and Polish Foreign Ministers, (for a National Unity Government, Amnesty and New Elections, etc).


Later on, a CoE's High-Level Committee of Experts in Strasbourg, chaired by British Sir Nicolas Bratza, former ECHR President, appointed by CoE's Secretary General Thornbjorn Jaglant, a former Prime Minister of Norway, concluded that the subsequent Kiev's Government, (which had Seized Power after those Violent Riots), grossly Failed in its Duty to make a Transparent and Efficient Investigation in order to Find and Punish those Strange Deadly "Snipers" and whoever were the Instingators of their Attacks, which had provoked Massive Brutal Clashes and the Violent Toppling of a Controversial, perhaps partly unpopular, but, nevertheless, regularly Elected Government, and the Beginning of a Wider, even More Deadly Conflict, Extended to pro-Autonomy Donetsk/Luhansk Regions, (soon Attacked by Kiev's Army with Tanks, Air-Bombings, etc, making a Growing Number of Civilian Victims), the Re-Unification of Crimea peninsula with Russia in retaliation, and imposing a Dangerous Division of Europe, reminiscent but, in fact, even More Risky than the "Cold War" Era of the Past.


I.e., really a lot of what can make any Honest politician very much ..."UnHappy", according to Tillerson's above-mentioned Wording, due to Stimulate a Strong Desire to make things much better (Comp. Supra)...


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+ AnOther Topical, but much Wider Issue, discussed Yesterday by USA and Russia Presidents, (which, once again, was Not explicitly mentioned by German Chancellor Merkel now, since it Obviously concerns also the EU, China, Australia, Latin America, Africa, as well as Other Global Stakeholders, and was Partially included in the "G20" Summit's Conclusions : Comp. Supra), is that which was Resumed as "Cyber-Security" :


 - USA's New Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said here Yesterday that "the 2 Leaders ...agreed to Explore creating a Framework, around which the two countries can work Together to better understand how to deal with ...Cyber-Threats"' Challenges, such as :

-  "Interferences with the Internal Affairs of Countries",

 - "Threats to Infrastructures",

-  and/or "Terrorism".  


A main Question is "how do we create a framework in which we have some capability to Judge What is happening in the Cyber-world, and Who to hold Accountable",  he pointed out.


Tillerson admitted, however, that "this is Obviously an Issue that's Broader than just U.S.-Russia", (Comp. Supra).


- However, already, "We (US-Russia) agreed to set up a Working-level Group, to begin to Explore this framework agreement around the Cyber issue and this issue of non-interference.  So those will be ongoing with Various staff Levels", Tillerson added.


That Joint "Working Group" on "Cyber-Security" is due to be Led, from the U.S.A. side, by Both "the State Demartment" (i.e. himself), and "the National Security Advisor's office" (i.e. by General McMaster), he specified, in reply to Press Questions.


+ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, observed that "Cyber-Security ...was, understandably, given Considerable Attention".


 - The main reason is that "the Presidents Agreed that this area is becoming ever More Dangerous", because "there are numerous Threats Emerging in Cyberspace, including :

- "Terrorism"

- "Other areas of Oganised Crime",

- "Threats to the normal functioning of Societies, as Child Pornography, Pedophilia, the so-called Suicide networks, ...interference in ...Elections, ...Hacking in all its forms", etc.


 => In consequence, "All these issues, Combined, ...were agreed as subjects of Russian-US InterAction", and "a Bilateral Working Group will be set up for that purpose", he confirmed.


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These were the Main, but Not the Only, particular and concrete Issues of General Interest, discussed by the US and Russian Presidents, during their 1st ever personal Meeting, (2 Hours and 16 Minutes' Long), on the sidelines of this 2017 "G20" Summit here, in Hamburg (Germany).


Despite the notorious Harshness of such Issues, (or, rather, Because of it), their Host, German Chancellor Angie Merkel, apparently wanting to Mark such Historic Events, chose to Invite all her Guests, that Same Day of 7/7/2017, to a concert with Beethoven's 9th Symphony, (known as dedicated to "Joy", but also used as Europe's Anthem), played for the 1st Time in the Brand New "Elb-Philarmonie" superb Modern Building inaugurated on this occasion near Hamburg's Huge SeaPort.

=> A Voluntarist, Symbolic Move, allowing to Dream about a much needed "New Detente" era, by resolutely looking up to the Skyline of the Ocean's Horizon ?...

 

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("DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).


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EU-China and G20 Summit: "In big Pressure, Firmer Knot": Kristoff Wang + "People to People" links

Written by ACM
Saturday, 08 July 2017
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*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 Jiping on 2013), Exceptionally, "Eurofora" dedicates an Article not to a Head of State, but to simple EU Citizen, like you and me, who, however, evokes a particularly important reality that concerns us all, and points towards a Big Horizon :


It's like in that Famous Masterpiece of a Flamish Painter, of the European "ReNaissance" era, at the Netherlands, (Near this Seaport City of Hamburg, which Hosts the 2017 "G20" Heads of State/Governments Summit, these Days), which shows Many Bigger and Bigger Levels of the World, artfuly Reflected or Evoked even at a Tiny Mirror held in the Hands of a simple Human Person.

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>>> After having Harshly Suffered, and practicaly Hindered to work in elementary conditions, (including Time and Energy, etc), for at least 1,5 Days, mainly because of an Exceptional, UnPrecedented, Never seen Before, and UnExpected Total Blockade of All Public or Private Transports in a Large Area of Hamburg, officialy attributed by Local Authorities to Demonstrations, which are unfortunately usual and expected on "G" Summits, (Contrary to the usually efficient and friendly, Federal German Government Press Office repeated Official Papers, which had Urged all Journalists to Drop any Independent means of transport, i.e. even simple Bicycles : an Error !, in order to use, instead, "Public Means of Transport" : See f.ex. ....), Obliging to Walk several Kms, even at MidNight, or under a Heatwave, including with Heavy luggages, sacs/computers, etc, with a Leg feeling awful Pains and holding Crutches, during Hours and Hours Wasted, exactly at the Moment that we should all Try to Work Fast and Efficiently, Both for Unique occasions of Important Contacts and Press RDV, as well as for Timely Publications, etc, suddenly, at the Last of 3 Days in Hamburg, a Real Big Change occured :

 
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- The competent service for Journalists' transport, at the International Media Center, after hesitating (obviously influenced also by some Misleading Local Medias' exagerated presentation of alleged Brutal and Violent "Clashes", even in certain concrete areas and hours that we had just witnessed to be rather "Calm"), finaly Agreed to let us use one among the "Many Shuttles", which (as we were told by the Head of that service at the IMC), until then, were being kept Empty and Unused, precisely because of all those Local Media and Local Police Reports about .. "all" adjacent (and even several Far Away) Roads being ...always "UnSafe", and, therefore, Blocked...

 

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Thanks God, or by pure Chance, (if not, Simply because many among the above-mentioned, excessively Alarming Local Reports in Hamburg were Inaccurate : Comp. Supra), this, time, it Worked well !  So that we managed, - with the Precious, indispensable Help of IMC's competent Service for Medias' Transport, particularly in case of unforeseen Urgency, as Nowadays, (Comp. Supra), - at least to Reach the Medias Center on Time for some Concluding Press Conferences, and to Arrive, afterwards, later this Evening, to the nearest Railway Station (Totaly Isolated when we had Arrived : See ...), on Time to Catch our Train Back Home to Strasbourg !

 

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(Meanwhile, Chancellor Angie Merkel kindly presented her "Excuses" for the extensive Blockades, at her Press Conference in the International Media Center, and promised some Indemnisation to the Victims, noting the fact that "some had Difficulties to come and go to their Hotels", - including even USA's 1st Lady, Melanie Trump, at least once, as it was reported by the Medias.

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But, in fact, it seems that most Problems were due mainly to Local Authorities of Hamburg, and Not to the Federal Government of Berlin, given also that most of its Agents, when correctly informed, did their Best to Help Journalists a.o.).


>>> However, one among the Best Surprises was unveiled at the Last Minute : 

- The efficient and serious Driver who had Kindly Helped us Twice, revealed that he was Not Only German, but also ...Chinese !!!


Indeed, he said, Smiling, that he was Named "KRISTOFF WANG", (approximative re-writting of an Oral indication), and that his Father has been already an "European-Chinese", even before himself was born in Germany...


Using myself the Name "MARCOPOLO" (a simplification of the initial Family Name), which obviously reminds that of the Historic Venitian who notoriously visited China and lived there, before Returning back to Europe and Writting a unique Book ("of the Wonders"..), which Helped Boost Technologies, Science, Printing Machines, even the Navigation of Oceans (Later linked with the Discovery of America), etc., as Early as since about 1.200+ AC, but withOut managing at all to bring European and Chinese People closer to each other yet,


and Knowing that even a Collective Effort, Previously in Ancient History, to voluntarily Bring Together all then Known Big Civilisations : that of ancient King "Alexander the Great", at about 300 BC., after Advancing also in Egypt, in Ancient Persia, in India, etc., up to the point to Reach a part of the Famous "Silk Road", over the Himalaya Mountains, had finaly Failed to reach China,


=> we were, naturaly, positively Surprized to Find out, that, at last, Nowadays, something like that "Eur-Asia" Civilisation and Peace "Bridge" evoked at Popular British Music Rock Group "MUSE"'s well known Song, had, in Fact, already Started to Exist, in real everyday Live, silently but efficiently, among the People !

Our Emotion was even Stronger, given that we, inevitably thought about our Son, (a French Citizen, of also Greek Origin, Born and Educated in Strasbourg, i.e. side by side also with Germany and its Culture), who is Living and Working for many Years, precisely in China (Shanghai)...

- Indeed, he had almost a Similar Age and Height as this sympathetic Young German-Chinese, who was now, standing, right in front of us, with a large, Friendly Smile, (which also reminded, a bit, our Son, as we spontaneously told him).


And his Children, (our Grand-Children), in Future, would probably become, them too, "European-Chinese", precisely as this Young and Strong-looking, Friendly Kristoff Wang !

The recent European Ceremony in Memory of Historic German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, attended by more than 190 Heads of State/Government, Top EU Officials, Key Ministers, MEPs, etc, at EU Parliament last Saturday in Strasbourg, (See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from that Exceptional Event, at : ...), reminded also the Fact that one among the many Concrete Measures that had been Decided during his era of European ReUnification, has been the Creation of the "Shengen" Area of EU Citizens' Free Movement and Security, back in the 1990ies, which has Started to allow, for the 1st Time in History, for the European People, under certain elementary conditions, to move accross National Borders, meet and exchange with eachother, even Live and Work at anyone among EU's Member States and beyond (f.ex. also Switzerland, Norway, etc).

=> This New Collective Reality has already Started, silently but regularly, to also Forge a Growing Number of Couples, Families, and Children, (particularly Frequent f.ex. around Strasbourg's Franco-German "core" of the EU), who are currently engaged, "de facto", in a process of Creating, slowly but steadily, a brand New, real and authentic "European People" of the Future...


Scandalously - due to artificialy provoked (and often even Deadly in a Dark Past) Divisions of Europe, at least until recently, which Delayed too much such a process of Integration - a Big but Real Paradox was the Fact that, for the Time Being, the Only place in the World, where really European Families have been created, since long, is the small, peaceful and sympathetic ...Latino-American Country of Uruguay !  


Indeed, it's only there, until now, that, f.ex., a former President of the Country, (the Famous old "Musica"), reportedly stems from Italian, French, Spanish and Russian Origins, all together, and something Similar would go also for his Wife, a long-time Senator, as well as for Many more among Urguay's Predominantly European-Origin Population...

But German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, very close to Chancellor Merkel, (that "Eurofora" was Surprized to unexpectedly Meet at EU Parliament in Strasbourg last Saturday, during the Ceremony for Helmut Kohl, even if his venue had not been officialy anounced there), has had the Good Idea, in a Recent Past, to Try to Count, at least, the Total Number of EU Citizens living and established in Germany, who had come from various Other EU Member Countries : He Found (and Published) then, some Interesting Figures, which revealed that, in Fact, the "European Migrants" had already Bypassed, recently, by their Bigger Number, almost All Other Groups of Immigrants from any Other Foreign, Non-European Country in the World !


As for France, f.ex., already the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, (brillantly Elected on 2007, and Top Winner of the 2009 European Elections, as well as Winner of the 2015 Elections to the Leadership of the Main Opposition Party of the Center-Right, before being, curiously and scandalously Undermined in an UnPrecedented and Controversial "Primary" for 2017 Presidential Candidates, where practicaly Anyone could Vote, even ...Adversaries of his Party !), notoriously is of French, Hungarian and Greek Origins, and his latest Daughter will also Add an Italian origin, by her Mother : Sarkozy's Wife, a reknown Singer, i.e. even a 4rth European origin...

However, if European Integration should, normaly, be something Natural, at least until recently, here, on the Contrary, Nobody has spoken yet of, or seriously analyzed, an eventual ... Euro-Chinese Integration, as far as People are concerned.


And this, Despite such Important Historic Realities, as :


- "Alexander the Great"'s above mentioned, unfulfilled Dream to Unite the 2 most Ancient Civilisations still Living Today : those which emerged from Ancient Greece and China, (Comp. Supra), as Early as, already since around -300 BC.;


- Marco Polo's round Trips to and from China, at about 1.200 AC., which brought so Many Ideas from Beijing's a.o. areas, that they Revolutionarized Europe's Technologies, Science, Editing of Books, even Oceans' Navigation, etc;


- De Gaulle's famous "Multi-Polar World" International Strategy for France and all Europe from the 20th Century AC., in favour of a More Balanced and Democratic Global Community, (to which, Chinese President Xi Jiping has repeatedly referred, f.ex. during his contacts with France and other Europeans) ;


- China's 2006 Offer to participate and co-Fund the European Satellite Navigation System "GALILEO" (Later droped, mainly by partial inAction from EU side then !), followed by a Growing Number of various Chinese Investments in Europe, as well as the 2015 EU - China Summit in Brussels (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from BRX then, f.ex. : ....), after which, a Strategy of regular Exchanges, Cooperation, Common Projects, Training of Young Scientists, etc., beteween EU's and China's Scientific Research, (initaly due to Boost also Joint Euro-Chinese Industrial co-Productions of Merchandises destinated to be sold at Foreign Markets), could, eventually, Boost also "People to People" links in the foreseable Future.


(etc).


=> Thus, it was, indeed, a Timely Surprize to Find, precisely on the occasion of a "Global" Summit as the "G20" here in Hamburg, this July 2017, that, in Fact, "European-Chinese" People already Existed, Lived and Worked among us all,  Here and Now, even without knowing that before...

Therefore, it was a pitty that we couldn't take a Photo of a real "Euro-Chinese", as KRISTOFF WANG, smilling Friendly, in front of his Solid and Efficient "MERCEDES-BENZ" Shuttle Car, (with which he had just Helped bring "Eurofora" from "G20"'s International Media Center, until the nearest Railway Station, in order to get Bakc to Strasbourg by Train), both because our Smart-Phone Camera was Out of Electricity, and due to "Security reasons", which imply to Protect the Identification of Heads of State/Government Summits' Agents dealing with Logistics, including Not to Publish their Photos...

But We will Never Forget the Friendly Smile of that "European-Chinese" Young Man, who Looked almost like - and could have been-  our Son, and simply but efficiently Helped us at a practicaly Difficult moment, (due to Violent Demonstrations and/or Misleading Local Medias Informations : Comp. Supra) during that, si particular, 2017 "G20" Summit in Hamburg.

 [  NDLR: By the way, concerning Trump's Famous Complaint, about Foreign TRADE EU-USA : I.e. that he had seen Plenty of German/European "MERCEDES-BENZ" Cars in New York, But Not any American "CHEVROLET" Car in Europe, as he had said, "Eurofora" can ensure him of the Fact that, at least in Strasbourg - i.e. at the Franco-German "Core" of the EU- we Found a beautiful "CHEVROLET" Car, parked near our Family Home, as the following original Photo proves :

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However, it's also true that the user of that car told "Eurofora" that Chevrolet would have Stopped Selling its Cars in France, and perhaps more or less in the rest of the EU, about 2 Years Ago, i.e. during former US President Obama's era, keeping, nevertheless, its Maintenance/Spare Parts service]                                       -------------------------------------------------------------


Meanwhile, by a Coincidence, at a Heads of State/Government level :

 


 - Chinese President Xi Jiping, and his Wife, (a Music Artist, active also in Red Army and Humanitarian events), have Recently succeeded to be among the rare personalities that New US President Don Trump repeatedly saluted, in public, as his "Friends", (as he reminded anew, here, at the 2017 "G20" in Hamburg, Germany).

 

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 They had, indeed, the Good Idea to prefer, instead of a merely Official visit to Washington DC, better a Calm and relaxed Personal/Family meeting in Florida, at the area where Trump used to go, with his own Family, f.ex. immediately after his Big Surprize Victory at the (Hard Fight of the) November 2016 US Presidential Election, as well as in Christmas/New Eve, etc.


I.e., as if, in fact, (in addition to an adequate handling of Big Politico-Economic Issues), they joined the famous "People to People" approach of the "Human Factor", to the purely Political and/or official Diplomatic Protocol approaches, succesfully.

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+ These Days, on the Occasion of the G20 Hamburg Summit, (where he was seen cited between the Host : German Chancellor Angie Merkel, and the New US President Don Trump : See relevant PHOTO) President Xi Jiping hosted, earlier here, a BRICS' Leaders meeting, in order to prepare the BRICS' own Summit, due to be held in Xiamen City (S/E China), on September.

 

 

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++ Xi also made Bilateral Working Meetings here, inter alia, with the New Presidents of USA and France, Don Trump and Emmanouel Macron, respectively, (the Latter anouncing a Series of forthcoming joint projects and "Inaugurations" in French or Chinese soil, at the foreseable Future).


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* Meanwhile, in view of several, sometimes growing, Big Callenges, Merkel Evoked the Symbol of 2017 "G20" Summit, rightfully noting that it's, precisely, in Moments of "Greater Pressure" that a (Maritime or other) Knot which may Link People Together, becomes more Tight and Firm...


Something which, naturaly, goes Both for the "Human Factor", and for the necessary Consciousness on what might be really at Stake in important Political Issues, and even for all Humankind.


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Kristoff Wang is from Bavaria, and likes Alpes' Mountains, he told "Eurofora".


The Euro-Chinese Young Man, (almost at the same age as our Son, working in Shanghai), would certainly love, a fortiori, also Himalaya Mountains, source of many Rivers flowing at the Indian and the Pacific Ocean, the Biggest in the World.


But, something in his Kind, Friendly smile, while saluting "Eurofora" on our Return Trim to Strasbourg, makes guess that he'd also be fond of the Human Factor element, at the Historic, UNESCO World Heritage site "Mount Tai", between Pekin and Shanghai, to which had pointed President Xi Jiping right from the outset of his Election, back on 2012, as a Symbol for "close Ties with the People", "who are true Heroes" and "the Source of Strength" for Political Leaders, whose "Responsibility", in order "to live up to the Expectations of both History and the People", "is Heavier than the Mount Tai, and our Road Ahead is Long", (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/chinajinpingandcoe.html ).

 

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("DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).


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G20 Summits: from Hamburg to Buenos-Aires (Germany 2017-2018 Argentina): Quid of a Global Rail Net ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 07 July 2017

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*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 order to Dream for its exact Opposite:


=> I.e. the creation of a Global Railway Network, particularly on this Occasion of the Next, 2018 "G20" Summit, scheduled, for the 1st Time in History, at a Latin-American Country, and even Argentina : ...Twice "at the Other Side of the World" !


Indeed, a Very High Speed (TTGV in the Original in French) Train, already Able to reach about 600-700 km/h, exists since many years (f.ex. since 2007 in France), as "Eurofora" witnessed, f.ex. in an Exhibition organized in Strasbourg as Early as back on 2007-2008, along the Franco-German Rhine River's borders, on the occasion of the Official Opening of the 1st Paris - Strasbourg "TGV", an "Only" 350+ km/h High Speed Train.


And, since Today, Hamburg's Total (Public and Private) Transport Blackout, unexpectedly imposed, without any previous warning, (and even with a Misleading Official Info for "G20" Summit Journalists, which had "strongly advised" to use "Only Public Transports" in order to come and go around the International Media Center, while they finaly proved to be Unusable), Obliged us to ...Walk, (even overNight or during a torrid Heatwave, and with Heavy Luggage, withOut Time to Sleep, but with a Leg suffering from Pains, and using Crunches : i.e. too Slowly, and withOut a Detailed Map of the City), for More than 1 Hour, just to move ...between an Hotel and the IMC, almost the Same Time needed with a TTGV/VHSP to go ...from Paris to Berlin (!), ...Dream for a Better Future, was the only way Not to Think about the dire current situation...


Thus, World-Famous Science-Fiction Writer Jules Verne, from France, with a Landmark short but imaginative Novel about a Future City well Linked to Local, Regional, National and Global Networks of Innovative High Speed Transports on the Ground, (Airplanes, Rockets, Spacecrafts and UFOs excluded), was, in the present circumstances, a pretty Handy Inspiration...


But the Best Symbol of our Times was, surprisingly, ...Right Here : I.e. at this, exceptionaly Immobilized Hamburg City itself !


Simply because Hamburg (with its Neighbour City of Druisburg) already is a Trans-Continental, Eur-Asian Terminal Hub for EU - China Railway Transports, officialy inaugurated just a few years ago : Since 2013, on the occasion of the 1st Visit to Europe by the current Chinese President Xi Jiping.


Already, this can go, Directly, as far as to Link EU's Hamburg/Druisburg (i.e., practicaly from the Northern Sea/Atlantic Ocean), up to China's Shanghai, and/or Russia's Vladivostok (i.e. almost at the Pacific Ocean), - passing though 2 Different Roadmaps : via Russia-Kazakstan, or all the way via Russia's Siberian area - which is quite a bit...


"Eurofora"s co-Founder had already conceived and suggested, a Long Time ago, to the French Authorities, the Creation of a PanEuropean, "Madrid - Paris - Berlin - Moscow", High Speed Speed Train (TGV) Network, as Early as Since 2004, on the occasion of an Official Inauguration at Strasbourg's Euro-Fair, soon followed by a landmark, Historic "Quadrilateral" Summit, bringing Together, precisely, Spanish, French, German and Russian Top Leaders, (i.e., by a coincidence: exactly as we had suggested), at Elysée Palace in Paris, organized by the Experienced former Long-Time President Jacques Chirac on March 2005.


+ Later-on Chirac's Government even went as far as to Establish a Joint Branch Company between France's "Alsthom" (the Builder of Famous "TGV") and its Russian counterpart, which, obviously, went exactly in the Same Direction of that EU - Russia Cooperation on High Speed Train Networks that we had initialy suggested.


(It was almost, during he same period of time, as, mutatis-mutandis, also for the Idea - initialy provocative, but afterwards effectively realized - to use Russian "Soyouz" Rockets in order to Launch Satellites at French Gyuanne's "Kurur" Space-Port, which, meanwhile, became also EU's Space Launching area : Our Initial Publication, elsewhere at the Web, had been simply Titled, with a Short, but substantial Headline : - "Soyuz at Kuru ?!").


But, if, Nowadays, you can already Go by Train from Spain all the way up to China's Shanghai and/or Russia's Vladivostok, (Comp. Supra), then, what could and should Follow, (from the point of view of the Above-mentioned "Dream" on the eventual Creation of a Global Railway Network : GRN, Comp. Supra), is quite Obvious :


=> It's enough to Cross over the Bering Straight, between Russia (Siberia) and USA (Alasca), from one side -f.ex. by Building a Bridge, as between Denmark and Sweden, or Crimea and mainland Russia, etc, either an UnderGround Tunnel, as between France and the UK, etc. - and over Gibraltar Rock, between Spain and Morocco, att the Other side, (much More Easy).


Then, the Way is theoretically Open in order to Advance, sooner of later, (naturaly using, at least at the Beginning, also the PreExisting Local Rail Networks), towards Johannesburg, in South Africa, and up to ...Patagonia, in Argentina, i.e. at the 2 Opposite Ends of that Huge Land area which is Formed by the 3 Biggest Continents of the World : African, European and American.


Australia and all Other Parts of the World, could, naturaly, be Linked into the main "Backbone" of such a possible Global Railway Network (GRN) by various transversal Lines, mostly vertical or diagonal, but also horizontal, according to needs and possibilities.


If and When such a Dream might succeed to be realized, then, it would, obviously, be Simple and Easy to just jump into a Train at Hamburg (Germany), and afterwards get out at ...Buenos-Aires (Argentina), Linking directly the 2 "G20" Summits' Host Countries of 2017 and 2018 (Comp. Supra).


From a "Timing" point of view, already, the EU - China TransContinental Railway Network, which exists since Recently (Comp. Supra), reportedly takes about 6 Days to fully cross, from one End to another, (through Kazakstan). A Longer, entirely Trans-Siberian Railway link, (i.e. more Simple to cross, and Arriving up to Vladivostok, Shanghai, etc), already existing too, reportedly needs 8 Days now.


=> So that a Fully Global Railway Network (GRN), as the one Evoked by the Frontline Heading's simplified Design on a World's Map, the we published Supra, should, apparently, take, approximatively, something between 21 and 30 Days (Less than a Month) to cross Entirely, according to the average Low Speed Train links used in that pre-existing example.

Naturaly, a more or less High Speed Train (TGV) Network, theoretically possible to Build progressively, may Shorten these Timeframes Down to approximatively something around 12 or 23 Days (for a Full Trip, all along the Longest line). And a "Very High Speed" Train (TTGV) link (Comp. Supra), might arrive to do the same in, approximatively, about 9 or 15 Days, all for all : i.e. allmost Similar to Today's, already Existing Hamburg/Druisburg - Shanghai Railway link, (Comp. Supra), but then, it would be Really "Global", accross the whole World !


Why do that, when much Faster Airplanes exist, able to cross such Distances in 1,5 Day, instead of 1,5 Week ?


- First, simply Because most Merchandises, for Imports and Exports, (particularly Global), notoriously canNot be Transported by an Airplane, and clearly Need a Ground-based, Solid, Big and Spacy Train Network.

Otherwise, Ship transport may take Much Longer : F.ex., reportedly 10 or 14 Days by Train, compared to  "up to 45 Days" by Ship, from Hamburg to Shanghai.


- Second, because with the Recently Growing, Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks cowardly Targetting Innocent Civilian People, an Airplane is much more Difficult to Secure, Saveguard and/or, particularly Rescue, than a Train, (where, f.ex., adequately prepared and Efficient Interventions may either prevent or, especialy, alleviate, at least partialy Save, and/or Restore a Normal Situation).


- Thirdly, because People would be Thrilled to become Able to Travel from one End, to another End of the Earth, while also fully Crossing through the 4 Biggest Continents of the World, ...without having to even get out from their Seat, Table, Family/Group Compartment, and/or Wagon/Bed at all !  And, this, while they Can always See and/or Discover, from their Windows (and/or even by, eventually, Seizing the Opportunities offered by several Stops, as well as Other, Transversal InterLinks) the Beauties and/or Original Characteristics of Every Country, every City or Landscape crossed... Something practicaly Impossible with an Airplane.


As for the Timeframe, No Problem : F.ex., do you want to Waste all your Summer Holidays Limited only in 1, more or less Dull Spot alone, or do you Prefer, instead, to get a Chance to Discover ...30 or 40 New Countries accross the 4 Biggest Continents of the World, (during that Same Time of 1 - 1,5 Month, i.e. in just 1 Summer) ?


All accross such a Long and Flexible Line, People can Imagine, Offer and Organize a very Large and Variable Spectrum f.ex. of Different Touristic "packages", (going from "Super Luxe" to "Business" or "Family", up to Groups, Couples or Individual Travellers, "Night" Travels, Partial or Full Crossings, various Possibilities of Inter-Connections, etc), of All Kinds of Utilisations and Prices, that a more or less Long Series of Train Wagons with several Parts each, can much More Easily allow, that 1 Airplane alone...


- Fourthly, because almost all Airplanes provoke Big Noises and Air Pollution, as well as Climate CO2 Degradation, while, on the Contrary, Railways (particularly Electric and/or Electro-Magnetic, etc), are much more Environment and Climate-Friendly.

+ Last, but not Least : Fifthly, an eventual Future "GRN" will Not Only Add plenty of New Possibilities, partly Cited Above, but it will Also Accelerate, considerably, the Functionning of the Already Existing Railway Networds : By Offering a well and simply Organized General "Backbone" Architecture, more or less, progressively Speeded up by Stimulating the Addition and Accumulation (accross 1 Strategic, Trans-Continental Line) of "TGV", "ICE", "Thalys", and various Other "High Speed Trains", and/or even "TTGV" or "Very High Speed Trains", etc., naturaly, it will Also Shorten the Time needed in order to reach various Other Destinations, served Partly by Transversal InterSections or Links, and Partly by the Main Line of such a "GRN", all around a Wider Area.

>>> After all, "G20" Summits weren't they Created, back then on 2008, in order to Boost Economic Growth, by International Cooperation and Innovation ?


A whole Decade Later, from 2008 to 2017/2018, it's Time to present (or, at least : Start Dreaming of) a brand New and concrete, really "Global" Project, undeniably able to do just that...  


And, precisely, the current "Hamburg - Buenos Aires"/"Germany - Argentina" Symbolic and Practical "2017-2018" Coincidence, is obviously Timely for such a "GRN" Project, as a simple Look at the Map easily shows.

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Now, the Time has come, our Clock Warns : Back to Grassroots Realities...


- Let's get those Crutches, grab that Heavy Bag, wear a Hat against the Heatwave's "burning" Sunlight, and Start again to Slowly and Painfuly Walk, Walk, and Walk, bit by bit, Slaloming Carefuly Between Groups of "Demonstrators" and/or Closed Lines of Policemen, Barricades, Road Blockades, Broken Glass, etc., often Inevitably Stopping to take a Breath and/or Ease the Sufferings of a Horrible Pain at one Leg, Wipe the Drops of Sweat in an Exceptionaly Hot Atmosphere, so that our Eyes can clearly Look Ahead, all along the 1,5 or 2 Km never finishing, Long Avenues, may be more, (and the 1,5 or 2 Hours, in such Exceptional Conditions : Comp. Supra) which Separate our Hamburg's Hotel (not far away from "Ibis") from the "G20"'s International Media Center, (where even a Supplementary "Zig-Zag" has to be made by Journalists, since the Local Police decided to fully Close all the final Road, and even Add an ...Artificial, Metalic "Bridge", with 2 Long but Narrow and slipery Staircases, in order to simply ...Cross that Street !), Wait again at a Quew, Repeat a, (sometimes Too Long or even uselessly Blocked), Time Consuming "Security Check", Walk along +250 m. or More, until to Find, at last, a Long Mecanic Chair (since Nobody Knows if and where might be any Lift at all, inside a 500-600 m. Long Building with 3 Floors !), just to Rush, Urgently, to Find where might be that Mysterious "Briefing Room", where 2 Exceptionaly Important Press Points might, eventualy, be still taking place, ...Only to Discover that, Unfortunately, ...Both had Finished, just a Few Minutes ago !

Never seen Before, in More than 23 Years of well active Experience in European/PanEuropean/International Press work, including a Big Number of Summits, also in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and the World (+9/1993-2017) !

After all that, we can always ..."Dream" at least.  


- No ?


Ah, that Book of Jules Verne (comp. supra) !  What it has to do with this "G20" in Hamburg ?



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Fast Track Political Start at Exceptional "G-20" Summit (amidst Transports' Black out)...

Written by ACM
Thursday, 06 July 2017
 
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*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 of State and Government in Germany's North-Western MegaCity of River/SeaPort of Hambourg:

 

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From the Afternoon, until Late Night, several...Trans-Continental "Duos" arrived at the Regional Airport, one after the other : F.ex. Idonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife, closely Followed by UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May. And, Later on, Mexican President Enrique Piena Nieto, before Russian President, Vladimir Putin, (just before MidNight), and so on.


Even a tasty ...Coffee served to Journalists, including "Eurofora", at G20's International Media Center, was made (in Germany) out Seeds coming from 3 or 4 Different Continents of the World, an NGO representative Lady who was distributing the relevant specimens and documentation, told "Eurofora"...

 

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The move had been Intensively Prepared by a lot of Earlier Top Meetings : F.ex. German Chancellor Angie Merkel, (the Host of this Annual Mega-Event for 2017), had Invited, previously, all EU Member States' Leaders in Berlin, for coordnination; Chinese President, Xi Jiping, visited Earlier, Moscow and Berlin: US President Don Trump, made a Long Series of relevant Phone Calls from the White House, just before his departure, and visited at the eve, Poland, at abOther Summit of Different, European Countries, (making, by the way, also, a landmark Speech there, (for the Western Civilisation's survival, etc).

 

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Tonight, the Japanese Delegation was the 1st to Open the (Mediatic) Fire, with the earliest Press Briefing here, on the Meeting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, just had with US President Don Trump, and New South Corean President Moon Jae-In, where North Korea dispute was at the Limelight, as a Japanese source told "Eurofora".


Abe is due to meet also Putin on Saturday, who Marks this 2017 G20 Summit with his 1st personal meeting with New US President Trump, already Tomorrow, Friday, July 7, 2017, at about 3 p.m., as Russian sources told "Eurofora": an Event expected to be closely followed by a lot of collegues...

 

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Merkel reportedly Hosts also a "Normandie" format Trilateral meeting with Putin and Macron, at the Morning of the Concluding Day, Saturday, July 8. (While the New French President's expected 1st meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jiping, might also Mark this 2017 "G20" Summit).


Meanwhile, for the First Time, the Starting Point of this G20 will be a Discussion and Working Session on the Fight against Terrorism, given also the Recent multiplication of Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks in Europe, (mainly at the UK), and in Damas (Syria),but also Elsewhere in the World, not only at Afghanistan, but even on...Philippines, etc.

As for Economic Growth, Trade and Employment, (which were the No 1 Issue for G20, when it had been Created, in the middle of the 2008-2009 Economic and Financial Global Crisis),they are due to be discussed ...over Lunch time, also Tomorrow, July 7.But a comparatively ..."Lighter", and less "bumpy", Lunch is prepared for the Next Day, Saturday July 8, with easier and interesting Discussions on Digital Technologies, Women empowrement, etc.


European and International observers also expect New UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, venue and appreciations, just after his Experience, Today, at a Crucial Political Multilateral Conference on Cyprus' issue, (together with Foreign Ministers from Turkey, Greece, the UK, and the Republicof Cprus, the EU acting as an infuential Observer, as well as the Leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Communities).


But an overall Impression that, in general, the available Time is "Tight", and exceptionaly "Dense", these Days here, seems to be an ambient Feeling.


In this Context, it's obviously Astonishing to witness the UnPrecedented, Negative spectacle of at least certain Accredited Journalists - who were apparently MisInformed by some Official sources, (unless something Else happened here), to Drop any Independent Means of Transport, (Car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc), and use Only "Public Transport" means, in order to come and go at the International Medias Centre - to be Scandalously ' and Atrociously ...Blocked for almost 3 Anxious Hours, Standing up under a heavy Summer Heat,     immediately after Arriving (exhausted, without even Time to sleep, after an exceptionaly Overloaded period, both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, before Hambourg, and pending Crans-Montana, etc), since All Public Transports to the IMC, even TAXIs (sic!), etc, had curiously ..."Vanished", et the Nearest  to the Event Railroad Station !


Indeed, there  wasn't even anyone to simply inform, seriously and clearly, on what happened, and how could accredited Journalists, at least Access the Press Cente by Walking a long and complicated Distance of more than 1 km, with zig-zags, Lifting Heavy luggage, etc., at an Unknown place...Not even when the Trapped Victims were almost Handicaped, obvioudsly walking only with atrocious Pains, and Crutches...


Something Never seen before, at any other (among many) Summits, both in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, even at NewYork, etc;
It's only after almost 3  Hours Wasted, in Atrocioius Circumstances, Anxiety, etc, (and while some unrelated Civilian People started to Gather around, trying vainly to help, and asking what was going on, that we managed to Call at...Berlin, in the Federal German Government's Press Office, where someone gave the Mobile Numbers of certain Press Officers on the spot, who accepted to, at last, send a Shuttle to the  closest Railroad Station...


But, later-on, at this Evening, it all Started again : Contrary to previous kind Proposals, from a Shuttle Driver, to Help also at a reportedly Dangerous Night, to reach the Hotel, at the other side of the City, with Heavy Luggages, Pains and crunches, etc, and again Deprived of any "Public Transport", (Contrary to the Misleading "Advises", officialy given previously, by the Competent Athorities : Comp. supra), after Keeping for Hours, Standing up Exhausted, to Wait and Wait, this time Vainly, for any kind of Urgent Help with Any kind of Transport, (as some were Telling us to "wait", again and again), Finally, we had to Dare Walk for Kilometers, through an Unknown and Dangerous area in the Dark of the Night, already obviously Exhausted by the Previous ill-treatments, with Heavy luggages, atrocious Pains, moving with Crunches, for Too Many and Long Hours, through Never-Ending huge Avenues,  until we manaded, at last, to reach our Hotel, at about ...4 a.m. in the early "Morning" (i.e. withOut any Time to Sleep) !...

 
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During more than 24 Years of European/International Press Activities, including Many Summits, almost everywhere, even G8, G7, G20, etc., Both in Germany and in France, throughout almost All Europe, also at New York, etc, we've NEVER seen such Strange,  Heavy, Damaging and apparently Unexplained Obstacles !


F.ex., all Other Times, German (Federal and/or Local) and/or French Authorities, had put at the service of Journalists, either Shuttles (f.ex. in Bavaria, for Elmau Castle's "G7" Summit on 2015, and in Deauville, for the 2011 "G8" Summit), or, at least, an Old Bus, (f.ex. at Heiligendam, in Pomerania, 2007 "G8" Summit, etc), unless they had Clearly Warned about the precisely Blocked ares, and a Total Absence of Public Transport, nor Taxis, there, sufficiently on Time, so that Journalists could have been Prepared to have, at least, a Bicycle ready, or organize a venue Before such a Blocade, and find an Hotel inside and Near the Events' area (f.ex. at the November 2011, "G20"  Summit in Cannes), etc.


=> Apparently, there might be certain Exceptionaly Important Political Stakes, now, at this 2017 "G20" Summit in Hambourg, for some to apparently Attempt to slyly Obstruct Free and Efficient Press Contacts and Reporting, at such a level...

>>> One more reason, for all interested Collegues, to really Try to Focus on this 2017 "G20" Summit's main points of Substance (and surrounding Topical Political Events) !

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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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