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EPP: Truth by Ideas. Not Imposed by State/Company! But Turk Mosque Guard Stops USPresident Web tool!

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Twitter" was Unexpectedly the only Big Internet Company Absent at CoE's Official Ceremony for the Signing of an Historic Agreement by the PanEuropean, 47 Member States-strong (including Russia as Full Member, and USA as Observer) Organisation for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law, with Top Representatives of All Other Big Internet Players, Social Medias, TelCom. Networks and other Digital Companies, such as "Google", "Facebook", "Microsoft", "Apple", as well as French "Orange", "Deutsche Telecom", Spain's "Telefonika", European or Global Networks Associations "ETNO", "GSMA" +"GNI", Russia's "Kaspersky", etc.,  just a few Weeks Earlier in Strasbourg, (See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from the spot:...), it wasN't yet clear if it's due to the Scandal, just a few Days Earlier, of a Turkish Alien, Islamic Mosque's agent's interference to suddenly Block, without any previous Warning, new US President Don Trump's Access to such a notoriously Important Web Tool (See Infra)...   

 

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Indeed, that Day, which coincided with the Official Opening of the 2017 "World Forum for Democracy" ("WFD" : See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from that Annual Event at : ...), the CoE was obviously seeking to create Trust for the Potential of such an Alliance with ICT Giant Companies in favor of Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law at the Internet. Not against...     

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And President Trump, in a landmark Speech at Virginia, earlier his year 2017, had notoriously Denounced the fact that, since most Traditional Medias of the Establishment either Censor or grossly Distord his main Statements on "Hot" Political Issues, then, the Only Practical Way for the freshly Elected North American Head of State to reach out to American Citizens by Speaking to them, was to use his favorite...Internet Social Medias Tool : precisely "Twitter", where he has almost 45 Millions of "Followers". While, OtherWise, in real practice, he would be Hindered to even Speak to the People who Elected him, and would Not have been Elected at all, if such an Elementary Liberty did Not Exist, thanks to Free Internet Access by all, throughout the 2015-2016 Electoral Campain, as he Critically Observed.

>>> This Fits well, Today's move, by the ChristianDemocrat/European People's Party in Brussels, in the Context of a Wider Strategy for the Preparation of the forthcoming EU Parliament's Elections on May 2019, to debate, vote and adopt a Resolution on the Topical Issue of "Challenges of Fake News", which Warns "Not" to "Fall into the Trap of seeking to Impose Truth (sic !), through Government authorities or Private entities", (f.ex. ICT Corporations), as Timely and rightfully Denounced an EPP Press Release send also to "Eurofora".

 

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=> On the Contrary, Truth must be Defended "Rather BY means of Free Exchange of IDEAS and ARGUMENTS", the ChristianDemocrats/EPP prefer.

+ As for "Build(ing) Trust and confidence in Democratic institutions", they prefer to do it "by means of Innovative Practices for Citizen Engagement and Awareness", (aparently, as, f.ex., "Eurofora"s long-standing Project for Public Debates between EU Citizens and Politicians,  before important Decisions seriously Affecting their Lives annd/or Society at large), as well as "Transparency and Ethical behaviour", goes on to add that Resolution, adopted Today by EPP's "Political Assembly".

- In fact, "We, the European People's Party", are "Standing Unequivocally for the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information, as Essential elements of Our Values System", the Resolution of the Political Movement which has the Biggest Group of MEPs in EU Parliament stresses, particularly "as More of us move to OnLine (i.e. Web) sources for News"


  - Nowadays, indeed, "the Internet ...has Led to a Shift in consumers Reading Habits", "a Shift from Print to Digital Platforms", EPP observes, pointing to the "Trending Decline of (Traditional) Neswspapers", "in tandem with the Digital Revolution".


=> Therefore, "in this new context, News organisations should quickly seek Innovative Technologies, and New business Models to adapt to the Digital Revolution", "in a Transition phase to this New Digital reality".


 - Among the required "Measures", are "also" those which "would expose CItizens to TrustWorthy Sources of  Information", "which, in turn, would Speed up the acquisition of Digital Literacy Skills".  


 >>> In fact, what's new is that "our  Societies  Need"  mainly "Independent,  Ethical,  Investigative  and  Facts-Based Journalism", while "Good Journalists and editors, like Politicians, are all Custodians of Freedom of Speech and Democracy", (i.e. not just individuals in the payroll of a Business Tucoon, several times even Corrupted and/or with Conflits of Interests)...


However, "Eurofora" feels obliged to Critically observe that, a Particular Point, apparently Introduced by a Controvesial Amendment, on the Contrary, Clails that "Disinformation Counter-Strategies" should "not (be) based on attempts to Refute or Argue Against Fake Messages", on the Pretext that "this" would, allegedly, have "Merely Proven to Amplify them"...


But, such a Claim is Contrary even to World Famous, Historic Philosopher Platon's views on Truth-Finding through Dialogue, Debates, between Opposed Views, as notoriously described in Socrates' Dialogues, since the Ancient Greek Civilisation, (and more Recently Highlighted also, inter alia, f.ex., by the Debates between the German Philosopher Jurgen Habermas, and Pope Emeritus Benedict, (former Cardinal and Theologian Joseph Ratzinger), as well by "Eurofora" Co-Founder's and others Experience in Many On-Line Debates at various Web Forums since the very Beginning of the Internet (1990ies/2000+, etc) on some among the "Hottest" Socio-Political Issues of our Times, where the Efficiency of accessible Public Debates has been Proven in real Practice, several Times.


And, it doesN't even Fit with EPP's Main, General Statement, from the outset of this Resolution adopted Today, about Fighting for Truth, Not by "Imposing" anything via the Brutal Force of "Governments or Private Entities" (as ICT Companies), but, on the Contrary, "by the Free Exchange of Ideas and Arguments" (Comp. Supra).


+ Also Because EPP's Resolution goes on to Deplore a recent "Decline in terms of Political Debate", and asks "to Create Spaces for People to Discuss, Debate, and Find Common Ground", after "Citizens" have been "exposed to Pluralism and Diverse Opinions", beforehand, (almost as "Eurofora's Project : Comp. Supra), so that they can Develop, "thus, a Critical Skill Today" : That of "Distinguishing what is True, from what it is Not", thanks also to "a Greated Push for Digital Literacy" and "Fact-Checking", etc.


=> In all these regards, while "Heading at a Fast pace towards the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections, ... the European People's Party are committed to...Cooperating with Civil Society, NGOs", etc., Today's Resolution concludes, since, precisely, "where Challenges and risks appear, Opportunities also abound; this era of ‘fake news  is thus an Opportunity to become a more Open, discerning, Engaged and Media-savvy Society", it rightfully and Optimistically Highlights.


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=> In such a Context, it's even more Undestandable why "New York Times" qualified that Brutal and UnWarned Blockade of new US President Don Trump's Access to his notoriously prefered, and Largely Used, Web Publishing Tool via his "Twitter" Account at the Internet, on 2 November 2017, as a ... "SEISMIC Event" !

 

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>>> Indeed, if even a New, Democratically Elected, USA's President could be, without any previous warning, suddenly Hindered to Publish at the Internet with his own personal Digital Tool, (in this case, by his "Twitter" Account), as usual, then, anybody can easily Imagine (with a Terrifying Horror !) what Might Happen to any Simple Citizen...


+ A Fortiori when, (as it was later Revealed by several converging American Medias), the Suspect who Blocked US President's Access to his own, personal Web Publishing Tool, was a ... Turkish Migrant, former Agent of a Muslim Mosque, with Origins from that Asian Country whose Government is notoriously Denounced, both in Europe and Worldwide, (f.ex., by EU/CoE + UNO, etc), to have the Biggest Number of ImPrisoned Journalists in the entire Globe : Turkey, a notorious Internet Freedoms' Killer !

 

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Indeed, Mr. Bahtiyar Duysak, a Bi-National Turk living Overseas : in Germany, had, apparently, Exploited the Opportunity recenly given by the "Socialist" Party's Pressure on the Christian-Democrat/EPP Government of Chancellor Merkel, through a notoriously UnPopular "GroKo" (grosse Coalition CDU/CSU - PSD : 2013-2017) to Allow, for the 1st Time in German History, "Double Passports", German and Turk, for All such Immigrant Families from Turkey, in order to get a Short-Term "Visa" for the USA.


There, he Infiltrated ICT Giant "Twitter"'s Customer Service, (via an obscure Intermediary Company Selling Low Quality, Part-Time Jobs' offers), up to the Level of "Trust and Safety", permitting to practically Launch even a Total Censorship (by Blocking Access) of any Web Account User (even USA's President !), under such or such Pretext.


Earlier he had also reportedly infiltrated "Google"'s "YouTube" service (through a Similar indirect Back Door : Comp. Supra) competent to Decide whose Users' Video Channels would get Ads' Money, and how much, (including, probably, various Socio-Political News and/or Views channels). Asked by Mainstream Medias, "Google" reportedly Avoided to give any Information on his role.

 

 Bahtiyar reportedly Triggered the DeActiveation of US President's "Twitter" Account, (for an UnKnown yet Pretext), and, then, "Closed his Computer, and Left the Building", without Informing Anyone ! This was his Last Move at the End of a Part-Time Job in the American Internet Giant's "Trust and Safety" Service, just before he Left the US Definitively, as his Short-Time "Visa" had came to an End, Travelling OverSeas, in order to Return Back to a Heavily Islamized, former Industrial City on the Decline, somewhere in a Germany filled with Mass Migrants who have Arrived through Turkey, which hosts one of the Biggest Muslim Mosques in Europe, with reported Links to 9/11 Terrorist Massacre, and Twinned to Turkey's main Corridor-City for Logistical support to various Armed Islamist Terrorists Gangs in Syria, including ISIS, See Infra).


It has not been clearly anounced whether this strange Turkish Migrant had Access to President Trump's private Messages, or not. At any case, It reportedly took More than a Dozen of Minutes for "Twitter" Services to Restore US President's personal Web Account, (constantly followed by about 45 Millions of People, accross the World), and several "Hours" in order to Realize what had Happened. While a Full Investigation on this UnPrecedented and still partly Mysterious Incident is Still Pending Today, more than a Month Later (2 November - 5 December 2017).


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- When "Eurofora" had, precisely, Questioned, recently in Strasbourg, just after that "Twitter" Incident, CoE's Experienced "Cyber-Crime" Officer, Alexander Senger, about the Obvious Risks against Freedom of Expression and Free Press, etc., If the usual, well established, State's Obligations to Respect at least some Elementary Procedures, and Other Legal SafeGuards due to Prevent any eventual attempt to Abuse a Discretionary Power vis a vis Citizens, including the Necessity to get a Judicial Decision before interfering on EU Citizens' Rights, (such as Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom, Liberty of BelieLiberty of Beliefs, fs and No Discrimination, Protection of Personal Data, etc).


=> What if all these Citizens' Legal Protections vis a vis Governments, might, eventually, be suddenly pushed Aside by an ICT Private Company's Anonymous, InExperienced and Obscure Staff, acting in the Dark, withOut any known Monitoring, Accessible to the possible Victims ?, "Eurofora" had asked in substance.


But withOut receiving yet any Crystal-Clear and Convincing Answer on this Crucial Point, until now, neither by this Experienced CoE's Officer, nor by a Similar EU Officer on Fundamental Freedoms, earlier in Strasbourg :


An obviously Supplementary Worrying Fact, considering that also EU Commission has Already Launched a Similar, and even much More "Active" ICT Companies' Involvement in immediately Countering and Suppressing any kind of so-called "Hate Speech" at the Internet, as Early as from June 2016.


That move had Provoked, inter alia, Immediate and Strong Denonciations by Various ICT and/or Legal Experts, Human Rights - Internet Freedom - Christian a.o. NGOs, with whom EU Commission's competent Services used to Cooperate in Brussels, some of whom Warned then "Eurofora" and Resigned, Stopping from any further Cooperation with those EU Services since that Time. The Main thrust of their Complaints being, in a nutshell, that, while they Understood the Need to Fight Against Calls for Brutal Violence, Terrorism or Violence Apology via the Internet, nevertheless, they found Dangerous for EU Citizens' Freedoms and Democracy, the Risk to eventually Censor and/or Suppress, by possible Biais and/or Abuse, also People's Peaceful Views on various "Hot" and Controversial Socio-Political Issues.


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=> Now, that recent (11/2017) "Twitter" Scandal of even US President's account being Blocked, on an Unknown yet Pretext, by an obscure Part-Time job Alien, of Turkish origin and living Overseas, a practicing Muslim who has repeatedly Worked at Mosques' Islamic Centers, and related to Cities with various Links to Islamist Extremism and even Violent Terrorism, (according to Facts that we shall See Infra), obviously justifies the above-mentioned Concerns, as a Long Series of particular Points reveals :

 - Indeed, First of all, the Suspect has, Curiously, Erased Most Photos in his own Social Media, added to those Erased also by his Family, as he confessed. US Media found that even a Mosque's Islamic Center where he had  Worked as a Guard Recently, has, meanwhile, Erased Videos including his picture.

+ Moreover, he has reportedly Refused, until now, to Speak even to his Employer, "Twitter", about the Motivation of his controversial acts, what had really happened, etc. And FBI has, reportedly, Not interviewed him yet.

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- He only spoke to a quasi-Fanatically Anti-Trump WebNews site, (belonging to a Big ICT Corporation of the Establishment as "Verizon"), allegedly Because its Local Reporter was personally known at the Suspect's Mosque's Islamic center, back in Socialist/DP-held Los Angeles (California),  and to CNN, usually nick-named "Clinton News Network" and/or "Fake News Network", after being repeatedly Accused for grossly Partial Reporting against Conservative GOP's Presidential Candidate, Don Trump, (even after he won the November 2016 Election).

 - According to "CNN" he Admitted that he had done "a Mistake", but again Argued that he hadn't done anything illegal, and Refused to give concrete Details, reportedly Claiming that he "admired" Trump for his Business' success, but believed, however, that the US President, "as Politician", "Needs to Learn" (sic !)...


 - Bahtiyar said that he Studied First "at Duisburg" (NRW/Germany), where Turks are More than 20% of the City's Population, Twinned to Turkey's Gaziantep, (Located Near N/E. Syria's Borders, from where Most Islamist Terrorist Gangs used to get Money, Arms, Recruits Jihadists, Fake ID/Passports, etc. by notorious Trafficks through Europe+ : See MAP).

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His current City of Duisburg also hosts one of the Biggest Muslim Mosques in Europe, where various Links have been found with the "9/11" Massacres of almost 3.000 Civilian People in the USA by Mass Terrorist Attacks involving also Islamist Radicals, (according even to "Wikipedia" and other credible sources).


+ He added that he continued as a Student also "in Birminhgam", (another Declining, former Industrial City, that "Eurofora"'s co-Founder knows well since the Early 1970ies) : One of the most Islamized and Radicalized UK Cities Nowadays, known also for Massive Arrests of Networks Funding Islamist Terrorism across Europe and the World Recently.

But it's not Known yet what an alleged former University Student on Finance and Banking was doing by Serving as a Guard to Islamic Centers linked to controversial Muslim Mosques, Neither in the "Safety" Department of Twitter, (Comp. Supra)...

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- Practically in the Ante-Barack Hussein Obama's Past, "Twitter" had been hailed as pro-Freedom/Privacy Champion (compared, f.ex., to "Facebook" a.o.)by Experienced, Top Web Activists, as Iceland MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, initiator of the "Modern Medias Initiative", for the Creation of a Web Freedom Legal Status which could be the Best in the World, at an INTW to "Eurofora", on the sidelines of a CoE Conference in Strasbourg on Spring 2011, (See: ...)...


- But, Nowadays, even many Digital-Friendly, Public Transports' Clients do Not Want to use 100% Digitalized Transport Tickets, MAPs, Schedules' Aps, just because of "GAFA" ("Google-Amazon-Facebook-Apple") Spy/Abuse Risk Concerns, revealed, on late November 2017, a "KEOLIS" Official (active also in Boston, US) at a CTS/BNU closed Event, organized by Strasbourg "EuroMetopole" at the University's National Library, where "Eurofora" was Invited.


A Fortiori when even Suspects of Islamic Radicalization and/or links to Deadly Islamist Terrorism, already Classified as "Card S" by Security Services, are notoriously being Employed not only by various Private Businesses, but even by Public Services (in Transports, Posts, Schools, Airports, etc), in France and other EU Countries (f.ex. Belgium, etc)...


It's not only eventual Terrorism, but also more Wide-Spread and often Pernicious, Dissimulated Aggressive Socio-Political Hostility and/or Discrimination, Biais, Oppressive Abuse, etc., which might provoke a growing series of Problems and Abuse Concerns, in this kind of UnPrecedented Situations (Comp. Supra), unless they are Efficiently Prevented, by Adequate and Crystal-Clear Measures, among which, an elementary Respect of Internet Users' Freedom of Expression and Personal Data, at least in Non-Violent Cases, appears as a Key  Issue, of Crucial Importance.

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ECHR to hear Muslim Woman's plea against Sharia Law in EU Member Greece, while Erdogan visits

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While, for the 1st Time in 65 Years, a Turkey's President will be Visiting Greece, where he wants to meet also with a Muslim Minority of Greek Citizens at a Province, ECHR's Great Chamber will hold a Public Hearing on Sharia's applicability in Europe nowadays, Next Week in Strasbourg, after a Complaint lodged by a Muslim Woman with Greek Citizenship who asks to Protect her Family's Right Not to be Submitted to Islamic Sharia Law, even against their Freely and Clearly Expressed Will.


Her Husband had decided, in a Will signed in front of a Notary, to leave all his belongings to his Wife. But, after his Death, some Relatives sued his Widow to the Courts, claiming that Sharia Law should Exclude the ordinary Civil Law, and, therefore, he would Not be Free to Decide about his own Inheritance, since Sharia would be Imposed instead.


The only Property, included in the Disputed Heritage, which could be used as a Home, is the Half of an Appartment, while he Widow of the Deceased Man denounces that his Relatives ask, in fact, to get for them 2/3 of her Husband's belongings.


0n August 2016, ECHR raised 2 Questions, to all parties involved, about the Respect of Human Righs to "Fair Trial" and "Private Property", vis a vis such claims to Impose Sharia Law on EU Citizens of Muslim confession, even against their will, and by Excluding the ordinary Civil Law applicable to all other EU Citizens living in Europe.


Sharia Law has been remplaced by ordinary Civil Law even inside Turkey itself, already since the 1920ies, but Ankara's Authorities reportedly persist to Claim that it should apply, nevertheless, to all the Muslim Minority with Greek Citizenship living in Western Thrace, which is part of the EU.


In the Past, such Decisions affecting Citizens' Rights in Society, as Settlements of Disputes about Alimonies, Guardianship, Emancipation of Minors, Wills and Inheritance, in addition to Separations and Divorce, etc., had been reportedly assigned to the Competence of Civil Servants appointed and monitored by the State of Greece. But after the 1920ies, they were transfered to Muslim Muftis, even if they tresspassed their strictly Religious duties.


This was Later Doubled also by a Parallel, separate Dispute, about the Choice of Muftis for the Muslim Minority of Greek Citizens living in Western Thrace (Greece), while Muftis educated in Turkey (whenever they might, eventually, officiate afterwards inside Europe, USA, or elsewhere in the World), are notoriously Chosen, Trained, Appointed and Monitored by Ankara's Government, (instead of any Independent Religious Community).


Initially, the embattled Widow won her cases to the 1st and 2nd Level Greek Courts from 2008-2011, which defended her Husband's Right to Freely Decide to whom he wants to transmit his personal Belongings, according to the Ordinary Civil Law applicable to all EU Citizens in Europe, by evoking the principles of Equality and Non-Discrimination, Freedom, Private Property, etc.


But, Later on 2013-2015, the Highest Courts in Greece accepted he Husband's Relatives' claim that Islamic Sharia Law should be Imposed to all Greek Citizens of Muslim Confession living at the Western Thrace Province, argying that this would still result from the 1920 Treaty signed at Shevres (France) and the 1923 Treaty of Lausane, as ECHR noted.


Meanwhile, the current Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, has reportedly prepared Recently a Draft Law which Confirms all Greek Citizens' Right to use, in Equal conditions as all other EU Citizens, the ordinary Civil Law and Courts, if they wish so, without being Obliged to be Submitted to Islamic Sharia Law, unless Members of that particular Muslim Minority ask for it.


'''Controversies against Recent Claims to apply the Islamic Sharia Law in Europe have reportedly Emerged not only in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Western Balkans), but even in core EU Member Countries cush as Germany and France (where this was Strongly Rejected), as well as (even "Hotter") in the UK, etc, almost in Parallel with the Rise and Decline of "Islamic State"'s Deadly Terrorists, cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People in systematic Brutal Aggressions, (Decapitations, Bombings, Mass Shootings, Car/Lorry crashes over pedestrians, Axe/Knife/Manchette Attacks, etc).


So that Next Week's ECHR Public Hearing in Strasbourg has attracted a quite Widespread Attention, both accross Europe and elsewhere in the World, as far as General Principles of Human Rights may be affected, judging by Press Articles published on that issue, and the 3rd Party Interventions of relevant NGOs, such as that of "Christian Concern" (UK), Helsinki Monitor for Greece (GHM), Hellenic League for Human Rights, etc., with written observations.


Erdogan (as well as his Government's Ministers) have been notoriously Hindered to Speek in Public Meetings of Turkish Immigrants recently in EU Countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, etc., after Harsh Criticism and various Troubles, but Foreign Minister Cavusoglou was authorized to do so inside a Building in France, and now the Turkish President asked and was authorized by Athens' Government to meet Greek Citizens of Muslim Confession at a Province located near the Borders between EU Members Greece and Bulgaria with Turkey, in Western Thrace, (North-East Greece).

 

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ERC Head Bourguignon to EF on Scientific Research Impact to Society, key of EU Funds Future Strategy

Written by ACM
Saturday, 25 November 2017
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- While EU Political Leaders nowadays Prepare a New Multi-Annual Program for EU Funds to Scientific/Technological Research in the Post-2020 Future of Europe, the President of the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Jean-Pierre  Bourguignon, Replying to "Eurofora"s Questions, (for Other Replies of ERC's Head to our Quesiions at a Previous Press-point, See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ecrheadoninternationalrelations.html) acknowledged the Growing Importance of the competing projects' "Impact" on Society, where Public Debates with EU Citizens' involvement, Before crucial Decisions affecting their Lives and/or Society at large, are a Must, according to EU Council's current Strategy, (which Surprisingly approaches "Eurofora"s Wider Project, in a Key area).    

Indeed, EU Council is due to decide, Next Week in Brussels, on an "Interim Evaluation of (EU Research Funding pre-existing Program) Horizon 2020", and the New, "9th Framework Programne", starting from 2021. And, already on May 2015, the EU Council has urged, to "Assess" the Funded Projects, by putting "Emphasis" also "on their ... Impact".

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"Eurofora" refered to mentions made on the "Impact" of Scientific Research, as well as to the European "Synergy" Program (See Infra) with PluriDisciplinary Cooperation among Human/Social and Natural Sciences, in order to raise a Classic, but also Topical and Political Question  :


- "Why some (even among the Best Researchers) might eventualy look a bit Reluctant vis a vis the Clarification and Valorisation of the Social Issues at Stake in Scientific Research ?".


- However,  "their Interest for the Society, which could, sometimes, even make People Dream with Science, and Strengthen it Politically, while being also a Responsibility, given that Public Funds are spend for it, but often even a Pleasure and an Opportunity, for real Intellectuals, to develop a Profound Thinking on the real Meaning that has for the Society what they are doing, and the Choices that they are making", we observed, in this regard.


 => "Instead of some Reluctances, on the Contrary, don't you think that it would be Useful to Develop Further the Clarification of what is really at Stake in Scientific Projects, in the Choices made by Scientific/Technological Research, their Potential Interest on what we could Hope to Achieve, presenting an Horizon, interesting also for the Future of Europe, which another Topical Question", Eurofora wondered.


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 - "I'd prefer to speak about the issue of the "Impact" of Scientific/Technological Research, "because I am concerned, also since I'm Often Incited to Address that "Hot" Issue, several Times, including in Public, even by State Secretaries, Ministers, etc., so that" it cannot be ignored at all, started to Reply to "Eurofora"s Question ERC's President, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.


 - "The main Reply" to this Question, basically "is always the same : Certainly the Impact (of Science/Technology) is Interesting for us", he clearly Confirmed.


 - "But, that does not mean that it should also be a determinant factor, a necessary Criterium for the Choices due to be made between various (Scientific/Technologic Research) Projects" to Fund, or not, he went on to add, (obviously defending the Autonomy and Freedom of Science, at least in Principle).


 - "So that, for us (ERC), for example, "it's Out of Question to Choose (among various Projects) Exclusively on the Unique Basis of the Impact, particularly the Economic (Financial) Impact only", he Warned Carefully, (while also making things Clear on which Concrete points, some among the main Objections are Focusing, among the Scientific Community).


 - However, "we Must, certainly, Develop further the Visibility of what is the Outcome of the Projects", the Experienced ERC's President stressed, as far as the above-mentioned "Eurofora"s Question was concerned.


 - "And that's one of the Reasons for which I find that ECR's Administrative Budget, used in order to Make an Analysis of the Impact of Projects, Needs to be Enlarged", he advised, given the growing Importance of that aspect, (See Infra).


 - "Because, it's absolutely Legitimate (but often, not so Simple) to Explain what could be the Real Results of the Projects", President Bourguignon pointed out.


 + By the way, "concerning Human and Social Sciences", (i.e., which can, precisely, be used also in order to examine the Socio-Economic a.o. Impact of Projects, even of Natural Sciences, as "Eurofora" had highlighted: Comp. Supra), "the Rules applied by the ECR are very Simple : There is Strictly an Autonomy:  We let Receive what the Researchers present to us".


 - "And, from this point of view, the Budget spend during the Last Year for Human and Social Sciences is quite considerable : It's about 400 Millions €, i.e. a very Significant Amount of Money", he observed.


 -  "It concerns almost All the Domains of Human/Social Sciences, and, particularly, something which is not generally well known, is that, in fact, the Researhers are very Keen into chosing Important and Topical Issues", (i.e. avec a Serious Potential Impact in Nowadays Society) :


 - "F.ex., when we (ECR) examined the series of Projects concerning Migration, during the last years, we saw that there was a absolutely Remarkable Augmentation of the Number of Projects", in this area, "and simply at the Initiative of Researchers themselves", he pointed out.


 - Indeed, "they found that this was an Issue on which it was Necessary, Nowadays, to dedicate More Research, Serious and Rock-Solid Studies".

 

  - "This goes almost for All Issues of Topical Importance, as, f.ex., also on Energy, where the ECR has, now, in its Files, almost 300 Projects on Energy, and about 600 Millions € spending on Energy Issues", he revealed.


  - "So that, when we spoke, recently, about that, with the EU Commission's vice-President responsible for Energy, Mario Sefcovic, he was Astonished to find out that there is So Much Research on Energy"...


  - "Simply, the Researchers are spontaneously Interested, by themselves, on what is More Important", nowadays, "so that there is No Need to push them for that", he found.


 - "It doesn't mean that there might not be, in addition, a Need for some More Focused Programs", ECR's Head admitted.


  -  "But I think that (European) Researchers are doing so, in Their own Way, and with Their Agenda", he Concluded on this point, optimistically.


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    On this regard, more Recently, a July 2017 relevant Opinion of the ERAC, "requires that the (Science and Technology Research Programmes, "Should Contribute to Other (EU) Sectoral Policies, and Promote Better and Continued Dialogue with European Citizens".


    And a subsequent, "Tallin Call for Action", on the Results of a Conference organized by the Estonian EU Presidency, on October 2017, launched a Call to "Increase the Impact of Research and Innovation Investments, and Buid Trust between Research and Society" (See also Infra).


    Comming also After EU27 Heads of States/Governments' Summit's "Rome Declaration", last March 2017, in Italy, (which Marks a Change in overall EU Policies, for a Future of Europe closer to EU Citizens, (See Relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from Rome, f.ex.: .... + ...), a Draft Decision on EU Research Programs, due to be Examined and Endorsed Next Week in Brussels, Significantly Adds to "Economic Growth" and "Industrial Competitiveness", also "Social Inclusion and Addressing Major Societal Challenges", i.e. "Wider Societal Issues". 

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     More Important: The above-mentioned Estonian EU Presidency's Official "Statement" on "Research and Innovation matter for the Future of Europe", made on October 2017 in Tallin, (Comp. Supra), also Known as "Tallin Call for Action", "presented to Stakeholder Representatives at a High-Level Conference on "European Research Excellence : Impact and Value for Society", which came Timely during the Preparations of the Forchcoming EU Heads of State/Government Summit in Brussels, 14-15 December 2017, "has been Drawn up in Close Cooperation with EU Stakeholdrs, via On-Line (Web) Consultation and RoundTable Discussions", in the wider Context of "the current Debate on the Future of Europe".


     - "The overall Impact and Value of Research and Innovation is much Wider" (than its mere Economic Benefit), "Bringing Long-Term and Transformative Benefits to Society, most notably through Educated and Competent People, and Improvementrs to our Everyday Life". It "Gives us a real Chance to Build  Better Future", and "we Need Research to Deepen our Understanding of our Changing Societies", it Observes.


    >>> - That's why, "there is a Need to Act Urgently ... to ensure Broad Political Commitment for Increasing Research and Innovation Funding, Impact of these Investments, and Public Trust", it stresses from the outset. For that Purpose, "Stronger efforts are needed to Make the Benefits of R&I Visible and Understandable by all, and to achieve Wide Citizen Involvement, ...as well as Engaging People" (i.e. "Both with Stakeholders and the Public"), not only "to Explain our Needs", but also "in Shaping our Common Future".


    >>> Indeed, "Increase the IMPACT of R&I Investments", and "Build TRUST between Research and Society", are set as 2 out of 3 "Priorities", (another one concerning the "Investments" themselves).


    - This implies to "Recognize a Broad Notion of Impact", including "the Societal Value of Research", and a "Dynamic Approach to Impact Assessment", through a "Necessary Cultural Change", EU Presidency urged :


    => In particular, the relevant "Decision-Making" must become "More Transparent", "Consider Potential Applications and Societal Impact" of Research, "Clarify and facilitate Understanding of the Issues", and "Communicate the Impact and Results of (R&I) Work", by "Inform(ing) Public Debate" and "Develop(ing) Dialogues with the Public", (i.e., a Move Strikingly Near "Eurofora"s wider project !)...


    +Naturally it also Includes, eventually, a "Constructive Criticism", and possible "Limitations of Scientific Research", EU Presidency's Text adds.


    >>> The Main point being, for all Scientific/Technological "Researchers, Research Organisations, Research Funders", to "Engage the Public", and particularly "the People", at "All Levels of Government", "with Research that Affects them", "in the Co-Creation of the Future", looking for "Possibilities to Co-Design and Co-Implement Solutions to Societal Changes, based on Science and Innovation", while Also "Explaining the Work you do", and "Following ... the Principles of Integrity and Good Research practices".


(I.e. strikingly Similar to the "Good Administration" Legal Principle, for Public Authorities' Decisions affecting EU Citizens, according to EU's Lisbon Treaty, which has notoriously Entered in Force since 2010 already)...


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STRASBOURG's EUROPEAN RDV's DEBATES ON EU FUNDS FOR SCIENCE :
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    + Meanwhile, when ECR's President Bourguignon, spoke with "Eurofora", it was just After a Debate on EU Funding of Science and Technology, organized by the European Rendez-vous of Strasbourg, in Cooperation with the CoE and the EU, thanks to the University's Pole of Public Law, headed by Professsor and former Dean, as well as f. EU Commission's Legal Services' Director in Brussels, Jean-Paul Jacqué.


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    - "Each Pluri-Annual EU Framework Program for Science/Technology has a Duration of about 7 Years" : "Today, We are in the Middle of EU Program "Horizon 2020", and "already in the process of Thinking about the Next one, which will Start from 2021", ECR's President reminded Earlier.


    - "Last Time, we passed from the Previous, "7th Program", to "Horizon", with almost No big Change : Something that is Good for Scientists, who are fond of Stability".


    - "Horizon" is Composed of 3 Pillars : The 1st is about "Excellence in Science" (ECResearch, Marie-Curie on Education, Big Infrastructures, "Future Emerging Technologies"), the 2nd is named: "Industrial Leadership" (Airspace, Pharma, etc), and the 3rd : "Social Challenges".(such as Food, Cyber-Security, Health, Climate, etc).     


     - "ERC represents a signiificant part of that Program : about 17 %, which has, this Year, almost 1,2 Billions €, Divided for 1/3 to each one of its 3 Pillars" (Comp. Supra).


     - Until Now, Less than 10% of the Total of Funds spend in Europe (by the Public and Private Sectors) for Scientific/Technological Research are Decided at EU Level (precisely more than 8%+), compared to almost 60% for the Federal Level in the USA, he Regretted. And, even on that Total, Only ...Finland has just Reached the Target of 3% of the GDP, heading for 4%, while Germany has just Bypassed the 3% (as Few among EU's Member States), but France is Following with 2,22%, and most Other EU Countries are in a Worse situation currently, (some having even Regressed), ERC's Head criticized.    


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    - "It's True that, in Europe (Contrary to the USA : Comp. Supra), Most Funds for Research are at the National level of Member States, but EU Funds play an Important Role, and, f.ex., the "Horizon" Program helped create Networks of Scientists across Europe", observed the Experienced, former President of Strasbourg's University, and currently Director of Research at the French Ministry for Universities and Research, Alain Beretz.

 

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    - Thus, it's important for the European Countries to create a Coherent Policy in Strategic, key areas, between them, he stressed, inter alia.


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    + Advancing "Beyond the Amounts of Funds, and Beyond Politics", from the pure point of view of Scientists, World-Famous NOBEL Prize Winner for Chemistry, Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, Director of Strasbourg's Institute on MacroMolecular structures, praised ECR's role particularly for his Support to a "Science withOut Borders", by Helping  "Not Structures or Organisations" (which are also necessary), "but Individual Persons, who have certain Ideas", and need "Time" to Work on them, as well as the "Autonomy" that ECR's Funding gives them, as he characteristicaly said : F.ex., 3 or 4 Millions € during 5 Years is OK for such a "Culture of Projects", allowing them to be Developed, as never before, he observed.


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    ++ However, regrets were expressed, by the European Science Foundation's new Secretary General, Jean-Claude Worms, for the Interruption of the initial "Synergy" Programs, where EU Countries cooperated for the Funding of Trans-Border Networks of Scientists, on ambitious Pluri-Disciplinary Projects : Something which had worked, Back on 2012-2013, but does Not Exist Today, no more in Europe, (except, perhaps, of the COS Program in Brussels, etc).


    - Nevertheless, ECR's President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Announced, in Reply, that, after a Careful collective Evaluation of those "Synergy" Programs, which Concluded with quasi-Unanimous Positive apraisals, even, by those who previously were rather Critical, it has just been Decided that New European "Sunergy" projects will be Launched for 2018 and 2019, with 250 and 400 Millions €, respectively.


    - A Challenge to face will be (in Addition to the Financial Amounts required) to succeed to Find really "Strong" Projects, Maximising the "Cocktail" of Competences contained in a Network of Scientists across Borders, and a fruitful Inter-Disciplinary approach (f.ex. between Human/Social Sciences, Life and Natural Sciences, etc), so that they can seriously Justify a considerable Funding which may be something about 6 to 16 Millions € during more than 6 Years, without Excessive Administrative Costs, (f.ex. +3%; as the Initial "Synergy" Networks had provoked in the Past : Comp. Supra), so that Accounts don't deprive Science from necessary Funds, as he Warned.


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    - An at least partially Similar Example, has already started at Strasbourg's University, with a Collective Project, which created a Trans-European Network, bringing Together Specialists in Law, Finance, Security, etc., in order to Fight Against International Organized Crime, mainly through a New Investigation System, which was set up, between 2009-2017, by Strasbourg Universiity's Professor Chantal Cutajar, (also the City's Deputy Mayor responsible for Citizens' Participation), with the Help of 90% European Funds, added to 10% Grants from Local/Regional Authorities, resulting also to PanEuropean Conferences, several Doctoral Thesis, etc, that she described, previously, Introducing a series of 5 Concrete Science/Research Projects realized here thanks to European Funding.

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    + With an ERC Grant of 1,5 Million € during 5 Years (2012-2017), the Young German Scientist Wiebke Drenkhan, a Physicist, Researcher in Strasbourg's Bio-Tech. Institute "Sadron", who managed, on the Contrary, to Travel for Studies and Research, from Germany to France, the UK, Japan, New Zeland and USA, said that she Focused on "Cellular Materials" Shaped like "Foam", which, inter alia, might help in a Wide Area of Various eventual Applications, including, f.ex., to create "Walls which Capture Traffic Noise, but let Hear Birds Sing", as she symbolically joked.

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    ++ Professor at Strasbourg University's Labo for Optical and Digital Engineers, Sylvain Gioux, also used European Funding in order to Invent a New Tool Helping  Surgeons to get a Better and Clear View of all the Area of a Patient's Body and Organs where they have to Operate.


    +++ Last, but not least, Professor Anne-Sophie Korganow, also a Practicing Medical Doctor, organized, thanks to EU Funds, an original Data-Base with Genetic and Other Health Data from Patients located in the Franco-Germano-Swiss Euro-Region of Superior Rhine (OberRhine), concerning mainly Rare illnesses, named "RARE-NET". In Parallel, "Eurofora" was Glad to learn that she had also Succesfully Operated f.ex. a person that we know, Healing her from a thorny Health Problem in the Past, as she told us, with Gratitude.

 

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     A fact which reminds that, sometimes, supporting Science, might Help to Find UnExpected Solutions also to very Differend Issues, Affecting People's Lives....


    After all, didn't Medical Dr. Pasteur, notoriously, do something partly similar, when he UnExpectedly invented the Vaccines, in the Past ? And what about Physicist Newton and his Apple Tree ? Or Philosopher Eratosthenes and his Shadow under a Hot Sun, compared to the Earth ? Not to mention Inventor Archimedes and his Bath-Water...

 

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ECHR to influence Italy's Prime Minister Election after Hearing on controversial Ban of Berlusconi ?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- ECHR is practically due to decide, in the Next few Months, indirectly but surely,  who will be Italy's next Prime Minister, (See Infra), if one believes Polls which show a Majority, in the forthcoming Elections of Spring 2018, for a Center-Right Coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi, whose British/Italian Lawyers have just Fired, Today at a Hearing in Strasbourg, a series of Strong Legal Arguments against a Controversial Decision, taken by a Hostile Political Majority back on 2013, through a Retroactive Measure, to "Ban" him from being Elected, regardless of People's wish, until 2019.

 

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The Problem is that, in such a particular case, ECHR canNot Avoid at all to Inevitably Play an Important Role vis a vis the Forthcoming Italian Elections of Spring 2018, because, whatever might, eventually, be its Decision, (f.ex.: Reject, Acceptance, or Delay in Judging Berlusconi's claim about alleged Violations of Human Rights, including Electoral rights), at any case, Strasbourg's EuroJudges will certainly Affect, in one way or another, the Public Opinion, and therefore, the Voters, (See Infra)...


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During ECHR's Public Hearing on one of the Complaints lodged by Berlusconi against the Electoral "Ban" which has striped him of his Senator mandate and Hinders him to participate in the Spring 2018 Elections, several EuroJudges raised More Questions than usually, mainly to the currently Center-Left Italian Government's Agents, not only on the "Retroactivity" of that Controversial Measure, but, Particularly, on alleged Abuse of Discretionary Power by the Governing Majority, (quite Similar back on 2013, when the Decision to "Ban" Berlusconi was taken, and Nowadays on 2017), as the Former Long-Time Prime Minister's Lawyers Denounced, (See Infra).


And a Surprizing Fact, which Emerged at Today's Hearing in Strasbourg, is that the Center-Left Italian Government's Agents, astonishingly, didN't even Reply, Anything at all, to those EuroJudges' Questions about alleged Abuses of Discretionary Power, reportedly Committed, back on 2013, by those who pushed to "Ban" Berlusconi (while they did Reply to Other, Different ECHR's Questions) ! On the Contrary, his Italian and British Lawyers, prefered now, (in Addition to the "Retroactivity" and/or "UnFairness" of that Controversial Sanction), to Mainly Focus, precisely, at that Risk of gross "Arbitrariness" in the Decision-Making Process of those Electoral "Bans", on which they Concluded, (See Infra)...


However, CoE's PanEuropean 47 Member States-strong Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law's various relevant bodies, are, recently, more and more Clearly Stressing the Need for Legal Guarantees against such Risks of Arbitrary Decisions. Including, Recently, CoE's prestigious "Venice Commission" for "Democracy through Law"'s Top Constituitional Law Experts, who have Published an Official "Check-List" for the "Rule of Law", which includes, mainly, a series of Standard Legal Safeguards, deemed Necessary in order to Prevent any eventual "Abuse of Discretionary Power", Endorsed Both by CoE's Committee of Ministers, its Congress of Local/Regional Authorities, and its Parliamentary Assembly, etc. (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeruleoflawchecklistandeuroforaproject.html + ...).


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But, the Way that Italy is due to be Governed in the foreseable Near Future, i.e. from Spring 2018, has, Nowadays, apparently Become more Important than ever, also for Other European Countries, and Europe in general, also Because many feel that a Particularly Worrying current situation in the Italian Economy might Affect all €uroZone and Beyond, if an adequate Government in Rome, with Sufficient Popular Support, does Not undertake, the soonest possible, a Decisive series of required Reforms and Initiatives to Face the Public Debt and Boost the Italian Economy's considerable Potential.


It seems that this was also Part of Bilateral Contacts that Silvio Berluconi had recently in Brussels, during the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Heads of State/Government and Party Leaders' Summit, (including German Chancellor Angie Merkel, EU Council's President Donald Tusk, and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as EPP's President Joseph Daul, etc), at the Eve of the Latest EU's 28 Member Countries' Summit there on 19-20 October 2017, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot, as, among various others, also, f.ex. : ... + ... + ..., etc., and relevant Original Photo, published above).


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HARASSMENT ?!
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The former Long-Time Prime Minister and Succesful Businesman, had been Previously condemned for Tax Avoidance, (something that he strongly contests, denouncing his accusers to be Politicaly Motivated), and served a 1 Year Sentence with General Interest Work to Help Elder People, but Recently marked a Growing Come-Back Trend, after Largely Winning the Latest Regional Elections in Sicelia, as well as getting a New Judgement which found that he had UnFairly been Ordered by a Court to Pay 60 Millions € to a former Wife, even if she didn't need it.


Already since an Important Summit of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Heads of State/Government at Bonn, in Germany, Back on 2009, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot, f.ex., at: ... + ..), Silvio Berluconi had Denounced a Systematic and Relentless Harassment, Targetting him Personally, with an astonishing degree of Harshness and even Hate, particularly by some Establishment's Medias, Deep State's Bureaucracy, Political Adversaries turned Ennemies, etc. And Shortly Afterwards, he was even Physically Aggressed, by such a Brutal Violence, that he was Pictured with his Face full of Blood ! (See, f.ex.: ...).


Later-on, he was so much Persecuted by some Attorneys and/or Judges, that he was Pushed at the Harsh Situation which was described above, (Comp. Supra). And even Nowadays, it's enough to Watch the way that the Press Deals with him, in order to Easily Find out that, Obviously, Most Traditional, Mainstream Medias of the Establishment, and others, Systematically Attempt to Describe him as a Dangerous, Wrong-Doing Fool, (Choosing also to Publish the Worst possible Photos, showing him as incredibly Stupid and/or Crazy, etc., in the most Degrading possible way), relentlessly pursuing an agenda of "Assassination of Personality", at a Degree Rarely seen elsewhere !


It's Difficult for anyone who hasn't Followed, closely enough, neither examined critically, the overall Context and main Facts surrounding Silvio Berlusconi to guess which might, eventually, be the Real Reasons, and Interests at Stake, which stand Behind such an Exceptional amound of shameless Hate... Both the Right and/or the Left side of the Political Spectrum often having various Controversial Politicians, is it, then, perhaps, for the former Long-Time Italian Prime Minister, the quite particular Fact that, in his Government Coalitions of Center-Right+, were often included also People with a Rare Care for Issues such as f.ex. BioEthics, (as relevant Legislation and Measures attest, During and After his Past Era), which usually Hide a lot of Big and Growing Interests at Stake, behind them ?


At any case, most Contemporary Commentators seem to Agree, Today, that, somehow, Berlusconi has Recently started to Recover his Forces and Appeal, re-Becoming more and more Popular to Italian People, that the Center-Right Aliance that he tries to Lead, would Now have a Real Chance to Win the forthcoming, Spring 2018 Elections in Italy, at a crucial Juncture for possible and necessary efforts by many to Reform and ReBuild Europe anew. F.ex., inter alia, a Recent Poll Already gives the 1st Rank, with around 34% of the Votes, to his Center-Right Coalition, followed by 28% to Bepe Grillo's "5 Stars" Movement, and Only 25% to the currently Governing, mainly Center-Left Coalition.


+ And Berlusconi is also a Pioneer in ECHR's History, where he had, in the Past managed to Open, for the 1st Time, a Legal Space for Private, Independent Radio-TV Businesses, by Breaking down the Former State Monopole in AudioVisual Services and Networks, through an Efficient use of the PanEuropean Convention for Human Rights' Article 10, which guarantees the "Freedom of Expression" (Press/Medias' Freedom included).


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ECHR's+ COMPOSITION :
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Earlier this Morning, in a full Courtroom for a "Grand Chamber" Public Hearing by 17 Euro-Judges, (the Biggest ECHR Formation, reserved for Important Cases), Exceptionally, the President of the PanEuropean Court, Guido Raimondi, who is of Italian origin, was Replaced by the German vice-President Miss Angelika Nussberger, and another, "ad hoc" Italian Judge was appointed only for this case : Mrs Ida Caracciolo.


The current Government of Italy, (predominantly Center-Left, except of Foreign Minister Alfano), had, characteristically, Chosen almost All, 4 our of 5, of its Lawyers to be Also Women !


And even the Current, Exceptional Composition of Today's ECHR Grand Chamber, is made out of a  Majority of Women among its 17 EuroJudges : 9 are, indeed, Women, (including the Chair : Comp. Supra, and even the Registrar : Also a Lady, i.e. = 10 in all), against just 8 Men.


(On the Contrary, the Applicant's Legal Team was Composed basically by Men, in 7 out of 8 cases, only 1 being a Woman).


+ As far as the Geo-Political aspects are concerned, among 17 Euro-Judges, and 3 "Substitute Judges" (i.e. 20 in Total), the Majority, i.e. 10 are from Neighbouring Countries to Berlusconi's Italy, (such as, f.ex., ECHR's vice-President Sicilianos, from Greece, and Others from Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, Albania, Italy -ad hoc-), added to anOther 2 or 3 from Nearby and/or Culturally related Countries, (Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal). Only a Minority of 7 are from Far Away, Not-Related Countries, such as Germany (the Chair : Comp. Supra), Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine.


Berlusconi's Lawyers include 2 Professors of University : Bruno Nascimbene, Director of the Institute of International Law at Milan, where he Teaches European Law, with Experience Both at EU's Court of Justice in nearby Luxembourg, and at CoE's Paneuropean ECHR in Strasbourg ; but also the young Andrea Saccucci, Professor of International Law at the Universities of LUMSA in Rome (adjunct) and at Naples associate), as well as of Human Rights at Milan's Catholic University, and Barrister at London's prestigious "Doughty Street Chambers" Legal Firm, in the UK, mainly for various High Profile Human Rights cases.  But his Main Lawyer is the British, "Queen's Counsel" (QC) Edward Fitzerald, a Leading and Experienced Figure at the DS "Chambers" too, together with the young Counsel Steven Powles, a Mediatic Figure, with International links.


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LEGAL POINTS :
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His main Legal Arguments had been Build, from the Start, around 3 Key Points :


(A) Illegal Retroactivity of the Controversial Measure which imposed that Ban, (Comp. Supra), contrary to Article 7 of the EConvHR, ("No Punishment withOut Law".


(B) Free Elections, (Protocol 1, Article 3), combined with No Discrimination (Article 14), and :


(C) Effective Remedy (Article 13).



Berlusconi's Lawyers had Already argued, in these 3 regards, that :


- Despite having been Elected as Senator, and Leader of a Coalition with around 30% of the Vote on February 2013, he was Stripped of his Senatorial Position on November that same year, Because of a controversial Conviction on Tax issues which had Allegedly Occured 15 Years Earlier (sic !), on the Basis of a Governemental Decree passed on December 2012, which imposed Further Penalties for offenses allegedly committed long Before. This also Prohibits him from Standing in the Next Election, estimated for March 2018, Despite a considerable Support from the People. Thus, it's a Retroactive Penalty, Violating EConvHR's Article 7 about No Penalty withOut previous Law.


- Moreover, there was also a "Disproportionate Limitation of Electoral Rights, and Arbitrary Interference with the tenure of a duly Elected Candidate", in Violation of EConvHR's Protocol 1, Article 3, because the above-mentioned Decree imposes a "Ban" from Public Offices during at leasr 6 Years, (i.e. until 2019), Regardless of the Gravity of the alleged offense.  


As for the Decision to Strip from his Senatorial Mandate, it had been taken with a "Process governed by No Accessible Criteria", i.e. "Open to Political Manipulation and Abuse", as it appeared Clearly in this case.


 - Finally, an "Absence of Any ... Judicial Review or Scrutiny of these Complaints in Italy", Violated the EConvHR's Article 13, which guarantees the Right to an Effective Remedy.


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++ The Lawyers had, in Addition, Reminded the Supplementary Fact that, Also "a Separate Application to the ECHR", was (and continues to be) "still Pending", for "UnFair Trial", in Violation of EConvHR Article 6, (See also Infra).


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+ Meanwhile, ECHR itself, had Raised Similar 3 Questions to the Italian Government and to the Applicant, already since 2016, when it Communicated Officially Berlusconi's complaint to Rome :


- (1) By Stripping Berlusconi from his Mandate as Senator, did the Italian Senate apply a "Penalty", "Retroactively", or not ?       

    
- (2) Did it also Violate his Right to Stand for Elections, withOut pursuing a Legitimate Aim, neither respecting Legitimate Expectations, and/or in the Absence of sufficient Safeguards against Arbitrariness ?


 - (3) Did he have an Effective Remedy in Italy ?


Shortly after the Reaction of the Italian Authorities, the Simple ECHR's Chamber, which had been, Initially in charge, Suddenly Asked from ECHR's Great Chamber to take over this case.


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During Today Morning's Public Hearing, in Strasbourg, by ECHR's Great Chamber, which Started soon after 9 a.m. and continued throughout 2 Hours until after 11 a.m., Euro-Judges Heard, at First, the Italian Government's Agents, and Afterwards Berlusconi's Lawyers, Raising Questions to Both, who Replied, one after the other, before the Court concludes that session, in order to Begin its own Deliberations, Later-on :

 


* Among the Questions raised by various EuroJudges, were, naturally, several points about the alleged "Retroactivity" of that Electoral "Ban" :


- F.ex,  Why that Controversial Decree imposing "Bans", was elaborated almost at the Same Time with the Latest Senatorial Elections, Contrary to CoE's Constitutional Law Top Experts, known as "Venice Commission"'s Standards about "Stability (and previsibility) of Electoral Laws" ; Whether there is More Evidence that this "Ban" had really a "Punitive" Aim, (as even its Official Heading suggested) ; Why the Italian Government claims that Only "Uneligibility" would be a "Punitive" Sanction, while "Disqualification" would not, even if the 2nd looks More Harsh ; etc.

 

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* But, astonishingly, this Time, the Greatest Number of EuroJudges' Questions, by far, were Focused on various Concrete Aspects of the Decision-Making Process, related with alleged risks for "Abuse of Discretionary Power" :


- F.ex., why anOther Senator, also concerned by Similar Issues as Berlusconi, saw a Differend Outcome in his case, and after What Kind of Procedure ; about "Minimum Guarantees of Impartiality" (according to EConvHR Article 6 on "Fair Trial") in relation with Electoral Rights ; on the "Way that the Discretionary Power" could be used by the Senate in order to Decide on such a "Ban" ; Why the Senate's Rapporteur on those Bans was suddenly "Replaced" by the President of the competent Commission ; Why, "Exceptionaly", for the First Time, on Belusconi's case, the Senate imposed that Ban by an "Open Vote", instead of a "Secret Vote", as it was generaly foreseen by its Rules of Procedure ; Why such a "DisQualification" can be "subject to Judicial Review" Only on Local/Regional level, but Not on a National level, according to Italian Law ; Why Berlusconi did Not Appear in front of  (+was Not Heard by) the Senate's competent Committee (which Decides on that "Ban") ; To Clarify whether the Ban was an "Automatic Consequence" of that Decree, "or a Discretionary" Decision ; If it's the latter, then, had that (Discretionary) "Margin of Appreciation" to respect any "Principle" (as, f.ex., "Independence" of the Decision-Maker, etc) ?; and "what is the precise Subject of such <<Deliberations>>" on the Ban ? (etc).

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Replying to EuroJudges Critical Questions, the current Italian Government's Agent Maria Giuliana Civinini, first Claimed that, in Berlusconi's case, "the Proceedings were the Same", with another such case : - "There was a Free and Wide Debate", and (anOther MP : Mintzolini) had "Presented his case before the (Competent) Committee". Due to "Doubts about the Impartiality of the Court which had pronounced the latter's Disqualification, this was Refused" by the Senate's votes, Rome's Agent claimed.


Followed a lot of Time, astonishingly Wasted with rather Useless, and/or Out of the Main Point, Long Descriptions of the Preparation and the alleged Reasons for the Existence of that Controversial Decree about Bans, (but Not of the Way in which it was applied, on which EuroJudges had Raised Critical Questions : Comp. Supra)...

 

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It's only about that "Replacement of the Rapporteur" (Comp. Supra), that Mrs Civinini spoke, Admitting that "his Conclusions were Against the Majority" of the Center-Left's Government, and "that's why he was Replaced", But she Claimed that this was foreseen by the Law...


As for the Exceptional use of an "Open Ballot" in the case of Berlusconi, instead of a "Secret Ballot" as it used to be at the Senate's Rules, she Admitted that those Rules "were for a Secret Ballot", indeed, But Claimed that, "things Evolved", over Time, in general, and, "because of the Principles of Transparency, Accountabiity, etc, we Moved towards Open Ballots", etc, as she said, in a quite Vague way...


=> So that, Finally, the current Center-Left Italian Government's Agent, astonishingly, did Not even Reply to Anyone among those Numerous Questions raised by EuroJudges about the Way that the Senate's Administration had used (or ...Abused) of its "Discretionary" Competences to Decide on the Substance of the issue of that controversial Ban (Comp. Supra) !...


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- On the Contrary, Professor Andrea Saccucci, replying as a Lawyer of the Appliquant (Silvio Berlusconi), Denounced the Fact that, indeed, that Controversial Decree on "Bans", had been Strongly Criticized Many Times, by various People, particularly for "Risks of Political Prevarication", as it allegedly happened in this case.

 

 
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- Moereover, "the Risk of Arbitrary and Discriminatory Decision, Driven solely by Political Motives, is Not merely Theoretical", as a Comparison with the Similar case of Senator Muntzolini reveals : Indeed, Contrary to Berlusconi, he was allowed to sit for more than 1,5 Year, and, finally, it was Decided Not to Strip him from his Mandate !", Saccucci denounced.


 - In fact, Berlusconi's political Party had Never Agreed for a 6 Years "Ban", Neither for Stripping Elected Politicians from their Mandate, and even Less for doing so Retroactively, (as, however, his Political Opponents did to him), Prof. Saccucci critically observed.


 + Prof. Bruno Nascimbene went on to Focus on "the Way in which had Arrived to its Political and Partial Decision" the Italian Authority which "Banned" Berlusconi : He showed to ECHR a Book on "Manoeuvres in the Wings" of that procedure, which had been Published by a Key Witness shortly after its conclusion, (See relevant PHOTO). It points at the Link between a Procedure which was only in appearence correct, and "Party Politics' Dynamics" and "Arbitrariness" which can drive such Decisions, where "a Parliamentary Majority can Rule on Forfeiture" provoked by that, Nascimbene denounced.

 

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=> So that, in fact, the Final Decision was "Anticipated", and many Bureau Members of the Competent Committee due to decide, had Already Anounced to the Medias how they would vote. All this gave a strong Impression that there was "No Point" for Berlusconi to eventualy Participate in that Committees' hearing, and that's why he was led to drop it, Prof. Nascimbene concluded, in reply to relevant Questions earlier made by EuroJudges, (Comp. Supra).


 + Meanwhile, also the Rapporteur, (who had Asked either to Raise a Question to the Constitutional Court, or to Drop the Sanction which threatened Berlusconi), was Voted Down by the Majority Party, and even Forced to be "Replaced", without any opportunity to object to that.


 - British Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald QC, Replying to another EuroJudge's Question, on the "Punitive purpose" of the Electoral "Ban" imposed to the Italian Political Leader, (a Condition for Retroactivity to be illegal : Comp. Supra), became obvious even by simply reading the Official "Heading" of that Governemental "Decree", which had Introduced that Measure by pointing at a need to "Suppress Corruption and illegality", and "the Effect was clearly Punitive", so there was "No Difference in substance" between a DisQualification imposed by a Court, and that DisQualification ("for a Minimum of 6 Years") imposed by that Senate's Committee, as he said



- Top Lawyer Fitzgerald Concluded by Replying to EuroJudges' Questions about the Legal Competence given to that Committee which could "Ban" MPs and/or Senators (Comp. Supra):  - "If there is a Power, then, clearly, it's Discretionary" he stressed, (pointing, inter alia, also to the Facts that "they Have to Deliberate", and, while for anOther Senator they did Not Strip from Office, on the Contrary, for Berlusconi, they Did : Comp. Supra).

 

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>>> - "The Problem is that, while there is No Doubt that there is a Discretionary Power" (in the Decision to Impose such a Controversial and Heavy "Ban"), nevertheless, there is No Test laid down, No requirement of Proportionality ("it's All or Nothing"), ... No Procedural Guarantees, and ...No Review", he strongly Criticized.

 

 
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 =>  "It's on that Basis that we say that what Happened to Mr. Berlusconi was Arbitrary, and Disproportionate, and he was Wrongly Deprived of Any Possibility of Reviewing" that "Before the Italian Courts" - "Not even the Retroactivity of that (Controversial) Law".


    + Moreover, all this is also Linked to an Old and very Controversial Conviction (for alleged Tax Evasion) in the Past (+ 20 Years Before !), and to that Latest, subsequent  Conviction (the "Ban" on 2013), which is Currently Disputed as "UnFair" and Deprived of Previous Legal Basis, in Violations of EConvHR's Articles 6 and 7, at a Parallel Case which is still "Pending" before the ECHR in Strasbourg until now (Comp. Supra), he Reminded "in fine", (obviously pointing at an overall mixture of apparently quite "Shaky" measures).


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* Concernig the most Frequent Question, widely Raised by many Medias and various Observers :  i.e. Whether ECHR will Judge this Exceptional Affair Before, or After the forthcoming Italian Elections of Spring 2018, the Pessimistic Claims made by some Traditional Medias of the Establishment, according to which it would be almost "Impossible" for ECHR to Decide on Time, Before these Elections, Crucial both for Italy and all Europe, was, indirecty but clearly, Rejected also by Statements that an experienced ECHR's Press Spokesman made Today in Reply to "Eurofora"s relevant Questions :


 - Even if, in General, the Average Time-frame for ECHR's Grand Chamber Judgements is about 1 Year, nevertheless, Nothing is Impossible, if the EuroJudges might find, eventually, Better to act Faster in some Exceptionally Important cases : Simply because Nothing Obliges the (PanEuropean) Court to Decide inside one or another Time-frame. Euro-Judges are Free and Sovereign in their own Choices, he stressed to "Eurofora", in conclusion.


+Moreover, it's Obvious that, at least in this case, the main Legal Questions, raised by Silvio Berlusconi's Lawyers, have been Already Raised also by the ECHR itself, as Early as since the Beginning of July 2016, in a Written Demand to the Italian Government, (to which they were addressed Together with the Official "Communication" of this affair) :
I.e. : 1) Retroactivity of that controversial Measure of Banishment, 2) Arbitrariness, or not, of an Infringement to the Right to Stand for Elections, and 3) Existence, or not, of an "Effective Remedy" inside the Country, in case of Violations of Human Rights.

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Berlusconi has reportedly claimed that the Italian People have not really managed to freely Choose thesmselves a Prime Minister since 2008, (when he was in office), and that this has aggravated a MisTrust between Citizens and Politicians.


The Experienced former Long-Time Prime Minister of the Center-Right, (who belongs to the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Poitical Family, as well as German Chancellor Angie Merkel, and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, etc), has also reportedly Criticized his main Competitors, by saying that the Center-Left (of the "Socialist" Group) would have "Failed", while the atypical "5 Stars" movement of Bepe Grillo (of Nigel Farage's "EFDD" Group in EU Parliament), would be "a Danger" for Europe.


While, Paradoxically, Silvio Berlusconi himself, would "Incarnate, ... Both the System, and the "Anti-System", ... managing to Hold it all Together", as mainstream French Agency AFP ironically points out, citting Italian "Espresso" magazine.


No need to, eventually, go as far as to mention the new US President Donald Trump, or, the Czech New Prime Minister-Designate, former businessman Babis, who have just Won the Latest Elections, since there are, already, various such concrete Examples, mutatis-mutandis, as, f.ex., with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, etc...


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=> To Sum up, in a Nutshell :


- If ECHR Rejects Berlusconi's appeal, and/or Delays its Judgement for Only After the forthcoming Elections in Italy, (i.e., Keeps the Ban, until then, included), then, Regardless of what might be the Political Will of the Italian People, he will be Hindered to be Elected as Prime Minister, and somebody Else will take that place, (probably or possibly from an Opposite Political Party).


Such possible consequences, added also to the Fact that his Complaint to ECHR already Dates since 2013, would obviously raise Critical Questions on the real reasons for such an eventually even Longer Delay to Judge, (2013-2018+).

- On the Contrary, if ECHR Accepts this application, and Publishes Timely  its Decision Before the Elections of Spring 2018, then, the Italian People would have a Chance to Freely Choose their Next Prime Minister, as they wish, (and, according to recent Polls, it may be Silvio Berluconi, probably, or it might not).

I.e., Obviously, a Big Responsibility for EuroJudges. Because, whatever they might do, they will likely contribute to Write History, in one way, or another...


In the 1st Case (comp. supra), ECHR might, naturally, be, eventually, Accused by some for an alleged Attempt to Interfere inside Italy's National Political Life. While, in the 2nd Case, most probably, it woN't, since the PanEuropean Court would leave the People Free to Choose their Prime Minister, as they wish, (Comp. Supra).


What Choice will make ECHR ? Its Deliberations being Confidential, we shall Find out only on Spring 2018.

 

 

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(NDLR : Headline PHOTO by Rony Mertens for "Eurofora" : Silvio Berlusconi at EPP Summit in Brussels, 19 October 2017)
 
 
 
 
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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora"'s Donors/Subscribers earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap.)

 


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Germany: Mass Irregular Migration (via Turkey) problems Stop Jamaica Coalition, but point to Bahamas

Written by ACM
Monday, 20 November 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-
Can Adenauer's Historic moves, (See Infra), Joining Nowadays German People's Democratically Expressed Will in Recent Elections, (both at Regional and National levels), help to find a Clear Majority for a possible new Coalition Government in Berlin, even when most Establishment's Medias routinely Claim that EU's Biggest Economy and Most Populated Country would Face Today a Dramatic "Deadlock", withOut any Coalition in view, Pushing to Counter-Nature Patchworks, Minority Governments, and/or another Election ?


Despite some Last-Minute "Smoke-Screen" attempts, it's UnQuestionable that the Main Pretext, for "Jamaica" (Black - Yellow - Green : CDU/CSU + FDP + Greens) Coalition Talks' Failure, this Week-End, were Topical Issues related to that UnPrecedented Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants Huge "Tsunami", which Suddenly came via Turkey UnExpectedly, since 2015/2016, as several Converging Facts clearly attest, (See Infra).


It notoriously concerned a Controversy about Not real Political Refugees, but a Bigger Number of Other Irregular Migrants who allegedlly were pushed to move because of War Destructions, etc., (so that they are, in theory, due to return back, whenever Peace might be re-established) : Meanwhile, should they be allowed to bring, immediately, now, also their various Parents inside Germany, unconditionally, or not ? Moreover, that Deadlock appears to be Linked also with a Parallel Controversy on the Overall Number of even More, New Mass Irregular Migrants via Turkey that Germany would Receive, in Addition...


However, ipso - facto, all this Also Points, inevitably, Towards anOther, theoretically possible, Solution, that some have already Started to Discuss in Germany, even inside Mainstream Medias, (for the moment, still rather marginally, but with notable Arguments), which is, Mathematically Clear, and seems also Politically more Coherent :


- To put it in a nutshell :  If a "Jamaica" Coalition Attempt Failed or was Blocked, and that undeniably provokes a Problem, then, Why Not a ... "Bahamas"' Coalition ?


Indeed, the German People's Votes Boosted those Political Parties which were Against such a kind of Growing Mass Irregular Migration : i.e. the "Alternative" ("AfD) and the Liberals (FDP), Maintained, partly reduced, those ChristianDemocrats (CDU/CSU) at a Solid, Leading 1st Rank. But People Diminshed or Stagnated, on the Contrary, all those Parties which were even for More such Mas Migration, (as, f.ex.: SPD's "Socialists", "Greens" and Leftists, etc).

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So that, Both in Several Regional/Federated States' Elections recently (2016), and, Now, in the September 2017 National Elections to the Bundestag, German People gave, for the First Time, a Clear Majority to an eventual New Coalition between ChristianDemocrats, Liberals and Rightists, of CDU/CSU, FDP and AfD, respectively, i.e. to a Unity of the Right side of the Political Spectrum, (See:http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/germanregionalelections.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2017germanelectionresults.html).

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This corresponds to the Colors of "Bahamas"' Flag, (made of Black, Yellow and Blue), which could, mathematically, replace the now Blocked "Jamaica"-like Coalition Talks, (Black, Yellow and Green), offering a Bigger Majority, since German People gave to "AfD" the 3rd Place in the National Election of 2017, After a 2nd or even 1st Place in certain Regional Elections, previously, (Comp. above-mentioned Links).


And, by a Coincidence, this also Corresponds, mutatis-mutandis, to the First ever Coalition Government in the Modern, Democratic, Post-War Germany, headed by the Historic, ChristianDemocrat Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, precisely between CDU/CSU, Liberals and Rightists (then of the "Deutsche" Party), Already since the 1949, 1953 and 1957 Elections, until 1961, (See Infra).


A move that, also, the current,  Experienced Long-Time Chancellor Angie Merkel, could be Much more Able to accomplish Nowadays, (whenever she might wish), than some Critics claim, as "Eurofora" has already Observed Earlier, (See: ...), and we shall  briefly see also Infra...
                                                        
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Bahama's Flag pictures a Dynamic and Beautiful, but simple Synthesis of a Black Triangle, Linking Together, (mainly from the Center), the Yellow and Blue strips' colors, well known Symbols of CDU/CSU, FDP and AfD, respectively. This Flag reportedly Means that Between the Deep Ocean (Blue) and the Bright Sun (Yellow), exists the "Strengh of the People" (Black).


And Bahamas are one of the Richest Countries in the World (in terms of GDP per Inhabitant), powered by the Moto : "Forward, Upward, Onward, Together !".

 

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Even More Symbolic, Bahamas is an "Archipelago" composed of several Islands, as an eventual CDU/CSU, FDP + AfD Coalition, Bringing Together all the Parties located at the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, would be rather of "Con-Federal", instead of a "Federal" like structure, i.e. InterLinking 3 Political Groups with Different personalities, in a Governemental Constellation based on the Unity of the Right, and on Respect of German People's Democratically expreessed Political Will of September 2017 Elections.


Historic explorator Christopher Columbus had Discovered America at Bahamas' Island of San Salvador, back on 1492, as Germany may re-Discover a Unity of the Right, 525 Years Later : on 2017, similar to the Historic Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's First 3 Governments of ChristianDemocrats together with the Rightist "Deutsche" Party, at the Beginning of the current, Modern and Democratic Post-War Germany, as Early as since 1949-1961, (see Elections of 1949, 1953 and 1957). Thus, Already, the 1st Post-War, Democratic and Peaceful, Modern Germany's Election, that of September 1949, in Fact, had resulted into a ... "Bahamas" Coalition in Government, since the latter Included the ChristianDemocrats (CDU/SCU), the Liberals (FDP), and the Rightists (then = DP), from the Start.


A scarcely known Mythic point in Bahamas' Islands is the History of the "Adventurers of Eleftheria" (Freedom, in Greek Language), i.e. a Group of Puritan Christians from Cromwell's England, who had organized a community at 3 Islands that they renamed "Elefthera" (i.e. "Free"), to be Governed by an Original Constitution chosen and agreed by themselves, which guaranteed Individual Freedoms, Equal Chances and Private Property, Right to bear Arms and Duty to participate in People's Collective Defence, Direct Elections of Governors by All the Original Group of People, Each Year, a "Senate" in which Participated All the Original Community Members or their Heirs Together, No other Distinctions/Bureaucracy, (etc). Their story, reportedly, was part of what inspired a Poet close to those who crafted the Historic word of "American Dream", (Comp. "Mayflair" World Famous Ship, etc) : According to a Contemporary Analysis, indeed, Andrew Marvell's 1647 Poem "Bermudas", in fact refers to Bahamas' Island "Elefthera"s Adventurers, "suggest(ing) that the island will become a Reformed Eden, a New Paradise that reconciles Free will and God’s intention in a new Fellowship of Christian way of life". (i.e., almost "MayFlair'"s original Historic "American Dream", by a coincidence revisited Today on 2017 - i.e. 470 Years Later - at a moment that EU Citizens notoriously Need an inspiring "European Dream" !)...                    

=> So that, at least from a Symbolic point of view, an eventual "Bahamas" Coalition, may, most probably, prove clearly as Good as a "Jamaica" Coalition, or, rather, evn More, and certainly much Better than that entirely Different, politicaly Opposed, ... "Kenya" Coalition (putting CDU/CSU again with "Socialists"' PSD, added to "Greens"), that some have Recently Started to Push, going Against German People's Democratically expressed Political Choices made in the September 2017 Elections, (See, f.ex. : ...).  
   

 

 

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The Idea of a ChristianDemocrats/EPP - "Greens" Coalition, (with or without the Liberals) had Started to Emerge, particularly during 2010 and 2011, (See "Eurofora"s relevant pioneer NewsReports from Germany, then. F.ex.: ... + ..., etc), Resulting in a First real Attempt, with the Brief 2013 Talks between CDU/CSU and "Greens", (See: + ..., etc).

 


It had been, Initially Motivated mainly by a pre-existing (and recently Topical) Convergence on "BioEthical" Issues of Crucial Importance for Humanity with Nowadays' Fast Evolving Bio-Technologies, and particularly Genetics, as well as by Germany's traditional Focus on "ReNewable Energy" Sources, preferably Non-Nuclear, (notoriously Facilitated by Chancellor Merkel's March 2011 "U Turn" Away from Nuclear, on occasion of the Fukushima incident in Japan). Both being placed under a "Protection of Nature" joint banner.


This had Resulted, inter alia, f.ex., also, Shortly After an UnPrecedented ChristianDemocrat/EPP - "Greens" Raprochement, at the Last Minute of the December 2015 Regional Elections at the French Side of the Rhine River in Strasbourg's "Great East" area, (See : ..), in a Solid Coalition Govenment between CDU/CSU and "Greens" at the Neighbouring Länder/Federated State of Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany since March 2016, (See : ...), among Similar Moves in Several Other German "Länder", added to the Present, 11/2017 "Jamaica" Coalition Talks' attempt, at Federal Level in Berlin, (which had, notoriously, found Agreements on Many Points, but Not All).


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But, Meanwhile, the Sudden, UnPrecedented Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants' "Tsunami" via Turkey, on 2015/2016, notoriously Costed many Lost Votes to CDU/CSU, comparatively to 2013, so that, on 2017, the ChristianDemocrats and Greens needed also Liberals' support in order to have a Chance to form a Majority Government, all together.


+ Moreover, Liberals' alleged Recalcitrant stance against former US President Barack Hussein Obama's initial Wish to Militarize the Syrian Conflict, already back on 2012-2013, by Sending Army Troops in Syria, had provoked such a Fuss in Washington DC Against German Liberals, that Obama's cronies did Anything they could to Push the FDP Out of the Bundestag since the 9/2013 Elections. So that Liberals didn't manage to Return Back to Mainstream Politics in Germany but just in these, 9/2017 Elections, and only After endorsing a "Hard" Stance against that Massive Irregular Migration via Turkey, which notoriously brought them More Votes from the German People, allowing for the FDP to Enter, this time, in the Bundestag.


Indeed, a Long Series of Deadly Attacks by Islamist Terrorists throughout Europe, including in Germany, cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People, between 2015-2017, Added to a (much More Frequent than Before) reported UnWillingness of Most among the Recent Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants to Integrate themselves inside the European Culture, as well as to the Fact that (as EU Experts Revealed in a Meeting in Brussels, reported by mainstream German Press) the Turkish Authorities seem to have Systematically Excluded or Dissuaded Educated People, Christian Minorities or Moderate Muslims from Reaching Europe, so that Turkish Smugglers prefered to "Export" there mainly or only Heavily "Islamized" Groups, UnEducated Individuals, several Ordinary Thugs or petty Criminals, even some Disguised Islamist Terrorists (as the 2015 Brutal Massacres in Paris started to Reveal, followed by Various Cases also in Germany on 2016-2017), so that all this has notoriously provoked, meanwhile, Serious Concerns to European People.

=> In Consequence, this Time, already Before "Jamaica" Coalition Talks started on 11/2017, Many mainstream Medias had Predicted that an FDP - Greens' "clash" on Mass Migration was, inevitably, going to occur, with Uncertain Outcome... And this also Included, reportedly, the Bavarian CSU (which is due to face Regional Elections soon), as well as a Growing Number of CDU's politicians.

+ Significantly, FDP's New Chief, Christian Lindner, had even, reportedly, Asked, during the Electoral Campaign, to Send Back Home all those Mass Irregular Migrants who were Not Real Refugees. (Such a move was, Afterwards, officially proposed by the AfD, in an elaborated Plan, which garanteed a Return "Free of Charge", only on "Safe" Areas, whenever the Violent Conflicts would have Ended, with "Amnesty" for all those who had Deserted the Syrian Army, in Agreement with the Syrian Government, whenever the "War" might End).

 ++ So that, sinca last Friday, and during al this Week-End, many German mainstream Medias, suddenly Published several Articles Denouncing the fact that various ..."Fake Numbers" and "Chaos" were, reportedly, reigning in the "Jamaica" Talks, particularly on Migration issues, (Comp. f.ex.: ....).


The most Disputed matter, it seems, was that of the Total Number of Parents that Non-Political-Refugee Mass Migrants who had entered Europe via Turkey on 2015-2016 should be authorized to bring in Germany Nowadays : The Cited Figures, reportedly, Differed from 30.000 up to 750.000 !... (Moreover, an Expert, hershelf of Foreign, Non-European Origin, reminded the case of a Youngster who had Recently brought in Germany ... 15 More Immigrants among his Parents, including Siblings, an Aunt, etc., Totaling a Multiplication of X16 in just 1 affair, with Negative Consequences, it seems, even to the Detriment of that Young Migrant himshelf, who had Previously Started to become succesfully Integrated while Living among Germans, but suddenly things Worsened when he was Traped inside a Cultural Ghetto)...

+++ So that, when, Finally, the FDP's new Leader, Christian Lindner, was pushed, on Sunday Evening, to anounce that Liberals felt obliged to Withdraw from those "Jamaica" Talks, he also pointed at Vain "More than 1 Hour"-Long Direct Top Discussions with "Greens" on Massive Migration via Turkey.

++++ And, Later-on, Today, on Monday, popular Newspaper "Bild"'s Web-Polls asking "Who has Responsible for the Failure of Jamaica Coalition Talks ?", result, after Hundrends of Thousands of Participants, in a Graphic showing a Shared Responsibility between Liberals and "Greens" for that Deadlock, (at around 36% - 35% Each : See relevant Screenshot, attached herewith), Contrary to most Establishment's Medias attempts to throw all Responsibilities on the FDP alone...

 

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+++++ Meanwhile, Mainstream Medias start to report FDP sources about Liberals being "Angry" because of (many times given a Job of Minister by "Socialist"-led former Governments : See Infra) "Green" Trittin's Public "Attacks" with "Hot" Press Statements, which "Shot Behind the Back" during Confidental "Jamaica" Coalition Talks at the Crucial Moment of their Exceptional Extension into last Week-End, particularly on that UnPrecedented Massive Irregular "Migration" via Turkey of 2015-2016, Bluntly Accusing mainly the Liberals but also several ChristianDemocrats/CSU even to Push Mass Irregular Migrants towards ..."Divorcing" (sic !) by allegedly "Separating" them from their "Families" (etc)...


>>> But, apparently, withOut giving a Damn for those German, or even European or other Poor Migrants' real Families, who have been Obliged to See their Childrens' Schools suddenly submerged and grossly Undermined by "Cultural Ghettos" of recent Huge "Tsunamis" of those Mass Irregular Migrants brought in Europe via Turkey from 2015/2016 withOut Speaking even a Word in the Language of their Host Country ; their Hospitals a.o. Health Services Blocked for Hours by Long Queus and/or Waiting Lists of Non-European Foreigners withOut Any Relation to the Host Country or even to the EU, to the point that such Long Delays might  Threaten their own Health, and have, notoriously, even Motivated many Brittish People to Vote for BREXIT ; Harassment, even of Women, Young Girls and/or Children by Bearded Individuals wearing Djelabas, at their Family Homes' Doorstep or in the Stairscases, systematically surrounded by more and more Islamic Headscarfs, Burkas, and other Ostensible Signs of a rampant Islamization at the Public Space of Everyday Life, particularly in Poor Neighbourhoods, where Mosques curiously Mushroom recently (often with Foreign Money from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and/or Qatar), even during the Islamist Terrorism's Deadly Attacks, to the point that Poor People living in such Districts transformed to Islamized Ghettos cannot even Find Work elsewhere, not even French or German Citizens are, often, no more accepted to Move with their Familes at another, Normal District, Condemned at an Aggravated "Appart-Heid", Affecting adversely even Muslim Migrants' Children themselves, since it Hinders their Socio-Cultural Integration to the Host Country ; Thousands of Women, even underage Young Girls, facing Brutal Sexual Aggressions, even Rape, by Gangs of Cowards Thugs, systematically attacking and Grobbing them, Stealing their Phones, Sacs, Money, etc, (as, f.ex., notoriously at Koeln, the New Years' Day on 2016, but Also in Several Other Cities in Germany, as Stuttgart, near Darmstadt, etc, and accross the rest of Europe Afterwards : in the UK, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, etc., See: ...), even Muslim Migrants' small Children aged only 3 and 5 years, Sexually Aggressed by Adult Migrants at the WC of a Hostel for Refugees in Berlin ; a Boy aged 10, from a Christian European Family of real Refugees from Serbia, brutally Raped by an Adult Non-European Muslim who arrived to Wienna, Austria, via Turkey, 2 other Children reportedly Raped inside Immigrants' Camps at the Greek Islands Neighbouring Turkey, a Young German Student Girl, aged 19, Brutally Raped and Murdered at nearby Freiburg by a Criminal Thug, Falsely Pretending to be an "Unaccompagnied Child" (while he was, in Fact,  +6 or +8 Years Older than he claimed), who had already Violently Thrown over an 8 Meter High Wall anOther Young Girl in Greece, who had been Seriously Wounded, resultig in his Condemnation to Prison there ; an Awfully Long and still Growing Series of many Hundreds of innocent Civilian People, systematically Targetted and Killed by armed cowards Islamist Terrorists throughout all Europe (Germany, France, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Russia, etc), abusing of Knives, Manchettes, Axes, Cars, Lorries, Revolvers, Firearms, Automatic Weapons, various Explosives, Bombs, etc. When All of those Numerous Sly Murderers are Muslim Migrants, and Many among those Islamist Terrorists, had even just Arrived to Europe, Disguissed as False "Refugees", via Turkey, (as, f.ex., several among Paris' Mass Killers, an Afghan "Refugee" who Killed or Wounded 5 to 7 Civilians with an Axe inside a Train at nearby Wurzburg in Germany, a Syrian "Refugee" hired by a strange Turkish "Kebab" Shop at nearby Reutlingen in Germany who Murdered a poor Polish Woman with a Manchette and Wounded another 6 Victims, Berlin Christmas Market mass Killer, etc., while, just a Few Days ago, Greek Authorities have also Arrested a so-called "Refugee", Welcomed and Helped by an EU-Funded NGO, who was, Later, found, by pure Chance, to be an ISIS' Terrorist, with his Phone full of Photos and Videos picturing Atrocious BeHeadings, and various Other Brutal Killings, in some of which he had apparently Participated), after all those Facts, it's Natural that European Citizens raise some Serious Critical Questions...


A Fortiori, when it has become Obvious, after 2015-2016, that a Foreign, Non-European State, so notoriously Anti-Democratic and Oppressive as Turkey, in fact Exploits abusively that Unprecedented "Tsunami" of 1,5 Millions of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants who were Suddenly imported into Europe mainly by Turkish Smugglers, in order to Blackmail the EU, for Ankara's Controversial and Unpopular EU bid, for 3 Billions € per Year in full Grants, and for "Free Visas" to 80 Millions of Turks who would be allowed to Enter and Stay in Europe for more than 6 Months Each Year, (etc), a Self-Restraint is, normaly, Required, particularly by a Party, as the current "Greens", where Soon there are, reportedly, going to be Not just 1, but ...2 of its Leaders, Both with Turkish Origins and Born in Turkey, notoriously Linked with - and Backed by - some Turkish Lobbies, starting by Mr. Cem Özdemir, (a former "Socialist" : see Infra)...

 

On the Contrary, such "Greens" reportedly Added, nowadays, in their already Long Series of Demands during those "Jamaica" Coalition Talks, also a lot of Other such "Hot" and Controversial Issues, (which, by  the way, have Nothing to do with "Nature" and "Ecology"), but again Linked to Ankara's selfish and shady Interests, such as, f.ex. :

 


+ ...Turkey's full EU Accession claims (sic !).  More Massive Naturalisations of Aliens even with an Eternal "Dual Passport" including a Foreign Country of Origin, (notoriously exploited by Turkish Lobbies).  Massive Import of even More Non-European Migrants known to be Not Refugees, (linked to those 1,5 Million already entered Germany Last Year via Turkey, with Exceptionaly Big Problems of Integration, Security and Islamist Terrorism, imposed "Islamization", Gettoisation of Poor Neighbourhoods, Aggravation of Schools' "Appart-Heid", etc).

 

And, as if to be sure that they made things Worst, some, inside the "Greens" (according to the "Zeit" Newspaper) had added (among that List of "Controversial" points) even ... Legalisation of Drugs as Cannabis !

 

- What relation with Nature and Ecology ?....


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+ In Fact, it seems that "Jamaica" Failure is still (on 2017 as Back on 2013 Failures) with the Same Clique of Ozdemir - Trittin - Göring-Eckart and other "Water-Melons" : Apparently "Green" from  Outside, But "Red" (i.e. "Socialist") Inside : F.ex. Cem Ozdemir, a Turkish-Born Migrant, who was practically Always Hired at cushy Jobs in the Pubic, State Sector, via Turkish Lobby and "Socialist" Politicians" Networks. Initially Assistant to a Socialist MP/Minister, until 2 Scandals (in which he had been even Personally Involved, including one with a Controversal Businessman), pushed the latter Out of Politics, Discredited, and made Ozdemir become "Green". Katrin Göring-Eckart, daughter of a Danse Teacher, and Drop-Out from her Studies, she was for a Long-Time Out of Politics, until she Became, Initially, "Socialist", Long Before she Joined the ''Greens", and Suddenly propulsed at a Top Job in the 2013 and 2017 Parliamentary Elections, where even her Public Statements Betray the Fact that she was UnWilling to broker any Deal with the ChristianDemocrats at all.  And she was also Closely Linked to Trittin, the Longest-ever "Socialist" Ally among the "Greens", (f.ex. Minister, in Regional and Federal Governments led by "Socialists" all the way from 1990 up to 2005 !), and Stuborn Anti-ChristianDemocrat (Anti-CDU/CSU), to the point to be, Today, considered as the Number 1 open-mouthed Opponent to an eventual "Jamaica" Coalition (CDU - FDP - Greens), that he has notoriously just Sabotaged with a Vociferous Attack against Liberals and ChristianDemocrats Published during that Crucial Weekend which led to a Deadlock, (particularly after such acts which were Denounced as "Shooting Behind the Back", during confidential Talks).


On the Contrary, Other, more genuine "Green" German Politicians, such as Baden-Wurttemberg Länder's President Winfried Kretschmann (a co-Founder of the "Green" Party, since back on 1979), notoriously Tubingen's Mayor Boris Palmer, or, may be also Anton Hofreiter of Bavaria, certainly the former Long-Time MEP Hiltrud Breyer (1989-2009+2013-2014 : a strong BioEthical values' defender), and Several others, have had several Times a quite Different, much more Positive approach.


They, obviously, represent a Good "Capital" for the Future.


Particularly if the German People, eventually, choose, sooner or later, a Similar Direction to that of the Austrian People in their recent 2017 Elections, who have just ...totaly Eliminated a pre-existing so-called "Green" Party, which, in fact, was Not Really "Green", but mainly a pro-LGTBI + pro-Turkey/Muslim Mass Migration Lobby, pushed by its co-Chief, former MEP Lunacek (an Open but Authoritarian Lesbian, heavily Focused on the above-mentioned Issues), obliged now to Resign from all her previous Mandates.


Instead, the Austrian People Voted for a brand New, really pro-Ecology Party, headed by a Former Dissident "Green" MP, who Succeeded to Win several MPs Mandates for his Candidates, shortly after having been ...Twice Refused Any Electoral Mandate at all from the Former, Pseudo-"Green" Party (Comp. Supra), whose Failed Direction had, curiously, done anything in order to attempt to Humiliate and Destroy him politically, (before Facing that Fate itself)...

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Does that, above mentioned, Blockade of a "Jamaica" Coalition (CDU/CSU + FDP + Greens) inevitably mean that Germany would be, Now, Condemned to choose Only between Returning Back into an UnPopular (as the Latest, September 2017 Election proved) "GroKo", again between "Socialists" and ChristianDemocrats/EPP, as before, or go for an UnStable "Minority" Government by CDU/CSU alone, unless it Attempts an UnCertain Repetition of new Elections, with unknown outcome, as Most Establishment's Medias currently claim ?

>>> Several Converging and Important Facts, clearly Indicate that such a kind of Deadlock is Not Fatal, simply Because Other, New Solutions appear at the Horizon, which could be Able to Both give a Wide-enough Majority Government, and with a Coalition, comparatively, much More Coherent and Faithfull to the Democraticaly Expressed Political Will of the German People  :

 

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- Indeed, already, FDP's Liberals have reportedly expressed their Readiness to Support (by a Vote of "Tolerance") a possible New Government, led by Angie Merkel's CDU/CSU, even if they might not participate in that.

+ And even AfD's Rightist Leaders have just observed that, in Fact, a possible "Majority Exists" inside the Current National Parliament, with the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the AfD, i.e. the 3 Parties located at the Right Side of the Political Spectrum.

=> Indeed, the German People have Recently given to those Parties of the Right a Clear and Large Absolute Majority in the Bundestag, with about 420 MPs, out of a Total of 709, (and 56 % of the Votes) since the Latest Elections of September 2O17, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2017germanelectionresults.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/schaublejunckerandmerkel.html).

 

++ This is precisely, mutatis-mutandis, what the Historic German Chancellor Adenauer had already Done, in substance and in Real Practice, several times, Starting from the very 1st Government of Modern, Post-War Democratic Germany, as Early as Since 1949, with a Governemental Coalition of his ChristianDemocrats, the Liberals, and the Rightists (then: "Deutsche" Party), and this was almost renewed also during the Following, 1953 and 1957 Elections, until it was Blocked also by the Introduction of a 5% Threshhold on 1961, after which Adenauer's era came soon to is conclusion, (Comp. also Supra and Infra).

+++ But, Nowadays too, on 2017, Similar kinds of "Unity of the Right", various Governemental Coalitions, have Recently Emerged, accross Many Other European Countries, including, Surprizingly, also those which undertake some among the Most Important Responsibilities, at the Head of several Key European/PanEuropean Organisations !

>>> F.ex. :

 - Already, the New Government of Bulgaria, which is due to Chair the EU for the Period of January - June 2018, has reportedly Agreed such a "Unity of the Right" Coalition, mainly with Experienced Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's ChristianDemocrat/EPP party, Together with a "Patriots'" Alliance of the Rightists, succeeding to gather an Absolute Majority in the Parliament in Sofia, on the Basis of a "Pro-European" Elermentary Agenda, (as the Bulgarian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the CoE, Katya Todorova, an Experienced former EU Affairs Minister, told "Eurofora" recently at the CoE in Strasbourg : See ...).

+ In Addition, a Similar Direction is currently Emerging in Austria, which is due to Chair the EU from July up to December 2018, included, after its Recent National Elections, which saw Sebastian Kurz's ChristianDemocrats/EPP to Win the 1st place, closely Followed by the Rightists of the "Freedom" Party, with whom they have just Started Negotiations for a "Pro-European" Coalition Government, (Comp., f.ex.: "Eurofora"s NewsReport on those Austrian Elections, at : ..., and Kurz's Statements to "Eurofora", on the sidelines of EPP's October 2017 Summit in Brussels, at : ...).

++ Moreover, Denmark, where Center-Right's Liberal and ChristianDemocrat Parties have formed a Coalition Government actively Supported by the Rightists, according to an agreement, has Just taken over PanEuropean CoE's Organisation for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law, Last Week in Strasbourg (See f.ex. Danish CoE Presidency's Statements to "Eurofora", on that occasion, at: ...), for the Period of Mid-November 2017 - May 2018 (included).

+++ Meanwhile, Finland, which also has a new Unity of the Right Government, with a Rightist Party participating to the Governing Coalition, is Already Chairing the PanEuropean and Trans-Atlantic OSCE for all the Year 2017.                  

                                                                       
++++ Other important European Countries with relevant developments, obviously include Norway, where a "Unity of the Right", Coalition Government, Bringing Together the Center-Right's ChristianDemocrats/EMM with the Rightists of the "Progress" Party, has Recently Won a 2nd Mandate in the Latest Elections.


As well as, probably, the Czech Republic, where the People have Just Given the 1st Place in the Elections to the Atypical, Rightist "ANO" Party of Businessman Babis, to whom the President of the Country, Milos Zeman, gave an Official Mandate to Lead a New Government, (after having already Participated into a Previous Governemental Coalition).
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    But, in Nowadays Germany, are things yet basically Ready for a Possible participation of AfD's Conservatives/Rightists, (in one way or another) into an eventual "Unity of the Right" Coalition Government due to be led by the ChristianDemocrats/EPP of CDU/CSU of Chancellor Angie Merkel, together with the FDP's Liberals ?         

                                
 - It's now a Fact that the AfD avoided Recently its Initial Error to Focus excessively on an Anti-€uro Fixation, (as also French Rightists of "FN" might, eventually, do, particularly after the recent Departure of controversial MEP Philippot, who had reportedly pushed Marine Le Pen in an Excessive Anti-EU Direction, that even her Father, MEP Jean-Marie Le Pen, had considered unecessary). Indeed, AfD's Focus (under the Influence Both of Persons and of Events) turned much More towards Safety of the People vis-a-vis Islamist Terrorist Attacks cowardly Targetting innocent Civilians, and Mass irregular Migration, Integration, etc.. I.e. obvious Topical Issues also for all Europe Nowadays, (f.ex., not only for UK's "BREXIT"'s main Argument, as stimulated mainly by MEP Nigel Farage, President of the EFDD Group in EU Parliament, and noted by Various Commentators in the Brittish Press, but even throughout several Other EU Countries, including those around the Franco-German core, but also Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, etc).

+ Inside AfD's Leadersip, among others, f.ex., Beatrix von Storck (former MEP at EU Parliament, at the Conservative and afterwards Freedom+Direct Democracy Group, and currently New vice-President of the AfD Group of MPs at the Bundestag), speaking just Before the 9/2017 Elections to "Eurofora" in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, about the Possibility, or not, for an Eventual Unity of the Right in Germany, she did Not even mention any Angie Merkel alleged problem as Obstacle or pre-Condition :


- "I Know this issue and I have tried several Times. But it's Impossible. You can't imagine : They (CDU/CSU) don't even Talk to us !", she has merely told "Eurofora" in substance, on this matter.



+ But, Chancellor Angie Merkel has already, Spectacularly Demonstrated, that she Can Change Policies, if and when she might, eventually, Find out that it's Necessary and Good for Germany and/or all Europe.
When this might also be Related, directly or indirectly, with People's Votes, then, it's Naturally a normal Ingredient of Democracy.


F.ex., on Turkey, on the "Greens", on Energy, on Family, on Personal Data Protection in Modern ICT, on Ukraine/Russia, on Migration and/or EU's external Borders, etc.

++ On the Contrary, at least Some among her most Controversial Moves or "U-Turns", seem to have been, in fact, almost Imposed on her (and on Germany or all Europe) under exceptional external Pressures, perhaps even sly Aggressions (Comp., f.ex. her Astonishingly Broken Leg, wich Obliged to Walk with Cranches on December 2013/January 2014, and Cancelled her previously Announced Plan to make Visits to Solve the Emerging Ukranian Issue with Russia, just Before it Worsened and Resulted into a Bloody Clash Dividing the European Continent from February 2014), and/or by slyly Tricking/Betraying/Abusing her Trust, "Abandoning" her Alone to Deal with some Exceptionally Hard and Collective, European or other, Wider Issues. (Comp., f.ex., Experienced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's famous Observation, by which he Criticized his "Socialist" successor Hollande : - "Who Left Mrs. Merkel Alone ?", when EU had to Urgently Find a Solution, precisely, on that UnPrecedented Giant "Tsunami" of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants suddenly entering Europe via Turkey, which Pushed for a Controversial EU - Turkey Deal, Later-on inside a Brussels City deserted by Islamist Terrorist Attacks on 2015-2016), etc.

++ At least in some Key Issues of General Interest, it would normally be quite Easy for Angie Merkel's CDU/CSU to Find certain Common Points with AfD and FDP, useful for Germany and all Europe, or even Well Beyond, since they used to Correspond to her own, publicly professed Policies. As, among others, on Family, Children and Demography : F.ex., it's, indeed, on "Strong Families" and on various Measures to Support Births and Raising of Children in Germany, as well as in a Parallel Intra-European Movement of EU Citizens, that Chancellor Merkel had clearly Based one of her First and landmark Speeches during her particularly Victorious (almost 40%+ !) Electoral Campaign of 2013, kick-Starting from Early August 2013 near Historic Chancellor of German ReUnification, Helmut Kohl's Family Home, at Ludwigshaffen, as "Eurofora" had attested then on the spot, (See, f.ex. : ...).


In Addition, almost at that Same Period, in Parallel, one of her Closest and most Important Political Collaborators, JHA Minister Thomas De Maiziere, published recent Staristics showing that the Intra-European Movements of EU Citizens inside the Shengen area (added also to other Europeans, f.ex. from EU Non-Shenghen Member States, Russia, etc) towards Germany had, in Total, Bypassed and OutNumbered the Foreign Non-European Migrants from 3rd Countries entering Europe from Other Continents of the World.


Taken Together, these 2 Parallel Movements could Naturally Converge towards a genuinly European ReGeneration of the WorkForce and all Population in Germany and other EU Countries, much More Coherent and Logical, with Better Socio-Cultural Cohesion as well as various Qualifications, Historic Links, etc, and certainly Easier to Integrate, (as History has already proven), withOut any External, Non-European Dependency and/or undue Foreign Interferences.


So that any eventual Extra-European Immigration could be Focused on Helping Real Refugees, facing Persecution for Political or other reasons, due f.ex. to their Support and/or a Noble struggle for Human Rights, Democracy, etc., in case of Human Urgency, and/or into Welcoming various Countries' real Migrants (in the sens of People who make Efforts for Socio-Economic and Cultural Integration in their Host Country : something that American People Differenciate from mere "Aliens") with a Genuine Will to be Integrated in the European Society, freely and consciously chosen, not imposed.


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+++ Better Convergence, at least Partly, on Security and Defence,  Historic Identity and Christianism, Russia, Cultural Heritage/Values and Integration of Migrants, EU - Turkey relations, SMEs and Fight against UnEmployment, Economic Growth, eventually at least a notable Part of BioEthics (as CDU/CSU won't be, No more, Pressured by the "Socialists" on this Point, as in the Past, while such Issues Figured also at AfD's recent Congress in Nearby Stuttgart), etc., could, Obviously, provide Several Interesting Additional concrete Points of Joint Interests, between those 3 Parties (FDP, CDU/CSU, AfD : i.e. "Black - Yellow - Blue") of the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, that the German People has Recently Voted at the Forefront, Both in Regional ("Länder"/Federated States) and in National (Federal) Elections, (Comp., f.ex., among others, also : ... + ...).

 

- F.ex., on BioEthics, AfD's Program, adopted at its Congress in Stuttgart, accepts that Human "Life begins with the Embryo", and asks to Protect the "UnBorn", while also Warning against "Risks" of "Genetic Engineering" on "Humans" (in the Chapter about "Nature ... Protection"), stresses its "commitment" to "Traditional Family", (i.e. among a Man and a Woman), etc.


+ It also refers Several Times to "Christianity" as a Key part of German Cultural Identity, Rejects "Multi-Culti" and prefers real Socio-Cultural Integration, etc.

 

+++ AfD's Rightists/Conservatives also wish to "End Sanctions on Russia", after 4 Years of Exceptional Tensions, Divisions risking to push Back on a "Cold-War" Past, InHuman and Dangerous Conflicts inside the PanEuropean area of the "Atlantic to the Urals Mountains+" of De Gaulle/Adenauer+Chirac/Kohl etc. At least some Carefull but Interesting Steps in the Direction of PanEuropean Detente, Cooperation, Peace and Developement, wouldn't be Useful Nowadays, when EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker (a close Ally to Chancellor Merkel) has just Asked to be given a Mandate to Negotiate with Russia, as he stressed in a Press Conference in Brussels at the sidelines of the October 2017 EU Summit (See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from the spot, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/junckerforeurussia.html). Added, Naturally, to the recent Fact that New US President Don Trump is notoriously Favorable to Better Relations with Russia too... (Comp., f.ex., his 1st Meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 2017 + "Eurofora"s Newsreport from the spot : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/merkelontrumpputin1stmeeting.html). Meanwhile, OECD's Head, the Experienced Angel Gurria, speaking earlier to "Eurofora" at the CoE in Strasbourg, has Already Warned that the Ukranian Conflict, by Dividing the PanEuropean area and Hindering EU - Russia cooperation, practically Means also a Lower Economic Growth, and Loss of a much needed European+ Potential, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/oecdheadaskssolutionforukraine.html). Moreover, Today, when "Siemens" and "Alsthom" have just Decided to Join their Forces in High-Speed Train (as ICE + TGV around 300 km/h, and TTGV around 600 km/h), almost at the Same Moment that China's Economic Powerhouse is notoriously Seeking to Boost Euro-Chinese Trans-Continental Links of Transport, for Goods and People, (for which, the Russian Land is a Natural "Bridge"), why shouldn't Germany (and all the EU) Seize an Historic Opportunity to Launch a Strategic High-Speed Rail Link between EU's Franco-German core - via Russia's TranSiberian space - and the China/Japan+ area near Vladivostoc, Beijing, Shanghai, Korea and Tokyo ? (Comp., among many others, also, f.ex., a relevant "Eurofora"s Viewpoint inspired from the Latest "G20" Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 2017, at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/g20andglobalrailnetwork.html). With an Adequate Cooperation also with some USA(+Japan ?) Companies, such a Concrete and Useful Move could be much More Beneficial to Peace and Development, than several merely Diplomatic Meetings' Talk-shop...


Another Topical point where Chancellor Angie Merkel could be particularly Useful, considering, not only her Experience with the Chirac-Merkel-Putin PanEuropean Summit at Napoleon III's Compiegne Castle on 2006, (Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReport from the spot, Pubished then at "TCWeekly"), but also the Fact that she fluently Speaks Russian, as Vladimir Putin also Speaks German, (added, also, to her Previous and Posterior Attempts to Alleviate or Solve the Ukranian Different, at least partly provoked from elsewhere : Comp. her initial Intensions, expressed at a Press Conference in Brussels during the December 2013 EU Sumit, and her role on the 2015 Minsk Agreement: ... + ..., etc).


Neither a remake of the Previous "Gro-Ko", with "Socialists" negatively influenced by their counterparts as former US President Barack Hussein Obama/Kerry/Mrs Nuland, etc, (Despite Schroeder's previous experience, impulsed by Chirac, etc), Nor some Fake "Greens", (incredibly Anti-Russian lately), could Not Help at all, in such a Direction, to which, Most of them were Opposed. Concerning several "Greens", and even some "Socialists", in reality it was, at least Partly, also Because of "Hot" and Topical Contradictions on "Bio-Ethical" Issues, (Comp. Supra), including some Aggressive "LGBTI" Agendas, f.ex. on Public Propaganda even vis a vis Children, on "Same Sex Marriage" including Childrens' submission to Homosexuals' Power, on Pretext of "Adoption", etc.

I.e. for the Same Reasons (+Added also to Other Christian Values) for which, on the Contrary, Russia, and particularly Vladimir Putin himself, had Started, for the 1st Time in History, to become ... Popular even among USA's Conservative Republicans, (from Pat Buchanan, Preacher Graham, etc., up to Don Trump himself, already since 2013-2014, until Now: 2016-2017), while, on the Contrary, the so-called "Socialists" (DP) of a "Left" joined, Paradoxically, a part of the "Cold War"'s "Deep State", becoming Hysterically, Caricaturally and Dangerously (for Peace in Europe and the World) Anti-Russian, as Never Before... A Danger for Peace and Development, that Real, Conscious and Responsible Europeans canNot Afford No More, (as the Recent Votes of the German People timely Reminded : Comp. Supra).


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However, it's true that some Loopholes on AfD's Program, and/or Unsubstantiated, Naive Claims about "Genetic Engineering"'s alleged promises (in fact, Never realized yet on the most wide-spread diseases), a strange last-minute Disappearence of some Interesting, more Explicit Amendments on Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryo and/or Otherwise on Human beings, (which had been initially Tabled by AfD's "Heartland" around Dresden), added to the Subsequent Controversial Selection of one among its 2 Parliamentary Election Top Candidates Later in Köln, (who was revealed in public Afterwards to be a Lesbian living as a Couple with another Woman from a Foreign Country, with underage Children submitted to their power), obviously, do Not Fit well with the professed Commitments of AfD Stuttgart Congress' Program, (Comp. Supra). And this certainly Hindered it from getting an Important Electoral Benefit from CDU/CSU's last-minute Concession to Socialists/Liberals/Greens/Leftists regarding a Controversial Recognition of Same Sex Marriage and submission of Children to the Power of Homosexuals under Pretext of "Adoption", etc, on July 2016. Otherwise, AfD might have Gained about 20%, instead of just 13%. This point might be, in fact, Part of a sudden Disagreement with AFD's former Leader, Frauke Petry, openly revealed only After the Elections, (during which, on the Contrary, she has led a Campaign Symbolically Focused on the Natural Procreation of Humans, by Natural Couples formed by a Man and a Woman), who was followed also by another 3 Conservative MPs.                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is also a Strange Ommission of Ancient Greek Civilisation's contribution to Democracy and Law, as far as Germany's view point on Europe's Historic Cultural Identity is concerned, (curiously Ommitted when its Sources are citted in that AFD's Program) : Something which would certainly Surprise the Best, Historic German Philosophers, while even Words "Democracy" and "Europe" stem from Ancient Greek, and the Traditional German Civil and Commercial Law comes from the Historic "Pandekten-Recht" translation/collection of Greek-Byzantine Emperor Justinian's magistral Synthesis, in Early Medieaval era, etc.

Unless some committed the Blunder to Confuse between Aristote, Platon, Socratis, Demosthenes, Evripides, Alexander the Great's trans-Continental Empire, Constantine the Great's Byzantine Empire, etc, in a World-Famous long Historic European Civilisation of more than 3.000 Years, and ..."PASOK'''s and other such "Socialists"' 30 Years (1981-2011 and Recently) of various Corruption, Clientelism/Sauvinism a.o. Scandals, resulting in Oppression and Debts, (Exploited by Anti-European and Anti-Democratic Lobbies in order to Push Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, Provoking a series of UnPrecedented EU Crisis between 2002-2017)...


The main Idea of a Right-Wing Party, defending Traditional Values, at a moment when the Leading CDU/CSU extended more than usual towards the Center in certain Key Issues, is, naturaly, logical per se. But it must be Well Crafted if it really wants to contribute something usefull in practice, (as various AfD's key politicians seem to have already realized).


Nevertheless, Comparatively, AfD is Nearer than Other Parties to CDU/CSU's Traditional positions on such issues, (f.ex. as those with which Chancellor Angie Merkel brillantly Won the Previous, 2013 Elections, reaching then, up to almost 40%, and which were also Supported by 75% of CDU/CSU MPs at Bundestag's July 2016 Vote on Natural Family, etc), and the remaining Controversial points seem already Discussed at its Electoral Base and among militants for eventual rectifications/clarifications in a Forthcoming Congress on Spring 2018.

And experienced Chancellor Angie Merkel, in fact, is well Able (if she wishes) to play a Central Role, between FDP's Center-Right, and AfD's Rightists, heading a Strong ChristianDemocrat CDU/CSU attractive pole in the Middle, (Together with some Recent outreach Influence even towards at least some PSD and/or "Greens", etc), in a Efficient way, which might prove, in fine, quite Beneficial, both for Germany and all Europe, (Comp. f.ex., already, "Eurofora"s Earlier Analysis of German Elections in several Länders/Federated States : - "Merkel = Wiser than some think ?", at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/germanregionalelections.html , etc).

+ Merkel's Recent, Surprizing Statement, (at the Eve of September 2017 Elections, during an Exceptional Meeting in Berlin with ...Young Children, Open to the Press), that she considers as her "most Favorite Prime Minister", ...Norway's Erna Solberg, (who notoriously Heads, for a 2nd Time in a Row, a "Unity of the Right" Government, Bringing Together her ChristianDemocrat/EPP party, and the Norwegian Rightists of the "Progress" Party), is, objectively, a New Symbolic Sign, which canNot be Ignored...

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Last, but not least :  A mathematically Possible "Bahamas" Coalition would be more Faiithful and Better Corresponsing to German People's Democratically expressed Political Will, at the Latest Elections of September 2017.


And, since even the Historic German Chancellor Korad Adenauer, has Already accomplished a Similar Move, with a Coalition Government of Unity of the Right, with tha ChristianDemocrats leading a 3 Parties' Government, between the Liberals and the Rightists, since the 1st Election of Modern Germany, back on 1949, 1953, 1957, etc., then, (a fortiori), Why Nowadays Germany of 2017, couldn't do alike ?  (Comp. Facts cited Supra).

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EuroCorps, aged 15, may graduate in 2009, boosted by Strasbourg's Human Rights/Reconciliation symbols and fresh political will

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 Popular : EuroCorps' chief, General Pittarch, and Strasbourg's Mayor Ries, speak to the People, downtown.

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* EuroCorps, EU defence's etat major, which has just celebrated 15 years of age (1993 - 2008), is young enough to feel enthousiasm for missions to guarantee Human Rights, Peace and reconcilation : Strasbourg's Historic Symbols, but also maturing fast, (particularly under the current French EU Presidency), in order to prepare potentialy important developments in 2009 :

- "EUROCORPS" is a "unique tool" for "a Modern Europe", jointly managed by participating Nations without anyone deciding for others", to "support their efforts to promote Reconciliation, Peace and Human Rights' Values, which identify today's European ideal, with its Symbol-City : Strasbourg", stressed its Chief, Spanish General Pedro PITARCH, in a popular ceremony for the 15th Anniversary of the European Army Corps, at its Headquarters.

- "Today, we are ready and able to fullfil any Peace-keeping Mission may be decided by the Political leadership, since we can deploy up to 60.000 soldiers and/or other agents, mainly in land, but in coordination with Sea and Air operarions", (even to build vital Infrastructures, demining, keep public order, facilitate Elections, etc), said to EuroFora EUROCORPS' Spokesman and Press Director, Colonel Raul SUEVOS.

- "If there is an Agreement with the framework Nations, EUROCORPS could certainly contribute to guarantee manifold aspects of Peace setllements", told us recently General PITARCH.

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EuroCorps framework Nations' flags in Strasbourg's central square, on 2008, under the eyes of Napoleon's general KLEBER, famous for its Egypt campain, (reminded by German chancelor Merkel at Berlin's March 2007 EU Summit in a symbolic 1799 gift to the French President)..
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EU Parliament asked, Summer 2008 in Strasbourg, " to place Eurocorps as a standing force under EU command", and "invited all (EU) Member States to contribute to it".

France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Luxembourg (participating with Funds, Telecoms and Officers), are EUROCORPS"' main "Framework Nations", due to be joined by Italy in 2009. Greece and Austria participate as "Contributing Nations", while Poland decided to upgrade its role. Turkey has liaison Officers for NATO relations, and even USA decided to send Officers to Strasbourg on 2009.

Observers await with impatience also the outcome of NATO's April 2009 Summit in Strasbourg in order to have a better view of EuroCorps' future.

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  Since modern Defence must be able to use all Arms nowadays, EuroCorps tried to charm Strasbourg's People with Music accross popular streets...

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