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The European Athletic "Dream Team", after Barcelona 2010 Sport Championship Results

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After several key MEPs' recent proposals to create a European "Dream Team", composed by Europe's Best Athletes (*), the Results of the 2010 European Athletics Championship, which has just been completed at Barcelona with the participation of 33 Countries, clearly indicate how this could be done :


 - The FASTER Men and Women in Europe are French :


Winning 3 Golden Medals out of 4 in the most prestigious 100m and 200m, in both Men and Women, France comes First in Europe, with the 2010 revelation, Young Christophe Lemaitre, (originating from Haute Savoie, not far away from Strasbourg), who marks a remarkable Triple Win in Both these two Top Sports, plus in Relay), and, among Women, Myriam Soumaré 1st Winner of 200m, Bronze in 100m (and Silver in Relay), together with Véronique Mang (No 2 Silver medal), preceded only by the excellent German runner Verena Sailer (No 1, Gold).

The Fastest Team Spirit is also France's, Men and Women combined, witth a 1st Gold and 2nd Silver medals in Relay, respectively, thanks to succesful 4X100 Teams, (something which, surely, could teach a lot to some French Politicians back home)...


French men are  the Faster even when they have to overcome various Obstacles, but also when they are Walking through the Longest ways, as Golden and Sliver medal winners Mekhissi and Tahri in 3.000m Steeplechase, as well as No 1 winner Diniz on 50 Kms Walk, respectively proved.


-  But,  the Most Numerous Fast Running Women in all Europe, are unquestionably Russians, who win a Series of 6 Golden Medals (in 400m, 800m, 400m Hurdles, 3.000m SteepleChase, 20 Kms Walk, 4X400m. Relay), 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze, totalling 14 Medals in Track !


Russian Women are Excellent in Walking Long ways extending many Kilometers (20 kms), Sport in which they succeeded to Win all 3 Ranks, both the 1st, 2nd and 3rd, getting all Medals, Golden, Silver and Bronze...

Both Russian Men and Women are also the Fastest in Team work for Longer Distances, Winning Golden medals in both 4X400 Relays, (including Double Gold Winner also in 400m "solo", Tatyana Firova).

But when it comes to Shorter distance, 4X100 Relay Team work, the Fastest Women are Ukranian, ... naturally closer to the EU.


- British Men are Fast in Long Distances "solo", as proves the remarkable Double Win of Mo Farah in 5.000m and 10.1000m, followed by his compatriot Chris Thompson, (Silver).



And this goes ....even when they have to Jump over Hurdles, (as attest David Greene and Rhys Williams' Gold and Silver medals in 400m H., but also Andy Turner's Golden in 110m Hurdles, followed in Silver by French Garfield Darien of France). 



- German Women proved to be Excellent in extremely Differend situations :


... Both "Solo", at a Short fast run in 100m, (where Gold was brillantly won by Verena Seiler),  but also Good in Collective, Team run for a 4X400m-Long Relay, (winning a Silver medal).


- The Best Athlete in All Men's sports, unquestionably comes from France, with the Historic "Decathlon"'s Golden medal Winner Romain Barras.


France also won Gold on Pole vault, with Renauc Lavillenie confirming that he's flying High.


- But the Best Athlete in All Women's sports : Heptathlon, comes from Jamaica with a UK flag, thanks to Brittish Jessica Ennis, (closely followed by Ukranian Nataliya Dobrynska).


- Propulsion, however, could be a .. German word :


Javelin Throw is, indeed, mainly German, with a Double Win among Women (Linda Stahl for Gold, and Christina Obergfoell for Silver). added to Matthias de Zordo's Silver medal among Men, preceded by Andreas Thorkidsen from Norway.


-  Hammer Throw was won also by German Betty Heidler, among Women, while Germans also win a Silver medal on Discus throw, preceded by Piotr Malachowksi's Gold for Poland.    - Even by Throwing ...himself as far away as possible, Long Jumb Winner Christian Reif, came also from Germany..

- Best Man to Jump High up towards the stars, remains naturally Russian, Aleksander Shustov. 

But among Women, it's Croatian Blanka Vlašić, who jumps Higher in 2010, (probably hoping that Croatia's well advanced EU accession bid would succeed to ..jump to conclusions soon)...


Unless her other Croatian compatriot, Sandra Perković, helps to launch Zagreb's EU bid as forward as she did by winning at Barcelona the Discus Throw Golden medal..


- Triple Jump is however, Ukranian, at least among Women, with Gold Winner Olha Saladukha, (may be inspired by Ukraine's wish to jump over EU's Neighborhood and Eastern Partnership policies towards future Enlargement to Kiev)..



 - The most Resistant, Fast Running athlete : "Marathon" Winner Victor Roethlin, naturally comes from Switzerland's Heartland :

Its "Geographical Center", the Obwalden region, at a splendid Green Environment made of pure Oxygen, Haut Plateaux, Forests, Lakes, Rivers, etc. up to Sunny Mountains Higher than 3.000m, giving eye-catching overviews to Luzern See, etc, (including the Historic Engelberg, where had reportedly arrived a famous Silbermann Organ from Strasbourg's area)... 

A Timely .. "Refreshing" Finale for the Summer 2010 European Championship at Barcelona, which reportedly felt a bit the Heatwave which plunders Strasbourg' area since late June, exceptionally moving recently up to ...Moscow, in Record-breaking, suffocating Temperatures ! But, given the Short Time now available in August, obviously, in order to eventually transform Roethlin's Symbol into a practical Reality, would  require breaking other "Athletic Records"...


- Last, but not least, a special medal for the most ...Funny Show, certainly deserves to be attributed to those who disguised ... Ethiopian-born, grown up and career Runners Elvan Abeylegesse and Alemitu Bekele, into ...so-called "Turkish" athletes, subsequently disguised, afterwards, even into (Pan)"European" ones !  Whoever got the original idea of doing that, obviously had a  real ...."sense of Humour"..

 - In overall results, the more Numerous Winners Athletes in Europe are clearly Russians, who win the greatest Number of Medals, coming 1st in rank, with 10 Golden, (24 in total) !

France wins the 2nd rank among 25 Countries who won medals, with 8 Golden. It is followed by the UK at the 3rd rank with 6 Golden, and Germany as 4rth, with 4 Golden.


In total, these First 4 Countries, clearly outnumber all other participants by the much Greater Quantity of Medals won (Golden, Silver and Bronze, taken all together) : From 16, 19 or 18 Medals (for Germany, UK, France), up to 24 (Russia).

Among the other medaled Countries, Poland won 9 Medals, Spain 8, Ukraine and Italy 6 each, etc, followed by Eighteen other European, PanEuropean or Neighbouring Countries, with fewer medals (from 1 to 4) such as : EU Member Countries Portugal (4), Belgium (3), Hungary (3), Netherlands (2), Romania (2), Ireland (1), Sweden (1), Finland 1), Chech Republiqe (1), Slovakia (1),  Lithuania (1), Latvia (1), Bulgaria (1),  as well as Switzerland (1), Norway (1), Croatia (2), and Belarus (4), even Azerbaidjan (1), Turkey (2), Ethiopia (2),  etc., totaling 141 Medals in all.


At the overall "Placing Table", among the First Five are : Russia (54 Pl. - 262 Points in Total) and France (37 - 183), in the unquestionable 1st and 2nd Ranks, followed by a "Tight" race between the  UK (30 - 167) and Germany (32 - 152), as well as Spain (27 - 110).

(Ukraine's Nataliya Dobrynska, challenging UK's Ennis won Silver at Heptathlon).

Ukraine, Poland and Italy are closely disputing the 6th, 7th and 8th places, with 20-96, 22-96 and 24-92, respectively, while Belarus and Portugal complete the "First Ten" list, at the 9th and 10th place, (with 12-56 and 12-45), respectively.

Follow 23 more European, PanEuropean and other Neighbouring Countries, with 11 Pl. as fex. the Czech Republic, up to Cyprus, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Estonia, and even Azerbaidjan, with just 1 or 2 pl. each.                                     

(P.S. No medals were awarded to Athletes posing for Photographers specialized in "indiscreet" photos, but, considering the galoping Global Competition, nothing seems excluded in the future)...



[(Note *) F.ex., among others, EU Parliament's greatest Group's, (ChristianDemocrats/European Popular Party : EPP), Bureau's Member, Head of the French Delegation,  MEP Jean-Pierre Audy,  a few Months earlier, counting the Number of  medals won ny European Athletes at International Sport Events, observed that Europe could  start playing an Important Role in World Sport issues, if it succeeded to unite all those outstanding Athletes together, in one way or another.
Similar Views were expressed, at various occasions more recently, also by several other EU politicians.]  



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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  

    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...

- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".

- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...

    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.


2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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