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Viewpoint: Regions of Europe: the Alsatian case

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 02 June 2021

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 By Patrick Bracker

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( ACM : "NewsViewPoint" Columnist Patrick Bracker seeks a revival of the Historic "Alsace" Region, as Bridge between Nations in Europe, criticizing the 2015 choice for a new, "Great East" Region, shortly before the forthcoming French Regional Elections. This represents his Personal view, (on the occasion of a relevant Collective Meeting near High Koenigsburg Castle), and Not necessarily that of "Eurofora".


F.ex., among various other points, (after having Criticized the 2014-5 Abolition of Alsace, See : http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/alsacenotoalcaponearea.html), we have already Published that many find Interesting also ...Both realities, including for Bridges between Nations in Europe, (where the Franco-German core obviously is the Key, particularly after UK's BREXIT, but also from the De Gaule - Adenauer link). So, we naively Hope that our French friends will manage to find a way to Combine the Advantages of Both ("Alsace" and "Great East"), in an adequate way. In such Direction, an Artistic Symbol of a Strasbourg - Reims Historic Link,  is ... Joan of Arc herself, Born at nearby Lorraine and active particularly at Reims, on whom also a German Rock Music Group of quality, as "Eloy", has created a sympathetic work, (as usual for them : in English, a language of Franco-German Synthesis : Enjoy Infra ! ). By the way, perhaps something Bigger than expected might Emerge in the forseable Future from this Controversy : Naturaly, with a Right, Ambitious "Vision", as Eloy evoked nowadays (2017 + 2019 and well Beyond, towards a New European Horizon, with No more Fake Europeans, But towards Real Europeans : at the Core of Joan's Legacy)...
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Regions of Europe: the Alsatian case

 

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Within the framework of European construction, the perspective of the Europe of the regions represents a fundamental link between the authorities and dimensions of the territories: local, regional, national, European, cross-border and international.

The region allows a structural and human interface between the various organizational layers of a state, between the local and the national, and constitutes a bridge between nations when these regions are located at the borders of the member states of a multidimensional organization such as Europe. One understands here the importance of the bilateral cross-border relationship and the supranational dimension or extraterritoriality. These structures include specific objectives while combining complementary with their members.

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The organizations of the Council of Europe, the CLRAE or the European Union, the Committee of the Regions, the CEMR, respond to these multifactorial dimensions in the continuity of the member states. These internal organizations provide in principle the impetus for progress between the Member States through these regional and local levels.

We know that bridges are one of the logistical issues to be destroyed during real wars. In view of its experience, Europe, on the contrary, builds bridges between member states and external relations. At the intra-European level, bridges are also partnerships, twinning, and cross-border regions. Joint projects and activities of civil society, universities, companies, or shared policies allow for meetings, and to get to know each other. Open-mindedness allows bridging the gaps of ignorance or distance. Let's build bridges!

 

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For example, with regard to the Council of Europe's Charter of Local and Regional Self-Government, the reform of the regions in France in 2015, carried out in an unfriendly and authoritarian manner without respecting European law by the government concerned, in no way corresponds to the state of mind intended by the founders of the European project, whose stakes have been well defined since the beginning, after the war. Moreover, the internal law was seriously undermined, since this reform did not respect the concept of equal treatment between regions, even though it was a founding constitutional act of the Republic.In addition to these facts,there was a cynical denial of the anthropological reality of certain regions of this country. The case of Alsace is a flagrant example, it is distressing to note that the decision-makers concerned, did not show respect for the history, nor for the population and the families of this region.

One will remember the opposition of the Senate to this reform which limited the number of regions to 13 instead of 22, while the upper house of Parliament proposed 15 regions. The majority of local elected officials as well as the population in a proportion of 80% were opposed to it. To this day, the majority of the population is still opposed to it at nearly 70%. And one evokes the democratic deficit or the notion of confidence!

In this context, we can also ask ourselves at the local level what were the motivations that pushed the creation of euro-metropolis, too big and destructive of the real estate, environmental and natural quality for the small region of Strasbourg. Is there a complementarity or a will to harm, and if so, for which objectives? Indeed, the European project is also a project of human dimension and quality of life, compared to the size of the big capitals as Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Roma... in relation to these great capitals, the human and geographical dimension of Alsace does indeed correspond to a human dimension of proximity and quality, in a way a laboratory of quality and happiness at the European level since 70 years...Actually the new mega-region named Grand Est seems far of the game.

Obviously, in a European or international perspective, this situation would have serious implications, since the situation in this region has been well known for a long time, and in particular the sufferings and bruises caused by wars or periods between wars when indelicate leaders showed contempt for the local level.

The techniques of totalitarian or contemptuous manipulation of the people are however outdated by recent developments, even if there is a hint of attempts by powers with limited competences in time and in the human domain. In all these situations there are technical errors from the institutional point of view, but above all there are mistakes from the point of view of human values, such as free choice or respect for the living being. 

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With regard to this fundamental problem, there are intelligent reactions. It is the case of the Alsatian regional reality defended by the Movement for Alsace under the leadership of its President Senator André Reichardt. The open-mindedness of this apolitical movement, symbolized by a large gathering of currents of thoughts, allows the meeting of points of view with different angles of reflection and represents a factor of appeasement of the tensions met because of this process with the forceps carried out during this reform of the regions. The regional elections that will take place in June 2021, six years
after these events, may give orientations to the decision-makers.

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It will be recalled that the government of the time had not deigned to respond to the recommendation made by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe during the session of March 2016. Yet France had ratified the Charter of Local and Regional Self-Government... The diplomatic issue is also engaged by thi situation. Our international colleagues remain courteous; they are no less duped by the situation. This can naturally hinder or even prevent inter-state or international transactions, or problem solving.

The issues of supranationality and extraterritoriality, as well ontology, are a driving force in the initial philosophy of the post-war founders. The main objectives such as peace, prosperity and the development of the individual and groups in their quality environmental context remain relevant. In this respect, respect for values is an essential element of the trust that citizens can place in responsible entities and representatives.

In the end, this notion of respect is a basic instrument for any form of harmonious development of our societies, individuals and groups.

The restoration of Alsace as a region represents a European challenge.

 

Patrick Bracker

 

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Régions dEurope: lecas alsacien

Dans le cadre de la construction européenne,la perspective de l'Europe des régions représente un lien fondamental entre les instances et les dimensions des territoires: local, régional, national, européen, transfrontalier jusqu'à l'international.

La région permet un interfaçage structurel et humain entre les diverses strates organisationnelles d’un état,entre le local et le national et constitue un pont entre les nations lorsque ces régions sont situés aux frontièresdes étatsmembres d’une organisation multidimensionnelle telle quel’Europe. L’on comprend ici l’importance de la relation bilatérale transfrontalière et de la dimension supranationale ou de l’extraterritorialité. Ces structurations comprennent des objectifs précis tout en combinaison complémentaires avec leurs membres.

Les organisations du Conseil de l’Europe, le CPLRE ou de l’Union européenne, le CdR,la CCRE, répondent à ces dimensions multifactorielles dans la continuité des Etats membres. Ces organisations internes apportent en principeles impulsions pour le progrès entre les Etats-Membres grâceà ces niveaux gionaux et locaux.

On sait que les ponts sont lun des enjeux logistiques à détruire durant les vraies guerres. En regard de son expérience, L’Europe, au contraire construit des ponts entre les états membres et les relations extérieures. Au niveau intra-européen, les ponts sont aussi les partenariats, les jumelages, les régions transfrontalières. Les projets et les activités communes, de la société civile,universitaire, entreprises, ou de politiques partagées permettent les rencontres, et de se connaitre. L’ouverture d’esprit permet de combler les lacunes des ignorances ou des distances. Construisons des ponts!

Pour l’exemple, sagissant de la Charte dAutonomie locale et régionale du Conseil de lEurope, la réforme des régions en Francemenée d’une façon inamicale et autoritaire hors le respect du droit européenpar le gouvernement concerné ne correspond en rien à l’état d’esprit voulu par les fondateurs du projet européen,dont les enjeux sont bien définis depuis le début, après-guerre. En outre le droit intérieur fût sérieusement écorné,puisque cette réforme ne respectait pas le concept d’égalité de traitement entre les régions, pourtant acte constitutionnel fondateur de la République. Il se rajoute à ces faitsune négation cynique de la réalité anthropologique des régionsde ce pays. Le cas de l’Alsace en est un exemple flagrant, il est navrant de constater que les décideurs concernés, ne firent preuve d’aucun respect de l’histoire, ni de la population et des familles de cette région.

L’on se souviendra de lopposition du Sénat à cette réformequi limitait le nombre de région à 13 au lieu de 22, tandis quela chambre haute du Parlement proposait 15 régions. Les élus locaux en majorité ainsi que la population dans une proportion de 80% y étaient opposés, et le reste encore en majorité à près de 70%.Et lon évoque le déficit démocratique ou a notion de confiance!

Dans ce contexte, l’on peut se demander également au niveau local quelles furent les motivations qui poussèrent lacréation d’euro métropole, trop grandeet destructrice de la qualitéimmobilière, environnementale et naturelle pour la petiterégion Strasbourgeoise. Y va-t-ilune complémentarité ou une volonté de nuire, et si oui, pour quels objectifs? Eneffet, le projet européen est aussi un projet de dimension humaineet de qualité de la vie,par rapport à la taille des grandes capitales comme Berlin, Bruxelles, Paris. La dimension humaine et géographique de l’Alsace répond bel et bien à une dimension humaine de proximité et de qualité, en quelque sorte un laboratoire de qualité et de bonheur au niveau européen depuis 70 ans ... Actuellement la mega-région nouvelle Grand Est semble être loin...

Evidemment dans la perspective européenne ou internationale, cette situation comporterait des incidences sérieusespuisque l’on connait bien la situation de cette région depuis longtemps et notamment les souffrances et meurtrissures provoquées par les guerres ou des périodes d’entre guerreslorsque des dirigeants indélicats firent preuve de mépris du niveau local.

Les techniques de manipulations totalitaires ou méprisantes des peuples sont pourtant dépassées par les évolutions récentes, même s’il existe un relent de tentatives par des pouvoirs aux compétences limitées dans le temps et dans le domaine humain. Il y a dans toutes ces situations des erreurs technique au point de vue institutionnels mais surtout des fautes aupoint de vue des valeurs humaines, comme le libre choix et le respect de l' etre vivant.

En regard decette problématique de fond, des réactions dintelligence existent. Cest le cas de la réalité régionale alsacienne défendue par le Mouvement pour l'Alsace sous la houlette de son Président le Sénateur André Reichardt. Louverture desprit de ce mouvement apolitique, symbolisé par un large rassemblement de courants de pensées, permet la rencontre des points de vue avec différents anglede réflexion etr eprésente un facteur d'apaisement des tensions rencontrées du fait dece processus au forceps réalisé lors de cette réforme des régions. Les élections régionales de juin 2021, 6 ans après ces évenements, pourraient offrir des orientations aux décideurs.

L'on rappellera que le gouvernement de l’époque n'avait pas daigné répondre à la recommandation faite par le Congrès de Pouvoirs Locauxet Régional du Conseil de l'Europe lors de la session de mars 2016. Pourtant la France avait ratifié la Charte d’AutonomieLocale et régionale...La question diplomatique est engagée également par cette situation. Nos collègues internationaux restent courtois, ils n’en sont pas moins dupes de la situation. Cela peut naturellement gêner, voire empêcher des transactions interétatiques ou internationales.

Les enjeux des supranationalités et dextraterritorialités, ainsi que de l' ontologie, sont un moteur dans la philosophie initiale des fondateurs d'après-guerre. Les objectifs principaux comme la paix, la prospérité et le développement de l'individu et des groupesdans leur contexte environnemental de qualitérestent d’actualité.A cet égard le respect des valeurs représente un élément essentiel de la confiance que les citoyens peuvent accorder aux entités responsables et à leur représentants.

Au final, cette notion de respect est un instrument de base pour toute forme de développement harmonieux de nos sociétés, individus et groupes.

La restauration de lAlsace en qualité de région représente un enjeu européen.

 

Patrick Bracker

 


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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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