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Yes, we could have prevented Ferguson riots says World Democracy Forum's Young American NGO to ERFRA

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Could a simple NGO for Teenagers have prevented the most serious, Deadly and Violent Social Crisis that America and the whole World witnessed recently, astonished and/or frightened, at USA's Ferguson in Missouri, which obliged USPresident Obama to exceptionaly order the National Guard to intervene in order to try to impose Order under Martial Law, among a local population apparently gone amoc and Policemen outpassed, while CNN gave the shivers to a Worldwide Public by adding the picture of demonstrators holding a panel with the words  : - "ISIS here !", an obvious reference to the Horrible BeHeaders of Islamic Extremist Terrorists of ISIS in Syria and Iraq who have recently terrified and revolted many Millions of People accross the World by their Brutal, Deadly Violence against defenseless persons, including Women, Elders, Children, etc., serving some exceptionally retrograde and Oppressive policies also against Religious, Ethnic and other Minorities ?

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A Young American woman, Noelle Cormier, from the USA NGO "Generation Citizens", presenting its project to "EuroFora" during the Poster Session of the 2014 "World Forum for Democracy", at the prestigious ante-chamber of the PanEuropean CoE's Committee of Ministers, appeared convinced and adamant :

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 - "Yes, we could !", she firmly claimed, after being initially surprised by our Topical Question on Ferguson, trying to overcome the first impressions inevitably left by her Too Young age and profile, suddenly adopting, instead a quasi-Professional style of an experienced expert, who would already know what it really means to work at some socialy "difficult", impoverished and/or neglected Suburbs, both in Europe and in the US or elsewhere in the World, and be actively present on the spot..


- Our main aim is to teach People about their Rights, as Citizens, and to Help them get involved and interact Collectively inside Local Communities in order to find Solutions to their most accute problems, and this, indeed, could have served also to prevent Crisis as that that we all saw at Ferguson, the "Generation Citizen"'s (US) representative replied, in substance, to "EuroFora" in this regard.


- For that purpose, our work, (which is addressed mainly to Teenagers between 14 and 18 years old), should have already developed in areas of Neighbourhoods where it's deemed necessary, so that it would have enough Time in order to be efficient, she added.


+ And to "EuroFora"s natural, subsequent Question on  - "How ?", her NGO might have succeeded to prevent Crisis as that which was recently seen at Ferguson, Cormier didn't shy out in her reply :  - F.ex. we would have Spoken with the Young People of the are about their Problems, and, among others, we would have Helped them to approach, get in touch and have a peaceful "Dialogue with the Law Enforcement Services", as well as for collective demarches inside that Community and vis a vis the Local Authorities for the solution of their "hottest" problems, as she said.


+ + Asked to tell : - "For How Long ?", i.e. "some Weeks, Months, or may be Years ?", the "Generation Citizen"'s representative, suddenly, took a serious, deep look, and surprised by her sharp reply :


- "Permanently !", the Young Lady stressed, looking right in front of the eyes, in a more serious and convinced way than initially expected...


=> It's true, that COE's Strasbourg-based Annual "World Forum for Democracy", after a previous year focused on "New Technologies"' potential, now added also a "Young People" factor, while its "Innovation" Prize (Comp. relevant NewsReport, herewith), persisted to look at a possible New Future, which, taken all together, naturally lead to an inevitable mixture full of Ambition and big Horizons !

After all, why not, particularly when one is still frresh and young, just after having heard even the inspiring, World-Famous Futurologist Jeremy Rifkin, launch certain vibrant calls for the incoming, new Generation to dare face and solve some among the greatest Issues in the History of Mankind ?... (See relevant NewsReport, hereby).

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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