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news Calibre CEDH (s'imposant) aux critiques d'ONU/UE/CdE pour force excessive sur Gilets Jaunes (France)
Thursday, 14 February 2019 | ACM
Calibre CEDH (s'imposant) aux critiques d'ONU/UE/CdE pour force excessive sur Gilets Jaunes (France) *Strasbourg/Eugenie Marcopolo+AM(Paris)/- Manifestement "calibrées" pour possibles Condamnations et/ou Mesures d'Urgence par la Cour Européenne des droits de l'homme (CEDH: dont les...
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news 2019 Election Watch: EUParliament Press Officers to EF on Political Changes + Issues Europe-wide
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 | ACM
2019 Election Watch: EUParliament Press Officers to EF on Political Changes + Issues Europe-wide *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "100 Days" before the Crucial EU Election of May 2019, - i.e. the Time Napoleon had after escaping from Elba, while it's still unclear if it...
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news EPP v.President Pons to EF on GermLine Manipulation Ban Resolution + MEPs' Debate
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 | ACM
EPP v.President Pons to EF on GermLine Manipulation Ban Resolution + MEPs' Debate *Strasbourg/European Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- On the Most Important Issue that US President Don Trump and China's President Xi have to find a solution now, well beyond Global Trade, in fact...
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news French Minister Gourault to EF on Cohesion, Digital, Quality of life in Aachen Treaty + EU Election
Monday, 11 February 2019 | ACM
French Minister Gourault to EF on Cohesion, Digital, Quality of life in Aachen Treaty + EU Election *Strasbourg/ENA/Angelo Marcopolo/- French Territorial Cohesion Minister, Jacqueline Gourault, Replying to an "Eurofora" Question at a Press-Point after her Lecture in the prestigious...
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news France/Grand Debat/Gilets Jaunes: Droit Citoyen à Dialogue avant Decisions = Solution Démocratique ?
Wednesday, 06 February 2019 | ACM
France/Grand Debat/Gilets Jaunes: Droit Citoyen à Dialogue avant Decisions = Solution Démocratique ? *Strasbourg/NewsViewpoint (+m.à.j.)/Angelo Marcopolo/- Au coeur d'une Solution de compromis possible au conflit socio-politique dit des "Gilets Jaunes" en France, (qu'on essaie de...
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news PACE President Maury-Pasquier to EF: Boost Geneva/UN - Strasbourg/CoE links, mainly on Human Rights+
Friday, 25 January 2019 | ACM
PACE President Maury-Pasquier to EF: Boost Geneva/UN - Strasbourg/CoE links, mainly on Human Rights+ *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- One of the Best Links between Geneva and Strasbourg, Global and European Human Rights matters : Dick Marty, Swiss Attorney, elected Politician, and former Long-Time...
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news ECHR President Raimondi to EF: Infringement process v. Turkey for DisRespect of Judgements on Cyprus
Thursday, 24 January 2019 | ACM
ECHR President Raimondi to EF: Infringement process v. Turkey for DisRespect of Judgements on Cyprus *Strasbourg/ECHR/Angelo Marcopolo/- Among various possible Measures, CoE's Committee of Ministers should launch an Infringement Proceeding against Turkey for blatantly and repeatedly Refusing to...
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news ECHR President Raimondi to EF: a complaint by Savchenko (Ukraine) would be examined very seriously
Thursday, 24 January 2019 | ACM
ECHR President Raimondi to EF: a complaint by Savchenko (Ukraine) would be examined very seriously  *Strasbourg/ECHR/Angelo Marcopolo/- ECHR President was replying to an Eurofora question on the long imprisonement of former Ukranian national hero Nadija Savchenko, suddenly accused to plot a...
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news Cyprus' MEP Lucaides elected President of CoE Assembly's Middle East and Arab World Committee
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 | ACM
  Cyprus' MEP Lucaides elected President of CoE Assembly's Middle East and Arab World Committee *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's mainly from early March 2019, with a Meeting prepared in Paris, (shortly before France takes over the rotating CoE's Presidency, from May to November...
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news CoE Assembly SG Sawicki to EF: Russia Deal legally possible during 1st Half of 2019+
Friday, 18 January 2019 | ACM
CoE Assembly SG Sawicki to EF: Russia Deal legally possible during 1st Half of 2019+ *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite current Claims that Latest Developments would inevitably Exclude Russian MEPs from CoE's PanEuropean Assembly (PACE), on pretext of the Ukranian...
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news PanEuropa International SG Barisic to EF: Multilingual Web Translation: Vital for EU Integration
Thursday, 17 January 2019 | ACM
PanEuropa International SG Barisic to EF: Multilingual Web Translation: Vital for EU Integration *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU is currently shaping its Digitalisation Strategy, a Debate in EU Parliament on "Education in the context of Digital Age", gave...
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news EUParliament Vote on Ombudsman backs EF project Key parts (1997-2019, incl. Historic Buzek 2009 act)
Thursday, 17 January 2019 | ACM
EUParliament Vote on Ombudsman backs EF project Key parts (1997-2019, incl. Historic Buzek 2009 act)  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- A strong Majority in EU Parliament's plenary backed a Key part of "Eurofora" project's (+1997-2019) Principles about Citizens'...
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news EU Parliament's Top Press Officers in Upbeat mood ahead of crucial 2019 European Elections...
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | ACM
EU Parliament's Top Press Officers in Upbeat mood ahead of crucial 2019 European Elections...  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Fast-Track look at the Annual Reception of accredited Journalists for the Crucial New Year of 2019 European Elections, by EU Parliament's Top Press...
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news CoE SG Jagland to EF on meeting German MFA Maas, +Russia-Syria-US: "New Situation"
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 | ACM
CoE SG Jagland to EF on meeting German MFA  Maas, +Russia-Syria-US:   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo.Marcopolo/- Experienced twice CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, f. Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway, speaking to "Eurofora" on his...
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news Space Exploration re-Starts on 2019 in the World. But what about EU's Autonomy ?
Thursday, 03 January 2019 | ACM
Space Exploration re-Starts on 2019 in the World. But what about EU's Autonomy ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- On Space, the Biggest Generator of various High-Tech. Innovations, Christmas 2018 and the Beginning of the New Year 2019 were Both Marked by some highly Symbolic...
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Announcements Eurofora Christmas + New Eve Wishes to its Readers
Sunday, 23 December 2018 | ACM
Eurofora Christmas + New Eve Wishes to its Readers    *Strasbourg/- "Eurofora"'s best Wishes to all its Readers for Christmas and New Eve's annual Recess, hoping that Natural Snow will succeed to overcome "Global...
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news Turkish Elections' Legitimacy Challenged by CoE+OSCE: Bad Changes impact on Vote Results
Monday, 17 December 2018 | ACM
Turkish Elections' Legitimacy Challenged by CoE+OSCE:  Bad Changes impact on Vote Results *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The critical Findings of a joint Report adopted both by Pan-European CoE and Trans-Atlantic OSCE this Week-End, Challenge the Legitimacy of Turkish Elections, including...
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news EU Chair, Austrian Chancelor Kurz on FRONTEX + Neighbouring Countries: Bring Back irregular Migrants
Friday, 14 December 2018 | ACM
EU Chair, Austrian Chancelor Kurz on FRONTEX + Neighbouring Countries: Bring Back irregular Migrants *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite some current Controversies on FRONTEX's further development, (particularly around CoastGuards' precise role), nevertheless, its Mandate has been...
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news Despite BREXIT zig-zag +Terror Attack etc, EU Summit Advances on Civil Security/Defence +€uro-Budget
Friday, 14 December 2018 | ACM
Despite BREXIT zig-zag +Terror Attack etc, EU Summit Advances on Civil Security/Defence +€uro-Budget *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite the Fact that EU's Flags were exceptionaly Lowered to Half-staff in Brussels, and 28 Heads of State/Government started working by observing a Minute...
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news EU Commission President Juncker to EF : I doN't know how Long will take BREXIT Talks !
Thursday, 13 December 2018 | ACM
EU Commission President Juncker to EF : I doN't know how Long will take BREXIT Talks ! *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question, at a meeting with Journalists just after the 1st Press Conference on what is expected to be the most Crucial EU...
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news EU Parliamant : Cyprus + EU Defense emerge 1st after Strasbourg Islamist Terrorist Attack
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 | ACM
EU Parliamant : Cyprus + EU Defense emerge 1st after Strasbourg Islamist Terrorist Attack *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's thanks to EU Parliament's President Antonio Tajani's Firm Will to Advance as scheduled on EU Agenda, despite the unexpected and sudden...
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news EU Parliament locked in by Terrorist Attack in Strasbourg as Cyprus President arrives
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 | ACM
EU Parliament locked in by Terrorist Attack in Strasbourg as Cyprus President arrives    *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- All People working in EU Parliament s Plenary Session this week in Strasbourg were suddenly locked in, as a Security precaution, after a Deadly...
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news EUParliament Budget Committee Head Arthuis to EF: +1 Billion € more to Turkey by EU, No States (2019
Monday, 10 December 2018 | ACM
EUParliament Budget Committee Head Arthuis to EF: +1 Billion € more to Turkey by EU, No States (2019 *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced former Minister, Head of Political Party, and nowadays President of EU Parliament's powerful Budget Committee, Jean Arthuis, Replying to...
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news CoE: Turkey Repeat-Offender in DisRespect of ECHR Judgements on Cyprus' Refugees + Missing People
Thursday, 06 December 2018 | ACM
CoE: Turkey Repeat-Offender in DisRespect of ECHR Judgements on Cyprus' Refugees + Missing People *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 2nd Time in an Exceptional Row, CoE's Highest Political body, that of its 47 Member States' strong (including Russia) Committee of Ministers, slamed...
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news GermLine Manip. staged as outcry v. China, is US Obama Lobby Hypocrisy=> Need for Trump+Xi joint NO
Friday, 30 November 2018 | ACM
GermLine Manip. staged as outcry v. China, is US Obama Lobby Hypocrisy=> Need for Trump+Xi joint NO *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Investigation of Real Data reveals that what was presented, these Days, as a public outcry against an obscure Chinese Researcher, at a far away Province in China,...
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news French JHA vMinister Nunez to EF: European Cooperation v. Terror shields Strasbourg Christmas Market
Friday, 23 November 2018 | ACM
French JHA vMinister Nunez to EF: European Cooperation v. Terror shields Strasbourg Christmas Market *Strasbourg/Police Headquarters/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New French JHA Deputy Minister, experienced former Head of the Intelligence service (DGSI), Laurent Nunez, replying to an...
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news New CoE Chair, MFA Soini to EF on 1st Test of Finland's Presidency: ECHR Judgements' Execution+
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 | ACM
New CoE Chair, MFA Soini to EF on 1st Test of Finland's Presidency: ECHR Judgements' Execution+ *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- What has just become the "First Test" of CoE's Committee of Ministers' new Presidency by Finland was evoked, Today, in a short but Topical...
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news Austrian EUPresidency JHA vMinister Edtstadler to EF on Frontex at EUBorders in Greece facing Turkey
Thursday, 15 November 2018 | ACM
Austrian EUPresidency JHA vMinister Edtstadler to EF on Frontex at EUBorders in Greece facing Turkey *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The current EU Presidency by Austria (July - December 2018) is "Aware" of the Issues raised on "Frontex"'s task to Protect...
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news EU Parliament Debates, after Electoral Facts, reveal that Merkel may Win in Real-Politics...
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 | ACM
EU Parliament Debates, after Electoral Facts, reveal that Merkel may Win in Real-Politics... *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- This Afternoon's Debates in EU Parliament's plenary in Strasbourg, with German Chancellor Angie Merkel, Following closely the Latest Electoral developments, and...
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news CLRAE Chief Knape to EF: Cyprus President Anastasiades offer to DeCentralise for Peace =Interesting
Thursday, 08 November 2018 | ACM
CLRAE Chief Knape to EF: Cyprus President Anastasiades offer to DeCentralise for Peace =Interesting *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking at the eve of the International Forum for Peace in Paris, with 80 Heads of State/Government and UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the New...
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news CoE: Raise Awareness at Top Political level for Need of a Solution to key Political Crisis on Russia
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 | ACM
CoE: Raise Awareness at Top Political level for Need of a Solution to key Political Crisis on Russia  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean, 47 Member Countries-strong, CoE's Highest Political body: its Committee of Ministers, replying, through its President-in-office, the Croatian...
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news FrancoGerman move for Peace (at Stake in US Mid-Term Election) waits for Trump/Putin/UNSG+60 Leaders
Sunday, 04 November 2018 | ACM
FrancoGerman move for Peace (at Stake in US Mid-Term Election) waits for Trump/Putin/UNSG+60 Leaders *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Europe commemorates the Atrocities of Deadly and Destructive World Wars of the Past, at the 100th Anniversary of the End of WW1 (1918-2018), both Regional and...
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news ECHR: Time Deadlines may Violate Human Rights by not examining particular circumstances
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 | ACM
ECHR: Time Deadlines may Violate Human Rights by not examining particular circumstances *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Forcing strict and absolute Time Deadlines may Violate Human Rights, if it doesn't take into account the Particular Circumstances of each affair, where the cause of...
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news EUParliament President Tajani to EF on Daphne Web Journalist Murder to Malta: Find Instigator Timely
Thursday, 25 October 2018 | ACM
EUParliament President Tajani to EF on Daphne Web Journalist Murder to Malta: Find Instigator Timely   *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Questioned by "Eurofora" if he was aware of a Risk even for the underlings who executed the Bomb Murder of Independent and critical Web-News...
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news French Economy Minister LeMaire +EU Commissioner Vestager: with GAFA Tax =EU Sovereignity+Technology
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | ACM
French Economy Minister LeMaire +EU Commissioner Vestager: with GAFA Tax =EU Sovereignity+Technology *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An exceptional and well attended EU Parliament's joint Hearing from its Economic and Monetary as well as Tax Fraud/Evasion and Financial Crime Committees, followed...
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news Germany: Bavaria's People give Big Majority for Coalition of the Right. Possibility also with Greens
Monday, 15 October 2018 | ACM
Germany: Bavaria's People give Big Majority for Coalition of the Right. Possibility also with Greens  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In the Bigger Federated State of Germany : Bavaria,  the People clearly Voted for a Coalition at the Right side of the political spectrum, which could gather a very...
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news Wait for Snipers, Or Not ? Nuland Syndrom: After "F... the EU !"="F... the CoE"? Russia Deal skiped
Friday, 12 October 2018 | ACM
Wait for Snipers, Or Not ? Nuland Syndrom: After  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- When Both CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, and CoE Assembly's President Liliane Maury-Pasquier, launch Parallel Calls against...
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news PanEuropean CoE kickStarts ReNovated Data Protection Treaty with EU + Russia Support, but Global Aim
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 | ACM
PanEuropean CoE kickStarts ReNovated Data Protection Treaty with EU + Russia Support, but Global Aim *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's with Stong Support by Both the Franco-German core of the EU, but also the UK, and Russia, as well as various key Countries from Other Continents, that...
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news Romanian Popular Referendum for Natural Family, (defined as ECHR's Article 12: for Men+Women)
Saturday, 06 October 2018 | ACM
Romanian Popular Referendum for Natural Family, (defined as ECHR's Article 12: for Men+Women) *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Surprizingly, it's even Years After controversial former US President Barack Hussein Obama's notorious Pressure to Impose UnPopular "Same Sex...
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news EU+CoE after Turkey Refusal to Cooperate on ECHR:"Unacceptable"(Austrian Amb to EF),Funds,Judges,MPs
Friday, 05 October 2018 | ACM
EU+CoE after Turkey Refusal to Cooperate on ECHR: *Strasbourg/EU Parliament+CoE/Thursday+Friday/Angelo Marcopolo/- After Turkey's unprecedented Refusal to Cooperate for the Implementation of ECHR's Judgements on manifold Human Rights...
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news CoE's Director for Justice Efficiency, Leyenberger to EF: East+West Europe, incl. Russia, converged
Thursday, 04 October 2018 | ACM
CoE's Director for Justice Efficiency, Leyenberger to EF: East+West Europe, incl. Russia, converged  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just a few Decades after Europe's ReUnification, the Quality of Justice has converged and become very Similar in Western and Eastern European Countries,...
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news French Top Law Professor Waline to EF: No more 1969 or EU 2005-like Constitutional Referenda in 2019
Saturday, 29 September 2018 | ACM
French Top Law Professor Waline to EF: No more 1969 or EU 2005-like Constitutional Referenda in 2019  *Strasbourg/RPUniversity 2018/Angelo Marcopolo/- Having still in mind what had happened with the Rejection of EU's 2005 Referendum for a European Constitution, but also Earlier, on 1969 in De...
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news French Right Leaders Wauquiez+Furst to EF+: Convinced Europeans can be also Critical...
Saturday, 29 September 2018 | ACM
French Right Leaders Wauquiez+Furst to EF+: Convinced Europeans can be also Critical... *Strasbourg/+RPUniversity/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Ideological and Political Movements preparing the Crucial EU Elections of May 2019 are currently Starting throughout Europe, the Leader of...
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news CoE Deplores Turkish Refusal to Cooperate v. Human Rights Violations ECHR found in Occupied Cyprus
Friday, 21 September 2018 | ACM
CoE Deplores Turkish Refusal to Cooperate v. Human Rights Violations ECHR found in Occupied Cyprus   *Stuttgart(Germany: on the Road from EU's Salzburg Summit [Austria] back to Strasbourg [France]*)/Angelo Marcopolo/- The PanEuropean, 47 Member States-strong (including Russia, etc),...
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news EU Chair Kurz points at Egypt solution on Mass Migration + stronger Borders
Thursday, 20 September 2018 | ACM
EU Chair Kurz points at Egypt solution on Mass Migration + stronger Borders  *Salzburg/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Surprize-move, New EU President-in-office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in Addition to More Measures destinated to Strengthen EU's External...
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news EPP Leaders to EF on Orban/Hungary+ : Unity in Democratic+Mediatic Polyphony, eve of 2019 Elections
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 | ACM
EPP Leaders to EF on Orban/Hungary+ : Unity in Democratic+Mediatic Polyphony, eve of 2019 Elections *Salzburg(Austria)s/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Salzburg U-Turn ? While some had speculated that the EPP might, eventually, push the embattled Prime Minister Victor Orban (See: ...., etc) out of...
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news CoE Director+Ministers' Chair to EF for a Common Legal Space on Mediterranean States:Areas+Exchanges
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 | ACM
CoE Director+Ministers' Chair to EF for a Common Legal Space on Mediterranean States:Areas+Exchanges *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Both the EU and CoE's PanEuropean Organisation marked a joint wish to deal with South Mediterranean Countries by sending 2 Political Heavy-Weights in...
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news Schäuble on Mass Migration via Turkey +Murders : Understand the People and Revise Policy !
Friday, 14 September 2018 | ACM
Schäuble on Mass Migration via Turkey +Murders : Understand the People and Revise Policy ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's by spontaneously pointing at the Spreading Deadly Attacks by Islamist Terrorists cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People throughout Germany and elsewhere...
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news EPP MEPs Majority for Victor Orban => Refuse Mass Migration+LGBT Lobbyist/EP Rapporteur Threat
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 | ACM
EPP MEPs Majority for Victor Orban => Refuse Mass Migration+LGBT Lobbyist/EP Rapporteur Threat  *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/(Partly UpDated)- Manifold Converging Facts, gathered from Monday up to Thursday in EU Parliament by "Eurofora", clearly indicate that a Majority...
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news CoE/Vatican Conference for Human Rights' Universality, eve of Key UN/Geneva+ECHR-EU/Strasbourg moves
Monday, 10 September 2018 | ACM
CoE/Vatican Conference for Human Rights' Universality, eve of Key UN/Geneva+ECHR-EU/Strasbourg moves  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- During a Well-Attended Symposium, in a Full Conference Room at the "Palace of Europe" in Strasbourg, an exceptional Cooperation between the PanEuropean...
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news Swedish People vote in Large Majority to the Right: +59%
Sunday, 09 September 2018 | ACM
 Swedish People vote in Large Majority to the Right: +59% *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Noone among the 2 Traditional Groups of Parties can No more Govern Alone the Country (See Infra), a very Large Majority of about 59% of the Swedish People clearly...
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news New French EU affairs Minister Loiseau to EF on Salzburg EU Summit: Speak at the Right Moment
Friday, 07 September 2018 | ACM
New French EU affairs Minister Loiseau to EF on Salzburg EU Summit: Speak at the Right Moment *Strasbourg/EuroFair/Angelo Marcopolo/- The new French Minister for EU affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, speaking here to "Eurofora", on the forthcoming EU Summit in Salzbourg (Austria), appeared...
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news Verdict on Murder of Girl 15 yo by Islamist Irregular Migrant via Turkey fuels Concern among Attacks
Monday, 03 September 2018 | ACM
Verdict on Murder of Girl 15 yo by Islamist Irregular Migrant via Turkey fuels Concern among Attacks *Strasbourg/- A badly Surprizing Verdict was issued Today for the cold-blood Murder of a young Girl aged 15, Mia Valentin, stabbed with a 20 cm. long Knife, by an Afghan Muslim mass irregular...
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news How UNSG Annan changed views on Cyprus: Memories from France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, New York+
Thursday, 23 August 2018 | ACM
How UNSG Annan changed views on Cyprus: Memories from France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, New York+ *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- We have personally met and worked, as a Journalist, at various occasions, with several UN Secretary Generals such as Boutros-Ghali, Kofi Annan, Ban Ki Moon, and...
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news USA Leftist Guru, Professor Chomsky : - "Trump is Right on Russia !"
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 | ACM
USA Leftist Guru, Professor Chomsky : - *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Surprisingly, after well-known Leftist American Journalist Glenn Greenwald (See: ...), it's even the World-Famous Leftist Intellectual "Guru", Professor...
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news Summer Recess
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 | ACM
Summer Recess  "Eurofora" will be in Summer Recess from July 20 to August 20, 2018.  Only Exceptionally Important Issues might be adressed, if there is a Need and an Availability of an Original...
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news Helsinki Summit USA-Russia proposal +Cyber-Law CoE Expert to "EF" on Election Interference: Who ?
Monday, 16 July 2018 | ACM
Helsinki Summit USA-Russia proposal +Cyber-Law CoE Expert to   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Who "Interfered" the most in the US 2016 Elections ? And what Top Experts on Cyber-Security and/or relevant Law Data told "Eurofora" about that...
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news Former CoE's MEP Savchenko in Kiev's Prison (extended) starts Hunger Strike: -"Something Wrong" ?
Friday, 13 July 2018 | ACM
Former CoE's MEP Savchenko in Kiev's Prison (extended) starts Hunger Strike: - *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Nadezhda Savchenko, the World-Famous Ukranian MP, former CoE Assembly Member in Strasbourg, who is the Only one to have been Imprisoned Both in Russia's and...
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news Deep State on Russia and Truth in US Election, eve of Trump-Putin Summit, as CoE eyes CyberSecurity+
Friday, 13 July 2018 | ACM
Deep State on Russia and Truth in US Election, eve of Trump-Putin Summit, as CoE eyes CyberSecurity+  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- By a surprizing Coincidence, it's just 1 Hour after the Conclusion of an important International Conference on Cyber-Security at the CoE in Strasbourg,...
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news A Paradox: China push for European Integration, if EU delays (+Transport/Trade/Decision-Making) ?
Saturday, 07 July 2018 | ACM
A Paradox: China push for European Integration, if EU delays (+Transport/Trade/Decision-Making) ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Big but Timely Paradox emerges from an EU Court of Auditors' Report, recently published at nearby Luxembourg, compared to an almost Synchronous, Exceptional...
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news New EU Head, Austrian Chancellor Kurz: build Bridges in Challenging Times before 2019 EU Elections
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 | ACM
New EU Head, Austrian Chancellor Kurz: build Bridges in Challenging Times before 2019 EU Elections *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's MEPs debated for almost 2,5 Hours New EU Chairman-in-office, the Young Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's vow to strive to "Build...
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news +EU Commission President Juncker to EF on Russia as EU-COE-USA moves unfold: "Big Issues" ?
Friday, 29 June 2018 | ACM
+EU Commission President Juncker to EF on Russia as EU-COE-USA moves unfold: *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed that he Spoke about Russia with CoE's Secretary...
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news EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+
Friday, 29 June 2018 | ACM
EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+  *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Balkan Countries' better Integration in Europe is a Priority of the Next EU Presidency by Austria (7-12/2018), the out-going EU...
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news Duma International Committee Chair Slutsky to EF on Russia-CoE Assembly row: A Chance for Deal ?
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 | ACM
Duma International Committee Chair Slutsky to EF on Russia-CoE Assembly row: A Chance for Deal ? *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Alea Jacta Est", and Time for Decisions has come, in the 4 Years-Long Russia - CoE Assembly Row, which has left the PanEuropean Organisation wihOut any...
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news CoE Chair, Croatia Prime Minister Plenkovic to EF: Inter-Connected EU-CoE actions
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 | ACM
CoE Chair, Croatia Prime Minister Plenkovic to EF: Inter-Connected EU-CoE actions  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Mass "Migration", "Western Balkans", and "Human Rights", are among the Issues of current EU - CoE Cooperation, said in Reply to an...
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news New CoE Assembly President Pasquier to EF: Equality + Family to save Europe's Demography ?
Monday, 25 June 2018 | ACM
New CoE Assembly President Pasquier to EF: Equality + Family to save Europe's Demography ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" asked the New President of the PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Swiss MEP Liliane Maury Pasquier, how did she manage...
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news Russia - PACE row may be resolved on EF's ideas, reveals CoE Assembly CEO Sawicki's reply +Document
Friday, 22 June 2018 | ACM
Russia - PACE row may be resolved on EF's ideas, reveals CoE Assembly CEO Sawicki's reply +Document  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Time Deadlines arrive at a Critical Threshold, it's near to 2 "Eurofora"'s key observations/suggestions that a Solution might, perhaps, be...
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news PanEuropean Commissioner for Data Protection, Walter to EF: Start by checking our own Organisations
Thursday, 21 June 2018 | ACM
PanEuropean Commissioner for Data Protection, Walter to EF:  Start by checking our own Organisations *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" just after being Elected, earlier Today, as the New PanEuropean Commissioner for Data Protection, Jean-Philippe Walter, an...
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news CoE Legal+Human Rights Director Giakoumopoulos to EF: Europe may go Global on Data Protection
Thursday, 21 June 2018 | ACM
CoE Legal+Human Rights Director Giakoumopoulos to EF: Europe may go Global on Data Protection *Strasbourg/COE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New CoE's Director General for Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Christos Giakoumopoulos from Greece, speaking to "Eurofora" after an International...
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 | ACM
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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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