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news Press Freedom Guru Greenwald (Left) backs Conservative US President Trump v. Deep State. Why ?
07.08.17 | ACM
Press Freedom Guru Greenwald (Left) backs Conservative US President Trump v. Deep State. Why ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Global Press Freedom NGO "Intercept"s co-Founder, Award-Winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald, from the Left side of the Political Spectrum, launched an...
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news Hamburg Bloody Islamist Terrorist Attack Targetting Civilian People highlights Wider Security Gaps
31.07.17 | ACM
Hamburg Bloody Islamist Terrorist Attack Targetting Civilian People highlights Wider Security Gaps *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After even Today's explicit Confirmation, by Confession of the Culprit himself, that the Knife Attack which Targetted and Killed 1 and Wounded 6 Civilian Victims...
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news Obama era's UN Cyprus' Envoy Eide Disregards even landmark ECHR Judgements on Human Rights ?
21.07.17 | ACM
Obama era's UN Cyprus' Envoy Eide Disregards even landmark ECHR Judgements on Human Rights ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's not only on what really happened recently at Crans-Montana's UN Cyprus' Talks Deadlock, (widely attributed mainly to Turkey's refusal to withdraw...
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news France and Germany launch EU "Autonomy" Strategy in Dual (Defense+Civil) High-Tech.
13.07.17 | ACM
France and Germany launch EU *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just before Strasbourg-HeadQuartered EUROCORPS, a Franco-German inspiration for EU-Core Military Heads of Staff (Etat Major, together with Spain, Poland, Belgium,...
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news ECHR: Open Questions on f. leftist Cyprus Leader Christofias for seized Syria/Iran Arms' Explosion
13.07.17 | ACM
ECHR: Open Questions on f. leftist Cyprus Leader Christofias for seized Syria/Iran Arms' Explosion  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-  A 7 Members Section of the 47-Members Strong ECHR, ruling on a case of 13 Killed and 62 Wounded People, by a July 2011 Explosion of Ammunitions Seized from a Ship...
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news French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links
08.07.17 | ACM
French President Macron to Eurofora at G20 Summit: Protect Cyprus-Israel-Egypt+ Energy EU links    *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- France and the EU should and could Protect the evolving Oil-Gas Findings at EU-Member Cyprus, and accelerating Plans for Direct Energy Transport to Europe,...
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news Merkel Welcomes Historic Trump-Putin 1st Meeting she hosted at G20 Summit: Towards "New Detente" ?
08.07.17 | ACM
Merkel Welcomes Historic Trump-Putin 1st Meeting she hosted at G20 Summit: Towards   *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Good, Honest and Sincere" USA - Russia Talks "can be Beneficial for All", said Experienced German Chancellor Angie Merkel, speaking to...
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news EU-China and G20 Summit: "In big Pressure, Firmer Knot": Kristoff Wang + "People to People" links
08.07.17 | ACM
EU-China and G20 Summit: *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- On the occasion of the 2017 "G20" Summit at Hamburg, Terminal Hub of EU - China trans-Continental Train Links, (inaugurated by Chinese President Xi...
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news G20 Summits: from Hamburg to Buenos-Aires (Germany 2017-2018 Argentina): Quid of a Global Rail Net ?
07.07.17 | ACM
G20 Summits: from Hamburg to Buenos-Aires (Germany 2017-2018 Argentina): Quid of a Global Rail Net ?  *Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Exceptional, Unprecedented Day of Total Transports Blackout, as far as the 2017 "G20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany) is concerned, looks ...Ideal in...
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news Fast Track Political Start at Exceptional "G-20" Summit (amidst Transports' Black out)...
06.07.17 | ACM
Fast Track Political Start at Exceptional   *Hambourg/(Germany)/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- An exceptionaly "Tight" "in" and "off" Program just started to Unfold overNight from the Eve of G20 Summit of Heads...
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news EUCommission 1stV.President Timmermans to Eurofora: EU Security/Defense policy can be used in Cyprus
04.07.17 | ACM
EUCommission 1stV.President Timmermans to Eurofora: EU Security/Defense policy can be used in Cyprus *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced 1st vice-President of EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, former Foreign Minister from the Netherlands, speaking to "Eurofora" Today in...
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news Top German MEP Brok to Eurofora: Turkish claim on Cyprus Occupation+Unilateral Invading=Unacceptable
04.07.17 | ACM
Top German MEP Brok to Eurofora: Turkish claim on Cyprus Occupation+Unilateral Invading=Unacceptable *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, Long-Time Mainstream MEP, from the Governing ChristianDemocrat Party (CDU) in Germany, Elmar Brok, speaking to "Eurofora" in EU...
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news Simone Veil to Eurofora (Original 2010-2017) : Europe in a Transitional stage, before a New Era ?
03.07.17 | ACM
Simone Veil to Eurofora (Original 2010-2017) : Europe in a Transitional stage, before a New Era  ?  *Paris (Sorbonne) 2010-Strasbourg 2017/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" met the 1st EU Parliament's President, Simone Veil, back on 2010 in Paris, the Famous Academician Lady,...
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news Kohl is Here !
01.07.17 | ACM
Kohl is Here ! *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It" happened at the "End": Just after Ludwig Beethoven's European Anthem, when EUROCORPS' Army Officers slowly but...
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news Kohl more Popular than NATO/G7+, has Topical Legacy on GeoPolitic, Social, BioEthic European+ Issues
29.06.17 | ACM
Kohl more Popular than NATO/G7+, has Topical Legacy on GeoPolitic, Social, BioEthic European+ Issues *Strasbourg/CoE+Prefectoral Palace+EUParliament Press Conference/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 1st Time that we met Helmut Kohl, was at CoE's 1997 Summit in Strasbourg, Together with Chirac and Yeltsin,...
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news CoE Chair, Czech Foreign Minister Zaoralek to EF: Turkey v. Human Rights eve of Cyprus UN Conference
27.06.17 | ACM
CoE Chair, Czech Foreign Minister Zaoralek to EF: Turkey v. Human Rights eve of Cyprus UN Conference *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  President in office of the CoE for the period of May - November 2017, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, Experienced former President of the Parliament, and...
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news Top MEP Omtzigt+Expert El-Massih to EF: Syria/Iraq Christian Refugees under Pressure even in Europe!
27.06.17 | ACM
Top MEP Omtzigt+Expert El-Massih to EF: Syria/Iraq Christian Refugees under Pressure even in Europe! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced vice-President of PanEuropean CoE Assembly's Human Rights Committee, Pieter Omtzigt, a mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from the Netherlands,...
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news Turkey-imported Mass Irregular Migrants' problem Divides an Otherwise Successfull EU Brussels Summit
23.06.17 | ACM
Turkey-imported Mass Irregular Migrants' problem Divides an Otherwise Successfull EU Brussels Summit *Brussels/EU-Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- When "Eurofora" asked French and German Delegations whether they had sufficiently "Coordinated" the Timing for the Press Conferences of the...
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news EU Parliament new President Tajani to EF on 3rd Issue about recent Mass Migration, eve of EU Summit
21.06.17 | ACM
EU Parliament new President Tajani to EF on 3rd Issue about recent Mass Migration, eve of EU Summit *Brussels/EU-Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question on the sidelines of a Press Conference in Brussels' PressRoom, the New President of EU Parliament,...
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news CoE Media + Internet - Information Society Heads Grundmann +Gylfadottir to EF on Journalists +Terror
19.06.17 | ACM
CoE Media + Internet - Information Society Heads Grundmann +Gylfadottir to EF on Journalists +Terror *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after Leading Topical PanEuropean Debates particularly on Digital Media Internet Actors' Rights and Responsibilities, as well as Regulation or...
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news EUParliament NATO +CSDP Top French MEP Danjean Reply to Eurofora Question on BREXIT+Security/Defense
15.06.17 | ACM
EUParliament NATO +CSDP Top French MEP Danjean Reply to Eurofora Question on BREXIT+Security/Defense *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Vice-President of EU Parliament's Committee for NATO, and Rapporteur on Common Foreign/Security Policy, as well as "Dual Use" assets,...
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news EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue
13.06.17 | ACM
EU Parliament's EPP Group's President Weber to Eurofora on EU Security-Defense and Cyprus' issue *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Biggest Group of MEPs' President, Manfred Weber, that of EPP, from the Governing ChristianDemocrat Party in Germany, speaking...
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news Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right
11.06.17 | ACM
Can Macron govern with only a tiny Minority of 13% Registered Voters ? +Strasbourg Area votes Right  *Strasbourg/Prefectoral Palace PressRoom/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Record High popular Abstention, Never seen before in France's History, and a Dispersion of Voters among Many Different Political...
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news UK Election + BREXIT Chemistry : Get Farage out, and all goes astray ! But Why Now ?
08.06.17 | ACM
UK Election + BREXIT Chemistry : Get Farage out, and all goes astray ! But Why Now ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- 0ne Picture resumes Everything about these Surprising 2017 UK Elections. No Need to read Dozens of Pages, watch at so-called "Experts" in Boring Medias,...
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news Macron tackled by MPs on Nature Polluting, as he slams Trump for droping 2015 Paris Climate Deal
02.06.17 | ACM
Macron tackled by MPs on Nature Polluting, as he slams Trump for droping 2015 Paris Climate Deal  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Macron was loudly bashing Trump for withrawing the US from the  2015 Paris' Climate Deal (negotiated by his Predecessor, Obama), that he accused to be a...
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news Anti-Corruption + pro-EU, Greek former Prime Minister dies, leaving Key+Topical European Legacy
29.05.17 | ACM
Anti-Corruption + pro-EU, Greek former Prime Minister dies, leaving Key+Topical European Legacy  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Former Prime Minister Constantin Mitsotakis who died nowadays in Greece, leaves a Legacy whose real main points are, in fact, both of Historic value, as well as much...
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news CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage
23.05.17 | ACM
CoE President-in-office Czech Culture Minister Herman:EU-CoE coop. on Human Rights+Cultural Heritage *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Moves for PanEuropean Cooperation on Human Rights' respect and European Cultural Heritage protection and promotion, starting from the Highest Level, were among the...
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news Strasbourg:The Only New Christian Church =Under Construction, but 5th Mosque (Qatar-funded) Ended
19.05.17 | ACM
Strasbourg:The Only New Christian Church =Under Construction, but 5th Mosque (Qatar-funded) Ended  *Strasbourg/Christian Orthodox Russian Cultural Center/- Several French and other People, speaking inside EU Parliament to "Eurofora", Earlier this Week, had Criticaly commented a Paradox,...
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news EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority !
17.05.17 | ACM
EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament Vote's full Results, clearly reveal the Fact that a Controversial Call to put unprecedented Sanctions against the Popular Hungarian Government of...
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news UN Head Guterres: eventual new Geneva Conference on Cyprus must be Effective + Not Miss opportunity
17.05.17 | ACM
UN Head Guterres: eventual new Geneva Conference on Cyprus must be Effective + Not Miss opportunity *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- At an EU Parliament's Press Conference here, UNO's new Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, experienced former Prime Minister of Portugal and f. UN High...
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news EUParliament: MEP Urges action on Turkey threats v. Oil/Gas dev. by EU+US Companies in Greece+Cyprus
15.05.17 | ACM
EUParliament: MEP Urges action on Turkey threats v. Oil/Gas dev. by EU+US Companies in Greece+Cyprus *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking at EU Parliament's Plenary Session's beginning, Today in Strasbourg, after its President, Antonio Tajani, called him on the forum, mainstream...
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news German People vote Wide Absolute Majority for the Right in NRW Election
14.05.17 | ACM
 German People vote Wide Absolute Majority for the Right in NRW Election   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- At a 3rd Victory in a Row, but the Most Important until now, for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party of Chancelor Angie Merkel, the German People voted for a Large,...
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news MEP Sander+Region V.President Schalck to EF: Concertation+Visitors+Press'Mix = Boost to EUParliament
09.05.17 | ACM
MEP Sander+Region V.President Schalck to EF: Concertation+Visitors+Press'Mix = Boost to EUParliament *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Giving a Fresh "New Look" to a Basic Idea in "Eurofora"s 1997-2017 Wider Project, MEP Anne Sander and Strasbourg's "Great East"...
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news With a Minority of 43% v. 56% of French People, Macron faces crucial June Legislative Election
07.05.17 | ACM
With a Minority of 43% v. 56% of French People, Macron faces crucial June Legislative Election *Strasbourg/City Hall Pressroom/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite calls by all Establishment's Parties to Vote Macron, against Rightist Marine Le Pen, and regardless of a Massive Backing by Mainstream...
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news Historic Record Short EU Summit on BREXIT unexpectedly Ends in Less than 3 Hours !
29.04.17 | ACM
Historic Record Short EU Summit on BREXIT unexpectedly Ends in Less than 3 Hours !  *Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Shortest ever Summit in EU's History, was that of EU's 27 States, specificaly Dedicated to "BREXIT",  in Brussels Today ! Indeed, this...
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news Enigmatic EPP Parties' Head Daul to Eurofora on French Election : -" I Wait for the Vote on May"
29.04.17 | ACM
Enigmatic EPP Parties' Head Daul to Eurofora on French Election : - *Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question on the "Hot" Topical Issue of the unfolding French Presidential Election, Crucial for All Europe, the...
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news EUCommission V.President Sefcovic to Eurofora:Gas Project in EUMember Cyprus,Israel,Egypt=2nd Norway
29.04.17 | ACM
EUCommission V.President Sefcovic to Eurofora:Gas Project in EUMember Cyprus,Israel,Egypt=2nd Norway *Brussels/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced vice-President of EU Commission, in charge of Energy and Climate, Maros Sefcovic, replying to an "Eurofora" Question, Today, in Brussels, on the...
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news Frontrunner Greek Opposition Party Head Mitsotakis: Even After BREXIT UK would be in Europe
29.04.17 | ACM
Frontrunner Greek Opposition Party Head Mitsotakis: Even After BREXIT UK would be in Europe *Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Even After a now possible BREXIT, however, the UK would still be "in Europe", stressed Today the Frontrunner Main Opposition Party' Head in...
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news Spanish King calls to Help Peace in Refugees/Migrants' Countries of origin (while Events accelerate)
27.04.17 | ACM
Spanish King calls to Help Peace in Refugees/Migrants' Countries of origin (while Events accelerate)  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  The young King of Spain, addressing CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, launched a Call for European Politicians to Try to Help Peace in the Countries of Origin of...
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news CoE: Greek President Pavlopoulos: Distinguish real Refugees from Irregulars or Criminals via Turkey
26.04.17 | ACM
CoE: Greek President Pavlopoulos: Distinguish real Refugees from Irregulars or Criminals via Turkey *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The main Problem about Mass Immigration through Turkey is to Distinguish between Real Refugees and Economic irregular Immigrants or even Criminals, stressed Greek...
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news Greek President Pavlopoulos OKs EF Idea on Citizens Participation Rights in Decision-Making process
26.04.17 | ACM
Greek President Pavlopoulos OKs EF Idea on Citizens Participation Rights in Decision-Making process  *Strasbourg/CoE+Sciences Po/Angelo Marcopolo/- Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who is also a Paris-Educated University Professor of Public Administration Law, speaking to "Eurofora"...
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news Greek President Pavlopoulos: Turkish Army Invasions Contrary to EU Law based Cyprus Issue solution
26.04.17 | ACM
Greek President Pavlopoulos: Turkish Army Invasions Contrary to EU Law based Cyprus Issue solution   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Foreign Military Interventions by Turkey are incompatible with a Solution of Cyprus' Issue based on EU Law, stressed the President of Greece, professor...
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news CoE decided full Monitoring on Turkey (with EU effects)
25.04.17 | ACM
CoE decided full Monitoring on Turkey (with EU effects)  *Stasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Decision which should normaly have Important Consequences on EU - Turkey's controversial, UnPopular and Costly "Accession" claims, CoE's...
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news Presidential Elections: French People to extend Spring 2017 into Summer-Time ?..
23.04.17 | ACM
Presidential Elections:  French People to extend Spring 2017 into Summer-Time ?.. *Strasbourg/Prefectoral Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- The often Unpredictable French People, (as also the American People, recently), may reserve More Surprizes in the forthcoming, 2nd and Final Round of...
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news Declarations des premiers Candidats Présidentiels après Attentats Meurtriers de Terrorisme Islamiste
21.04.17 | ACM
Declarations des premiers Candidats Présidentiels après Attentats Meurtriers de Terrorisme Islamiste   *Strasbourg(France)/Texte Integral/- ...Réagissant tous, pour la première fois, à conditions égales et "à chaud", de suite après l' Aggression armée aux Champs Elysées, au coeur de...
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news Turkish lobby attempts to Drop CoE Draft asking for full Monitoring (with EU effects) ?
21.04.17 | ACM
Turkish lobby attempts to Drop CoE Draft asking for full Monitoring (with EU effects) ? *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While things advance "Normaly" for CoE Assembly's experienced, but also diplomatic, Director General, Wojcieck Sawicki, as he ensured  in reply to a...
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news CoE Anti-Torture Watchdog Chief Gnatovsky to EF: Turkey, Remand Prisoners +Obstacle to Publish Facts
20.04.17 | ACM
CoE Anti-Torture Watchdog Chief Gnatovsky to EF: Turkey, Remand Prisoners +Obstacle to Publish Facts   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just after having Denounced the "Extensive resort to Lengthy Remand Detention" of Dissidents "by the Turkish Authorities", often even Before...
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news Eurofora Wishes a Happy Easter 2017 to all its Readers
14.04.17 | ACM
Eurofora Wishes a Happy Easter 2017 to all its Readers   ... With Salvador Dali's "Christ on the Cross" (1951), as well as Mathias Grünewald's "Christ's Resurrection" (1515),   + added to Johan Sebastian Bach's...
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news Fillon: People's Historic Culture=Oxygen to Integration, versus Islamist Radicals, for France+Europe
06.04.17 | ACM
Fillon: People's Historic Culture=Oxygen to Integration, versus Islamist Radicals, for France+Europe *Strasbourg/Rhenus Hall (Facing EU Parliament)/Angelo Marcopolo/- Today, also for Europe's sake, we Urgently Need to Turn on in France the Best Engine for Action, which is in People's Heart,...
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news PanEuropa Head Terrenoire: End Turkey EU Bid. Better links to Russia, HighTech +People=> EU Revival
04.04.17 | ACM
 PanEuropa Head Terrenoire: End Turkey EU Bid. Better links to Russia, HighTech +People=> EU Revival *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It's Now", at "one of those Rare Moments where History is On the Making", that European People "must Go to the...
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news Islamist Terrorists Target Civilian People reminding Real Europe: Paris,Berlin,London,St-Petersburg+
03.04.17 | ACM
Islamist Terrorists Target Civilian People reminding Real Europe: Paris,Berlin,London,St-Petersburg+   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU Parlament's plenary this week Risked to be limited to just another "BREXIT", Anti-Russian, and Anti-Alternative Web Medias' (etc) routine...
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news Munich Security Conference CEO Ambassador Ischinger to EF: Global Web Governance to include Judges ?
30.03.17 | ACM
Munich Security Conference CEO Ambassador Ischinger to EF: Global Web Governance to include Judges ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Head of Munich's Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, speaking to "Eurofora", supported the use of International Judges as a...
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news CoE Local Democracy Watchdog slams Turkey's Mass Oppression of Elected Mayors : Back to 1990ies ?!
29.03.17 | ACM
CoE Local Democracy Watchdog slams Turkey's Mass Oppression of Elected Mayors : Back to 1990ies ?! *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  "I have NEVER seen a SO BAD  Situation as Now" in "Turkey",  during 18 Years that I've been CoE's Rapporteur on Local Democracy for...
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news CoE Chairman, Foreign Minister Kasulides +CLRAE President Mosler-Tornstrom to EF on Cyprus UN Talks
29.03.17 | ACM
CoE Chairman, Foreign Minister Kasulides +CLRAE President Mosler-Tornstrom to EF on Cyprus UN Talks    *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking exclusively to "Eurofora" just after his Address to CoE's Local/Regional Democray Watchdog (CLRAE) Plenary in Strasbourg, the...
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news EU Leaders Highlight Citizens role in foreseeable Future (10 Years)
25.03.17 | ACM
EU Leaders Highlight Citizens role in foreseeable Future  (10 Years) *Rome/Campidoglio Hill/Angelo Marcopolo/- Developing Further, and Projecting at the Future, a Shift which had Emerged at Bratislava Summit (9/2016 - See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports...
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news Pope Francis for New European Humanism : Dare Dream a New Hope ?
24.03.17 | ACM
Pope Francis for New European Humanism : Dare Dream a New Hope ?   *Rome/Vatican/Angelo Marcopolo/- When Vatican's brand new Deputy Press Director, Paloma García Ovejero, first heard "Eurofora"s suggestion to associate Pope Francis' call to...
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news CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge
23.03.17 | ACM
CoE Landscape body Chief Mortensen to EF: Life Quality-Human Rights/Democracy+Pope Francis urge *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of CoE's watchdog for the Respect of European Landscapes, Liv Kristine Mortensen, from Norway, speaking to "Eurofora", observed, in...
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news UK MPs Refuged in Christian Church after Islamist Terror targets Innocent Civilian People !?
22.03.17 | ACM
UK MPs Refuged in Christian Church after Islamist Terror targets Innocent Civilian People !?  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE Assembly's President, Pedro Agramunt, an expêrienced Spanish ChristianDemocrat MEP, in a Press Communiqué edited Today in Strasbourg and send by the CoE...
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news CoE Anti-Corruption watchdog Head Mrcela to EF on French Presidential: ALL Politicians to be Cleaned
20.03.17 | ACM
CoE Anti-Corruption watchdog Head Mrcela to EF on French Presidential: ALL Politicians to be Cleaned *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Marin Mrcela, from Croatia, President of CoE's Anti-Corruption Watchdog, known as "GRECO", replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question on the...
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news Trump's Finance Chief Mnuchin to EF on his 1st Trip to Europe: a Feeling of Coming Back Home ?...
18.03.17 | ACM
Trump's Finance Chief Mnuchin to EF on his 1st Trip to Europe: a Feeling of Coming Back Home ?...  *Baden-Baden (Germany)/G20 Ministerial Finance Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New US Treasure Secretary, Steven Mnuchin's unusual Reply, was given to an even more unusual "Eurofora"s...
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news Schäuble to EF after G20 Finance+EU Rome Summit's Eve: €uro to Strengthen Europe with its People
18.03.17 | ACM
Schäuble to EF after G20 Finance+EU Rome Summit's Eve: €uro to Strengthen Europe with its People *Baden-Baden/G20 Ministerial Finance Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- German Minister of Finance, Wolgang Schäuble, who Chairs now the "G20" Finance Ministerial Summit for 2017, Replying to a...
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news Mnuchin US Interest Rate move Natural, says French Finance Minister Sapin to EF, at G20
17.03.17 | ACM
Mnuchin US Interest Rate move Natural, says French Finance Minister Sapin to EF, at G20 *Baden-Baden/G20/Angelo Marcopolo/- French Minister of Finance, Michel Sapin, speaking to "Eurofora" during a G20 Finance Summit, backed US Interest rates latest move :  - USA...
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news Trump+Merkel overshadow G20 Finance Ministers Start in Baden Baden (Germany)
17.03.17 | ACM
Trump+Merkel overshadow G20 Finance Ministers Start in Baden Baden (Germany) *Baden-Baden /G20 Finance Ministerial/Angelo Marcopolo/- As it was also reported ater the latest Brussels' EU Summit, "Family Photos" of Top Politicians in European/International...
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news Europe Internet Providers Head Rotert to EF: Concern for EU-CoE Moves on "Hate Speech"+ Human Rights
16.03.17 | ACM
Europe Internet Providers Head Rotert to EF: Concern for EU-CoE Moves on *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Pioneer of Internet Global Communications, since the Early 1980ies, Professor in German University of nearby Karlsruhe (an EU "MIT" for many), as well...
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news Netherlands' 2017 Election: Dutch People slam "Gro-Ko", and Vote mainly at the Right
15.03.17 | ACM
Netherlands' 2017 Election: Dutch People slam *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite a Last-Minute "Lifting" offered by Turkey's Mediatic Provocation to the Outgoing Prime Minister Rutte, as various, German a.o. Medias note,...
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news EU Scientific Research Council Chief Burguignon to Eurofora on relations with USA, Russia, China +
15.03.17 | ACM
EU Scientific Research Council Chief Burguignon to Eurofora on relations with USA, Russia, China +  *Strasbourg/SupraMolecular RST Institute/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of EU's Scientific Research Council, (ERC), Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, a Top Mathematician from France, speaking...
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news Head of German Governing CDU-CSU MEPs Reul to EF on Franco-German Elections + Decisions on EU Future
14.03.17 | ACM
Head of German Governing CDU-CSU MEPs Reul to EF on Franco-German Elections + Decisions on EU Future *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Herbert Reul, Head of the German Governing Christiandemocrat MEPs in EU Parliament, speaking to "Eurofora" Today, stressed that EU Politicians...
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news EUParliament V.President Wieland +EFDD Group Chair Farage: 2 Opposed Views on BREXIT meet on Timing?
14.03.17 | ACM
EUParliament V.President Wieland +EFDD Group Chair Farage: 2 Opposed Views on BREXIT meet on Timing? *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" from 2 clearly Opposed Viewpoints on BREXIT, EU Parliament's vice-President Rainer Wiener, a prominent...
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news French Right's Unity on EU Solidarity v. Turkish State Political Rallies row in Europe spread Left
12.03.17 | ACM
French Right's Unity on EU Solidarity v. Turkish State Political Rallies row in Europe spread Left *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A clear Majority of Top French Politicians, Uniting for the First Time all the Right side of the Political spectrum, from Center-Right "Republicans" and their...
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CoE Local/Regional Democracy Watchdog's Chief Frecon to Eurofora on Ukraine Summit: Boost Dialogue !

Escrito por ACM
30.09.15
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean CoE's Watchdog on Local/Regional Democracy's President, experienced Senator Jean-Claude Frecon, from the Governing Socialist Party in France, speaking to "EuroFora" on the forthcoming Local/Regional Elections in Ukraine on October 2015, which are expected to be Crucial for the Peace process according to the Minsk Agreements, that a Quadrilateral Summit between the Leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are due to thoroughly Examine in a Summit in Paris on Friday, endorsed the view that, if a Postponement of those Elections in the Autonomist Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk might Help to Start and Develop a real Dialogue between all sides involoved, on the concrete details of the Future Political Solution to the Conflict, then, that Proposal of Compromise reportedly made Recently by Representatives of those areas, might, indeed, become Helpful.

 


    => In fact, what is Essential to try to obtain in the forthcoming Summit for Ukraine, is to Boost a Dialogue among all sides involved, according to the Minsk Agreements, on the main oustanding issues, particularly concerning the imminent Local/Regional Elections, the Status of the DeCentralisation in the Donetsk/Luhansk Regions held by Autonomists, etc, he stressed to Reply to an "Eurofora" Question in Conclusion, (See Infra).

      - "We (CLRAE) have already said that a kind of (Local/regional) Autonomy for those areas could be a Good Solution, in Ukraine as elsewhere, but, naturally, in the Framework of the Country's Territorial Integrity", President Frecon stressed from the Outset, as a matter of Principle.


    -"This was inscribed (recently) in the Ukranian Legislation, even if some sectors of the Extreme Right, don't like it at all". CLRAE's Head observed, concerning some Troubles reportedly provoked after the Vote of a relevant Draft Law by the Ukranian Parliament, at a 1st Lecture, that President Poroshenko has strongly Condemned.  


    - "But what do they want, in fact : Return Back to the War ?", Jean-Claude Frecon wondered, reminding the Tragic Deadly and Destructive Ukranian Conflict which has stroke since February 2014 that formerly Peaceful European Country, provoking, according to Figures published at the Beginning of September 2015 by UNO's High Commissioner on Human Rights, at nearby Geneva, More than 8.000 Dead, and 17.810 Wounded Victims, many among them being simple Civilian People.


    - "In order to Avoid War, trying to Help People Live Together, and start some Dialogue between them, Hoping that this Dialogue will be Conclusive" for the completion of a Political Solution, "it's simply Better to tell them (i.e. to the Donetsk/Luhansk Autonomists) that you Remain inside the Ukranian Country, but we  (Kiev's Central Government) give you some Autonomy", he resumed in substance.


    - At any case, "we, neither inside the CLRAE, nor in the Entire CoE, we are Not in favor of saying that, Today we have 47 Member Countries, but in the Future we might have, perhaps more than 50 or even 100 ! No, we (CoE) are Not at all for such a thing", he clearly underlined, adiopting a Critical stance vis a vis Various  recent Trends, mutatis-mutandis, also in some Other European Countries, such as, f.ex. in UK's Scotland, Spain's Catalognia, etc., where Popular Referendums for Independence, or not, have been notoriously asked and voted, (however without obtaining yet any Majority of Votes in Neither among them)..


    - Thus, "F.ex., among others, for Catalonia, it was said in substance that you are part of the Country (Spain), but you can Speak the Catalonian Language too". Also in Ukraine, "even if the Ukranian remains the Official Language of the Country, neverteless, in the Regions where the Large Majority of the Population are Russian-Speakers, they are told that they can Continue to use Both Languages, which, by the way, are Not so Differend between them....", he noted.


    >>> Questioned by "EuroFora" about a Recent Proposal of Compromise, reportedly made earlier this Month, by Representatives of the Donetsk/Luhansk Autonomists, to eventualy Postpone for later-on, (f.ex. for February 2016), the Local/Regional Elections due to be held in that area, as also throughout the rest of Ukraine on October 2015, but apparently strongly Contested by Kiev's Central Government, which claims that the Conditions required for such an Election would Not yet exist, or not entirely fulfilled in the pro-Autonomists' areas, CLRAE's Head appeared quite Positive, but under one Key Condition ;


    >>> - "If we can Hope that a certain Dialogue could be established, then, we have to Try that !", PanEuropean CoE's Watchdog for Local/Regional Democracy's experienced Head clearly advised, in reply to the above-mentioned "EuroFora"s Question.


      - "F.ex., if they tell us that we need some Weeks or Months more, in order to hold a Dialogue, then, I think, that Naturally, this should be accepted", he resumed.


     - "But we don't know yet" if it will work, or not. "So, what I'm advising, in substance, is, despite everything, to put, at least, a little of water in the wine", (typical French expression calling for Moderation),  "Even if we didn't obtain something very Big" (in the key promise for a process of DeCentralisation of Power, in exchange of some other concessions from the Autonomists), "at least, we obtained Some Concessions". And, in general, in this as also in Other cases, "you never know if, what Exists Today, might Not Remain for Ever", he Warned all involved.


    + Meanwhile, "the CLRAE, which will hold its Next Plenary Session" in Strasbourg "in 3 Weeks" Time,is due to "Send a Team of about 30 Observers" for the forthcoming Local/Regional Elections in Ukraine, "and there are 10 People more, comming from the (CoE's) Parliamentary Assembly, who Asked to come Together with us", anounced to "EuroFora" the President of the PanEuropean Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE). "Because we have a crystal-clear legal Mandate for that", he concluded.


    => Finally, expressing the Wish of PanEuropean CoE's Competent body for Local/Regional DeCentralisation and Democracy, from the forthcoming Quadrilateral Summit on Ukraine, scheduled for Friday, President Frecon stressed that, - "What We (CLRAE) want, First of all, is that they all Sit around the Same Table" for Peace Talks, as he pointed out.


    - "So, at least the Russians and the current Ukranians Government should be there", together with France and Germany. And he acknowledged that, according to the Minsk Agreements, a "Dialogue" on  certain Crucial Key points, must include also Representatives of all sides, i.e. also or the Donetsk/Luhansk areas held by Autonomists, (Comp. Supra).

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    - "Naturally, Yes. But we know that this will be Difficult. That's why, even if we might not obtain, right from the Start, a Full Negotiation, but, at least, a kind of Partial Negotiation, then, it could be OK for us", i.e. for the PanEuropean Organisation of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, i.e. the CoE, President Jean-Claude Frecon concluded in fine, as thing stand Today.

 

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EU Vote : Strasbourg's Daul wins 3 landslides, guiding EPP in larger than expected European victory

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07.06.09

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Guiding the largest Group of MEPs to a bigger than expected pan-European victory over exhausted or fragmented competitors, overcoming even the results of a scheduled split, and winning brillant scores at his home town : Strasbourg, region : Alsace, and country : France, Joseph Daul, the President of the European People's Party EPP/ChristianDemocrats, succeeded also to be both present in Brussels and Strasbourg at the same time, thanks to a duplex connexion...

Daul's EPP list got some 28%, clearly distancing PS' 23% in Strasbourg, despite a recently elected Socialist Mayor. More than 29%, compared to PS' less than 17%, in his Constituency : East. Some 33%, (i.e. almost double than "Greens"' 17% who follow), in his Region, Alsace. And his National Party : UMP clearly won in France with 28%, the PS following with only 16%, (equal to "Greens")..

More important, Daul's EPP Group inside EU Parliament, with some 265 MEPs kept a solid 1st place, much Higher than all other Groups, and even augmented its lead over Socialists, who lose many MEPs, falling down to some 160 MEPs only. Thus, he managed to succesfully overcome a scheduled split by British Conservatives and a few others who were added to various Independents at his right : About 90 MEPS searching an attachment. Most of them have already said that they would often vote together, according to selective agreements with the EPP Group.

In fact, it's Daul Group's Solidity, added to EPP candidate MEPs' gains in several EU Countries, which makes of the EPP a kind of "Center of Gravity" in the new EU Parliament (2009-2014), around which, various, more or less close circles of much smaller Groups can float, according to punctual or structural deals.

Many variations become, thus, possible : After losing more than 100 MEPs EU-wide, Socialists, with only 160 MEPs, cannot rely on a tiny (+6) augmentation of the small "Green" group (with only some 51 MEPs), nor on the diminished, 30 MEPs EuroLeft group, to challenge EU Parliament's powers wihout the EPP. But Liberals, despite losing some -20 MEPs, could, theoretically, add their remaining 80 MEPs to EPP's 265 MEPs or so, to get an absolute Majority. Unless EPP's 265-MEPs strong Group succeeds to attract at least some 70 MEPs from Small Groups as UEN, Ind/Dem and various others or Independents, which total more than 145 MEPs in all, to form another Majority, at the center-right..

Wisely, Daul has resisted to Journalists' questions in Strasbourg on who will be the next EU Parliament's President, (while also avoiding questions on EU Commission before June 7), arguying that "we must first see what the final outcome of the (June 2009) Elections will be".

Speculations focused on a choice between an agreement with Socialist Group's leader, Martin Schultz of Germany for a rotating presidency, as previously, or with Liberal Group's leader, Graham Watson from the UK. But other last-minute possibilities cannot be excluded.

If Cameron, the British Conservative party's leader, hadn't been pushed by some to try to make a small split Group out of the EPP (as in a remote Past), then, his MEPs would be Members of a most influential Group in EU Parliament, close to an Absolute Majority (EPP having, in this case, some 360 MEPs out of a total of 736)..

Schultz's confirmation, earlier to "EuroFora", that the PS would like to keep a "technical agreement" of the past with the EPP, (on a rotating chairmanship), wasn't a surprise. EU sources indicated that for the first 2,5 years, among EPP candidates might be vice-presidents Mario Mauro (Italy) or Poland's Buzek, etc., followed by PS' turn.

Watson is focusing on Political aspects :  Contrary to usual talk, now, (particurly if Lisbon Treaty enters soon into force), "it's not so much who will be the President of EU Commission, (i.e. Baroso or someone else) which matters. Because EU needs Political leadership from EU Council (i.e. National Governments) and/or EU Parliament", he told "EuroFora". 

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EU Commissioners Kuneva, Reding + Orban to "EuroFora" : "Enormous Potential to boom on-line !"

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07.05.09

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EU has an "enormous Potential" for on-line Media, and EU intends to make it "boom" by "targetting the whole (European) on-line Market, and not just a segment", in order to "sell better for consumers and businesses" by facilitating EU Citizens' access through the promotion of their Rights,  Multi-linguism, etc. including by facing the challenge of Better Networks and Technologic Innovations, replied in substance EU Commissioners Meglena Kuneva, Viviane Reding and Leonard Orban, to "EuroFora"'s questions.

Observing that "some previous attempts to create On-line Media, even in Big EU Countries, did not work enough for the moment, at least not as in the USA" etc., "EuroFora" asked EU Commissioners about their views on the new perspectives opened now, thanks also to "EU efforts to help", "for the developpement of new On-line Media, on the entire EU-level".

-  "The EU On-line Market has an enormous potential, that we don't utilize enough", replied from the outset Reding

- "We (EU) want to bring this Market to a Boom", EU Commissioner on Information Society and Media stressed in her reply to "EuroFora"'s question on the development of new European On-line Media.

F.ex. about 50% of EU households already have a broadmand access, but less than ...7% of them use it to buy on the Internet, so that the current 106 Billion € on-line EU market income, even if huge, in fact doesn't represent but only a small fraction of what is possible in the EU, Reding observed.

"That's why we have to inform both businesses and users", she concluded in reply.

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EU Commissioner for Consumers' protection, Meglena Kuneva, also replied positively to "EuroFora"'s question on the current prospects for the development of On-line Media ;

- "It fits", Because "we (EU) are targetting the whole single on-line market" throughout all Europe. "As you can see, this is in the framework of our efforts : " "Digital Agenda for the entire On-line Market", as it's quite right written on screen".

 - So, "this is, indeed, our purpose  : To sell better to the On-line Market, both for Consumers and for Businesses", EU Commisioner Kuneva concluded in her reply to "EuroFora"'s question.

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Statistics reveal that, until now, the main obstacle was the lack of "Trust" by consumers to trans-border transactions on-line, mainly because they were afraid that the good they bought might not be as shown in the screen, or not delivered at all, as she said earlier. But, even if Kuneva added to "EuroFora" that "we are not targetting one or another segment of the on-line market,...so that she "wouldn't outline just one sector", in fact, this problem should normally not affect the on-line Media : Because there, the "delivery" is made not physically, at a later Date, but immediately on-line. (Fex. simply by opening access to part or all the content of "News", interactive exchanges, etc).

Reding and Kuneva had just presentented in a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg the "EYouGuide", a Practical, easy to read and use, EU Guide to Citizens' Rights in order to "Trust" as tranOn-line consumers at the Internet, available both in Leaflets and at : ec.europa.eu/eyouguide

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EU Commissioner for MultiLingualism, Leonard Orban, obviously was also Key-person for another main original characteristic behind "EuroFora" project, and any on-line Media that would target the entire EU, including also interactive content for its Readers with "Forums", etc.: The inevitable use of many Languages at the same time in parallel :

Questioned later by "EuroFora" on that precise point, EU Commissioner Orban said that "the challenge is huge, because EU has 23 official Languages to manage", and already the need for qualified interpretators is felt, particularly in many specialized fields, for qualified persons able to master even a scientific or legal terminology. Paradoxically, there is a problem for English speaking interpretors, but also others, since we face also the Competition of a Global Market, including fex. Afrika, Asia, etc.

- But Orban revealed to "EuroFora" that, recently, he had "brought together Scientists, Researchers, the Industry, Businesses, Experts, Politicians, Administrations, NGOs, etc. in order to find out all together what are the needs and the possibilities for the developpement of efficient New Technologies able to do Automatic Translations", including on-line.

Accurately multiply each sentence's automatic translation in 23 languages, as EU has to do, is obviously an immense task.

-"But we hope to arrive to an acceptable average level, mainly through Innovative technologies and organisation, in the following 5 Years", EU Commissioner Orban concluded to "EuroFora".

"EuroFora"'s members, users and readers would certainly urge EU Commission to try to do even better, and mainly faster, (even if it starts, at the beginning, at least in the main 3 or 5 EU Languages, to be followed later on by all the others). Because the practical needs for an easy, simple and efficient, on-line automatic translation is obviously vital for the free and good communication between EU Citizens, as well as for the development of a common European consciousnes.

EU echoes Sarkozy proposal for a common Economic + Security area for Turkey (+Russia), no accession

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07.05.09
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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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EU's Almunia to EuroFora on Eco Stimulus plans, before London G-Summit : Keep the Rules or Opt-out !

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25.03.09
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    EU Commissioner on Economy and Finance, Joachin Almunia, replying to 3 "EuroFora" questions in Strasbourg before next week's London Global Summit, made it clear that all EU Member States must, more or less, respect EU Rules on the Monetary Stability Pact when they draft their Economic Stimulus policies, unless they want to "Opt-out" of EuroZone, as the UK has already done...

  Several EU Countries must correct imbalances in rather strict Time deadlines, and this is not an  "impossible task", but "a very possible and attainable task", as Almunia told us. But it's only the UK which could practically ignore EU's calls, "because of the Opt-out they have"....                                                                                                                                           

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       The issue got a larger, EU-wide and even Global Political dimension, one day later at EU Parliament, when USA's new President, Barack Obama's call on Europe to augment Spending against the Economic Crisis at the eve of G-20 Summit, was considered by some EU officials, (as EU chair, Czech Prime Minister Topolanek or EU Commission's President Baroso, etc), as partly deviant to Euro-Zone rules of the EU, whose priority now seems to be a new, multi-polar agreement on the Regulation of World's Financial Markets, to avoid similar abuses and crisis in the Future.  

 Even if he appeared as partly sparing for the moment some of EU's driving forces, as France or the UK, Spain, etc, who got more Time than others, Almunia stressed that, as a matter of principle, all EU Member States should comply with the same rules, applied according to the particular situation of each one of them.


        The results of EU Commission''s check on 5 EU Countries : France, the UK, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Cyprus, gave, at first, an impression to some that a "difference" was made "between EU Countries", as an Italian journalist said.

        F.ex. paradoxically, Greece seems to have, in comparison, some better indicators than other EU Countries checked this week :

    * Deficit in Greece, after reaching 3,7% of GDP in 2007, is estimated at 3,7% in 2008, over 3% in 2009, and exceeding 4% in 2010, according to EU Commission's forecast, (while the Greek Government tabled on just 3,2%). Only Cyprus does better, with a lower deficit than the threshhold of 3%.

    France comes next, whose deficit aims for 2009 and 2010 were revised upwards at 5,6% and 5,2%. In Spain, it's expected to arrive at 6,2% in 2009 and 5,7% in 2010.

    But in the UK, Deficit estimates mount at ..9,5% in 2009/10. In Ireland, the deficit already reached 6,3% in 2008, and is expected to rise up to 11% in 2009, and 13% in 2010 !

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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.
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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...
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- "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.
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    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.

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