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Sarkozy stimulated by Irish "No": - "A call to build Europe otherwise. Difficult, but Fascinating !"

Written by ACM
Saturday, 14 June 2008

Sarkozy stimulated by Irish "No" challenge : - "It's a call to change and build Europe otherwise. Not later, but now. It won't be easy, but it's fascinating !"

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* Paris, Elysee, June 14, 2008.

Forthcoming EU Chairman, French President Nikolas Sarkozy, created a surprise by declaring that the challenge of the Irish "No" to the EU Treaty, stimulates his belief that we must immediately change the way Europe is built.

A difficult but fascinating task, that he intends to accomplish in the next 6 Months, during which he will analyse developments 3 times to EU Parliament in Strasbourg, on July, October and December 2008.

But Agenda obliged to give a first reply to Questions raised by the Irish Referendum, on the sidelines of a Press Conference with USA President GWBush, in Paris' Elysee palace, Saturday :

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Sarkozy's reply was twofold :

First, the Franco-German position is that EU must make sure "that the Irish Incident does not become a Crisis". Ratification must continue, after 18 EU Member States, also to the rest, as UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised.

But, pointing at deeper causes, Sarkozy also criticized bureaucratic "sabotage" of Europe's "founding fathers" original dream. The move reminded his Historic February and July 2007 speaches in Strasbourg on Europe's future, joining criticism to a call for EU's Renaissance, which now became urgent :

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- "This "NO" is another difficulty" for the forthcoming French EU Presidency (July - December 2008). If anyone prefers easy jobs, he'd better change immediately", he started.

"But, now, the Irish "NO" is a political reality. The question is not whether we like it or not. It's a reality. The Irish People have spoken. We must accept it."

"Regarding that, we think, together with (German Chancellor) Mrs Merkel, that the Ratification process should continue. Since 18 EU Member States already ratified, the remaining States should also be able to go on with the ratification. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told me that he intends to do that."

"So that the Irish incident does not become a crisis".

"Thus, the 1st point is that ratification should continue".

- "But, the 2nd point is that we (EU) must think (reflect), all together. It didn't happen merely by chance. It's not a surprise. I spoke with the Irish PM."

"Many Europeans do not agree with the way Europe is built at this moment. We must take this into account. And it must be done very fast. We must change the way to make Europe.

"The European Idea is the greatest idea since our founding fathers, 50 years ago. Nobody has any right to sabotage it."

"We must do it in another way. How ? Europe is something made in order to protect people. But many Europeans think that Europe worries.

"We must take it into account, not in 6 Months, but immediately. I intend to take together initiatives." "I am thinking, f.ex., to a European policy on Immigration. To a European reply to the endless augmentation of Oil prices".


"We have, I think, a duty to serve more efficiently Europeans' everyday life".

"I see the Irish "No" as a Call to do more, but otherwise. To find solutions together.

"This will not make things easy for the French (EU) Presidency.

"But, it is exciting, fascinating !.. ", he concluded

 TOPICAL HISTORY LESSONS..

    US President GWBush, fracefuly reminded that America would not have been what  it is today, if France had not helped her in the Past, as USA helped Western Europe during and at the aftermath the 2nd World War. 

      But he could also remind Sarkozy and his EU friends that USA has already faced, on its road towards integration, not only fierce Political Discussions in order to create a Federation, but even Secession, and Civil War...

     Compared to all that, the Irish "No" looks simply as a drop in the ocean..

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    - "Europe must be liberated from this undermining "wooden talk" of a "unique thought" which hampers democratic debates", stressed incoming EU Chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking to Journalists after his official meeting with EU Commission's President, Jose Barroso, at Elysee Palace in Paris

    - "It's precisely because there are not enough Debates, that EU hasn't managed yet to make it clear to European citizens what is really at stake", he added, in an obvious reference to the latest Irish "No" in 2008, after a long series of similar, unprecedented events, from the 1st Majority Abstention to EU Parliament's Elections in 1999, repeated in 2004, to the Dutch and French "No" in 2005, etc.


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          In fact, "there is no time to lose for Europe, and that's why we decided to start the French EU Presidency right away, from the first day", he explained, on France's exceptional choice to schedule the usual meeting with EU Commission from the 1st day of the 1st month, instead of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th or even 10th or 11th, as it had been done by others in the Past..    


    - "This is not an easy period, but we shall act with determination, while also listening to Citizens' views", he promised.

    Sarkozy's move came shortly before his opening Speech, next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, for the first Public Debate on the Priorities of the French EU Presidency (July - December 2008), and that's one of the reasons for which he significantly opened his EU Council's Chairmanship by welcoming at Elysee palace EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert Poettering at first..

    The incoming EU Chairman was replying to Press Questions about rumours that controversial British EU Commissioner on Trade, Mandelson, was alone to drop an invitation to have a working Diner at Elysee palace, together with all other EU Commissioners and the French Government, only because he would have been upset for some critical points made earlier by President Sarkozy in defense of European Agriculture vis-a-vis its Foreign competitors.

    But, as smiling Sarkozy played down Mandelson's reported refusal to debate, saying that he had to visit Marseille for a Ministerial meeting on Trade the next morning, and that "all our British friends are always welcome to taste a nice diner" in France, perhaps at another occasion..

    - "It's urgent to win anew the trust of the People" : Lately, "the European ideal lost its momentum. Since several years, whenever Citizens are questioned on Europe, they react with reserves : They even have .. a tendency to reply "NO".. After this 3rd "No" of a People in some years, there is an Urgency to convince", added French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, after a meeting earlier the same day of all Ministers with EU Commissioners, followed by an interview with Barroso

    "According to recent Polls, only 30% of French people believe that the European construction is a source of hope. It's only a poll, but we all now quite well, that, since 2005, it's dangerous to neglect these alarming signals, as it would be dangerous to treat with contempt the Irish "No", Fillon warned.

    "We all have a common duty to prove to the European Citizens who have doubts, that EU is more useful, more necessary, than ever" : And "that EU can take decisions needed in order to respond to European or Global challenges", the Prime Minister concluded.

    - "We believe, together with President Sarkozy, that EU should open debates on all issues of direct, concrete interest to Citizens", confirmed later to EuroFora the Head of France's governing party (UMP), Patrick Devedjan, after his speech to the European People's party (EPP) Study Days in Paris (2 - 4 July 2008).

    He didn't deny that one of them is Turkey : - "Public Opinion in France is very much unfavorable to Turkey's EU bid, and President Sarkozy has said that several times", he told EuroFora.

    From European Central Bank's controversial policies on Euro's value, to EU Enlargement Strategy, etc., issues of obvious importance to EU Citizens will be plenty, next week in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, before President Sarkozy launches the debates on EU 2008 French chairmanship's priorities on Thursday.

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