english french german greek italian lithuanian russian serbian spanish
Home arrow newsitems arrow Sarkozy stimulated by Irish "No": - "A call to build Europe otherwise. Difficult, but Fascinating !"

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 !"

-------------------

* 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 :

dsc00883._400

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 :

(../..)

- "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..

Enterprise Europe Network

Statistics

Visitors: 52292921

Archive

Login Form





Remember me

Lost your Password?
No account yet? Create account

Syndicate

RSS 0.91
RSS 1.0
RSS 2.0
ATOM 0.3
OPML

Other Menu


Pierre Pflimlin's visionary line : Honouring the Memory of the man who wanted to build Europe on the Mountains, based on Spirit !

 

pflimlin.coe.1997_400

One of EuroFora's best inspirators is naturally Pierre Pflimlin :

We had a chance to personally meet the dynamic and experienced former President of both EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, France's Prime Minister and Strasbourg's Mayor, only at his 90th anniversary, during an Historic speech at the Council of Europe, exceptionally full of people.

But his energetic figure looked more like a youngster of 19 years old, eager to win the Olympic games !..

Visionary, 2P was, from many points of view :

His daughter, Antoinette, Artist-decorator, and Senator Jung, President of a group of friends, confirmed us an Historian's revelation, that Pflimlin had initially the idea to build all European institutions (EU Parliament, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, etc) at the spectacular heights of Oberhausbergen hills, with an eye-catching view of both French Vosges and German Black Forest Mountains, in the midst of a Forest : A real vision to create a brand New European Headquarters with a big ambition !

But, it seems, that "someone in Brussels" found that picture, precisely, too big for his taste, and threw a spanner on the works...

Pflimlin stroke back a Decade ago, at his Historic 1997 farewell speech :

He urged Europeans to find another, more substantial way, to lift Europe to more important Heights in Future :

- "On which basis can we imagine the birth of a great Europe ?", he asked.

"Certainly an Economic basis ! A solid market economy, meeting also the needs of social justice. A Political basis : Europe must become a strong Political Power, able to influence World's changes, naturally for Peace."

"But I believe that the essential foundation of a greater Europe should be of Spiritual nature : .... The great pacific Revolutions were Spiritual Victories" : They expressed "People's main motivation to live in a society with our Values of Liberty, Democracy, respect for Human Dignity".

"Then, the roadmap is ready : Yes, the foundation of the unity for a large Europe is the spiritual heritage, inspired by Christian Humanism and the Humanism of Renaissance, of Enlightenment, from which emerged a Civilisation focused on the Human person".

"Here is the task to be accomplished. It's very difficult".

"The Time approaches when I'll have to pass over the torchlight. God willing, this torch should enlighten the path of those who are going to build, tomorrow, the great Europe, marked by this Spirit".

 

(Extract from the Book "Pierre Pfilmin : Alsacian and European", 2007. Texts by Senator Louis Jung, by the long-time f. Director of Strasbourg's Newspaper DNA, Alain Howiller, and by f. EU Parliament's Press Director, Paul Collowald : See dedications, hand-written by the authors, the day the book for Pflimlin's 100th Aniversary was launched at Strasbourg's Press Club and European Parliamentary Association's headquarters, 13 April 2007).

pflimlin_decidacies_400

 

Polls

2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?

Results

SMF Recent Topics SA

Copyright (c) 2007-2009 EIW/SENAS - EuroFora.net. All rights reserved. ISSN 1969-6361.
Powered by Elxis - Open Source CMS.