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Afghan asylum seekers Welcomed near EU Parliament in Strasbourg EU-Fair, Day of Kaboul Airport Bomb

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Thursday, 26 August 2021
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Only a Block away from EU Parliament's building in Strasbourg, a Group of Afghan asylum seekers has just Started to Arrive at a Surprizing Proximity to the 2021 Euro-Fair's area, in an empty Hotel Requisitioned by French Authorities for that purpose, by a Coincidence, the Same Day that, Later, in Kaboul's Airport, an Islamist Terrorist "ISIS"' Bombing reportedly Killed more than 100 People, including 13 American Soldiers...

    That Hotel "Mercure" is Directly Facing Strasbourg's "Palace of Congresses and Music" (PMC), which Hosts the Annual "Euro-Fair", a Popular Event marking the Start of a New Season in Economic and Political terms, which takes place, this year, from 3 to 13 September 2021, (See : ..., etc), while MEPs are due to come for EU Parliament's Monthly Plenary between 13 - 16 September, i.e. when the would be Refugees will still be here, since they are due to Stay at least a Month.

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    Already, a First Bus with a Part of those Afghans, including some Children, just Arrived Today early Afternoon, at around 3 p.m., amidst a lot of Policemen and Security Forces, Shortly after a Press Conference in the PMC, on the Euro-Fair 2021, where "Eurofora" had been Invited and Participated (See : ..., etc), during which Questions were Raised on this UnExpected "Proximity" of about 150 Afghans asylum seekers and Strasbourg's Most Popular Event, usualy visited by many Families and Politicians, Now under the Windows of that "Mercure" Hotel, which had been Closed since the 2020 Pandemic for Renovation.

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    - "These News are too Recent, while we are now Focusing on preparing the Inauguration of Euro-Fair. It's true that it's an unexpected Proximity, But, once things are properly settled, I think that there will be No Problem", carefuly but positively said the Director of Strasbourg Events Organization, Marie Lathoud. (See Lathoud's Reply to "Eurofora"'s Questions at : ..., etc).

    - "Even if they will stay at the Proximity of Euro-Fair, there is a Period of Quarantine, about 6 to 10 Days, and Afterwards they have to deal with Administrative/Security issues. When it's finished, they would be Welcome at the Euro-Fair, and this would be a Good Opportunity for them to Discover Strasbourg !", optimisticaly pointed out Salem Drici, Strasbourg Events' Board President, (See Drici's Reply to "Eurofora"'s Questions at : ..., etc).

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    France's Operation nick-named "Apagan" reportedly Evacuated about 4.000 French or 1fghans from Kaboul's Airport (UPDATED), with Military Planes, as announced by President Macron, and is due to End around August 28.     Arriving at Paris, Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulle Airport (North), via Abou Dhabi (UAE), about 150 among them were Affected by the Government to Strasbourg's "Great-East" Region, and in the process of Arriving at this City.

    Some of them Prefered, reportedly, to live withOut State Aid, leaving for Down-Town Paris, while at least One was Found to be a ...Taliban, who had Helped evacuate an Embassy, and was currently Questioned by the French Security Forces.

    After the Taliban killed several Young French Soldiers, scandalously Abandoned in a Dangerous Mountain region withOut any Airplane Protection, Back on 2011, former French President Sarkozy (Center-Right) started a movement of Departure from that NATO force, under USA Direction, and this was Completed under former President Hollande (Socialist), as Macron reminded nowadays.

    Both French President Macron and many Other Top EU Officials or Heads of State/Government, already Warned Against an eventual Repetition of the Notorious 2015-2016 Errors which let more than 1,5 Million mass Asylum Seekers, mainly from the Middle East, to tresspass into Greece up to Germany and/or the UK, etc, crossing Europe's external Borders, but underlined that, at least a number of serious Refugees, Linked with European States and Facing real Danger at nowadays Afghanistan, should be Protected.

    Some Politicians and several Press Commendators apparently Criticized what they felt as an excessively Laxist policy vis a vis the current Afghan asylum seekers, (pointing, f.ex., to the usualy Expensive 150 Rooms at that "Mercure" Hotel, and the fact that Others, on the contrary, are abandoned Homeless in some Streets, etc), Contrary to those who Supported and Welcomed such Humanitarian moves. At least ToNight, however, the Suicide-Bombing that Killed more than 100 People, mainly Civilians, at Kaboul's Airport, reportedly Revendicated by ISIS in Afghanistan (an alleged Opponent to the Talibans, who "Condemned" such Brutal Methods, but Warned that such Attacks were triggered by the US Military forces currently still Holding Kaboul's Airport), naturally Alleviated such concerns.

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    US President Biden sliped Down in many unpopular Polls, after such an ill-treatment of the Afghan Issue, considered as a Blunder by many American People, and Contrary to former POTUS Trump's original Plan in many Key Points, who is now credited of 51% against 44%, shortly before the Forthcoming Mid-Term Elections on Autumn 2021, (UPDATED).

 

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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