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Alsace President Richert to EuroFora: New Big Region linking 5 Countries at EU Core: Projects+Values

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12.07.15
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*Brumath/Angelo Marcopolo/- The only Region which will link the borders of 5 Neighbouring European Countries at EU's Core, on Januray 2016, (France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium), that of the New Great French Region of ACAL, that will Unite Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardennes, must have the Will and the Capacity to Support Economic Development Projects able to Build Cohesion and Attract the Interest also of other Strong Partners, supporting EU Values and Commitments, stressed the Frontrunner Candidate to ACAL's Presidency, the Experienced current President of Alsace Region, Headquartered in Strasbourg, host of the PanEuropean CoE and EU Parliament's full Plenary Sessions, as well as of the ECHR, Shengen System's Secretariat, "EuroCorps", etc. which will become also ACAL's capital, Philippe Richert, replying to a relevant "EuroFora"s Question.

    Richert was speaking at a Press point during the 2015 Annual Summer Ragional Gahering of the main French Opposition Party of "Republicans", headed by experienced former President Nicolas Sarkozy, at Brumath city near Strasbourg, together with various other key Regional Politicians involved in various National, and/or European/International responsibilities.

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 - On January 2016, if things go as you wiish, "you could have  the Responsibility of a Great Region concerning both wider Franco-German Relations, that you know personaly well, and rSwitzerland, as well as relations to Luxembourg and even Belgium. What would be your Message to all those Countries ? Becaue it (ACAL) will be the only Region of France which will bring Together the Borders of 5 Neighbouring Countries located at Europe's Core", observed "EuroFora", questioning Richert.

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 - "This Great Region (New ACAL) will be a Region at the Core of European Issues", strongly declared from the outset, President Philippe Richert, in Reply to our question.


  - "First of all, obviously, because the Economic Development is, for us, a matter of Priority and a (Political) Will", anounced the Head of France's 2nd Region in Economiic terms (Alsace), after Paris, located all along one of Germany's most succesful economicaly regions, that of Baden-Wurtemberg.


- But also because the Future "Cohesion of this Great Region will allow us, one Day, to be a Strong Partner of Other Strong Partners, as, f.ex. with Baden-Wurtemberg, Rheinland-Palatinat (German Federated States/Länder), and naturaly also with Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, ", added the experienced Chief or French Alsace Region, which is also known for its special Links to the Chinese Region of Nankin, that had facilitated "Alsace International", headed by Reichert's close Friend, the Senator André Reichert, to have a superb High-Tech Ecological Building for Pavillon at he presitgious Shanghai 2010 World Expo, attended by a lot of Heads of State/Government from many Countries throughout the World. (Comp. relevant Chinese Consul General, former Diplomat in Brussels' replies to "EuroFora"s Questions in a Strasbourg Club's Press Conference on that landmark event : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/shanghai.html )


- "We (New Big Region of ACAL) will be there in order to be Partners in that (Economic) Development at the Heart of Europe", Richert stressed.

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 - "But, if you look well at the Map, indeed, this (New Big ACAL) Region will extend further until it faces  Brussels, starting from Strasbourg, etc. So, we'll become a Region which will be a Partner at Europe's core, supporting EU Values and EU Commitments", he promissed.


    >>> "In order to achieve that, it's up to us to Build, inside this Great Region, a Real Cohesion, in order to become Partners well Recognized by our Homologues in Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium", Philippe Richert underlined, as a matter of, naturaly, crucial Importance in this Change which aims to Bring Together, for the 1st Time in History, 3 formerly Independent French Ragions, (Comp. Supra).


    => - "And we'll better Succeed to do so, if we have Projects which are Interesting" for potential partners : "That's what we must do, and for which we have to Work", he anounced. - "It's not just to become Bigger" than in the Past. "We have also to Work and Find Solutions".

    + Already "The Fact that we (Alsace Region) opened in Brussels, Together with Champagne-Ardennes and Saarland, a (Joint) Representation Office", recently, located, both practicaly and symbolicaly, "at Luxembourg Street", as he noted, (speaking in Strasbourg the same week that EU Parliament just debated the incoming Luxembourg's EU Presidency's Agenda for the period of July - December 2015), "is a First Sign of our Capacity to Overcome, Today, those Divisions which still remain, but that we Want to Bridge"; Richert concluded in his Reply  to "EuroFora"s Question, Voluntaristicaly pointing to a New Horizon in the Regional landscape at Europe's core.

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Most Alsacian Politicians, from various Parties, had been at first Reluctant or Opposed to the initial Project drafted by the National French Government in Paris, for that particular Fusion ofthe currently much more numerous Regions in a lesser Number of Great Regions accross the Country, including the ALCA New Big Region. Sollicitated by Local Politicians and Citizens, the Head of the main Opposition Party of the "Republicans", former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, had even Replied that, if he won the forthcoming 2017 French Presidential Elections, he wouldn't feel obligedat all from the relevant Commitments undertaken by current President Francois Hollande regarding that Controversial proposed Big Region. But, after the French National Assembly adopted the relevant Law, and the Constitutional Court didn't find anything wrong, while Strasbourg had, meanwhile, been confirmed by the French Government as Capital of the New, ACAL Greater Region, almost all started to play the game in practice, particularly as the December 2015 Elections scheduled for the choice of the New, Greater Regions' Leadership from January 1st, 201, are approaching.

 

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(NDLR ; Fast Translation from the Original in French. + "DraftNews", as already send to "EuroFora"s Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version may be published asap).

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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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