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Elections' results: Austria to become the 5th EU Country with Unity of All the Right ?

Parašė ACM
Sunday, October 15, 2017

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/-
After Norway, Denmark, Finland and Bulgaria (etc), Austria seems due to become the 5th EU Country with a New Government forged on the basis of a Unity among All the Political Parties of the Right, according to the Results of Today's Parliamentary Elections, which Surprized also by a quasi-Extinction of a degraded version of "Greens", and the Birth of a New one, Closer to the Right.

 

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Indeed, the Crystal-clear Winners are the Mainstream Right of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, headed by f. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who Augment their Votes for + 7,5%, followed by the Rightists of the Freedom Party FPO, headed by Heinz-Christian Strache, who Grow for almost +6%.

 

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Despite a FPO Rightists' Lead in Austrian Polls, which had become Obvious already since 2014-2015-2016,...

 

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... nevertheless, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leader Kurz Surprisingly managed, from the Middle of 2017, to Mark a sudden and Spectacular Upward Growth of his Party, enough in order to snatch the 1st Rank, regardless of a Last-Minute "come-back" of the Rightists, since last September 2017, which was Insufficient.

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Together, they can have a net Absolute Majority of about 58% of the Votes, (Composed for 31,5% by the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, and about 26,5% by the Rightists of FPO), with 113 MPs (62 + 51, respectively) out of a Total of 183.

 

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On the Contrary, the Socialists remained Stagnant, staying at their Previous score of 26% and something, (i.e. Lower than in the Past), reportedly Heading towards the Opposition.

+ Another, smaller but real Growth of +0,3 % was added also to the Center-Right "NEOS" Party, (set up by an Atypical f. Businessman), which reached 5,3% of the Votes.


But, the "Greens", (co-headed by EU Parliament's MEP Ulrike Lunacek), Surprisingly, Fell so Low, this time, that they Don't even get Any MP at all !

 

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From almost 12,5% that they had before, they Fall now, indeed, Down to Only ...3,8%, (a Loss of -8,6% !), i.e. Lower than the Threshold of 4% needed in order to Participate at the Parliament, with Sweeping Changes in their Leadership expected...


>>> The main cause seems to be the UnExpected, but Spectacular Birth of anOther Ecology-oriented, New Party, headed by Former "Green" MP, Peter Pilz, who Succeeded to win almost 4,5% of the Votes, (and get 8 MPs).


Before that, the "Green" Party (of Lunacek's also Heavily pro-"LBGTI" Agenda, etc), had Rejected Pilz' candidacy for the fourth place in its list, and had even Refused him to present another candidacy for the sixth place...


But Pilz succeeded, (by hastily Creating a brand New Party, with Only 4 Members !), even to Bypass the "Greens", apparently on the basis of a Program quite Strict, vis a vis Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, who Tresspassed into Europe as an UnPrecedented, Giant "Tsunami" through Turkey, of More than, 1,5 Millions of People, since 2015-2016+, which is considered as Similar to what Currently is the Official Position of the CDU/CSU Governing Parties in Germany.

 

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+ In Addition, Pilz reportedly is, also, very Critical vis a vis Turkey's regime, prefering, instead, to Boost Support towards the Kurds and other oppressed Minorities, as well as to Cooperate in the Middle East with Jordany, and other Trustworthy Allies against Deadly Islamist Terrorism, for Peace, etc.

 
Such "New" Positions on "Hot" Topical Issues, apparently Explains, at least partly, also the Spectacular phenomenon of a Fast and Huge "Shift" made by Many People f.ex. in Wien City, (a stronghold of the Left), who Left the "Greens" of Ms Lunacek with - 10,2% Less Votes, , while, on the Contrary, Pilz's party Won, there, ...the Biggest Growth of Votes from All Political Parties in Austria (See relevant Graphics), by Getting + 7,5% of Votes for the First Time !

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=> These New Political Facts could serve, in one way or anoher, in the forthcoming EU Summit, Next Week in Brussels, (19-20 October 2017), where the Heads of State/Government have included in their Agenda also Turkey.


The Brussels' EU Summit is preceeded, as usual, also by a previous, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Summit, earlier the 1st Day, where Kurz might usefully patricipate, if there is enough Time.


At any case, if Kurz heads a Coalition Government together with the FPO's Rightists, (i.e. Stracher and possibly Hofer, who had been Close to Win the Presidential Elections in Austria, back on 2015, before Missing slightly his target, snatched, on the Contrary, by Van der Bellen from the "Greens", with a Wider support), then, he shall Not be Alone :


 - Indeed, Nowadays, he would be at least the 5th Head of State/Government to do so, since Austria could simply Follow the previous, but Recent Examples f.ex. of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Bulgaria, etc.


All those Countries are due to play an Important Role at a European or PanEuropean level in the Forhcoming Months or Years :


F.ex., shortly after German Chancellor Angie Merkel surprized by declaring, recently, that her "Favorite" Head of State/Government is ...Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2017germanelectionresults.html), Denmark is due to take over CoE's rotating Presidency, for the period of November 2017 - May 2018, soon in Strasbourg.


+ Finland is expected to Follow, later-on,  at the CoE's Head, immediately Afterwards (i.e. from May up to November 2018.


** While Bulgaria will take over EU's rotating Presidency, from January up to June 2018, (See, amog others, also Ibid).


°°° As for Austria, it already Holds now OSCE's rotating Annual Presidency for 2017, and is due to Host a relevant Summit on December this year.


=> So that Sebastian Kurz's interestig Statements also on the need tp solve the Ukranian problem, and the Huge Prospects of an ambitious EU - Russia cooperation, from Portugal to Vladivostok, in the foreseeable Future, might Help to have some very Interesting PanEuropean Developments asap.

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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