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Brussels : UK Packing up, Turkey Parking in ?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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*Brussels/EU Council/Angelo Marcopolo/- The "Summum", or Worst of Blunders, as Experienced French Top Politician Nicolas Sarkozy recently named it, i.e. the Ousting of the UK from the EU, almost at the Same Moment that ...Turkey might see an Open Door towards its Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, far from being Unbelievable, looked Today as if it was on the Making...


Sarkozy was Yesterday here in Brussels, at the EPP Summit, (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppsummitoutcomeafterbrexit.html ), but appeared Thoughtfull, when departing, and declined from making any Public statements at all, not even to mainstream French TV Channel "LCI", which had Exceptionaly send a Cameraman, "Only for Sarkozy", as he told "Eurofora".


However, at least Symbolicaly, (and Political Symbols can be of Tremendous Importance in such matters...), Facts reveal that this Supreme Double  Blunder may really have been almost Already Done !


Indeed, by an Irony of "Coincidences", the Conclusion of the First Ever "BREXIT" EU Summit, where an Historicaly, Geographicaly, and Culturaly Traditional European Country as Great Britain, Started to Officialy Discuss its Withdrawal from the EU, is, almost Immediately, Followed by a so-called ..."Accession (sic !) InterGovernemental Conference" for "Turkey" at EU Council, here, at the Same Place in Brussels, Early Tomorrow (Tuesday) Morning....

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And Rumours go Wild in Brussels about Opening Tomorrow an EU Core issue such as the Financial/Monetary Chapter for Negotiations with Turkey, (that Sarkozy had obtained to "Freeze" since 2007, as part of a Deal Not to Veto the EU - Turkey Talks in Exchange of Leaving out 4 or 5 Core EU matters, including that one, which concern EU Membership. It seems that, by an Irony of the sort, nowadays it was, reportedly, ...Only the UK which Resisted awhile to such a Controversial Move, before letting it be, during preparatory EUCouncil meetings in Brussels.
 
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While Leaving the EU Council Building's main Press Room area, "Eurofora" met, at the Doorstep, with a Team of Sympathetic Young British Press Workers from the prestigious "BBC" Radio-TV Station, who were Packing a Huge Quantity of Material, Waiting for a Collegue to Bring a Private Truck for their Departure.


Just One among them admitted that he had "Voted for BREXIT", and, when we asked him (in front of all) "Why ?", he Said that "in fact, it wasn't so much about Migration, as such, but Much More for .. That !", as he stressed, Turning around and Pointing at the EU Council's Building in Brussels, (i.e. apparently Meaning that he was complaining for too much EU Bureaucracy).


But, at the Same Time, EU Council and EU Commission's Websites were Arbouring, as Next Event in Brussels, a so-called "Accession (sic !) Conference Turkey - EU" for Tomorrow (Thursday) Early Morning,  (the First of them being even Repeatedly Pictured at Huge Screens right in front of all Journalists working, as "Eurofora", inside EU Summit's main PressRoom, during Many Hours).

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As Usual, such an Exceptionaly Important Moment for Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid,ii was almost immediately preceded by a Strange "Terrorist Attack" somewhere in Turkey, right Before Top EU Discussions and Decision-making Starts, Yesterday (Tuesday) June 28, (inevitably reminding of some notorious methods of which abused some Tsars, wo had reportedly Infiltrated almost all Extremist Political Movements in Old Times, etc)

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Another Terrorist Attack in Turkey (OverShadowing EUC News even in BRX Media at EUC PressRoom !) when EU Decides on More EU - Ankara Links,
while UK goes Away (BREXIT Days in Brussels)


German Chancelor Angie Merkel had even Felt Obliged to Open her 1st Press Conference at this Historic EU "BREXIT" Summit, Yesterday (Tuesday), here in Brussels, by immediatrly expressing her "Solidarity" to the Turkish Pëople, while also Refusing to Make any "Speculation" about the possible Instingators, as she pointed out, reminding also that Strange Precedent of another so-called "Terrorist" Attack which had curiously Targeted Only ...German People at a Touristic area of Istanbul/Constantinople, (as now, at the International area of Istanbul Airport), while they were visiting an Historic Monument from Ancient Egypt. The First such Deadly Terrorist Attacks in a Recent Row in Turkey had, notoriously, Focused on Killing Kurdish Young Girls and Boys preparing to Plant Trees and Help Re-Build Kobane at the Syrian-Kurdish Region attacked by ISIL, followed by the Mass Killings of pro-Kurdish and other Dissidents who Danced for Peace at down-town Ankara, (etc).

But Now, it is, obviously, the European People who are most Affected by that Unfortunate Spectacle of Great Britain "Packing up", after BREXIT Referendum, while Turkey's Officials were ...Parking in EU Council's Building.

Also Because, this Time, the June 2016 EU Summit had been Initialy Scheduled in order to Discuss, also, the still unfolding EU Migration Policy, as well as a set of various Foreign Policy Topical Issues, and Assess, in this regard, (for the 1st Time at a so High Official EU Body, as the Heads of State/Governments' Summit, here in Brussels), how it Started to Function, in Real Practice, the also Controversial and UnPopular (according to Recent Polls, mainly in Germany, but also in France and  other EU Member Countries) Turkey - EU Deal on the UnPrecedented Massive Influx of More than 1,5  Seekers/Irregular Migrants who arrived on 2015-2016 through Turkey and via EU (+ Schengen and €uroZone) Member Greece on 2015-2016. A Deal which appeared, moreover, largely Useless for the EU Side, as UNHR, OMI and/or even EU Council's Latest Data reveal, (See, f.ex. :.... + ....)


Had also been Added a Series of Negative Statements and/or Threats reportedly made recently by various Ankara Top Officials, including Turkish President Erdogan, etc., on several Related Issues, such as Visa-Liberalisation Claims for 80 Millions of Turks to Enter inside the EU whenever they liked, Refugees' Human Rights Problems inside Turkey, etc, Added to Many and still Growing Violations of Human Rights and/or Democratic Principles, (f.ex. on Freedom of Press and Expression, Immunity--Lifting mainly for Opposition MPs, Shootings and Killings of Syrian Refugees, even Women and Childdren, Massively Deadly and Destructive "Curfew" Measures accross predominanytly Kurdish Regions of South-East Turkey, parallel to various other Deadly Military Invasions of Iraqi and/or Syria Regions, etc.  - Recently Denounced by most MEPs in "Hot" EU Parliament's and CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's Debates, See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/paceandeppheadfischeronturkey2017rdv.html).

However, with Only 3 Hours allocated now, after the BREXIT and Istanbul Bombing developments, both for the Migration Crisis, Security policy, and Economic matters, while also having to Hear Speeches from NATO's SG, EIB's and CEB's Presidents, etc., EU's Heads of State/Government aparently followed EU Council President Donald Tusk's proposal to just Drop it all, and only sign the Papers that had been prepared by Technocrats, earlier, almost WithOut any Real Discussion.


Independently of that, a Wider Debate on Europe's Future, for which Sarkozy had called, as Early as already since the Summer of 2007, (as Part of an Exchange for Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid Not to be immediately Blocked), has Just Started, in this Summer 2016, due also to UK's BREXIT, and is going to be the Unique Item on the Official Agenda of the Forthcoming, Exceptional "Informal EU Summit", (i.e. with 27, instead of 28 Member States), at Slovakia's Capital Bratislava, on September 16, 2016.


Inevitably, Now, such a Top Political Debate on EU's Future couldn't, in fact, (if it is to be Credible vis a vis EU Citizens and Realy Efficient in History itself), but include Both the UK and Turkey Discussions, as they obviously Concern, from Many Important Points of View, Europe's Future.

 

And, by the way, if the UK would be Glad to have a kind of "Close Partnership" Status with the EU, why not Turkey too ?

 

Even if one might be, sooner or later, much more "Missed", than the other... 

 

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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