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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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(Headline PHOTO : Old and New EU Council Buildings in Brussels, at Transition Times...)

 

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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