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CoE Rapporteur on Brussels Attacks Zingeris to EF: For better Democratic Security, without Ghettos+

Written by ACM
Thursday, 21 April 2016

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" after an "Urgent" PanEuropean Debate and Vote of a Resolution on the "Brussels' Attacks" by Deadly ISIS' Terrorists at an Airport and a Metro Station next to EU Council, Commission and Parliament Buildings there, CoE's Rapporteur against "Security Failures" and for "Counter Terrorism Cooperation", the Experienced, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Emanuelis Zingeris, from Lithuania, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee at Vilnius and former Vice-President of CoE's Assembly in Strasbourg, where he serves as Elected MEP as long as, already, since 1994, (i.e. during 22 Years, almost as "Eurofora"'s Journalist Work : +9/1993-2016), appeared adamant, and very Conscious of the Responsibilities of all involved, on certain key points, including that, ("Hotly" debated and fought by contrasting Votes also ay CoE Assembly's Plenary : See Infra) of "some CourtYards", in several EU Countries, dangerously abandoned, in a not so remote Past, to the Influence of "Fundamentalist Islamist" Radicalisation and "Intolerance", one of the Causes of the recent Bloody Terrorism even against Innocent Civilian People.


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-" The Report is about ..situation of the Liberties. the possibilities of Resistance of Europe against possible Terrorist incidents, provoked by Jihadist Groups, from Outside of, and Inside Europe", Zingeris stressed to "Eurofora" from the outset.


- "From my pôint of view, the Critical Mass of Terror Attacks reached a (so high) Level, that we canNot Tolerate", no more, "'the Intolerant Environment in some CourtYards Off Law", went on to Denounce CoE's Rapporteur.


  - We understand that the "Terror Attacks have also Muslims among the Victims of those Fundamentalist Jihadist Groups", he added, however.


+ Moreover, "one of the most Important Issues are the Democratic Values": F.ex. "How Not to limit the Freedom of Speech", etc., and, "at the same Time, that (EU) Law Enforcement Agencies work properly, exchange Informations between them, in order to be Effective against this Ideology of Hatred and to repeal their (Terrorist) Attacks".


=> Thus, f.ex., - "We (CoE) advise to Create one Agency, inside the EU, to try to take out seamly Efficient Measures and Defend the system of our Values, and the Stability of our Political (polyphonic/Democratic) Spectrum", Zingeris pointed out.

- "Those Decisions should be Implemented in every (CoE Member) Country. And Every Government should Reply to us (CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly), and say how they will be Effectively Implementing all Measures Voted by 46 Delegations of CoE's Member Countries" in Strasbourg.


 => - CoE Assembly's "Political Affairs' Committee will Supervise the Follow-up", the PanEuropean Organization's Rapporteur added, replying to another "Eurofora" query.


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+ Last, but not least, questioned by "Eurofora" about his view on a Controversial Amendment, which had almost been adopted, missing the Majority only by a Few MEPS, on some Urban Areas facing Dangers to become Ghettos, he sharply Replied that, "Yes", he was pretty conscious about such Risks, and immediately pointed at what he had just told us before :


- "That's why I spoke about those "CourtYards" (Comp. Supra). In fact, "it's about Ghettos", Zingeris clarified.


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 - The Resolution Adopted by COE's Assembly calls upon its Member States "to Ensure that there are No "No Go Zones" and Ghettos where Common Rules are Inappliquable", (particularly by developing "the Integration of <<Closed>> Communities into their local Neighbourhood").


- Because, "certain Areas in European Towns have become “No-Go Zones” for the Police, and a Breeding ground for Radicalised Extremists and Terrorists", CoE's official Text explains.

+ Moreover, a relevant Amendment, went much Further than that, by Denouncing the Fact that "certain Areas in European Cities have become a Hub for Terrorist Activities and Jihadist Recruiting". This almost Divided CoE's Assembly, with 26 Votes in favor or Abstaining, and just 35 Votes Against.


Thus, finaly, CoE's Assembly prefered  (with an Exceptionaly Thin Majority : Comp. Supra)  to Reject that Controversial Amendment and to keep the Original Text of the Draft Resolution, which Focused into expressing CoE's "Concern" for the Fact that "Belgium has become a Hub for Djihadist Recruiting, and a Safe Heaven for Terrorist Activities, which are often Carried out in Other (EU) Countries", (f.ex. France : See Graphic).

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 However, it has also become, recently, a notorious Fact, that the Belgian Police (reportedly in Cooperation with their Collegues from other concerned EU Countries, such as France, Germany, etc), succeeded afterwards to Find and Arrest a growing Number of real Suspects and/or confirmed Terrorists, residing in that Country, and linked to ISIL's Deadly Attacks in Paris and/or Brussels, etc.

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+ On this Crucial point, some Interesting, relevant Observations, concerning, in particular, an alleged "Difference", in this regard, were made by the Experienced, Long-Time Mayor of Strasbourg and Senator, Roland Ries, in Reply to an "Eurofora Question, during a Press Conference on the City's Traditional "Christmas' Market", and the Decision Not to Cancel it, despite Serious Generalized Dangers after the recent Terrorist Attacks in Paris, etc. :

  - Despite the existence of various European Institutions both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, until now, ISIS Terrorist Activities, Attacks and/or imminent Threats, were mainly limited in Brussels only, where  even a general Transports' standstill was ordered, etc. What might be the reason of that Difference ? Is it, perhaps, because Brussels might have more Suburbs affected by Extremist Islamists, than Strasbourg, or, rather, to something else ?", "Eurofora" asked Mayor/Senator Roland Ries.

 

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 - Ries' reply consisted mainly into pointing at the fact that, in his view, Contrary to the almost Traditional existence in Brussels, and more widely in Belgium, of some Suburbs which have been, indeed, affected by "Deep" Segregation and Extremist Islamist influence since long, a Differend situation existed in Strasbourg, in this regard, where, despite the existence, here too, of some Similar Trends recently, nevertheless, both the Local Tradition and Systematic Efforts and Policies by the Municipality have focused on the need to Saveguard the Cohesion of the Community of Population, trying to keep a Balance and promote rather a Multi-Cultural Society, than Closed Cultural Ghettos.


+ However, adverse Economic and/or Social Trends and Pressure exist, here too,  in certain Suburbs, despite the efforts made by the Local Auithorities, which are sometimes obliged to Re-Start anew from scratch, in a Continuous quest of a well Balanced, Multi-Cultural Population, making it necesary to be constantly Vigilent, Careful and ready to Act Efficiently.


Here Ries, perhaps throught about some recent Concrete cases in Strasbourg's Suburbs :  As, f.ex. that of Meinau, where a controversial Turkish Network of Mosques throughout all Europe aims to Build a Brand New one, at a location often visited also by one among the ISIS' Deadly Terrorists who Attacked and Killed many innocent Civilian People in Paris. And/or that of Haute-Pierre, where the Local Press had recently Denounced an attempt by "the Turkish State to Buy a Suburb of Strasbourg", in fact a Part of it, in order to Establish a Private School for Imams, controled by a Foreign State, in addition to 2 New Mosques, etc, (at the same time that Christian Churches are Obliged to Protect themselves behind closed Metalic Fences after various Aggressions),  reportedly placed under the Direction of a Controversial Local Turkish ex-Politician, known for having been brought to Court for Justifying a Brutal Violent Aggression against a School Teacher by an Angry Parent, and linked to the ambiguous "Mili Gorus" Organisation, reportedly related also to Controversial Amerian-Turkish Guru "Gulen", who is notoriously considered as a Dangerous Terrorist Ring-Leader even by Ankara's AKP Government.


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 - "For too long, Officials and Politicians in Europe have turned a Blind Eye to the Lack of Integration and the Growing Radicalisation among Young People, and have Ignored or UnderEstimated the scale of the Terrorist Threat", denounces, in Addition, the adopted CoE's Resolution.


And this, as a matter of General Principle, even if a Thin Majority didn't find necessary to accept an Amendment Tabled by 15 MEPs, which had asked an "Investigation" on the "Accusations, by Former Belgian Justice Minister, Marc Verwilghen, that some of his Collegues (i.e. other Ministers, in a former Coalition Government) deliberately Blocked any Anti-Terrorist and Anti-Radicalisation Measures, out of Political Opportunism", back on 1999-2002.

 

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+ However, CoE's Rapporteur, Zingeris, slamed, at least, the Fact that, concerning "the Last Bombing" which Killed or Wounded many innocent Civilian People in Brussels' Airport, "one of the Terrorists had been Employed for 4 Years (sic !) at Brussels Airport, and Trained for his Future field of Terrorist Activities. Can you Imagine that ?", he wondered in his Speech at the Plenary, earlier Today.


=> - CoE's present "Resolution is about Everyone" : "We (Europêans) cannot go" on just "Talking about the most Horrible Ideology since Nazi ideology – the Jihadist ideology, overloaded with Hatred. We should also Do something about Where the Terrorist Attacks are Planned, sometimes in the Middle East, and sometimes in Parts of Our Communities", Zingeris stressed.


- In this regard, CoE's PanEuropean Assembly Rejected an Amendment tabled by Turkish MEPs against even the use of the specific Word "Jihadists" (Sic !), that they wanted to be Erased and Replaced by the vague Word "Foreign Terrorist Fighters". On the Pretext, as those Turkish MEPs claimed, that "the Word "Jihadist" would give "a Wrong Image", with "Anti-Religious thinking" (sic !), which "created further Danger of Islamophobia" (re-sic !!)...

 

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Thus, a Strong Majority in CoE's Assembly clearly Refused to Repeat Today, what had Curiously happened Yesterday Late Evening, against anOther Draft CoE Resolution : Initialy aimed Against "the phenomenon of Home-Grown Islamist Radicalisation", according to CoE's Official Texts, However, it was so Heavily and Repeatedly Amended by a Grouplet of Turkish MPs, (recently augmented in Number inside CoEPA, in exchange of Paying a little bit more Money to CoE's Budget), that, at the End, it looked Less as a Text for the Prevention of Deadly and Violent Terrorism against Innocent Civilians, and much more as a call for Oppressive Measures against ...anyone who might be accused of ..."Islamophobia" (sic), simply on Pretext of a few Words used at his/her private Twitter account, a Forum or any other "Social Media" of Peaceful private Discussion between Friends at the Web !...  I.e. an obvious "High-Jacking" and "Detournement" of a Text initialy aimed to Prevent "Islamist Radicaliation" (another Erased Word from CoE's Draft) leading to Deadly and Violent Terrorism, into an Instrument for the "Prosecution" of People who might Try to Help that CoE's aim by Warning of some possible Dangers, if they Simply used, f.ex., the Words "Islamic Radicalisation", and/or even ..."Jihadist Recruitment", according to the Strange Misconceptions of those Turkish MEPs, who appeared, by their Systematic, above mentioned Amendments, much More Interested in Censorship against Freedom of Speech even inside Europe, than in Denouncing and Combatting "Islamic State"'s Deadly Terrorist Attacks against Innocent Civilian European People, (Comp. Supra).


- On the Contrary, the Resolution adopted Today by a Strong Majority of CoE's PanEuropean Assembly, by Rejecting such Controversial Amendments tabled by a Grouplet of Turkish MEPs, (Comp. Supra), Expressed clearly its "Concern" for the Fact that, f.ex. "Belgium has become a Hub for Jihadist Recruiting, and that the Deteriorating position of Daesh (alias : "ISIL") in the Middle East, may lead to a Surge of Jihadist recruiting" in general "and Terrorist Activities on the European Continent". In this regard, CoE also Denounced the Fact that, more Widely speaking, f.ex. "France, Germany and the UK reportedly Supply the Highest Numbers, whereas Belgium, Denmark and Sweden have the Highest "per Capita" Figures" for such "recruitments", (Comp. Supra).


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+ Finaly, CoE's Assembly "calls for a Common European CounterTerrorism Unit" to be created "at EU Level", as its Rapporteur, Emanuelis Zingeris, had asked, (Comp. Supra). The finaly adopted Resolution also "underlines the Need for an ambitious European Security Strategy, including better Exchange of information between intelligence services and a closer Co-operation between police and judicial authorities" of EU Member States.


++ In Wider terms, "a Co-ordinated PanEuropean Response is Needed, More than Ever", Today, "in the face of ever-Growing International Terrorist Networks", the Resolution stresses, while, however, the Issue of the re-integration of the Rusian Delegation at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly remains still Pending...


+++"At International Level", the PanEuropean Organisation asks to "Control and, if appropriate, Prevent the Travel of Individuals Suspected of belonging to Terrorist Networks, or being Involved in Terrorist Activity".

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 - The Offiicial Headings of this, April 2016 CoE's Report and Resolution clearly point at what follows "After the Brussels Attacks", at the Heart of EU Institutions, (Comp. Supra), and the PanEuropean Assembly stressed from the outset, at the 1st Paragraph of its Draft Text, that MEPs are "Horrified by the Terrorist Attacks at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station in Brussels, on 22 March 2016, in which 32 (Civilian) People were Killed, and over 300 were Injured, 45 of whom remain in Hospital with Severe Injuries".


    + However, a Group of Turkish MEPs tabled an Amendment to Add also a Previous "Series of Serious Terrorist Acts", both inside and outside of the EU, "including the ones in Paris", but also those in "Ankara and Istanbul". I.e. obviously trying to Assimilate the Latest Deadly Aggressions in the EU, which Killed mainly Europeans, with some Previous Aggressions in Turkey, which Killed mainly Kurdish Dissidents (twice), German Tourists, and Israeli/Americans... (With only 1 Exception, where it's also some Turks who were reportedly hit by Error during an Attack apparently aimed against a Police Station : In this unique case, an American Journalist, who Denounced the Fact that, despite Earlier Warnings by US Agents that a Terrorist Attack was Prepared in that Area, curiously, the Turkish Authorities didn't really try to Prevent that, was, later-on, Refused Press Accreditation without any Explanation, and Obliged to Leave the Country : See Lepeska case - PARTLY UPDATED).


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    Last, but not least, the stern Warning given by Young Polish MEP Milewski, during CoE Assembly's relevant Debate, can't pass unoticed :

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- "This is Not Only about Security, in its Traditional meaning. It is about the shape of European Cities in Future. ... We have not only a Military War, but (also) a Civilisation War. We Can Win it, but only by Protecting Our (European) Civilisation", he stressed, apparently including there also Basic Human Values.

 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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