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Scandalous Delay to Protect Citizens from Virus hits hard EU People => 1st Measures = Too Late ?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Surprizing and Scandalous Delay, both from EU and certain Member States, to Timely take any Efficient Measures to Protect the People from the dangerous Spread of Deadly Virus COVID-19, Hits very Hard inside the EU, and mainly at its Core, around Strasbourg, (from North-Western Italy to North-Eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, etc), while some massive and/or excessive Coercitive Measures (such as Mass Home Confinement, Total Ban of Foreigners' entries at EU's External Borders, etc), come Scandalously Too Late, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/deadlyvirusheadstoeucore.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/virusriskbutnoeuprotection.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/viruskillsrighttohealthyenvironment.html, etc),  since Europe became now "the Epicenter" of the World in the Number of Infections and Deaths, according to the WHO, Bypassing China, which chose a Different Strategy !

The Fact that this was Not Fatal, is clearly Proven, inter alia, Also by the Example of Russia, (CoE's Member and part of De Gaule's "Greater Europe"), which has Astonishingly Succeeded, untll now, to still remain withOut Any Death at all, and Only a Tiny number of delayed Infections (mainly "Imported", particularly from the EU), Despite being a Neighbour of China, and having a Huge Territory to Defend... But, mutatis-mutandis, more or less, Also by those of India - another China's Neighbour, as well as Viet Nam, Cambodia and Mongolia ! -  Belarus and Kazakhstan, Mexico (Neighbour of USA, which, on the Contrary, had several Victims), or Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, and Lithuania, Serbia and Montenegro, Georgia and Armenia, Azerbaijan, etc.  Even Countries like Canada and Australia, which were Hit by the Virus, almost from the Start, and have Relations with China (particularly Australia, who has also Business links in Bio-Tech with Wuhan !), Nevertheless, managed to Contain its progress, resulting Only in a Few Deaths until now (just 1 and 5, respectively).

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With More than 83.000 Infections and 4.050 Dead, (when we Started this Article : See Infra) the wider EU area has Also outnumbered China with a too Rapid "Explosion" of New Cases, which are SkyRocketing Nowadays, (See relevant Graphic, herewith), while the Chinese new cases, on the Contrary, have Spectaculary Stagnated, recently... As for the Density of the Crisis, measured in terms of Infections compared to the Total Population of each Area, the EU already stands (clearly and by Far) at the Top of the whole World ! (See relevant Graphic).  

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Spectacularly, Europe was mainly Hit at its Core, starting by the Industrial/High-Tech area of North-Western Italy, and Extending at its Neighbouring North-Eastern France (Strasbourg - Paris direction) and Switzerland/Germany, afterwards Spreading to Spain, etc, as "Eurofora" had Warned with an explicit Publication, already as Early as since the 22 of February 2020, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/deadlyvirusheadstoeucore.html).

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This "European" Spread was, reportedly, Not entirely imported from China, but Also due to some Undetermied Endogene "Clusters", (which remain a "Mystery"), while the Genome of the Virus would also be slightly Different. The Geo-Political "Hot Spots" mainly Targeted by that Virus accross the World, were Central China, Europe's core, Iran, and North-Eastern China-throughout the Korean Peninsula, including North and particularly South Korea, (while USA was also hit Seriously, but, comparatively, Less).

The Chinese Strategy, which, apparently, proved to be quite Succesfull, given mainly a Drastic Diminution of New Cases of Infection, and even of Deaths, Recently, (and reportedly Backed by the WHO), was resumed as being that of : - "Early Detection, Early Quarantine and Early Treatment". On the Contrary, China's Media Criticized "some Countries (which) have tried to Play Down the Risks, and the Measures they have taken are not only InSufficient to control the pandemic at home, but also not enough to Prevent themselves from being the source of virus Transmission to other countries"...  

Indeed, f.ex., after the Middle of March, in France, the former Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, and Strasbourg's "Great East" Region's President Jean Rottner, (Both Medical Doctors), Denounced the Fact that they had Warned, Earlier, about the Gravity of that Virus' Threat, the Prime Minister Philippe and the President of the Republic Macron, Since the End of January and the 1st March, respectively, But in Vain. That's why 3 Lawyers, representing an NGO, have just lodged a formal Legal Complaint now, asking a Criminal Prosecution of the Prime Minister and his former Health Minister, arguying that they "Knew" the Risks for the Population, and Had the Means to Act, But did Not Protect the People on Time.

At any case, it's a Fact that, towards the End of February 2020, at a moment when about 10 People had already been Killed by the Virus at Neighbouring N/W Italy, only ..."1 Bus was Stopped" near the Franco-German Borders, at Lyon, (as Strasbourg's Newspaper "DNA" ironically Titled in its Headline News), while, also, near the Southern Franco-Italian Borders, several Angry Protests were reported for alleged Lack of any serious Measure at that Border or elsewhere, (while Paradoxically Allowing even Many Italian Football Fans to attend a Match near Lyon, Shocking even former Environment Minister and f. Presidential Candidate Segolene Royal...), Until Later-on, when the French Government exclusively Prohibited public Meetings of ..."More than 5.000 People", Only if they take place "in Confined Spaces" (sic !), (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/viruskillsrighttohealthyenvironment.html). But, almost at the same time, on the Contrary, inter alia, f.ex., even ...Saudi Arabia immediately Closed all its Education establishments, after registering Only ...11 (Eleven) Infections ! As for succesfull Russia (Comp. Supra : with Only ...2 Infections, during a Long Period of Time, except some Dozens of "Imported" cases, Later-on, mainly from the EU, and "0" - ZERO- Dead), it Immediately Closed its Borders to/from Neighbouring China, right from the Start, Despite being one of its Best Allies... So that, even Home Quarantine, suddenly Imposed to all the People, in France and Spain, etc., Only ...After 17 March, and after Many Hundreds of Dead, isn't it a bit Too Late ?

As for the EU, except from some, notable but (Comparatively to the US) rather Limited Financial moves for the WHO and Bio-Tech. Research, Only as Late as after the End of February, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/virusriskbutnoeuprotection.html), during a Long, Crucial Period of Time, there is Not any visible Measure for a real Protection of EU Citizens, But an obvious Reluctance to speak about EU's Borders, (initially Abandoned exclusively to Member States), and reported Tension (until Mid-March, included), between Brussels and several EU Member Countries which had Tried to take some National Initiatives to Protect, at least their own Borders from obvious Risks to Import Infections from abroad. On the Contrary, even Italy in a notoriousl Tragic situation, was reportedly Abandoned to itself, in real practice, for a too Long Period of Time, receiving Aid Only ...from China ! We must Wait so Late as Only After Middle March, (after 2 successive Big "Explosions" of the Number of Infections and Deaths inside the EU, and After WHO declared a "PANdemic", added to Europe having become, in the mean-Time, "the Epicenter of the World" in CoranoVirus !), in order to See, for the 1st Time, a timid EU Advice for EU Member Countries to provisionary Stop AirFlights and Entries at EU's External Borders, i.e. ...obviously Too Late, since "the Fox" (i.e. the Deadly Virus) was Already "in the Box" !  Only for some prospects to Support EU Economy, Hopes for Progres appeared in Brussels, until these Last Days, (while, on the Contrary, Even for such notoriously Elementary Needs for the People, as, f.ex., Ventilators, Gants, Masks, DesInfectants, etc., we apparently have Still to Wait...., except from certain Donations of Protective Masks by ...China to Italy, Belgium, France, etc)...

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But, in the Mean-Time, even the Symbolic EU's Franco-German Core internal Borders, at the prestigious "Europa" Bridge of the Rhine river, between Strasbourg and Kehl, have ...Closed recently, totaly Separating the two People for the 1st Time since the 1990ies ! And not only Old, but even many Young infected People, (who reached 50% of those at "Intensive Care"), have Now Often to be put into Ventilators' Tubes, in order to Help them Survive, and, for that purpose, they are Now Obliged, around Strasbourg's Exceptionally Hard-Hit Area of Alsace and "Great East" Region (Comp. Supra), to be transfered into ..."Military" Airplanes (sic !), in order to be Urgently Dispatched Towards Regions located at the Other Side of France, i.e. Separated and too Far Away from their Families, (as, f.ex. ...Marseille or Toulon, at the Mediterranean Sea, etc !), Searching to find a Rare Place at an UnKnown yet Hospital, (as, f.ex., the President of Strasbourg's Region, Dr. Rottner, just wrote, in his Twitter account at the Web, with "Emotion").

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>>> At the Moment that we are Concluding this Article, about 3.250 in China, but More than 5.000 innocent People throughout Europe, have Already been Killed by that strange, mutated CoronaVirus, according to the Latest Data gathered by Hopkins University, (among a Total of 10.031 Victims accross the World) ! 

=> Why, all that ? Why Nothing wasN't done in the EU on Time, using the High Level of Medical Science at our Developed Societies, in order to Spare all these innocent Lives ? Who is really Responsible for this, still on-going, Massacre ?

And what should the European People do, in Solidarity with all the other Victims throughout the World, in order to put, Urgently, an End to this Horrible Nightmare, Save Human Lives and render Justice ?

At any case, No Real European Citizen could ever Forget the Heavy Responsibility of those who, suddenly, may have pushed into a sly Trap, abandoned, and hindered to be saved, so Many innocent Human Persons, for some Dark, InHuman Stakes.

Inevitably, such Facts, (and, particularly, if the overall situation is not urgently redressed on time), incite People to reconsider the veracity of the Hypothesis, (backed by more than initialy expected), about an eventually artificial creation of this CoronaVirus COVID-19 by a Lab, somewhere in the World, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ahmadinejadonlabomadevirus1.html)... Even if this is Not a Necessary Hypothesis for this undeniably Tragic EU Enigma, of apparent Lack of Timely Protection of European People in Danger.


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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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