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"EF"'s Reply to CoFoE's Question on What the EU would do with Russia in a De Gaulle's "Great Europe"

Written by ACM
Saturday, 04 December 2021
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- When PanEuropean, 47 Member States' strong, CoE's Assembly, Lifted Sanctions against Russia on 2019, (Rectifying a Blunder due to 2014 Anti-European Interferences, even with Deadly "Snipers" Killing Both Policemen and Demonstrators at Maidan SQ, provoking the Fall of a Peace Deal, including Amnesty, National Unity Government, and New Elections, Agreed by All parties, under France/Germany/Poland's auspices), the News made Frontpage Headlines at "New York Times"...

    Nowadays, at EU's "Conference on the Future of Europe" (CoFoE), a Question was raised, by a mainstream Member at its Web Platform, on "Eurofora"'s Publication, there, about the Topical character of De Gaulle's "Great Europe" with Russia as a Partner, (See: https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/EUInTheWorld/f/16/proposals/169590, etc, i.e. the Latest among Our 5 Ideas proposed there). It concerns, mainly, the Concrete Ways through which this might be realized, and Here is our Answer :

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 Juha Rannisto


 01/12/2021 07:51


The EU is too weak to push its borders to the Ural Mountains, even with the Eastern expansion of NATO.

Luckily, some former republics of the USSR are already EU members. Over time, more could join. Ukraine, Georgia, Kaliningrad, etc.?

But maybe it is easier to invite first Russians under 25 years of age to visit the EU without visas.


https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/EUInTheWorld/f/16/proposals/169590?commentId=165859#comment_165859  

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Dear Juha Rannisto,

- Attempts for an "Eastern Expansion of NATO" would Mean return Back to the "Cold War", even "Hot" WAR, and threaten to provoke Europe's Destruction !


- For "some (more) former Republics of the USSR" to "Join" the "EU", (as Ukraine and/or Georgia, etc) that might be, perhaps, Possible, (even if Ukraine faces so big Problems after the Mess provoked by the Foreign Interventions against pro-Russian Ukranians, that it has become practicaly doubtful). At any case, it's Not the Essential point at all ...


- "Young Russians" (and, more widely : Civil Society) "Invited to Visit the EU", (f.ex. "withOut Visas", etc), would certainly be Positive and Useful, (naturaly Carefuly, with Reciprocity, interesting Projects, etc). But largely InSufficient, and too Slow (i.e. Middle/Long Term)...


=> Obviously, the Main Point is direct Big Projects, of common interest, between the EU and Russia, able to Boost Economic Development, High-Tech Innovations, Cultural and Educational Cooperation, as well as Strengthening all the European People's feeling and conscience of a Joint History, Interests, Values, and Future, in a way Stimulating Ambitious Horizons for PanEuropa in the World !


    Among many and various Mega-Projects, could be Included, f.ex. :


    * A Trans-Continental TTGV (i.e. + 600 km/h) Link, from Madrid to Vladivostok, (that China would certainly be Glad to co-Fund). It would also serve as Backbone to several Vertical TGV Corridors, all along the way. As well as Ready for Possible Future Extensions towards Africa and/or America, as the Center of a Global Network at the Horizon, (in the direction of Cape Town, from one side, and of Port Williams/Cape Horn, at the other). 


    * Create an autonomous, Manned, ReUsable SpaceCraft, to come and go into Orbital Earth, Moon, March, etc. Space Stations and/or Bases, as well as order to ReLaunch and Develop Human Space Flight, and Space Exploration. (A relevant Joint ESA-RosoCosmos Project exists since 2.000)...


    * Establish a Large PanEuropean+ "Free Trade" Area, (the Greatest in the World) from Portugal to Vladivostok, (as Merkel, Austrians, a.o. had proposed on 2013, in order to Boost Commerce all accross EU and Russia, Lifting Contradictions of the Past, as those which had been felt in Ukrania's and/or Armenia's cases, etc).


    * Remind, Realize and Develop further the main common Culture and History of the PanEuropean area, on Key matters, Shared by Both EU and Russia, is Obviously a Prime Quality "Must" :


    * Invent a Joint new Hypersonic AirPlane, successor of "Concorde" and "Typolev", for Long, mainly Trans-Continental Flights of Civilian People, (that Europeans were the Only to dispose in the Globe, until a not yet fully elucidated Deadly sabotage of Cocorde, apparently by an USA Airplane, out of Paris on 2.000). It seems that Technical Plans for that, Already exist, somewhere around AF and/or BA, as well as in Russia, waiting Political Decisions, Updates, and Finalisation.   

       
    * On the Institutional front, inter alia, the "Trilateral" (France - Germany - Russia) Top Summits, inaugurated since 1998 CoE's PanEuropean Summit in Strasbourg, by Chirac, Kohl, Yeltsin, and continued by Schroeder, Merkel, Sarkozy, Putin, Medvedev, etc, until about 2011+. (Some June 2021 difficulties for all 27 EU Member States to formaly agree for an official meeting with Russia, only showed that the Solution is at the Top, precisely as it was Since the Beginning)...


    * To Develop a Popular Consience on "Great Europe"s PanEuropean Dimension Values, History and Potential, a Cultural and Historic approach is also of Vital Importance : This obviously Includes mainly Christianism, but Tolerant to other Religions, landmark Litterature (Novels, Poetry, etc), Music and Theater, Philosophy and Science, Art and Cinema, etc., as well as Tsar Peter's famous "Quest towards the West", (dear to Vladimir Putin, himself a Petrograd native, and Speaking Deutsch), the French Architects' superb Buildings at Petrograd, the Renaissance Philosophers supported by Emperor Catherine, but Also the Succesfull "Holly Alliance" between Russia and Poland, Lithuania, Germans, Venice, French, Vatican, etc. for Liberation from Military Invasion/Occupation of Europe by the Ottoman-Turks, or the Victorious Navarino naval battle of French, Russian, and Brittish against Turks in Greece on 1828, (overshadowed by another Victory of a German Officer with Russian Troops against Ottoman Empire Turkish Invadors/Occupators near Constantinople, that had enthousiasted Marx), added to Russia's participation in the succesful Defense of Wien, followed by the Liberation of Budapest and All Hungary, etc., (without forgetting the paradox of Russia controling even ...Alaska and battling inside Oregon, against ... Mexicans, when USA had Not Yet Started to Develop its forces there), up to the Victory against NAZism at Stalingrad/Volgograd and the Liberation of Eastern Europe (1941-1945); the Conquest of Space (from Gagarin to Soyuz, etc); the Struggle against Deadly Islamist Terrorism cowardly killing Civilian People, as throughout the EU from 2015-2016+, even School-Children in Russia (incl. Chechnya, 1999-2014+) until Syria also recently, (etc).


    * Concerning the most Vital and Topical Issue Nowadays : that of the Deadly or Incapacitating Virus C0VID-19, during the Current Limitation of Most Western Countries in Only a Few, Controversial Fake-"Vaccines", (in Fact "Novel Tools" affecting the Human Genome, by Suppressing a Protein via "mRNA": Turko-USA Pfizer + Moderna, or via "Virus' vector": UK's Astrozeneca [with Chimpadji cells] + USA's Janssen), the present and future MisTrust by Many People is due to their Exceptional Precariousness (Needing 3 or 4 Shots in only One Year !), InEfficacy (Pseudo-"Vaccinated" Individuals can be Infected, and even Infect Others in the Society, Contrary to any Real Vaccine... ), Risky "Side Effects" (f.ex. may Kill via Allergy or Heart, even Young + Healthy People, and "mRNA" Fake-"Vaccine" has been Suspended for that, as "Astrozeneca" for Thrombosis, etc), Dangerous in case of Error or Abuse (f.ex. illtreating complex Proteins might have "Catastrophic" Effects [BBC], as such "Individualizable" Gene Therapy Tools [mRNA-BioNTech 2019], Marked under the Skin [MIT 2019], may Manipulate the Human Genome, with UnKnown Results, including perhaps Cancer, etc), Bypassed by many "Variants" of the Virus, (particularly those affecting its "Spike", as f.ex. the latest variant "Omicron", etc).


    => On the Contrary, "Classic" Technology Vaccines, Already Tested during 2 Centuries, as invented by Western European scientist Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), and which constitute, even Now, the absolute Majority of finalized Projects having Reached a 3rd (Last) Phase of Tests, according to the WHO, including an Important Project concluding Nowadays in Russia, are Not so Precarious, might have Less Side-Effects, Protect Recipients and/or their Contacts from Infections or Transmissions, do Not Manipulate Human Genome, and might Not be so Affected by Virus' Variants, (since they do Not Focus only on its "Spike", But use an Entire Virus, previously "Weakened"). So that a relevant EU - Russia scientific Cooperation might, eventualy, Succeed to Invent a Good and Real Vaccine asap !


    + In Addition, Scientific Research and/or Cure by "Convalescent Plasma" Therapy (i.e. using AntiBodies Naturaly created by the Human Immunity System of ex-Patients who Recovered succesfuly, and Donated plasma - Contrary to "Monocloal AntiBodies", artificially Fabricated by Animal-Human "Chimeras" using Mouses, etc, and Too Expensive), might find Better Perspectives through a relevant EU - Russia Cooperation in the foreseable Future.


    Indeed, China First spotted the Potential of that approach, (But soon run out of Test possibilities, after its Succesful Fight against the Virus left so Few Infections in the Country, that Foreign Trials there had to Stop, while even Chinese Trials on COVID had to Search Participants in Other Continents)...  Former POTUS Trump's Health Secretary, Alex Azar, had afterwards Pointed at Convalescent Plasma as having a "Breakthrough" Potential, (even if its Scarcity Needed further Innovative Solutions in order to Hopefuly Treat all the People, some of which were Already Visible at the Horizon). But, Later-on, after "Socialist" Biden's Controversial Election, started Some Ambivalent and/or Partialy Negative Estimations, claiming about "Insufficient" Yet Studies and/or some alleged Shady Limits on the matter, (Often in curiously Doubtful Format [f.ex.: "16 Trials on 16.006 Patients"..., or "= Effects if taken in 3 Days after Infection, But Not if taken more than a Week Later" (sic !)], and/or by, comparatively, Small Groups [f.ex. from Only 21 out of 194 WHO Member Countries], composed mainly by "Experts" either InCompetent on Such Issues, or obviously Linked with an Establishment having notorious Interests into Exploiting, on the Contrary, Expensive and/or Human Genome Manipulating, Artificial Alternatives, Animal-Human "Chimeras", etc, Instead of Natural Donations])...


    => However, the Fact that EU has been Twice at the "Epicenter" of the Pandemic, this time Together with Russia, Both having had Record-High Numbers of Infected People, obviously Facilitates, more than elsewhere, the Collection of Convalescent Plasma Donations, in order to try to Save Human Lives, with, comparatively, Lower Cost and Abundant Natural Means. The Rest is a matter for Solidarity, Cooperation, Science, Invention, Technology, and Orgaisation,where the "Great Europe" could make a Good and Big Demonstration of its Potential, for the Benefit also of the whole World, particulaly in terms of Scientific Breakthroughs for Human Health !
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    * At any case, last, but not least, by a Timely "Coincidence", these same Days, it was a Good Surprize to see that, in EU Parliament's recent landmark Ceremony in the Memory of Historic former President of France, Valery Giscard d'Estaign (1926-2020), the Musician chosen in order to play a wonderful piece of Brahms, at the Conclusion of that exceptional Franco-German and European Event in Strasbourg, was a Young Pianist, living in France, but of ...Russian origin : Alexandre Cantorow, (Winner of a Prize awarded at an important Tchaïkovski festival in Moscow)... A European Franco-Russian, by his Mother and Father, (with whom he has worked and played Together Many famous Musical artworks).


=> Enjoy :  https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-214946     

 

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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