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Enigmatic EPP Parties' Head Daul to Eurofora on French Election : -" I Wait for the Vote on May"

Written by ACM
Saturday, 29 April 2017
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*Brussels/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora"s Question on the "Hot" Topical Issue of the unfolding French Presidential Election, Crucial for All Europe, the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Parties' President, Joseph Daul, simply Stressed, exceptionaly Tight-Lipped and Enigmatic, that : - "I Wait for the Vote of May 7", 2017.


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The main-stream Center-Right "Republican" Party in France, has recently shown notorious signs of various Evolving Contradictions and "Hot" Debates between its Leaders, Members and/or Popular Supporters, Fans and/or Sympathizers, after the Unexpected Results of the 1st Round of these 2017 Presidential Elections, with Many Calling to Vote Emmanuel Macron, (a former Counselor and Minister of Out-going Socialist President Hollande, who hastily made his own makeshift Movement only recently), but several Urging, Instead, to do Anything Else (f.ex., Vote "Blanc" or Abstain, etc) Except from Voting for Marine Le Pen the Former Head of the Controversial Rightist "National Front" Party, (f.ex. Young Laurent Wauquiez, former Minister and now Head of Region, etc), Others Simply prefering to Leave Citizens Free to Decide themselves, (f.ex. the Popular "Manif pour tous" BioEthical Movement,etc), while Some Called even to Vote for Marine Le Pen, (who just Left the "FN" Party's chair), adding, inter alia, also to Neo-Gaullist Dupont-Aignan's declared Support to MLP, Today, (andhe  may become Prime Minister, if she won).


The Socialists have Notoriously Exploited a provoked Division of the Right, between the MainStream Center-Right, and the Controversial "FN"s Rightists, since a Long Time  ago, already from former Socialist President Mitterand's era during the 1980s, also in the 2012 Presidential, until now.


But, Recently, in the Diferend Circumstances of some Other European Countries, several MainStream Center-Right Parties have already Started to Forge Governemental Coalitions with previously Controversial Rightist Parties, f.ex. in Norway, Denmark, possibly Finland, etc., as well as, by a Coincidence, this very Same Week also in Bulgaria, where ChristianDemocrat/EPP f. Prime Minister Boris Boykov is even due to Chair the EU from January 2018...


French Polls' Estimations for the Final, 2nd Round of the Presidential Elections, on May 7, are, at least for the Moment, quite Sketsy and/or Contradictory, (mainly showing still a Macron's Victory, but also a Fast Growing Popular Support for Marine Le Pen, etc), considering also the UnExpected and Totaly UnPrecedented character of this New Situation.


A Final Decision of Leftist Melenchon's 19 % Supporters, who are Mostly Critical against Macron, is expected for Next Monday.

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Interestingly, Daul was Speaking at the very Conclusion of EPP's Summit of Heads of State/Government and Party Leaders, in Brussels, ahead of Today's EU's 28 Summit.

 

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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