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EPP President Daul to EF: Victor Orban won Democraticaly ! => Quid for EU Elections 2019 ?

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, the Experienced President of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party (HQ in Brussels), former Long-Time Head of EPP MEPs' Group in EU Parliament, and Strasbourg's Top MEP himself, Joseph Daul, strongly underlined the Fact that Popular Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban was Recently Re-Elected for a 3rd Time, has Won really "Democraticaly".


- "Orban was really Elected Democraticaly. Nobody can seriously contest this Fact. That's all !", Daul stressed, with a Big Smile, to "Eurofora", SIgnificantly amidst Various Relevant Reflections, Anouncements and Developments about the Crucial forthcoming EU Elections of May 2019. (See Infra).


- But, even if he naturally Acknowledged the Exceptional Fact that Orban's Re-Election was the 3rd in a Row, (a Score that Only Fellow ChristianDemocrat/EPP German Chancelor Angie Merkel, 4 Times Re-Elected, can Match), and even with a Higher Numer of Votes than previously, becoming, since 2000, for a 4rth Time Prime Minister in Hungary, Nevertheless, Daul diplomatically abstained, at least for the Time being, in his Reply to "Eurofora" relevant Question, from making Now an Explicit Link to his European Party's Strategy for the 2019 EU Election, given also the fact that it still Remains to be Officially Fixed, (See Infra).


Daul is Regularly Hosting, mostly in Brussels, but also Elsewhere in Europe, "EPP Summits" with Heads of State/Government and other Political Leaders' from his Party, including German Chancelor Angie Merkel, Austria's Sebastien Kurz, Hungary's Victor Orban, Romania's Klaus Iohannis, Croatia's Andrej Plenković, etc., Most of whom, by a Timely "Coincidence", currently Hold Office around EU's CENTRAL "HeartLand", (alias "MITTEL-EUROPA")', GeoPolitical Area, spreading around Orban's Hungary, (But Extend also much Further Away, as, f.ex., between Norway's Erna Solberg and Cyprus' Nicos Anastassiades, etc).


- ChristianDemocrats/EPP Party has "a Great Responsibility" for Europe, not only Because it's "the Biggest" in EU Parliament, but also since "We currently have the Presidents of EU Commission (Juncker), EU Council (Tusk) and EU Parliament (Tajani), as well as the EU Chief Negotiator for BREXIT" (Barnier), added to "79 National Political Parties in 41 Countries", Daul reminded from the outset, speaking at one among the first  pre-electoral EPP Meetings before the 2019 Elections in 11 Months, where "Eurofora" was Invited by Strasbourg's MEP Anna Sander.

 

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=> Lessons of recent Austrian, Hungarian, and Italian Elections, (perhaps also Slovenian soon, according to Polls), before similar developments, eventually reach even Sweden on September 2018, Added also to Various Relevant Facts in France, Germany, etc, seem to Stimulate a possible overall EPP policy Shift, which may be Shaped at that Leading European Party's next Congress, scheduled for "November 2018 in Finland", due to "choose our New "Spitzen-Kandidat", as noted Daul, in order to Lead the overall pre-Electoral Campaign and Head towards EU's Top Jobs for the Period of 2019-2024.


It's in this Context that Victor Orban has Recently Supported, during the current n Parliamentary Elections' Campaign in Neighbouring Slovenia, (where lives also an Hungarian Minority represented in that Parliament), his Fellow ChristianDemocrat/EPP Top Candidate, the Experienced former Twice Prime MInister and EU Chairman in office, Janez Jansa, that Polls show Winning this race at next Sunday's Vote.


+ Moreover, Orban is considered to have particularly Good Relations even with the New Italian Government's influential vice-Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, Head of "Lega" Party, and close to EPP Member, former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, his Electoral Ally in a Center-Right Coalition, as well as to Georga Bellini's "Fratelli d'Italia" Party, also of the Right, (in Addition to the New Austrian Chancelor Sebastien Kurz, etc). Last, but not least, (Despite some Problems in the Past), he also cultivated particularly Good Relations, after the Historic German Chancelor Helmut Kohl (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/victororbanoneuropeanandnationalreferenda.html), and Now Both with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and USA's New President Don Trump.


 Comp. also Prime Minister Orban's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions, inter alia, also, f.ex., at Press Conferences in EU Summit in Brussels, when he took over Eu's rotating Presidency on 2010: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/victororbanoneuidentityandenergy.html, EU Parliament in Strasbourg, mainly on 2013 : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/primeministerorbanonvaluesmovementandeuelection.html, and at the EU-27 Summit in Bratislava on 2016 : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/victororbanoneuropeanandnationalreferenda.html, (etc).

 


++ And by anOther such "Coincidence", of important Symbolic Nature, it's Just a Few Days Ago, on 23-24 May 2018, that Orban, who currently Holds the 2017-2018 Presidency of the "Visegrad" Group of Countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia), has Organized a High Profile "International Conference", at Buda's Castle, with Top Expert Invitees also from Other European Countries and even elsewhere in the World (f.ex. USA, etc), precisely about the "Future of Europe", in the run-up to the Crucial EU Summit of December 2018 in Brussels, where EU's 27 Heads of State/Government are notoriously due to Take Decisions on how to eventually Reform the EU for the foreseable Future. Meanwhile, "Visegrad" Group's 4 Countries have Already Published, since the eve of EU's February 2018 Summit, Joint Draft Paper with a "Statement on Europe's Future", containing a Concise but Dense Collective Contribution to the relevant "Debate" which has recently Started, (Comp. inter alia, f.ex., also : ..., etc).

 

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 Victor Orban (since Always a ChristianDemocrat/EPP Member, almost Constantly Present in EPP's Regular Summits in Brussels) is notoriously Supporting Natural Family and Births, (Contrary to Former US President Barack Hussein Obama's notorious Attempts to Impose even the Controversial and UnPopular Submission of Children to the Power of Homosexuals, after "Same Sex Marriages", etc., with the Obvious Risk for a Technocratic Lobby to take Control of Artificially provoked Births of Human Beings, by Exploiting the Sterility of LGBTI Couples), as well as the Human Embryos also against Genetic Manipulations, and has recently Organized a well-attended, landmark "World Family Congress" (US Based, with HQ at Illinois) Annual 2017 International Conference in Budapest. But, in addition, he Explicitly Defends European Culture" and its Historic Cultural Heritage as well as Identity, while also notoriously Opposing UnControlled Mass Irregular Migration and/or Attempts to Impose by Force a progressive but growing Socio-Cultural Mutation of the Original, Historic Population even in UnWilling EU Member Countries, (Obviously Finding there, Nowadays, Various Potential Allies in Most EU States and/or Societies), as well as almost Sychronous, Grave Security Threats that Deadly Islamist Extremists' Terrorism, cowardly Targetting even innocent Civilian People, has recently provoked throughout most Other European Countries. Moreover, Orban has Surprizingly Managed to Safeguard and Boost an Exceptionaly Healthy and Robust Economy, (even if it might Not Yet be Ready for its Future Entry in "€uroZone"'s Area, Carefully prepared for the Future).


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 - Thus, President Daul, while realistically Foreseeing a "Difficult" "European Election" on 2019, whose main Issues should be, therefore, adequately Tackled On Time, already Anounced that a "Main Piority" would almost certainly be to Efficiently Deal with the Recent Mass "Migration" Problems, (which notoriously emerged since the 2015/2016 UnPrecedented, Sudden "Tsunami" of more than 1,5 Millions of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants entering Europe at Greece's EU External Borders, through Turkey), that he called a "Crucial Issue".

 

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=> That's one of the main reasons for which, inter alia, "Next Week I am going to Poland", Headquarters of EU's External Borders' Protection Service, known as "FRONTEX", in order to Help also "Boost its Staff", since a serious "Augmentantion of their Numbers is now Necessary", particularly in order to Safeguard EU's external Coastlines, Daul anounced.


Meanwhile, those Mass Irregular Migrants who are Not Real Refugees, Must Return Back to their Homeland, he stressed.


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+ Daul was very Lively Applauded by a Numerous Audience in Strasbourg, earlier this Evening, when he strongly Stressed that "it's Out of Question for Turkey to Enter inside the EU !", because Ankara clearly "does Not Meet the required Conditions", and, particularly, Fustigating, inter alia, also the Brutal "Ethnic Cleansing" notoriously practiced whenever the Turkish Military has Invaded and Occupied any Area, (f.ex. from the Northern Part of Cyprus, and/or the former Armenian Lands before the Genocide, up to the Syrian Kurdish Canton of Afrin, on 2018, etc). And its not expected to seriously Change for at least "until anOther Generation"...

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++ However, at the Same Time, it was recently Revealed that some Foreign, Non-European Countries, (f.ex., reportedly "Saudi Arabia", and others), are "Paying more than 200 or 300 €uro those whose Wife will Accept to Wear an Islamic Scarf", he Denounced, amidst Strong Popular Reactions. "This has been Already Noticed f.ex. in some Western Balkan Countries", (such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, etc), "but may be also true inside the EU", Daul Warned.


Nevertheless, the EPP is currently considering to Develop adequat Relations with at least Neighbouring Maghreb Countries' Governing and other Parties, Starting by "Morocco and Tunisia", and eventually Continuing with "Algeria", and, perhaps, even "Libya", as he Highlighted.


- But it's mainly the Need to Ameliorate the Situation of Western Balkan Countries, which "are Inside Europe", while, however, currently Facing, (particularly some among them), certain Serious Problems, that President Daul feels to be "Our Duty", as EU, to Help at least Establish the Rule of Law, adequately Reform Courts, Banks, their Economy, and succesfully Fight Corruption, etc. : - "It's, currently, my main Concern", he revealed, (speaking about a GeoPolitical Area for which it's well known that, particularly Hungary's Orban and Austria's Kurz, have notoriously Expressed a Special Interest for the EU to take Care).


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+ For the rest, President Daul spoke also about forthcoming Decisions on the important issue of EU's Multi-Annual "Financial Perspectives", (which use to Reflect some Crucial Political Choices), under Discussion at EU Parliament and EU Council ; the present Political Developments in the quest for a New Government in Italy, (for which he had just been Working, Earlier Today Afternoon, inside EU Parliament in Strasbourg, also with the President of the Italian Parliament, etc) ; about the "Difficult Situation" existing in Ukraine, needing Adequate Help ; on the necessary EU Progress in Defence and Scientific/Technological Research/Innovation, but also on the "Big Groups"' current trend to Dominate "Agriculture", (particularly by Combining Several Relevant Activities in order to Reduce Production/Commercialisation Costs, etc); and even ...China :


Indeed, a good Humour - tempered Joseph Daul, apparently kept his new Chinese Anecdote for a "Happy End"... While the EU Leadership is currently Preparing a "Strategic Dialogue" on further developments between Brussels and Beijing, (already partly Discussed, Yesterday Evening, by EU Parliament's Committee on External Trade, which Voted on Amendments to an EU - China Relations Report, on Monday in Strasbourg) He artfully Described, f.ex., how Beijing's Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the EU, had asked for his Help, recently, in Brussels :


- He basically told me that he had No Time to lose, on an Urgent Practical Issue, by engaging into various, Separate Discussions with Each one among EU's Member States, (considering, f.ex., that even the UK was just ..."a Small Island", Compared to the Big Volume of Goods that China wanted to Buy from Europe : See Infra), and Prefered, therefore, to speak with me (as President of 79 EPP Parties, and apparently knowing that Daul was a former Head of Agricultural Trade Unions and Chair of EU Parliament's Committee on Agriculture), in order to Help Broker asap. a Huge Deal on ...700.000 Tonnes of Meat, reportedly Destinated for Consumption by the American "Mc Donald" Fast-Food Shops' Chain, that the Chinese Government would Decide to Welcome in that Big Country of 1,3 Millions Population, (apparently on the Occasion of President Xi's well known attempts to Satisfy New US President Trump's pressing Demands to Drasticaly Lower a Foreign Trade Imbalance between China and the USA)...


 - Indeed, Nobody here can easily Imagine the real Magnitude of China, compared to our usual standards : F.ex., if they Decided to Buy our Wine, it would scarcely remain enough for our own consumption here, Daul Warned, ...hurrying up to announce the Conclusion of his Speech, so that a subsequent, Friendly moment of Wine-Tasting session between the Numerous Participants could Start asap., Before Beijing eventually Buys All that Good Alsacian Wine for itself alone, (according to a Well Known Joke, already used in a Previous Daul's Press Conference in EU Parliament in Strasbourg in the Past, on which "Eurofora" has Published a few years ago)...

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+ This gave also an Opportunity for a "Family Photo" of President Daul with Strasbourg's MEP Anne Sander's Young Friends, in a Room fully-packed also with Numerous Adults and even more or less Aged People, where MEP Sander had already confirmed to "Eurofora" that her EU Parliament's Committee on Social Affairs, currently has Various Issues of suspected "Social Dumping" and UnFair Competition to Address, while expressing her "Regrets" for the Fact that, during EU Parliament Plenary's Votes, Earlier Today Noon, the Final Version of a Resolution on the "Hot" Issue of "Posted Workers" (Based in an EU Member Country, but Working at anOther one, so that eventual Differences in the respective Costs of Living and Salaries might, perhaps, result in some UnFair Competition practices), "did Not Extend also to Transports", Contrary to a Previous Draft Deal.


However, French EU Affairs v.Minister Nathalie Loiseau had told to Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora", Earlier this Noon, during a "Press-Lunch" organized by Strasbourg's Press Club (See: ...), that, "at least, the Sector of Transports had been Submitted to an Earlier (Incomplete) Version of EU's Directive on Posted Workers, according to EU Parliament's Vote Today, while, on the Contrary, it was Excluded from that in the Past.


So that, Anyway, this Issue still Remains Open, Waiting for a Necessary Solution asap.

 


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(NDLR : "DraftNews", as already send, Earlier, to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap)

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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