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EPP Leaders to EF on Orban/Hungary+ : Unity in Democratic+Mediatic Polyphony, eve of 2019 Elections

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
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*Salzburg(Austria)s/EPP Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Salzburg U-Turn ? While some had speculated that the EPP might, eventually, push the embattled Prime Minister Victor Orban (See: ...., etc) out of the mainstream EPP Group, on the occasion of an exceptional Party's Summit in Salzburg Today, at the eve of all EU Heads of State/Governments' informal Summit here, under Austrian EU Presidency (July - December 2018), on the Contrary, Top ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leaders, speaking to "Eurofora", pointed rather at Better Results to the forthcoming, crucial EU Elections of May 2019, if even positions closer to many EU Citizens recent Feelings and Concerns could be heard inside a more PolyPhonic Music...


... alike to what the New EU President-in-office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Symbolically chose to Play, later on, ToNight, before all EU Heads of State/Governments' Working Diner, precisely Focused on the currently "Burning" Issues related to that special Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants' Big "Tsunami" of more than +1,5 Millions People suddenly entering Europe through Turkey since 2015/2016+, including, particularly, the Massive Harassments and/or Bloody Terrorist Attacks targetting Civilian People, concerned for their Safety, (Comp., f.ex., among many others, also :..., etc, and See Infra).

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- Already, Experienced EU Parliament's President, former twice EU Commissioner and Foreign Minister of Italy, Antonio Tajani, replying to an "Eurofora"s relevant Question, during that EPP's Summit in Salzburg, ensured that there is "No Risk" to Divide the Biggest Political Party in Europe, "just because of a (Controversial) Resolution" which criticized Hungary on certain points under discussion.

 

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+ Followed an exceptional, recently announced, Press Point for Journalists present in Salzburg's EU Summit, including "Eurofora", by an Interesting Top Duo with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, as EU Chairman-in-office, and the Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP President, Joseph Daul from France, who Both stressed a Collective Will for Stronger Measures to Protect EU's External Borders, but Also to Cooperate with Transit and/or Origin Countries in order Both to Prevent and/or Redress such Massive Irregular intrusions, (Comp. also, inter alia : ..., etc).

 

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++ It was later this Evening Added also an interesting relevant Statement to "Eurofora" by EPP Party's Secretary General, as well as Mainstream MEP, Antonio Lopez-Isturiz, in Reply to Our Question : - Yes, it's also true that, f.ex., Last Week in Strasbourg, during EU Parliament's plenary Session of a full Week, (See : ...), but also Before, as well as just After that, there was a Lot of Medias' Interest on EU's position about Victor Orban's popular political choices, particularly on that recent Mass Migration through Turkey :

Moves like this might also be a kind of Good Omen, in the run up to May 2019 EU Elections, since they Augment EU Citizens' Interest for such "Topical EU Debates", that "we, inside the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party allow to democratic fleurish, while others don't", as he Critically pointed out vis a vis his "Socialists" competitors, (who had, however, "Urgently" organized an "Exceptional" EU Group's Office Meeting, Last Thursday Afternoon in Strasbourg, as "Eurofora" witnessed then on the spot).

 

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Antonio Lopez-Isturiz, by a Topical Coincidence, was speaking to "Eurofora" Together with the Winner of the Recent Elections in Slovenia, former Prime Minister Janez Jansa, whose Party's MEPs were among those who Strongly Supported popular Prime Minister Victor Orban's poliicies in Hungary, at a recent, Controversial Vote in EU Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg, (See : ..., etc). 


- In the rush, this EPP's Summit also Decided a rare "Family Photo" sequence, Announced at the Last Minute, here in Salzburg, while Victor Orban himself appeared exceptionaly smiling and reportedly agreeing that, after all, yes, it seems that Nowadays he's becoming quite Popular... - "And he Really is !", spontaneously told "Eufora" a Young Collegue Journalist, who appeared Thrilled...


- Meanwhile, Chancellor Angie Merkel and former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's well known Long-Time political Ally, currently President of the German Parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, published, at the Eve of Salzburg's EU Summit, and sshortly after a Controversial Debate and Vote in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, precisely on Victor Orban's policies in Hungary and more generaly, a Rare Call to "Understand the People"'s current concerns, (including on "Safety", particularly after a New Series of Brutal Killings Targetting Civilians, by Knife-stabbings from Mass Asylume Seekers/Irregular Migrants who massively entered Europe through Turkey since 2015-2016, and, where necessary, even to "Revise Policies", (See : ...).

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(EPP Salzburg Summit's PressRoom)


Salzburg's EU Summit, topicaly deals Both with recent Mass Migration Issues and BREXIT, which wass Provoked also by that 2015 Big "Tsunami" through Turkey, (notoriously Exploited, during that Referendum's Voting Campaign, by some Pro-BREXIT Politicians then).

 

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(Ibid)

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+ Last, but not least : Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz symbolically chose, even in World-Famous Mozart's Historic City : Salzburg, near a Superb "Mozarteum", to Associate, in 2 Music pieces played this Evening for EU's Heads of State/Governement, in a Surprizing Move, also a ...Xenakis Artwork, from the Famous Greco-French Modern Music Composer, (whose often "PolyPhonic" works used to Stimulate, inter alia, also ...Strasbourg International Modern "Musica" Annual Festival, since the Times that we were a Young Student passionately attending such events, almost at the same time that Jean-Claude Juncker attended there CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's "Hot" Debates)...

 

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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