english french german greek italian lithuanian russian serbian spanish
Home arrow newsitems arrow EU Enlargement+Neighborhoud Commissioner Hahn: "No Date" for controversial 80 Million Turks VISA Row

EU Enlargement+Neighborhoud Commissioner Hahn: "No Date" for controversial 80 Million Turks VISA Row

Written by ACM
lundi, 12 septembre 2016

 eucom_hahn_in_the_fac_ep_400

*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committee, chaired by Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Elmar Brok (Comp. several Brok's Statements to "Eurofora"'s co-Founder during more than 20 Years, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euandrussiaparliamentsforeignaffairschairsoneueurasiaukraine.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/brokonusareportaboutnsa.html, etc) , was the First to hear, this Evening in Strasbourg, an initial assessment of Recentt Developments, after Last Week's Visit to Turkey by EU Commissioners Mogherini (also EU Council's High Representative on Foreign Policy) and Hahn (competent for Enlargement and Neighborhoud), as wel as the current State of Play on Ankara's persisting Blackmail still exerted on the EU, (despite the blatantly InCompatible Massive Violations of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law under the Pretext of a Strange, 5 Hours "long" Coup Attempt this Summer), which Abuses of Threats linked to the UnPrecedented 2015-2016 Massive 1,5 Million Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants' Influx through Turkey, via EU (+Shengen) Member Greece, in order to Attempt to Impose a Highly Controversial and notoriously UnPopular "VISA-Free" status for 80 Millions of Turks, that would enable them to Enter inside EU up to, at least, 6 Months each Year :

 

eps_fac__hahn_400

 


- Replying to MEPs' Questions, Hahn, inter alia,  clearly Declared, indeed, Tonight that, (Contrary to Opposite Claims by both Turkish President Erdogan and Forein Minister Cavusoglu, arguying that there would be an "October" 2016 Time Deadline), in Fact, "there is NO DATE Attached" for such a Massive "Visa Liberalisation", (i.e. the Biggest ever considered by the EU, throughout all its History, since, f.ex., Brussels hasn't yet accepted any kind of such Visa Free regime not even for Culturaly, Historicaly and GeoPoliticaly "European", and Economicaly as well as Scientificaly/Technologicaly Developed Russian People, etc).


=> "It Depends on  When Turkey Delivers", the EU Commissioner in charge for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy stressed, indirectly but surely Pointing at the 72 Standard EU Conditions for any such move, including, in particular, also Dissident Journalists' Right to Speak out, even Critically, (according to ECHR's well Established Case Law), without being quasi-Systematically accused, Prosecuted and/or Jailed in the notoriously dangerous Turkish Prisons, on a so-called "Anti-Terrorism" Pretext by the AKP regime, (as well as the Independency of Judges, which has been notoriously trampled underfoot in Turkey, particularly with Massive Dismissals and/or Prosecutions of many Thousands of Turkish Judges, this Summer 2016,  etc). 


- And, naturaly, "I canNot Speculate on that", Concluded Hahn on this "Hot-Potato" point.


- In particular, he Noted MEPs' "Serious Concerns", in  regard of Turkey, (as they were repeatedly Expressed, also at EU Parliament's latest 3 Plenary Sessions in Strasbourg, both during May, June and July 2016, (Comp., among others also, f.ex., even CoE Assembly's Resolution asking to "Review" the Controversial EU - Turkey Deal : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeasksreviewofeuturkeydealsyriankurdsofferalternative.html).


+ In Addition, after the more Recent Dramatic Developments inside Turkey, during this Summer 2016, it still remains to be seen, "to What Extend a State of Emerrgency can be Used as a Cover-up for Other Actions", he went on to observe, (i.e., obviously, for an Unprecedented Massive Oppression of many Tens of Thousands of Dissidents, (througout Not Only the Army, but Also the Judges, Civil Servants, Universitarians, Journalists and their Family, and even Private Businessemen, etc).


- Indeed, as a matter of General Principle, "EU has a Clear Methodology" and "Benchmarks", (including, f.ex., its Established "72 Conditions") about any eventual "Visa Liberalisation", Commissioner Hahn remindsd, pointing also to the still Pending cases of Ukraine, Georgia, and other Lands, (including Armenia, with which EU has Not even Started yet relevant Negotiations !), which, on the Contrary, have, already, even reportedly "Met" all those EU's Benchmarks, but withOut having received, until now, an apparently deserved "Right Signal" by EU Council and/or EU Parliament, still dragging their feet amidst also some unclear "Institutional" Problems, as he said. So that it would, obviously, be a Scandalous Blunder, with various Negative Political Consequences, if Turkey got what is still, in real practice, Not yet Given even to several Culturaly, Historicaly and Geographicaly European Countries, which have reportedly respected at least the main EU's Rules...


Here, EU's Neighborhood Policy Commissioner, made a Surprising Reference to the PanEuropean CoE, the 47-Member States strong, Strasbourg HeadQuartered Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, by Suggesting that "Now, the CoE can also be Used", in order "to Look on that Issue", (i.e. whether and when Turkey might fullfil the above-mentioned EU's Legal Conditions : Comp. Supra). Indeed, "we (EU) may Rely upon the (Legal) Expertise of the CoE", he speculated.


Perhaps, at least a little bit, following also New EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker's famous Report on EU - CoE Cooperation inside the overall European Institutional Architecture, in response to an Official Demand expressed by 47 Heads of State/Government at the 2005 PanEuropean Summit of the CoE in Warsaw, Poland, in which he had, mainly, Concluded that EU could use CoE's Legal Experience particularly on Human Rights' issues, (Comp. "Eurofora" Co-Founder's NewsReports from Warsaw, then, and from CoE's Strasbourg HQ afterwards, including a Reply to our Questions at a Press Conference given by Junker himself, as Published, then, at "TCWeekly"+).


- "But, the EU would Not Delegate" its own powers "to the CoE", (particularly in so "Hot" matters, notoriously Upsetting a Majority of EU Citizens, who are quite Critical, according to various Polls=), and, at any case, concerning the Final "Polirtical Assessment", we, inside "the EU Must Take our Responsibilities", Commissioner Hahn acknowledged.


 + Moreover, at least in this so notoriously particular case, it might appear, eventualy, Inappropriate, if not even Dangerous, for Turkey to (Exceptionaly) find, thus, a way to act Both as ... "Judge and Party" on its own Case, considering the Fact that (as a notorious, Exceptional Remnant of the "Cold War" Period of the Past, since the 1949 - 1952 era), Ankara, curiously, still remains the Only  Asiatic CoE's Member State, mainly Located Out of Europe. But, neverttheless, Turkley has there a Veto-brandishing Permanent Representative inside the influential CoE's Committee of Ministers, a lot of Ankara-appointed CoE Secretariat's staff, and even a Recently Expanded Team of Turkish MEPs Voting in CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly..  (In fact, Juncker Report's above-mentioned Suggestion pointed particularly at an "Independent", and real Pan-"European" CoE's Commissioner for Human Rights, initialy due to become a sort of CoE's "Voice of Conscience", acting from Strasbourg on the Basis, exclusively, of ECHR Judges' well-Established Case-Law)...


++ But a more Controversial assumption, curiously adopted ToNight by Hahn on a closely Related Issue, while speaking at EU Parliament's FAC (Comp. Supra), was the Claim that the UnPopular EU - Turkey Deal on Mass Migration, (notoriously Imposed by Ankara, during a Shady Sunday, at an Exceptionaly "Emergency-Blocked" Brussels affected by Islamic Extremists' Deadly Terrorism,  upon an EU held "Hostage" of still on-going, then, Threats from an Unprecedented "Tsunami" of Massive Irregular Migration, only Partly Claiming "Asylum", and Including even several  islamistic Terrorists, as Deadly Attacks against innocent Civilian People in France, etc., Revealed Afterwards), would still be "Implemented", also by Ankara's side :


- Indeed, something pushed Hahn to Astonishingly Back ToNight a Claim that "Since that (Controversial EU - Turkey) Agreement Entered into Force, on April (2016), we have a Drastic Reduction in Numbers" of Mass Irregular Migrants' Trespassing accross EU's External Borders through Turkey, as he Cuiriously said, obviously Totally Ignoring all the Facts (from OPfficial UNHCR and/or IMO Data) and  crystal-clear Analysis already made, at First, by a Pioneer "Eurofora"'s Publication, as Early as from the Beginning of May 2016, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html), Later Partly recuperated by various Other Articles, and Partly Officialy Acknowledged even by EU Council's proper Documents  which had Introduced at the Latest EU Heads of State/Government's Summit, last June 2016 in Brussels, (Comp. various "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that BRX Event, f.ex. : ...), and, Finally, briefly but almost entirely Endorsed, in substance, even by mainstream German Newspaper "Die Welt", in a landmark Article Published Recently, which clearly Supported "Eurofora"s main Idea and Findings, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/weltadoptseuroforaviewonuselesseuturkeymigrantsdealafternewthreat.html), that, in Fact, it's already from mid-February 2016 that, Suddenly, a very Sharp Reduction of the Mass Migration Numbers Arriving in Europe through Turkey had really Began, Triggered by Western Balkan and "Visegrad" Group European Countries' Decisions to Start seriously Monitoring their Borders :


Since then (i.e. Mid-February), the famous "Western Balkans' Route" was clearly pronounced as having been "Closed", (including even by EU Council Presiident Donald Tusk himself), so that most Potential Mass "Asylum Seekers" and/or other Irregular Migrants rushing from Turkey into Europe until that moment, Suddenly Started to  Sharply Fall Down in Numbers, becoming almost negligeable, Compared to the Previous Situation, already long BEFORE that Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey "Blackmail" Deal entered into force, (only Partly, and as Late as between the End of March and the Beginning of April 2016).  How can all these, unquestionably Well-Documented Facts, already Published a Long Time ago, in English Language, at the World-Wide Web, (and Visited by Thousands of Independent Readers), clearly Based on Official UNHCR and/or IMO Data (Comp. Supra), still be so Blatantly "Ignored" by some obscure Bureaucrats who, apparently, push Hahn and a few others to stubbornly and Bliindly maintain so Blatantl, Grossly False Claims (Comp. Supra) affecting EU Citizens Lives and all Europe ?


A Contrario, even Now, when Turkey notoriously Attempted to Recently Re-Start "Blackmailing" the EU, even Explicitly, (See f.ex., relevant Threats ny Turkish President Erdogan, and Foreign Minister Cavusoglou, to practicaly Unleash a 2nd "Tsunami" of Irregualr Migrants/Mass Asylum Seekers, if the EU didn't Give a "VISA-Free" Status to 80 Millions Turks before "October" 2016), while also Beginning anew to Send (mainly through notorious Turkish Smugglers, as even several American Investigative Journalists found themselves at the Turkish Coasts Facing nearby Greek Islands, etc) More and More Irregular Migrants again towards EU (+Shengen) Member Greece, through the Aegean Sea, nevertheless, Ankara apparently Found it Now much more Harder, Difficult, or even almost Impossible to really Motivate a lot of potential Migrants, obviously Since they Knew, quite well, that (Contrary to a Pre-February 2016 Past), that Famous "Western Balkans' Route" had been, meanwhile, Closed, by FYROM, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, etc)...


=> So, it's, apparently, Now much More towards the .. Eastern Balkans, (i.e. via Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, towards Hungary, etc), that a reportedly (slowly but steadily) Growing Influx of Massive Asylum Seekers/Irrefular Migrants through Turkey has Recently Started to Advance. To the Point that; Now it's the Bulgarian Government (and Not the current Greek one) which has just been Obliged to Ask for an Urgent EU's practical Help in order to SafeGuard its Borders vis a vis Turkey, which are also EU's External Borders. A Move which has just Inspired even EU Council's President Tusk to Officialy launch a Formal Appeal Urging al EU Heads of State/Government, at the Eve of their forthcoming Gathering in the Bratislava EU informal Summit of 27 EU Countries , this Friday in Slovakia, (current Holder of EU Council's rotating Presidency for the Period of July - December 2016), to Promptly Act to SafeGuard, ipso facto, Both Bulgaria's National Borders, which are also EU's External Borders, facing Turkey.


That's another, yet, New Fact, which, obviously, does Not Fit at all with that Controversial Claim, Based on False Assumptions, that Turkey would, reportedly, be right in the process of "Implementing" the above-Mentioned, UnPopular EU - Turkey bid, (Comp. Supra)...


Particularly when, on the Contrary, EU has already Honored its "Blackmail"-imposed Promisse to "ReLocate Refugees from Turkey" also in a Regular Way, resulting, for the Time being, with an Organized Transfert by the EU of More than "1.000 People from Turkey to Europe", as pointed out EU Parliament's Rapporteur on Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, Socialist MEP Kati Piri from the Netherlands.


In such Circumstances, it obviously, looks quite Akward, and even More Difficult to Explain, why the EU should be Spending, in the Next Few Years, more than ...the Double of those "3 Billions €" that "EU has to make Available for Turkey", according to that Controversial and UnPopular "Blackmail"-Driven EU-Turkey Deal, as Hahn reminded ToNight.


 - Indeed, from those First "3 Billions €" in full Grants destinated for Turkey, EU has already "EarMarked some 2,2 Billions € for Programs and Projects" for various Ankara's activities related to Massive Immigration/Asylum Seekers "waves", mainly from Syria,  while about "700 Millions € have been Specified  for such concrete Projects, and 180 Millions € Already Paid" in Turkey, the EU Commissioner told EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.


- But, the Main Question Raised Now, is Not Only that, Naturaly, at least, "We (i.e. : the EU) Must Know How these Funds are Going to be Used", as Hahn Warned, pointing to the Fact that "it's Important" to Ensure that they go, f.ex., on "Education, Food, Health Care", and/or "Language Classes", etc., (while it's, however, k,own that, at least 50% of the current Mass Asylum Seekers/Irrefular Migrants who are already crossing through Turkish Territories, (particularly those comming from Syria and/or Iraq), More than "50% Want to Return Back, the Soonest possible", as he observed.


- Even in Wider terms, indeed, "We (EU) Need a Reliable Analysis on What is Really Going-on in Turkey", and "Do More to  Guess What Turkey Really Expects from the EU", as another MEP observed.

 

- At any case, Hahn revealed that EU intends to "See (how) the State of Play" will evolve, "on November" 2016, as he said.


However, in Fact, Today, apparently, the Most Crucial Point about the overall potentialm of nowadays Mass Migration Crisis is Elsewhere :

 

president_brok_to_hahn_400

 


    - Indeed, as the Experienced, Long-Time President of EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Elmar Brok, according to certain Estimations, there might be, Today, at least "some 100.000 Refugees to Prevent from Attempting to Travel from Libya to Italy", perhaps "with the involvement of some Egyptian Harbours", he pointed out, among other MEPs' queries on various aspects of that Topical North African issue, concerning particularly Libya.


    Commissioner Hahn's main Reply "on Libya", as he nicknamed an obviously much Wider, in fact, Problem, was to observe that, indeed, "Refugees' Numbers have Not Decreased" from that area, (where Recently Italy had to rescue a lot of Mass Migrants at the Mediterranean Sea), while, still, " is Missing in Libya a Reliable Partner", as long as the Post-Benghazi 2012 Political and Security Crisis continues, even if, aleady, some relevant "EU Funds are Available".


    But, the  Main Thrust of that "Libya"/African Mass Migrats' Issue, is in Fact, that we "Need to get to the Roots of the Problem" : "If Economic and Social Problems Continue and Aggravate, we (EU) are Giong to See Migration Problems (from Africa) Grow", Hahn Warned. That's why, he found Timely Important to Refer, here, to EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker's famous Investment Plan possible "Extension", mutatis-mutandis, in a way which might Involve also the Southern Shore of the Mediterreanean. That's, indeed, one among the possible Topical Points that Observers are currently Speculating about the eventual Contents of the Forthcoming Juncker's "State of the Union" Speech and Debate with MEPs at EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, later this week, on Wednesday Morning-Noon., September 15.


    => In that case, IF only in order to try to settle the thorny Turkey - Mass Migrants' Problem alone, might, eventualy, Need More than + 6 Billions € (in full Grants) up to 2018, (as Ankara has notoriously asked), then, How Much more Money would it all Cost, if EU did the Same concerning all the African mega-Continent ?....

    Really, wouldn't it be More Efficient to, at least Consider as an Indispensable Addition to EU's available Tools, (Both vis a vsi Africa, as well as vis a vis Turkey, etc), also what could be nick-Named as "the Spanish Model", which has apparently Worked quite Efficiently until now, despite the existence of even a Territorial Link between Africa and Europe there, around the Strategic Rock of Gibraltar ?

(Comp., f.ex., among many others, also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/spanishmfaonmoroccodealonmigrants.html).

 

eps_fac_ends_400

 

 

(../..)
 


***


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


***

   

Multi-lingual Interface

Statistics

Visitors: 48911469

Archive

Login Form





Remember me

Lost your Password?
No account yet? Create account

Syndicate

RSS 0.91
RSS 1.0
RSS 2.0
ATOM 0.3
OPML

Other Menu

 imag0087_400_01

Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
---------------------
French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
---------------------------------------

- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
-----------------------
    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

Polls

2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?

Results

SMF Recent Topics SA

Copyright (c) 2007-2009 EIW/SENAS - EuroFora.net. All rights reserved. ISSN 1969-6361.
Powered by Elxis - Open Source CMS.