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EUC Officer to "EF" on BRX Summit: Digital Sovereignity = Key. But, is the EU Ambitious Enough ?

Автор ACM
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Among the Manifold, Surprizing, Last-Minute "Metamorphosis" of the forthcoming EU Brussels' Summit's Agenda, for October 1 and 2, (See: ..., etc), Finally, EU Council President Michel's Idea to give a Part of its Initial "Turkish Problem" Focus, to Wider Topical Foreign Policy Issues, and, Afterwards, to Even Add anOther, considerable, Part on EU's Economy Advances, (going from the "Common Market" to "Industry" and "Digital Transformation"), by Arguying that "a Strong Europe in the World, Needs also to have a Resilient Economy", after all, wasN't so Bad at all, and had, indeed, some Basic Logic.  

Already, the Recent Developments on Foreign Policy Issues, Revealed that, in Fact, ... Turkey's Trouble-Making was, in Real Practice, Spreading almost Everywhere around Europe !

F.ex., it, Notoriously, almost "Freezed" any Sanctions on Belarus', Post-Electoral Internal UnRest, at least for the Time Being, When someone Suddenly Insisted to practicaly Block even the Slightest Sanctions on Akara's persisting Provocations, Bullying and illegal Drilling Ships, ('"Barbaros" and "Yavuz"), escorted by Turkish Gun-Boats, inside EU Member Cyprus' EEZ, (i.e. there where the Huge Potential of European Natural Resources at South-Eastern Mediterranean has Already Started to be Confirmed, as in Greece's Aegean and/or Mediterranean EEZ, it stil Remains to be Clearly done), thereby Breaking a so-called EU Foreign Affairs' "Berlin Agreement", Earlier on September, to Advance "Together", in "Parallel", on Both Belarus and Turkey, (as Also, inter alia, France, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia, and Malta, etc. Supported), in Consequence Pushing Cyprus and Greece to Ask to Synchronize those 2 Parallel Processes, in order to Avoid "Double Standards".

+ Moreover, in Addition, Turkey clearly Emerged, these Days, as Trouble-Maker Also at an absolutely Different, Topical Foreign Polic Issue, that of the Deadly and Dangerously Escalating Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, via Ankara's Warmongering Rhetorics, Lethal Weapons' providing to Azeris, Dangerous Islamist Extremist Armed Gangs' Imports to Caucasus from Syria, Libya or Iraq, even alleged Direct Involvement of Turkish Military Officers in Nagorno-Karabackh Clashes, (f.ex. a Turkisg F16 WarPlane bringing Down an Armenian Suhkoi, and Killing its Pilot, as Erevan just Denounced, etc)...

 >>> But, Feeling (rightfuly or wrogly, more or less) a Lack of a Strong-enough Europe at its Neighborhood,

in Substance, is Not so Far Away from a quite Equivalent Feeling, of a Lack of an Ambitious-enough yet Europe in Strategic High-Tech Modern Technologies, particularly on Digitalisation, where a Big, Innovative and Popular "FlagShip" EU Project, apparently, is still Absent,

 as "Eurofora" has Recently, already Asked an EU Commission's vice-President, at a Press Conference in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, (See : ..., etc), and/or Wondered on the occasion of EU Brussels' Summit Last July 2020, when a Landmark Economic ReVival Post-Virus Fund was Created, (See: ..., etc), as well as Today, when we Questioned a Senior EU Council's Officer, speaking "Off the Record", on Condition of Anonymity, about the Agenda for the 2nd Day of the forthcoming EU ExtraOrdinary Summit, October 2, dedicated to such Strategic Economy Issues (Comp. Supra) :

- "On Digital + Industry : Isn't there Any Ambitious EU Project at the Horizon ?", "Eurofora" asked, in Substance.  

 - "F.ex. on SmartPhone Technology, Europe was Historicaly a Pioneer, with Nokia, and,  Recently, China offered Even to Pay EU Compagnies if they Helped Beijing (via its Flagship Enterprise "Huawei") by Creating a New "Operating System", Independent from USA Google's "Android", (because of a current US - China Different)", we observed, in concreto.

=> Shall we (EU) Seize, at last, some Rare Opportunities, like this ?", "Eurofora" wondered, in substance.

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    -  Replying in Wider terms, +"... The Notion of <<Digital Sovereignity>> is Key for the EU, and this is Related also to Networks' Security and SmartPhones", confirmed that EU Coucil's Senior Officer, on this occasion.

    => That's why, f.ex., "in the Conclusions that We (EU Summit) are going to Adopt, ...we Task the (EU) Commission to come with a Strategy, Next Year (2021), on Digital", he HighLighted.

    -  As "You know, we (EU) have a Key Objective on 2050 for Climate". => "It's Time that we do Also", something alike, 'for Digital" too, "and that's what we are Asking the (EU) Commission" to do, (Obviously speaking for something of Strategic Importance, But, Still, ...Far Away).

+ Moreover, "Also (EU) Member States are Working on Alliances". F.ex., "We (Europe) have a <<Baterry Alliance>>, etc. In Fact, "there are Many Initiatives we Should Talk More about", he suggested.

++ "And", in General, "if we wanted to have this Special (EU Summit's 2nd Day) it's Also in order to Tackle these Topics. Because We (EUC) Believe that they are Really <<Key>>, as You said", EU Council's Senior Official concluded, in his Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question.

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    >>> All that is Naturaly Good. But, is it, really, Enough and Timely ?

- To Judge from at least some Key Heads of State/Government's Stance, particularly for the Day After Tomorrow, (i.e. October 2), scheduled for Economy Issues, things are Not Easy : F.ex. French President Macron has assumed some Obligations Elsewhere, already at the Morning, and, therefore, canNot be Present at this EU Summit in Brussels !  Chancelor Merkel might, exceptionaly, Represent France... Similar move between Sweden and Finland : Helsinki might Represent Stockholm, (Partly UPATED), and so on....

During the Exceptionaly Long EU Summit of July 2020 on EU's Economic ReVival, "Eurofora", for the reasons that we explained then, Imagined, inter alia, also a Possible New and Concret Digital Tech EU Project, nicknamed, then, "European Green Phone" (See : ..., etc). You can Bet that, Nowadays, If it was, f.ex, about Chosing the Best Digital Tech. Cooperation Big Projects accross the EU, Everybody would be, here, Busy to Seek and/or Promote Ideas, Partnerships, New Technological Possibilities, Seek the Appropriate Funding, Discuss Potential, Explore New Horizons, etc...

Also Back on October 2013, when Angie Merkel was at her Apogee, having just Won September's Elections with a Landmark 40% approaching Political Autonomy, after Passionate Speaches to Boost Strong Families for European Natality and a Strong Europe, as f.ex. near Historic Chancelor Helmut Kohl's (Father of PanEuropean ReUnification) Home at Ludwigshafen, (etc), she was Exceptionaly Radiant at the subsequent EU Brussels' Summit, where Recent Revelations by American Whistle-Blower Eduard Snowden about Mass Spying on People Worldwide, (Even on Merkel's own 2 SmartPhones !), had just Launched a Strong, Active and Creative Wider Movement in Europe to Urgently Seek Digital Sovereignity, Examining All existing or Emerging Technological Possibilities, Projects, Ideas, throughout all its Member States, with an incredibly Energetic Creative Fever Rising, then, all accross Europe...

=> Having seen the Danger, and Felt the Potential, Europeans, then, did Not Feel at all ... "Horizonless and Shallow" (sic !) as Turkish President Erdogan has Notoriously just Slandered the EU to be, according to Ankara's views...

- All the Contrary !

=> Why Not, even much Better,  Now ? 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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