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Vatican envoy Mgr Giordano: EU needs Resurrection, Courage for New Search +real Christian Humanism

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Понедельник, 17 Январь 2011
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Together with EU Commission's vice-President Tajani, who prepares to speak tomorrow at EU Parliament on GALILEO Satellite Navigation System High-Tech, as well as many CoE's Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives and other CoE Officials , including even "Laic" countries as France, or mainly Christian Orthodox countries as Cyprus, Russia, etc., and not only predominantly Catholic countries such as Poland, Malta, Italy, etc,  but also Thousands of various other People at Strasbourg's huge Cathedral, filled with Songs on Historic Saints from all EU Countries, from Sweden and the UK up to Cyprus and Spain, through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, etc., Vatican's PanEuropean envoy, Permanent  CoE observer, Mgr. Aldo Giordano, an Italian Dr. of Philosophy educated at German Universities, marked with an unexpectedly sharp, but also Human, Homelie the 1st "Mass for Europe" in years, celebrated today at the beginning of EU Parliament's 2011 introductory Plenary session in Strasbourg.

(See "EuroFora"s relevant earlier publication).


    Europe needs Resurrection, and many People are currently, courageously starting a New Search for a real Christian Humanism in a New Europe, in order to avoid the risk to fall into the trap of another, "much Longer Night" of "Death of God", even worse than in the Horrible Past of Nazism/Fascism and/or abusive Stalinism disrespecting Human Dignity, he said in substance.

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    - Those who claimed too early that .. "God is Dead", as Nietzsche, ... died before Him, and even before the oldest Christian Pope of their own era who survived  : As f.ex. famous Pope Leo XIII, who lived up to 1903, aged more than 93 years old (1910-1903), i.e. three more years than Nietzsche, dead back in 1900, aged only 56 years old (1944-1900), Giordano hinted, reminding an Historic Pope who wrote many works also on topical Political ideas, since his landmark "Rerum Novarum"...


    - But, during a "Century of Totalitarisms, we experienced (even in Europe) what it really means a World withoud God", reminded Giordano, obviously pointing mainly to the inhuman atrocities of Concentration and Extermination Camps, Gulag, etc., (even if it might be true that they were not equal in Horror against Human Rights)...


    Therefore, he turned upside down the negative presentation that Nietzsche had initially made of "a Madman who goes around holding a Light even in the middle of the Day, and asking  : "Where is God ?", just to get the hard answer : - "He's Dead. We killed him !"..


    - On the contrary, "Now, we see the awakening of a  New Search", for a Meaning in Life, which could "not exist" in a kind of "Humanism without God", but only with and in Him, Giordano observed, refering here also to the most recent among Pope Benedict's  masterworks  : the 6/2009 Encyclique "Caritas in Veritate" ("Love in Truth").


    + But, at the same time, "as Europeans, we should also be concerned with what happens all around the World", he added, speaking not only of Europe's Historic vocation towards Universalism, but also of Topical issues: - "F.ex., the emergence of China and/or India, and its  social, political and cultural consequences", Giordano pointed out.


    ++ Even more important that the previous, GeoPolitical challenge, the Crucial Questions raised today by new, but urgent needs to find a just balance for "Human" values, vis a vis "Scientifico-Technical Reason", call for more "Courage, to Search anew God", as he said.


    - Otherwise, today, another "Death of God" (Comp. supra), could provoke "a longer Night, extending much more, and more further away", he warned, (f.ex. given the gigantic developments in Genetic, Brain and other Technologies penetrating deep inside Human persons, which obviously add also new dangers of eventual abuses).


    - Therefore, Mgr Giordano invited to "recognize the cry of Christ Crucified, in the face of all Human beings who suffer".

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    + But also to "recognize Christ's Resurrection in a New Europe", reconciled and taking care of the poor, without "throwing new wine in old cups", because, contrary to those who attempt to find a "Terminal stage" for Christianism, in fact, "Christianism is very Young", and "the Real Question is : - When Christianism will really Start ?"


    However, in front of manifold, often hard, today's challenges, it certainly needs a lot of Faith to believe, as Mgr Giordano invited us, that EU Citizens could simply "entrust" Europe "in the hands of Christ, and let Him surprise us", as he optimisticaly concluded ...


  Trust Christ, is one thing. But abandon Him alone, is another, very differend, thing. Therefore, at least actively offer to sincerely Help Him, seems urgently needed, considering Europe's challenges..

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(See also earlier "EuroFora"s Publication, with a brief statement by Vatican's Envoy, as well as from the Head of France's Christian Catholic Church, Mgr. Vingt Trois, and several mentions to Pope Benedict's ideas)

(NDLR : This DraftNews is due to be updated, rectified and/or completed asap).

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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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