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EUCouncil Negotiator Prime Minister Karins to EF+: EPP eyes Solution for EU Top Jobs. Others=100% NO

Written by ACM
Thursday, 20 June 2019

*Brussels/EPP Summit/Academy of Belgium/Angelo Marcopolo/- One of EU Council's "Negotiators" for the Top Jobs of EU Commission, EU External Action, ECB a.o. Leaders during the Next 5 Years (2019-2024), the New Prime Minister of Latvia, and former MEP, Krisjanis Karins, speaking to "Eurofora" and another Journalist in Brussels, strongly Denounced what he saw as a, curiously, Totaly "Negative" attitude from several Other Political Groups, (mainly of the Center-Left : Comp. Supra).

Karins made those Statements at a Crucial Moment for EU's Decision-Making process : I.e. just a few Hours before a 2 Day EU Heads of State/Government Summit starts here in Brussels, due, inter alia, to Decide on the attribution of the above-mentioned Top EU Jobs, shortly after the latest, May 2019 EU Elections, and during a Preceding Summit of the Biggest Political Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, (where German Chancellor Angie Merkel  is included, Chaired by Joseph Daul from France, Experienced Long-Time former President of EPP's MEPs in EU Parliament), at the Academy of Belgium.

EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, works Together with 6 such Negotiators on EU's Top Jobs : 2 from each Big Political Group : ChistianDemocrats/EPP, Socialists and Liberals : Prime Ministers Pedro Sanchez (Spain) and Antonio Costa (Portugal) for the Socialists, Mark Rutte (Netherlands) and Charles Michel (Belgium) for the Liberals, as well as Krisjanis Karins (Latvia) and Andrej Plenkovic (Croatia) for the Christian Democrats/EPP.

+In Addition, EU Parliament's Political Groups of MEPs (who have also to Vote and Agree with EU Council's Candidates for EU's Top Jobs) have also appointed 2 similar Negotiators from each Political Group, currently working intensively in order to prepare Final Decisions.


Significantly, Karins became Recently a New Prime Minister in his Country, precisely because, according to converging Press Reports, he has shown a Personal Capacity to succesfully Associate Many and Various Political Parties all Together, inside one New Coalition Government, that he is now Heading on 2019.  

- But, on the currently "Hot" Issue of the 2019 EU Elections' Winner, Leading Candidate for the Top Job of Future EU Commission, Manfred Weber, Chairman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group of MEPs in EU Parliament, who notoriously started, all out of a sudden, to be curiously, systematicaly contested and sometimes even grossly Insulted, by certain Opposed Politicians, shortly After having Succeeded for his Geroup to arrive 1st in the latest EU Elections, (See, f.ex.: ..., etc), Karins appeared astonishingly Upset, sincerely Shocked and Revolted from what he Witnessed :

- "We (EPP) are Looking for Solutions", he stressed from the outset.

- However, "the Difficulty that I see, is that I Hear a Lot of "Negative", "Negative", "Negative".... from Other Sides, he Complained.

- "But", Curiously, "I don't Hear something "Positive", from them, Karins Denounced.

- "The Positive comes from the EPP : We have Provisions, we have a Program, we have a Candidate (President Weber), that I'm convinced he's extremely Qualified, and Able to Discuss", (i.e. Negotiate eventual Compromises).

- Nevertheless, "what I'm Hearing, so far, from Others" is Always "No, No, No !". I am Not Hearing (not even) a "Yes !"...  

- "And that's Over the bip"..., he concluded, obviously Exasperated.



+ As for a Pretext sometimes abused by some against the Most Successful in the latest EU Elections "SpitzenKandidat"(alias "Leading Candidate), Manfred Weber : i.e. the current lack of a National Government's Experience, the Recently appointed Prime Minister of Latvia was also Critical :

-  "Experience is a Tricky thing in Politics", he Warned, as a matter of Principle.

 - F.ex., "Before anyone becomes Prime Minister, ...Noone has been Prime Minister for the 1st Time"... In fact, "it's a little bit like Beauty : It's in the Eye of the stake-Holder" => - "So, <<Qualified>> depends on the View of the Person Judging", he warned, in substance.

- "As far as the EPP's Candidate, Manfred Weber" is concerned, there is no doubt : "I Worked with him,  during the Past 5 Years, (as MEP in EU Parliament, where Weber is President of the Biggest Group of MEPs : that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP),

"and he is Extremely Qualified for European Politics, for the Group Offices, etc", Prime Minister Karins concluded.

Indeed, one of the Key Points that Weber's Critics often Neglect, is the Fact that a National Election and/or a National Government Job, might, eventually, give More "Executive Power",

But, in fact, canNot Compare with what it takes in order to Win a European Election, be Elected and Recognized inside a European/PanEuropean/International Organisation, and/or Experience the Multilateralism, GeoPolitics, and other Complex Parameters that a Real European Top Politician has to Manage, in Addition to a Necessary Capacity to also Bring Together, and make Cooperate Efficiently, various People from Different Origins, who must Find a Joint Horizon.

+ In Addition, afer the Latest EU Elections of May 2019, the "Other" 3 or 4 Political Groups that Prime Minister Karins Criticized Today, have become, in Fact, a ... Minority inside the New EU Parliament, which has Now got much More and Bigger, Various Political Groups, where the Right Side of the Political Spectrum was just given by the European People, the Absolute Majority of MEPs, (See: ..., etc).

++ Shortly before that, from April 2019, Prime Minister Karins, while addressing EU Parliament's Plenary, had reportedly Warned that it was "useless" to struggle against so-called "Populist" Movements, but Better to try to "Understand" why People are attracted by several among them...









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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.

- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".


- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".


 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.


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 ?


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