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Kohl is Here !

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01.07.17
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- "It" happened at the "End": Just after Ludwig Beethoven's European Anthem, when EUROCORPS' Army Officers slowly but definitively withdrew historic Helmut Kohl's coffin, among spontaneous Tears, particularly to all those People (including "Eurofora") who Lived and Strived for a European Dream the last 25-35 Years, inevitably Wondering whether it Risks, nowadays, to be also Taken Away from 500 Millions of Citizens, Undermined and Destroyed, or if it will Survive, ReVitalize and Develop in the foreseable Future :


=> Suddenly, a Fast and Dense, also Spontaneous, Dynamic Collective Move, brought all Together, as Joining bright Metal balls in a Magnetic Field, Centered right in the Front area of EU Parliament's superbe Strasbourg Hemicycle, about 190 Heads of States/Governments,  Leaders and Top Members of European Institutions, Key Ministers, EU Parliament's MEPs, Top Guests from various Important 3rd Countries, (etc), astonishingly Eager to Meet, Mix and Exchange between them, with No more Barriers, without Protocol intermediaries, etc., but in a Free and spontaneous way, which Formed a Spectacular, Collective Human Conglomerate, Durating for a much More Longer Time than expected, or ever seen before...


All placed under a Huge, Smiling Face of Helmut Kohl at a Giant Picture of that Historic "German and European Patriot", who "knew that Germany's and Europe's ReUnifications were 2 Sides of 1 Coin", (as Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission's President and Long-time Luxembourg's Prime Minister, as wel as €uroGroup's Chairman, called the deceased man, in Memory of whom, the 3 EU Institutions had decided to organise Today's "European Memorial" in EU Parliament in Strasbourg), this Unprecedented, Spontaneous Collective Event,

Forged a Real and Living Symbol, EmBodying and Inspired by Kohl's main Core Legacy, probably the "Soul" of what he Strongly Contributed to Leave to all Europeans as historic Heritage :


 A United, Peaceful and Fast Integrating Europe, with vital outreach "from the Atlantic Ocean to the Urals Mountains", according to the Famous De Gaulle's formula, where European People can Freely Meet, Exchange, Cooperate, and Thrive together, in a Safe and Facilitating, Productive Environment, with basic Human Rights, including in Topical BioEthics, as it had been Hoped and realy Started to be, particularly since the 1990ies. 

So that, for several Long Minutes, it all looked as if Kohl was, in Fact, still "Alive", in a way or another, precisely in that Unprecedented, Spectacular and Moving, spontaneous Collective "Choreography" designed by all those European and PanEuropean Leaders, obviously Eager to come Together, in the Center of EU Parliament in Strasbourg, near "his Homeland" of Rhineland-Palatinate, "in this region at the Heart of Europe", as German Chancellor Angie Merkel underlined in her speech here.

 

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- Because Kohl "Ardently carried on De Gaulle's and Adenauer's work" on "Franco-German ReConciliation", and "Loved with all his Heart, in particular (Strasbourg's region) Alsace, that he had Often Visited", in Addition to the Famous Photo with former French President Mitterand, "Holding Hands in Verden", at the Military Cemetery of all those Killed during the World War, reminded Juncker. Therefore, "The fact that we are saying "Goodbye" to him here in Strasbourg, European Parliament's Seat, of which he was a constant Friend, a few hundred metres from the Rhine, is a ...Symbolic European gesture. This Beautiful city of Strasbourg, for him THE Capital of Europe, as the Seat of the Parliament Representing the European Peoples", concluded the President of EU Commission.

 - Also Because the "great European" that was Kohl, was "a Political Giant, able to Hear what Citizens have to say, and Look at the Horizon".


I.e., precisely the essential substance of what is the main duty of EU Parliament, as its President, Antonio Tajani, an Experienced former Long-Time EU Commissioner and MEP, stressed from the outset.

 

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- "Get Near to the People, to what is Feasible and Reasonable", but also have "Unwavering Beliefs, Guiding in ...Decisions", with "Knowledge of the History, ForeSight, and Thinking in Long Time-Lines", is what he was, added afterwards German Chancellor Angie Merkel.


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+ "Kohl's contribution into ...Building mutual Understanding was Momentous. It's thanks to him that Words such as "Trust" and "ReConciliation" became Meaningful, once more", Both "in Franco-German and German-Polish Relations" : "It's Historically Symbolic that, when News of Berlin Wall's Fall reached him, he was in Warsaw", added EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, former Prime Minister of Poland.


- "With extraordinary perseverance, he Sought to define A Common Europe : He sought for what Binds us Together", Tusk stressed.


+  But Kohl also understood that "We (Europeans) Need a Stronger Europe, if we do Not want to become a Play-Field (for War) of Bigger States", the Polish-origin EU Politician added Oraly to his written Draft speech.


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 - He was "Champion of a Generation which Dedicated its Life to a New European ReNaissance", noted EU Parliament's President Tajani.


=> "Many things which are, nowadays, taken for granted, in fact, stem back from him", who "helped to Shape ...the Europe in which we live today", soberly reminded German Chancellor Merkel.

 - "Already, Thousands of Pages have been Written in honor of his activities", observed young French President Macron.


Indeed, it's mainly During Kohl's Leadership in Germany (1982-1998), and in Cooperation with France and Other EU Countries, that were notoriously Created Many Important Europe's Building Blocks. F.ex. :


- Berlin Wall's Fall, and End of the Division between Western and Eastern Europe (1989).


- "Common Market" : Entry into force = 1993.


- "SHENGEN" Area of EU Citizens' Freedom of Movement and Security (1995+) ; "€URO"-common Currency prepared ;


-"EURO-CORPS"' Army Headquarters in Strasbourg (1993), and "ARTE" European TV (ibid).


- PanEuropean CoE's Enlargement to all Central-Eastern Countries up to Russia (until 1995-1996) ;


- ECHR : First Important Public Hearings/Judgements = mainy from 1994-1995, + Big Reform (entry into force : 1998) ;

- Europe's ReUnification by Integration into the EU, both completing Southwards (Spain and Portugal, Cyprus and Malta), and Northwards (Sweden, Finland), as well as Eastwards (Austria and Hungary, followed by another 11 Central-Eastern European Countries) made or prepared Accessions into the EU.


On the Contrary, Non European Countries Morocco and Turkey's demands (initialy presented Both the Same Year), were rejected or frozen (Luxembourg Summit, 1997) ;

- EU Parliament's Brand New Building in Strasbourg, (décided and built Earlier, but officialy inaugurated on 1998).

- CoE's PanEuropean Convention on Human Righs and Bio-Medicine : Agreed on 1997 and signed on 1998, (the only Legaly Binding International instrument on Bio-Ethics, extended in particular areas, several times, since).


- Beginning of "Trilateral", PanEuropean Summit meetings between Leaders of France, Germany and Russia, (Created during CoE's 1997 Summit in Strasbourg, by Kohl, Yeltsin and Chirac).
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+ Kohl's EU Memorial revives in Strasbourg the
Franco-Germans-Russian, PanEuropean "Trio" ?!
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Precisely, this last act, as Chancellor, back on 1997, is probaby Revived Today, 20 Years Afterwards : on 2017, at a very Different Context, when Kohl's Memorial was organized in a way which leans towards ReViving the Franco-Germano-Russian "Trio" !


- Being "one of those who brought an End to the Separation of East and West decreed at Yalta", "he also directed his attention, Wisely, towards Relations with the former Soviet Union and present-day Russia. The Historian and Chancellor knew about the breadth and depth of Russia", Topicaly observed Today Juncker.

=> In a widely Symbolic Gesture, Kohl's Family reportedly Invited now Russian Prime Minister, Dimitri Medvedev, to be Present at this European Memorical Ceremony in Honour of the Historic German Chancellor.


>>> Significantly, the Russian Prime Minister was the Unique Non-EU Acting Top Official to be included among the Keynote Speakers at EU Parliament in Strasbourg. Medvedev spoke just before Macron and Merkel, who concluded.


Former US President, "Socialist" (DP) Bill Clinton, spoke Earlier, together with Spanish "Socialist" Former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez.
When "Eurofora"s co-Founder First met face-to- face  Kohl on 1997, during CoE's PanEuropean Summit in Strasbourg, he was Together with the former Presidents of France and Russia, Yeltsin and Chirac.


It was then, that they had Created a series of PanEuropean "Trilateral" Summits, France - Germany - Russia, according to De Gaulle's vision of a "Greater Europe, from the Atlantic Ocean to Ural Mountains".      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       - "Many things Changed", when Kohl was Chancellor, and "Chose the Right Path", the Russian Prime Minister stressed Today, calling him an "Architect of United Europe", because "for European Peoples, he Opened an Epoch of Unity".


   - "Kohl had seen and knew what War meant", and strived to "achieve a situation where Europe wouldn't be Divided". He understood that his Country (Germany) could be really ReUnited when All Europe would be United, since People had understood the Dangers of Confrontation, and the Value of Peace.


 - "On this Path, Russia was a Reliable Partner", and values very much the fact that Kohl strived to Build "the Best Relations in History", between our Countries, he underlined.


- Kohl was not only a National, but also a PanEuropean Politician who Dreamed for a United Europe, where Russia was an integral part. He Dreamed of a Common Home, without Barbed Wire, withOut Fear, Enmity or Hostility that Divided, but according to a Dream where a Human Being is above States, Medvedev added.


 - But, even if the Berlin Wall was demolished, nevertheless, its Ideology is all over the World, we must admit, Nowadays, that Contradictions keep us all Far away from realizing that Dream of a Common Home.
 - We should focus on "a United, Safe and Prosperous Europe, as our Common Goal", the Russian Prime Minister invited.


- Helmut Kohl proved that Overcome Divisions was Achievable, and, Now, the Responsibility lies on Our Shoulders.


- Thus, in Russia, we shall always Remember him as a Friend, a Wise and Clever Politician, an Open and Sincere person", Medvedev concluded.


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 - "Helmut Kohl, ... sought and maintained close contacts. So, he managed to establish in Germany, in Europe and in the World, reliable Relationships, build Trust and close Friendships". He "Knew how to Build Bridges. They ranged from Paris and Warsaw, to Washington and Moscow. He worked tirelessly for a Common Good of Germany with its Neighbors and Partners in the world", stressed later German Chancellor Angie Merkel, as a matter of wider principle.


- "As a Child and Teenager, ... he had Experienced the immeasurable Suffering that was brought ...by NAZIsm, and also the Fear of (Allies') Nights of Bombing". That's why "his Foreign Policy Maxim was clear : - We Need to act for a Europe in which there will Never again be War", she pointed out.


=> So that, while "when Helmut Kohl became Chancellor (since 1982), Germany and Europe were Divided", and "an Armed Confrontation on European soil was always a present Terror Scenario", on the Contrary, "at the End of his term in office, (on 1998), Germany was United and, for the 1st Time in History, with all its Neighboring States in Peace, with Freedom and Friendship", Merkel reminded.


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+ Comming shortly after New French President Emanouel Macron apparently decided an U-Turn on the Crucial Issue of the Syrian Conflict, declaring, in an INTW to 7 EU Newspapers (signaled to "Eurofora" during the Latest EU Summit in Assad's departure was No more a Prerequisitive for Peace, and that the No 1 Priority was to Win against ISIL's Islamist Terrorism, therefore Cooperate with Russia, where he had just Send his Foreign Minister Drian to visit Moscow, (an Experienced former Defense Minister : Comp. several Drian's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions), Today's highly Symbolic, joint Franco-German-Russian move, at the Historic location of Strasbourg, might Mark a possible, and much Needed,  PanEuropean ReVival, integral part of Kohl's legacy.


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+ But, in fact, the Young French President felt, Today, that the "Historic" German Chancellor's real "Legacy, was Not Limited just to a Political Balance Sheet, even if it's Awesome", with "Thousands of Pages already written about this", but "Goes much Further on" :


- "Kohl was, for France, not only a privileged Interlocutor, an essential Ally, (and) a tireless Builder". "He was More than that : Also a Friend !", Macron stressed. For that "Native of Rhineland, full of Curiosity on his Neighbours, looking Beyonf the River who is Near us here", in Strasbourg, the Franco-German "relation was marked by UnConditional Respect".


 - So that, After De Gaulle and Adenauer, Giscard d'Estaing and Schmidt, "who had Builded Europe's strong Foundations", even when "French People chose Leaders whose Economic Choices Upset some Partners, at the Beginning of the 1980ies", (i.e. with Mitterand : a Socialist), nevertheless, Helmut Kohl "gave us his Hand", he reminded. Thus, "Kohl and Mitterrand, then Chirac" (etc), "brillantly Proved that Europe is Great when the Kindness which inspires it, and the Friendship which is at its foundations, are also Great", he pointed out. Reminding f.ex. the Visit that Kohl made to Mitterand shortly after the German ReUnification, which had raised some Questions, Macron noted, "their Agreement" has shown that, "in such Moments, the PlayField of the World's Destiny stands at the level of Human persons".


- Naturaly, all that has also"to be Consolidated in Agreements and Institutions". But, "European Treaties and Institutions", must Not become "vain Technocratic constructions !", he Urged.


>>> Because, if you abandon them withOut Friendship, without the Flame which Forged them, wihOut the Human Destinies which Built them, then, you oblige nowadays' Europe to become Technocratic !, Macron Criticized.


 - What can Bring "Life" in it, is to "show that our Europe, which Unites us Today, is the Fruit of Many Generations' History, of People who rose Higher than scheduled, who Dared Face Hates or Fears", he stressed. Otherwise, "Any Building risks to lose its Meaning, and even its Beauty, if it's No more Inhabited !", he warned, speaking in Strasbourg.


- In other words, Realism, Political Shrewdness, are very useful. But you canNot Built anything on them ! Because it's only the Ideals, enlightened by Friendship, by the density of Life, which can Embody our Projects, and make them Live for a Long Time. "The moment will come, when History will Judge us too" : It will mark in favour of us, our Sincerity for Peace and Harmony among Peoples ; our Commitment for the European project ; our profound Friendship, born out of Common History, our closely interwoven Cultures, and the Challenges we Faced Together".


- "And, even if we might Doubt, sometimes, in front of such a Huge Task, it's enough to think at Helmut Kohl's Moto : "We haveN't seen Today, Any Reason for Resignation. We have many reasons for Realistic Optimism", Macron concluded.


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Merkel : "Now, it's up to us"...
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+ In Addition to the Various Other Main Points made by German Chancellor Angie Merkel, and already cited elsewhere in this article, (Comp. Supra + Infra), she also stressed the following :

 - "Helmut Kohl embodies an Era", and "Influenced a whole Generation". "But ...he never lost sight of the Big Picture. He ...has helped to decisively Shape Germany and Europe, ...in which we .. live today. Much of what is for us a matter of course, goes back to him :


 - "That the East and West of Europe are United, that we have a common Market, that it States there are no Border controls between the EU, the majority of these States have a common Currency, the European Union in its present Form at all, all of this is, and remains, much to do with the name Helmut Kohl", she said from the outset. Also "The way to the Enlargement of the EU and NATO to Central and Eastern Europe was already paved to a large extent", (etc). "Without Helmut Kohl, the lives of Millions of people who lived until 1990's behind the (Berlin) Wall, would have been completely in a different direction. Of course, also mine"; But "he embedded the German Unity in the European Union".


 - "You knew that you could Rely on him. He Stood for what he said or promised, without If and But", underlined Merkel at this pre-Electoral period.

 - "So he continued, Konrad Adenauer, Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman and other great Europeans. Europe is the work of generations. Each of them faces New Challenges. Each must find their own answers, as it makes Europe fit for the Future".


 - "Dear Federal Chancellor, Helmut Kohl ... Thank you for the opportunities you have given ...You have Achieved a lot. May they rest in peace. ... I salute you ...in Gratitude and Humility", Merkel concluded.


=> "Now it is up to us, to preserve your Legacy"


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+ International impact : Bill Clinton plays his tune...
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+ Meanwhile, a Long list of Top Political Participants to Today's European Ceremony for Helmut Kohl in Strasbourg, Extending well Beyond Europe, reminded that his Legacy's impact, in fact, concerns, even Nowadays, also a much Wider part of the World :


- From Israel had come the Prime Minister Benjami Netanyahu himself, Together with hs Wife. EU Commission's President Juncker had observed from the outset, that Kohl  "was a Great Friend of Israel", with which "he was able to develop relationw ... with intelligence and passion".  Chancellor Merkel reminded what he had done for the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe", established "in the middle of Berlin": - "Against Fierce Resistance", Helmut Kohl has Urged that "the Monument had to be Built", and "Not in the Next Generation, but by our's. We, Now, Today, Here, and not "at some point"". And so it was decided in the German Bundestag with a two-thirds majority".


 - New US President, Don Trump, had send his Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. Moreover, former US President Bill Clinton was among the Invitees of Kohl's Family, (See Infra).
- Chinese President Xi Jinping had send, as his "Special Envoy" to this Strasbourg event, the vice-President  or the National Committee of Chinese People's Political consultative Conference (CPPCC), Gang Wang, Minister of Science and Technology, (who has often met and worked together with his EU counterparts also in Brussels).
- Indonesia has send its former President of the Republic, Bachruddin Jusuf Habibie.
- Singapore had send its Minister of State, Sam Chin Siong Tan.
- Qatar send, as Special Envoy of Emir Sheick Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, its MFA, Thani Bin Hamad Al-Thani.
- Turkey send its vice Minister for Europe, Ömer Celik, former Minister of Tourism.
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The Bulk of the More than 190 Top Political Participants being, however, Naturaly from throughout the entire European Continent, both EU and Non-EU, (f.ex. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, Ukraine's President Poroshenko, Albania's President Nishani, FYROM's Deputy Prime Minister Angjushev, etc).


 To whom were added, from EU side : 


- the 3 current Presidents of EU Parliament, Commission and Council,
- also 5 former EU Parliament's Presidents,
- 3 former EU Commission's Presidents,
- Seventeen (17) current Heads of State/Government (and 11 Former) from EU Countries (including UK's Prime Minister Theresa May, etc),
- the Presidents of the European Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors as well as of the EIB, EU's Committee of Regions, etc.,
- President of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Parties Joseph Daul,
- 9 EU Commissioners, (including 3 vice-Presidents),
- 12 Key Ministers,
- 2 Chairmen of EU Parliament's political Groups,
- 45 MEPs from 4 Political Groups,
- All Strasbourg areas' Public Administrations' Heads, (City, University, EuroMetropole, Lower-Rhine Department, Great East Region, etc).


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 - Previously, Former Prime Minister Gonzalez, (who, coming from Spain, which entered into the EU during Kohl's political career, is well fit to have also a Trans-Atlantic and Inter-Continental look of the World, up to Latin America and even at the North of Rio Grande), pointed out that the Historic Politician's death leaves "a Huge Political Vacuum".


(Spain send also another former Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Ajnar, as well as King Juan Carlos with Queen Sofia, etc).


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- Particularly since "He had found truly Big Questions to Answer, and we are Here, because pf the Replies that he Found", stressed also Former US President Bill Clinton.

* In fact, the Most Important USA's President for Kohl's Historic Legacy, probably is Georges Herbert Bush, or "Bush Senior", (i.e. the Father of G.W.Bush), who was in charge at the period around the Preparation and the Aftermath of Berlin Wall's Fall (1989), i.e. between 1981-1993, initialy as Vice-President and afterwards also as President.


 - Indeed, Georges H. Bush issued, earlier, a Statement on Kohl's death, stressing that : - "Working closely with my very Good Friend to help achieve a Peaceful End to the Cold War, and the Unification of Germany, within NATO, will remain one of the Great Joys of my Life". And Kohl himself, would, reportedly, also call that Conservative American President : “the most important ally on the road to German unity.”


But, "Bush Senior"s Age Health precautions, notoriously Hindering him to make Long Travels, (to the point that he was even obliged to kindly decline, with many Thanks and Wishes, an Invitation to Fellow Conservative, New US President Don Trump's "Inauguration" Reception last January 2017 at a snowy, winter-time Washington DC), it was almost inevitable that the subsequent former US President, Bill Clinton (1993-2001, who, in fact, didn't coincide with Kohl's career but Only for 3 full Years : 1994-1997), snaps this Strasbourg's Invitation...


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 - However, the "Socialist" (DP) US former Politician, (who found appropriate to make Jokes about the Deceased ChristianDemocrat German Chancellor's alleged ..."Appetite", according to "Hillary"'s remarks, as he said),


didn't hesitate even to Interfere in "Hot" European Political Issues, especialy by practicaly ... Assimilating the Asiatic "Turkey"  to .. "Poland, Hungary" and Other geographicaly, historicaly and culturaly European Countries !


Coming at the Eve of a Crucial EU Parliament Plenary's Public Debate and Vote on Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, scheduled for Next Week in Strasbourg, that Clinton's blatant Interference in core European Political affairs inevitably looked strange... Particularly from someone during whose term in office: 1990-2001+ Europe faced 2 Bloody Wars in Former-Yugoslavia, the Second (After Kohl's departure from Government, on 1998-2001)including even NATO Military Attacks, Deliberate Bombing of Journalists at Belgrade RadioTV, and Depleted Uranium poisoning dangerously Land and Water used by Millions of Civilian People, etc., added to the attribution to Turkey of a controversial and unpopular "Candidate" status to EU Accession, which notoriously Blocked and/or Delayed EU Integration during the Next few Years (since Helsinki EU Summit of 12/1999), etc...


A fortiori when a Shady Lobby curiously still Persists to Push the notoriously UnDemocratic Turkish regime upon Europe, (Despite even recent Polls revealing that a qualified absolute Majority of 77% of EU Citizens, from the 9 Biggest EU Member Countries, such as France, Germany, UK, Italy, Poland, Spain, etc., do Not want even to think about Ankara's controversial and unpopular EU bid, as the German Press widely reported), as various other, synchronous, Facts indicate :


Among others, f.ex., at the Unique Big Van for TV Crews placed at EU Parliament's main Entrance during Today's Ceremony, "Eurofora" observed that, among 10 or more TV Channels present there, it's Only and Exclusively to a ...Turkish, ill-known, "Video-ReSellers" Company (as an EU Official told us), that was Given the 1st Place, much Closer to the Events, while, on the Contrary, All Other, even European TV Channels, were ...Pushed Far Away ! Including  even ..."EuroNews", EuroVision, RTL, BBC, and Mainstream German Radio-TV Channels such as f.ex. ARD, ZDF, Welt-N24, etc !


(See relevant Photos).


But, these weren't the only Bizarre Facts in Clinton's venue here:


Curiously, while EU Parliament's competent and politicaly responsible Direction had Rightfully scheduled to place Former US President Clinton's attributed Seat side by side with that of Former Prime Minister of (EU Member) Spain, Gonzalez, just Before that of Acting Prime Minister of Russia (and Former President too) Medvedev, another European, near German and French Leaders, Merkel and Macron, (i.e. logicaly Restoring the Historic PanEuropean "Trilateral" Summit format: France-Germany-Russia, created by Helmut Kohl, with Chirac and Yeltsin here in Strasbourg, precisely 20 Years ago : 1997-2017, Comp. Supra), on the Contrary, "Bill" changed everything, at the last minute :


 - Indeed, he did Not take at all the Seat officialy attributed to him by EU Parliament's Direction and even communicated to the Accredited Press in the formal Document of the Protocol, (as clearly shown Above and in the Photo attached herewith), But an entirely Different place :


The controversial "Socialist" Former US President Clinton was found, indeed, Surprisingly seated ...at the Right Side of ChristianDemocrat German Chancellor Merkel, inside the Block reserved to acting European Leaders (such as Merkel, Macron, Juncker, Tajani, Tusk, etc), Right at the Central Front Row of the Hemicycle !  

           I.e., at the ...Other Side of the Moon, compared too his Normaly and Officialy allocated Seat, (according to EU Parliament's politicaly responsible Direction's formal Protocol Document : See relevant Photo), which was, on the Contrary, at the Left Side, Together with anOther "Socialist" Former Prime Minister Gonzalez, from EU Member Country Spain, and Before European Acting Prime Minister of Russia Medvedev... It's Not yet clearly known How, and Why, suddenly, the "Socialist" "Bill" , jumped over EU Parliament's official Protocol, to find himself unexpectedly seated on what could be described as the most important place in this European Ceremony in Honour of the German ChristianDemocrat Helmut Kohl ! Indeed, the currently Available EU Parliament's and EU Commission's Videos that "Eurofora" and Others searched in order to find out what really happened, curiously, ...Ommit, (at least until now), the precise sequence of events which led to such a Big and Symbolic last-minute Change, (while, on the Contrary, they show almost Every Other Collective, or even Separate Movement of  Leaders present at EU Parliament today)...


Nowadays, Bill Clinton notoriously is Not at all a "favorite" of the current US Administration of New American President Don Trump, on the Contrary... And Trump had send Today to Strasbourg's ceremony for Kohl the New Director of National Intelligence (DNI), due to supervise All Security services of the USA, Dan Coats, an Experienced former Senator, (initialy eyed by Conservative f. US President GWBush to become Secretary of Defense), and even f. Ambassador to Germany, where he reportedly became known for having cultivated close Relations with Angie Merkel, even Before she becomes Chancellor, when she was still Chief of the Main Opposition Party, since the beginning of the 2000ies, as well as for having Upgraded the US Embassy at the Branderburg Gate, in Berlin's central "Paris-platz".


+ Could, then, such an Exceptional and Symbolicaly Important, (because obviously Politicaly-charged) last-minute Alteration of EU Parliament's Direction's official protocol order (Comp. Supra), have been provoked, perhaps, by a Mere ...Inferior Agent's controversial or even abusive Interference at his own initiative (and/or of one or another shady Lobby for which he/she might roll) ? It canNot be Excluded a priori, particularly given some various Other such, even comparatively smaller, incidents of Surprizing and Unexplained, Last-Minute attempts, by some, to Alterate EU Parliament competent services Official Protocol decisions ?


 - F.ex., Was it, perhaps, the Same, unknown intermediary Agent who, astonishingly, Tried, (repeatedly and even Physicaly !) to ...Hinder French former President, and EU + G8/G20 Chairman, Nicolas Sarkozy (arrived Together with New French President Emanouel Macron) from making the Sign of the Christian Cross in front of Helmut Kohl's coffin ?


While, on the Contrary, both Former Prime Minister of Italy, Sylvio Berlusconi, and Other Former Heads of State/EU Institutions were Free to do so, allowed by Other EU Parliament's Officers...


(See relevant EU Parliament's Videos, which show it all very clearly).


+ By a "Coincidence", he was exactly that Same, intrusive Agent, who, (only a Few Minutes before !), had, Curiously, and withOut Any previous Warning, Not even the slightest Explanation afterwards, suddenly Hindered also "Eurofora" (Contrary to what had been Officialy and clearly Agreed : See Infra) from taking simply an Original Photo (or even, at least, Attend the event, as other journalists) of the Welcoming, by EU Leaders, of the New French President Emanouel Macron, (who was, exceptionaly, accompagnied, Today, by Sarkozy, that he Invited to come Together with him to the Podium for the Traditional Photo), Despite the Fact that (Following ...3 Letters that exceptionaly send us the French Authorities, both from Strasbourg and Brussels, with "Elysée"'s Note to Médias, inviting to Cover the Arrival and/or the Speech of President Macron), the EU Parliament's Competent Press and Security Services had already Accepted (following a Written Demand) and Given us the relevant, Specific Authorisation, Both by an Official Letter, and by a Special "A" badge, (as several other EU Parliament's Agents witnessed) !


In General, from these 3 and Other Strange (but probably Politicaly motivated) Events on the Sidelines, it seems likely that, Despite an OverAll Positive stance of almost all EU Parliament's competent Services, and particularly from its Politicaly Responsible Direction, (f.ex. by New President Tajani, and Secretary General Klaus Welle, etc), as well as by Most of its Agents on the spot, Nevertheless, Some might have really Attempted to slyly Alter and/or, more or less, Spoil the Atmosphere and the Practical Functioning, on the sidelines of this exceptionaly important event, perhaps attempting to Diminish its Impact (particularly Mediatic), and possibly moved by a Hidden Political Agenda...


At any case, at least the Above-mentioned Fact of Bill Clinton's Unexpected and Spectacular, Big Change of EU Parliament's Official Protocol Decisions in the allocation of Seats to various Politicians during the Official Ceremony, (Comp. Supra), which had an Obvious and very Topical Geo-Political Significance, directly Linked with Strasbourg's History and personaly Helmut Kohl himself, (See Ibid), speaks for itself.


Perhaps, as Dmitry Medvedev himself Warned,  - who was, thus, by an unclarified yet last minute interference, Changed from an initialy Intergral Part of a Franco - German - Russian, PanEuropean "Trilateral" format, due to Sit Together, side by side, (according to EU Parliament's Direction's official Protocol document, distributed to Journalists, including "Eurofora" : Comp. Supra), into a mere, apparently, Marginal Invitee, left almost Alone, at the side of just Former PM Gonzalez, a "Socialist", and Separated far Away from the Franco-German couple of Macron and Merkel, (Contrary to the Official EU Parliament's Plan), ...even Long After Berlin Wall's Fall, nevertheless, some Ideologies, mutatis-mutandis Inspired by that Division which had Weakened Europe in the Past, still persist Today, attempting to expoit or even provoke relevant Contradictions, (Comp. Supra)...


>>> But, Independently of this, once again, at least at the Conclusion of the Exceptionaly Important European Ceremony which Marked the 1/7/2017, that Spectacular, Impressive and Spontaneous collective Rush, of all, more than 190 EU Leaders, Heads of State/Government, Directors of various European Institutions, key Ministers, MEPs, etc., from Various and Many European, but even 3rd Countries accross the World, who, suddenly, all Run to Meet eachother, Eager to Exchange Together, Speak, Discuss and/r Cooperate, Free of any Barriers, withOut Divisions, Nor Separations or Bureaucraties of intermediaries, etc., on Any Topical Issue that they Both Wanted about Europe's present and Future.


I.e. Helmut Kohl's main Legacy, (via the ReUnification of Europe, Schengen area, ECHR boost, etc.: Comp. Supra), also for Simple EU Citizens inside Shenghen area, as well as, mutatis-mutandis, between also other Neighbouring Countries in the Greater Europe of our Continent, artfully and usefuly Mixed, Free and Safe to interact here, at this Historic city of Strasbourg, with EU Parliament's main Mission, as its EU-Experienced but New President Antonio Tajani stressed, Earlier Today, precisely inspired by  Kohl :


- "Hear what Citizens have to say, and Look at the Horizon" !

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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.
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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...
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- "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.
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    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.

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