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EUParliament on ISIL Terrorist Attacks v. Civilians in Iraq, Turkey, Yemen +Bangladesh: Global Fight

Written by ACM
Monday, 04 July 2016
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Chilcot Iraq War Inquiry, mainly on Controversial former PM Blair's role back on 2003, is due to Publish its Long-Awaited Results later this Week, EU Parliament paid Today Hommage to the Victims of a Series of Bloody Attacks by ISIL's Terrorists which Killed Many Civilian People in Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Bangladesh last week, apparently abused as a Morbid "Publicity" Tool by those Brutal and Inhuman Extremist Islamist Gangs who are reportedly Losing Ground recently both in the Iraq and in Syrian fronts on the ground.


The President of EU Parliament, Martin Schulz from Germany, (an experienced SocialDemocrat MEP since 1994 : Comp. f.ex. his 1st INTW to "Eurofora"s Co-Founder already as Early as since 1995, published then at "TCWeekly", etc), observed that "More than 300 People were Killed, and more than 500 Wounded", including even "Civilians, Women and Children", during those latest Terrorist Attacks, and Expressed MEPs' Strong "Condemnation" of such a "Monstrous Violence" and "Murderous Ideology", by a "Terrorism without Borders", which "can only be Combatted with a Global Cooperation", as he stressed.


President Schulz also expressed the European Parliament's wish to "Stand By those Other Regions of the World", as well as MEPs' "Condoleances" for the Victims (from "Different Origins, Religions and Nationalities", as he observed), of this Series of Deadly Terrorist Attacks, which were All Revendicated by ISIL's Terrorists, with the Only Exception of that latest strike in Turkey, which Targetted Foreign Tourists at the International Section of Istanbul's Airport, as also at the Diplomatic Quarter of Bangladesh's Capital Dacca.


At the Deadliest Terrorist Attack in Iraq since 2003, more than 210 Civilian People were reportedly Killed at a Market in Bagdad, including 20 Women and 25 Children. In Yemen, about 80 People, more than Half of them Civilians, were also Killed during a Series of Bombings and varViolent Clashes. In Turkey, a Majority of Foreign Tourists, from Many Countries around the World, as well as Security a.o. Staff, and about 9 Turkish Civilians were among the 45 Victims of 3 Suicide Bombers from Foreign Countries, attributed by Ankara to ISIL. But a Few Days Earflier, as many as 8 Other ISIL's Suicide Bombers had reportedly Attacked a Christian Village in Lebanon, near the Syrian Borders. As for Bangladesh, among the almost 30 Victims in a Hostage-Taking Attack at a Restaurant, were also, at least 7 European Civilian People, (including Women), mainly from Italy, (as ChristianDemocrat MEP Mrs Gardini pointed out at EU Parliament's Plenary).


Mainstream German Newspaper "Die Welt" Published Today an Article with Visual Documents and Factual Data revealing that ISIL's Deadly Terrorists and Atrocious BeHeaders even of Innocent and Defenseless Civilian People, are currently Exploiting a Long Series of Recent Attacks, from the USA (Orlando Massacre) up to Iraq and Bangladesh, etc., during a so-called "Ramadan Offensive" (sic !), also in order to make more Publicity for their "2nd Anniversary" since the "proclamation of the Khalifat" in the Territories of Iraq and Syria that their Armed Gangs had Occupied since 2014, by Claiming an International Terrorist Network including "Covert Armies" in Many Countries, even in Europe (France), as they boasted.


However, an Initial Intention by the Biggest Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, to lodge a Demand for a Debate and the Vote of a Resolution on these latest Tragedies, was, Finaly, droped, at least for the Time being, for reasons which were Not Discussed in Public Now.


The above-mentioned, EU Parliament's brief Introductory Event, Right at the Beginning of the July 2016 Weekly Plenary Session in Strasbourg, Coincided, as Schulz noted from the outset, also with the apparently Natural Death, in the Age of 85 y.o., of former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, a long-time Socialist, but who had also assumed a Mission on Hig-Tech Investments entrusted to hium by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, (currently Head of the main Opposition New "Republican" Party), who had just Published, just a Few Days Earlier this Month, an Exclusive, Frontpage INTW at a mainstream Review Magazine, Accusing "the French Left" to be "The Most Retrograde in the World", as well as with the Natural Death also of World Famous Writer Elie Wiesel, one of the Last Witnesses of the 2nd World War and NAZI/Fascist regimes' Inhuman Atrocities.

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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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