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EU Parliament's Presidency: In the Past, Italian Right left it to Socialists. Now it wants it Back !

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
 
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An "EXCLUSIVE" and Original Press Reportage by "Eurofora" reveals the Fact that the Italian Center-Right had already Accepted to Give, Once, its Turn for the Top Job of EU Parliament's President to Socialist German MEP Martin Schulz, as early as since 2012.


=> So that, Nowadays, in the Crucial Forthcoming Election of a New EU Parliament's President, later this Month, on January 2017 in Strasbourg, where Socialists and ChristianDemocrats/EPP appear anew Divided, as Before 2012, after Schulz's departure, supporting EachOther a Different Candidate, should, normally, be Returned Back to the Italian Center-Right political forces, at least as far as Justice, Democratic Balance, Honesty and Fair Political Deals, with TrustWorthiness are concerned.


Today, the 2 Biggest Contenders, among the candidates, are Antonio Tajani, from the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group (Center-Right), and Giani Pitella from the Socialist Group (Center-Left).


Tajani is now EU Parliament's 1st vice-President, and former EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Industry and Businesses, including Space. Pitella is the current President of the Socialist Group of MEPs.


>>> The Point is that, when an overall Political Deal was brokered, between the 2 Biggest Political Parties in the EU : The ChristianDemocrats/EPP and the Socialists, about the Sharing of EU's Top Jobs, including mainly those of EU Commission's and EU Parliament's Presidents, the Right side Accepted to give its Turn in the Parliament's Top Job, in exchange for the Left's support for a Center-Right Politician at the Commission's Top Job.


This practicaly meant, in fact, that Schulz (who was, then, President of the Socialist Group), would "OK" Barroso for another term as EU Commission's President, so that, himself (Schulz), would get EU Parliament's Presidency, supported also by the ChristianDemocrats/EPP.


=> The Interesting thing, Compared to Nowadays, is that, such a Deal implied, inevitably, that the ChristianDemocrats/EPP would Accept to withhold their Scheduled Candidate for Next EU Parliament's President, probably for another opportunity, much Later-on. And, "Eurofora" is well placed to Know that, this Initial Center-Right Candidate, was ...a mainstream Italian Center-Right MEP, (then : Mario Mauro)

It results from Exclusive Statements to "Eurofora", made by a Key Top EU Political Personality : the Experienced former Chairman of EU Parliament's ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, and Nowadays powerful President of all the ChristianDemocrat/EPP National Parties, United all together under the umbrela of the homonymus European Party, headquartered in Brussels, French Center-Right, former Long-time MEP of Strasbourg, Joseph Daul :

 

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(Daul nowadays, when he was Awarded a Prize by French former JHA Minister Cazeneuve, now New Prime Minister, on November 2016 in EU Parliament in Strasbourg - Photo by "Eurofora"). 

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- Indeed, shortly Before Crucial Decisions and Votes would Start, Daul was Visiting a Local/Regional Meeting, near Strasbourg, organized by the Mainstream French Center-Right Party "UMP", at Shuffelweyersheim, via the Mayor of that adjacent Village, (who served then, also as Regional Chief for UMP), Senator Andre Reichert.


"Eurofora", who was also Invited to that Political Meeting, just Before Entering the Main Room, suddenly Saw President Daul, as always running around in an Hyper-Active way, holding his Mobile Phone, and Searching a Quiet place, f.ex. Outside, Facing a lot of Beautiful Natural Fields, (by a Surprizing Coincidence, as also we had thought to use ourselves in order to make, precisely, another Phone Call, elsewhere)...


 - Immediately, after Saluting eachother, President Daul, quite enthousiast, (but also, it seems, Eager to start "Testing" various concerned People's reactions), Announced that - "I have just Spoken with Schulz, and it's OK !".


I.e., as noted supra, Schulz (as President of the Socialist MEPs then) would accept Barrozo as EU Commission's Head, for anOther Term, while the ChristianDemocrats MEPs would accept, Afterwards, Schulz, as EU Parliament's Head, (Comp. Supra).


=>  - So, "Now, I have to Phone to Berlusconi (then Italian Prime Minister), in order to Convince him to Withdraw Mauro", practicaly had Added, then, Joseph Daul, speaking to "Eurofora".

 

"Eurofora" immediately Verified, (then, even vis avis the Socialis and ChristianDemocrat Groups' Spokesmen, at that time, by Phone), and Confirmed that such a Political Deal was, indeed, real and Original "News", since Nobody else (except from Daul, Shulz, and perhaps 2 or 3 Heads of State/Government) haven't yet been informed about it. 


And, subsequently, this was, indeed, done, as agreed.


>>> In other words, to over-Simpligy things, the Socialists, somehow, "Owe", now, (on 2017), to the Italian Center-Right Politicians, to Give them Back, their Original Turn for EU Parliament's Presidency, that the latter Had Accepted to Sacrifice in the Past, in favor of Schulz, (Comp. Supra).


+ In the Meantime, the Fact that, since 2014, it's Now also another ChristianDemocrat who Chairs the EU Commission : Jean-Claude Juncker, (former Long-Time Prime Minister of Luxembourg and €uroGroup's President), would Not really Change things : Simply Because, from 2014 and on, All EU Political Forces have notoriously Agreed that it Should Always be the Winner of the latest EU Parliament's Elections who would take on the Top Job as EU Commission's President, from now on, as a matter of General Principle.


So that Juncker, obviously, does Not Owe, Today, to Anyone Else his Top Job as EU Commission's President, since 2014, than, mainly, to the European Citizens.


Therefore, Socialist MEPs should Not revendicate, also Today, the Top Job at EU Parliament's Presidency again, as they do until now, erroneously Claiming that this would be Necessarily Implied by Juncker's EU Commission Presidency...


On the Contrary, if they are to be Fair, they should Acknowledge the Fact, that they "Owe" EU Parliament's President to someone from the Italian Center-Right, (Comp. Supra), as, Today, Antonio Tajani.


Tajani was Previously Elected as 1st EU Parliament's vice-President with 450 Votes.

(Comp. for various Topical Tajani's statements to "Eurofora" a.o., among many others, f.ex., also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajanirecentviolencepushesjewsexodustoisrael.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentvpresidenttajanionreligionsversusterror.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentonspace.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/financialperspectivesandeufuture.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/barnierfortransparentbusiness.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/weathersciencerussianheatwavemassue.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/isusymosiumandobamanasabudget.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajaniindustrygalileo.html  , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajanigalileo2018.html , http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/tajaniairlines.html , etc).


He has also, Recently, Won a Hard Competition inside EU Parliament's ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, where he had Faced another 3 potential Candidates for the Top Job of EU Parliament's Presidency, such as a former Prime Minister of Slovenia, a popular Irish Woman MEP, and an Experienced, mainstream French former Minister of EU Affairs.


Last, but not least, in his Concluding Statements, during a Public Debate among all the 7 current Candidates, from Various Political Groups, for the Top Job of EU Parliament's President, Tajani had a quite Well-Crafted Idea to Promisse to Support All Political Groups and MEPs' Rights, including even among the Smallest or Marginal Groups, as a matter of General Democratic Principle, as well as that Europe is, in Fact, a much Wider and Loger Reality than EU itself, which has its own, original "Historic Identity", that all European People feel Important, (as, also, their National identities, in parallel), as he observed in fine.


The Decisive, forthcoming MEPs' Votes for the Choice of their New President, at EU Parliament, Later this Month in Strasbourg, are casted in Secret Ballot.

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From the point of view of EU Citizens' votes, things seem Crystal-Clear, already, even according to the Latest, 2014 EU Parliament's Elections, (=> "a  fortiori" on 2017, given the well known general political developments, recently) :


- European People gave, then, 217 MEPs for the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, (the Biggest EU Parliament's Group), included in a Total of about 314 MEPs, Maximum, to all the Right.


- Socialists have got, since then, 189 MEPs, included in a Total of around 295 MEPs, Maximum, to all the Left.


- Liberals ("Centrists") got 68 MEPs.


>>> Out of the 751 MEPs of EU Parliament, the Absolute Majority is 376 MEPs.


But, after the 3rd Round of Votes, among the Two Frontrunners, the Winner needs just a Simple Majority of MEPs' Votes, in an eventual 4rth Round.



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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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