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

Pisac ACM
11. 01. 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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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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