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EUParliament Resolution to Suspend Turkey's EU bid, Freeze Funds, Hides Incoming Stronger Reaction..

Ecrit par ACM
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's 2019 Resolution on Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, which asks to Suspend EU Accession Negotiations, Freeze EU Funds to the Turkish State, use Independent International Monitoring on serious Human Rights' Abuses, Halt plans for a Nuclear plant near Cyprus, Start Withdrawing Occupation Troops from the Island, Stop Altering its Population's Demography, and Respect EU Member Cyprus' Sovereign Right to search and exploit its Energy Resources, (etc), even if it was adopted by 370 Votes against 109, shortly before the May 2019 EU Elections, in fact, Hides an incoming, much Stronger Reaction by Wider Political Forces due to Surf at the Top of a New Majority of MEPs during the forthcoming period of 2019-2024.

It's already an UnPrecedended Fact for EU Parliament to ask, particularly, to "Suspend .. Accession Negotiations with Turkey", and ReOrientate "the Funds currently allocated ... for Pre-Accession Assistance", instead, "to support ...Civil Society, human rights Defenders and Journalists" of the Country, in a way "directly Managed by the EU", (Not the Turkish State), "with the Objective of protecting and promoting Democratic values and principles, Human rights, and the rule of Law", for a Future "Partnership" "between Turkey ad the EU", "built on Conditionality" based on such Principles, (etc).

But it's also a Fact that an exceptionaly Big Number of important MEPs Voted, instead, to ..."TERMINATE" Turkey's "Accession Negotiations" for ever, (207 Votes), or Abstained (67 Votes), Instead of Limiting today's Sanction Only to a Mere, Precarious "Suspension", (which was supported Only by a ...Minority of MEPs : 342 out of a Total of 751, since Many More prefered to simply Walk Away) !

    The Most Important Fact is that, Already, among those, More Critical MEPs (apparently around 300), are Included a lot of Very Important European Personalities and Big Countries, surprisingly Spreading along almost All the Political Spectrum, from Right to the Left, as well as, particularly, those Political Forces which (according to most current Polls) are Expected to Grow and probably Win a PreDominant Role in the New EU Parliament of 2019-2024 just after the European Elections of May...

Indeed, f.ex., it's mainly the Biggest Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, followed by Rightists, several Centrists/Liberals, and even some of the Left, who Voted to put, at last, a full and definite END to Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid.  

Among those, More Critical MEPs, are Included almost All French MEPs of the Mainstream Center-Right, (f.ex. former Ministers Alliot-Marie, Hortefeux, Lamassoure, Morano, etc, Experienced MEPs Francoise Grossetete, EPP vice-President, and Morin-Chartier, the Gaullist Cadec, Strasbourg's Sander, etc).

    Most Important : EPP's "Spitzen Candidate" to the 2019 Elections, currently Leading for the post of New EU Commission's President : Manfred Weber from Germany, as well as many other Top German MEPs, as, f.ex., the President of EU Parliament's Foreign Affaits Committee, McAlistair, Angelica Niebler from Bavaria, Renate Sommer, Marcus Feber, vice-President of Budget's Committee Monika Hohlmeier, President of EU Delegation to the pan-African Parliament Michael Gahler, Werner Langen, Andreas Schwab, BioEthical Expert Dr. Peter Liese, etc.Together with Experienced Austrian "Heavy-weight" Paul Rübig, and the Young New President of "PanEuropa" Working Group Lukas Mandl, Long-term MEP Caras, (etc).

Followed also by Italian mainstream Experienced MEP Giovani La Via, as well as EU Parliament's new Rapporteur on Space policy Massimiliano Salini (etc), from former Prime Minister Berlusconi's "Forza Italia", (who has Recently fully returned Back to Political Business, and may be even in EU Parliament).

Added to Polish EPP MEP Jaroslaw WALESA, son of Historic former President Lech Walesa, and Jaroslaw Kalinowski, etc., (close to EU Council's President Donald Tusk). Followed by former vice-President of the Governing "Law and Order" Polish Party, and former Minister of Culture, Kazimierz Ujazdovski, currently Non-Aligned (NI).

+ Also "Liberal" German MEPs, such as Wolf Klinz, Gesine Meissner, etc, as well as many French Liberals as the President of EU Parliament's Budgets' Committee Arthuis, the Famous former Journalist Jean-Marie Cavada, the President of Anti-Terrorism Committee Mrs Griesbeck from nearby Lorraine, former Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet, the President of the Conference of Committees' Chairmen, Swedish Liberal MEP Cecilia Wikstrom, etc,   (concerning a Political Group that New French President Emmanuel Macron's future MEPs are probably expected to join).

+ About 30 MEPs from the EFDD Group were added, including EU Parliament's vice-President Castaldo from the Governing in Italy "5 Stars" Movement, as well as several EFDD's Brittish Leader Nigel Farage's (New Head of "BREXIT Party) faithful as UK's Jonathan Bullock, Bill Etheridge, David Coburn, etc., (who might Stay MEPs even Longer, if the BREXIT is Postponed or droped).

++ Also 17 MEPs from the Conservatives/Reformists' Group ECR, including its vice-President Helga Stevens from Belgium, Experienced vice-President of EU - Israel Delegation Bas Belder from the Netherlands, Cyprus' Governing Coalition MEP and Head of "Solidarity" new Party Helen Theocharous, Greece's Marias, Germany's Lucke (former Founder of AfD), Kristina Winberg from the Recently Growing Party of "Swedish Democrats" (New Rightists), etc. +Moreover, Most Brittish Conservative MEPs (as, f.ex.,, vice-President Syed Kamal, Ashley Fox, Experienced Tannock, etc) preferred to Vote "Abstention", Refusing a mere Suspension of Turkey's unpopular EU bid.

+++ Followed another 28 MEPs from the Rightist Group "ENF" founded by Marine le Pen, and led by its President Nicolas Bay from France, but including also Mihal Marusik from Poland, Pretzel from Germany, Obermayr and others from the co-Governing Austrian "Freedom" Party, as well as Borghezio, Marco Zanni, Oscar Lancini etc., from the co-Governing Italian "Lega" party, etc.

    Added to "Independent" MEPs from the 3rd Party of Greece : that of "Golden Dawn"s controversial Rightists, as Army General Epitideios, former NATO Senior Official in Brussels, and MEP Fountoulis, (Father of a Murdered Son, notoriously shot Dead by a Gunman who Killed also anOther Victim and seriously Wounded a third one, simple Guardians of the same Party, in a scandalously UnPunished yet Crime committed Back on 2013, i.e. nearly 6 Years now).

++++ But, there are also some "Socialist" MEPs, such as the vice-President of the SocialDemocrat Group Jeppe Kofod, from Denmark, followed by Christel Schaldemose and Ole Christensen (also Danish), as well as Cyprus' MEP Mavrides, etc.

    +++++ Even "Green" MEPs, including the vice-President of EU Parliament's Culture and Education Committee Helga Trupel from Germany, Andras Tarand from Estponia, etc., (while the vice-President of EU's Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, Austrian MEP Thomas Waitz, prefered to "Abstain", Refusing to vote a mere "Suspension" of Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid).

++++++ Surprisingly, it's even  ..."LEFT"'s MEPs, as the vice-President of the Group, Denis de Jong, Dutch MEPs Anja Hazecamp and Anne-Marie Mineur, Bureau Member Nicos Chountis from Greece (formerly Member of Prime Minister Tsipras' Governing Party), Luke Flanagan from Ireland, Javier Couso Permuy from Spain, (etc). To whom were Added even Communist Greek MEPs Zarianopoulos and Papadakis, etc.

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    + In Addition, perhaps the Most Important Fact is also a New Political Dynamic, related to the forthcoming 2019 EU Elections, which appears in Today's Votes :

- Indeed, the "Socialist" Group, which supported, More than any others, the controversial Limitation of EU's Sanctions to Turkey Only in a mere Precaious "Suspension" of its "Accession" Talks (Comp. Supra), is notoriously Expected to suffer the ...Worst Loses of its former MEPs, according to most Polls, which Warn for a Heavy Reduction of the Number of "Socialist" MEPs, Falling quite Low in the New EU Parliament due to result from the May 2019 Elections.

- On the Contrary, the Christianemocrats/EPP Group, which officially Asked to put an "End" to Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, even if it might be slightly reduced too, on the Contrary, is Expected to Remain the Biggest in EU Parliament.

- Meanwhile, if the Brittish MEPs Remain in EU Parliament, in case of a Long Postponement or Abandon of the "BREXIT", given the Fact that Most of Farage's followers at the EFDD Group voted for the Heaviest Sanction of "Terminating" Turkey's unpopular EU bid, while Many "Conservatives" prefered to "Abstain", Refusing to endorse a Too "Soft" Sanction of a mere, precarious "Suspension", (Comp. Supra), it's obvious that Turkey wouldn't have Nothing to Expect from them, no more, in this matter. Former Conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron's notorious remark, during the "BREXIT" Referendum Campain, that Turkey would Not Enter in the EU, Not even on 2033 (sic !), obviously Left unforgetable Marks...

    >>> More Important : German "Spitzen Kandidat" of ChristianbDemocrat/EPP Group, Manfred Weber, looks firmly Anchored, now, in favor of putting an "END" to Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, and this seems to be Also the case for German "Liberal" MEPs, (Comp. Supra), as well as, naturally, for the Fast-Growing recently "AfD" Party of the Rightists, (and even from some German "Greens" : Comp. Supra).

++ At the same time, Today's Vote Revealed an unexpected ..."Unity" of France's Centrist, mainstream Right, and Rightist MEPs, (together with the "Absention" of some important French Leftists, as Miss Vergiat, etc), as far as it concerns the "Termination" of Turkey's EU bid, as the Votes of most "Liberals", "Republicans", and "Nationalist" French MEPs clearly showed, (Comp. Supra).

+++ Moreover, the Recent Electoral Victory of the "Swedish Democrats"' Rightist Party, as well as the Fact that also Mainstream "Conservatives" in Belgium, and Even ..."Socialists" in Denmark, added even to ..."Leftists" in the Netherlands, and "Greens" in Austria (where the Governing Coalition of EPP and "Freedom" Party's Rightists does not leave any Illusion to Ankara) Voted to "End" Turkey's unpopular EU bid, obviously Augment a current Trend Against Laxism in EU Enlargement policy.

    ++++ Even More Important, probably Decisive : In Italy, both the New Governing Majority Coalition of "5 STARS"' Movement, and "LEGA" Party, (which currently ..."Explodes" in Recent Polls, pointing Upwards to the 1st Rank), as well as Berlusconi's Mainstream Center-Right, inside EU Parliament's Political Groups of "EFDD", "ENF", and "EPP", respectively, clearly Proved another New Joint Trend towards "Terminating" Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, (Perceptible also among Most Polish MEPs of the Center-Right), (Comp. Supra).

=> Consequence : Taken All Together, those Various but Spectacularly Converging Recent Facts, obviously Reveal a New Trend, in a Growing Majority of EU's People, towards, at last, Definitively Saving Europe from that UnDemocratic and Heavy Burden, that an Error committed on 1999-2000 had thrown over their Lives, Society and Future, notoriously Damaging any "European Dream" until now.

 The forthcoming, May 2019 EU Elections, are obviously a crucial Chance for European People to Transform this Growing New Trend into a tangible and Stable New Reality from 2019-2024, opening a Positive 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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