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

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13.03.19

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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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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