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EUParliament: Fight v. Islamist Terror Attacks in EU/USA, + Debate on Secessionist trouble in Spain

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Monday, October 02, 2017

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 *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament had to Handle Today a series of various "Hot" Topical Issues currently Challenging Europe, at the opening of its full Plenary Session this Week in Srasbourg, from Deadly islamist Terrorist Attacks in Europe and America, until Secessionist troubles in Spain, etc.


Concerning a Growing Series of Deadly Aggressions by ISIL Terrorists cowardly Targetting innocent and defenseless Civilian People, f.ex. by Knife or Vitriol Attaks in the UK, France and Canada, (including 2 Young Girls Murdered at Marseilles), but also the latest Gun Attack revendicated by ISIS in Dallas (USA) with 59 People Killed, Hundrends Wounded, the new EU Parliament's President, Italian ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Antonio Tajani, was adamant:


- "We (Europeans) shall Not Change our Way of Living", But "we will shall Keep Fighting, until we Defeat" Islamist Terrorism, he clearly stressed in an Official Statement, inviting also all MEPs to keep a Minute of Silence in Memory of the Tragic Victims.


But the Unanimity of All Political Groups of MEPs inside EU Parliament, on which was based President Tajani's above-mentioned Statement against ISIS' Deadly Terror, on the Contrary, did Not Exist, at least at the Beginning, as far as anOther, Different Topical Issue (which had also occured last Sunday) was concerned : that of Secessionist troubles in Spain :


Indeed, here, Various Positions were expressed among MEPs' Groups, Both about the Timing, the Heading, and the eventual addition of a Resolution, or not, of a possible EU Parliament's Debate on the recent events in Catalonia.


- To Sum up : Contrary mainly to some "Greens" and Euro-Sceptic "EFDD" MEPs, who asked for an Immediate Debate for Tomorrow, Tuesday, on the Contrary, most Other Groups wished to put that for Later-on, i.e. Wednesday. And, since EU Parliament had to Debate on the latest EU Heads of State/Government Summit in Tallin, on Digital Innovations and on Europe's Future, during Wednesday Morning, inevitably it was, finally, Decided to Fix that Debate for the Afternoon.
But the Biggest InFight, among MEPs, obviously was about the precise Wording of the Heading to give to such a Debate :


- Initially, some "Greens" and Leftists MEPs asked to Focus only on what they called, (in an obvious Unilateral manner) :  "Massive Police Violence against Peaceful Citizens in Catalonia" ...


- But the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Socialists and Liberals MEPs preferred to speak about the "Constitution, Rule of Law, and Fundamental Rights in Spain, following the recent events in Catalonia" region. I.e. a quite more Balanced stance, Combining Both the Legal and Constitutional Rules in Spain, (according to which, a pro-Independence Referendum, accompagnied by notorious Threats for immediate Secession by the currently Governing Parties in Catalonia Region, was Illegal), as well as All Citizens' individual and collective Rights, (f.ex. vis a vis eventually DisProportionate use of Force by the Police, etc), as the President of the Liberals, Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium pointed out.


=> Such Explanations made even the President of the Leftist Group, German MEP Gabrielle Zimmer, to finally find an acceptable Compromise, Together with the Other 3 above-mentioned Group of MEPs (Comp. Supra).


+ Moreover, Leftist, as well as Center-Right EPP, Liberals and Socialists, as well as various Other MEPs, practically Agreed with the Explicit Demand made by a Spanish MEP, to Abstain from Voting Any Resolution at all, (Contrary to some "Greens" and EuroSceptic "EFDD" MEPs).


- This is a Crucial point in order to Face current "Threats to Break up my Country", Dramatically stressed, indeed, mainstream Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons.


Indeed, those atypical, mainly Leftist Parties which have taken, since 2015, the control of Catalonia's Regional Governance, (even with a Minority of about 48%, because its Electoral System reportedly Benefits the Rural Areas where pro-Independence groups are larger than in the Cities, as mainstream International Media have noted), notoriously Threatened now to hold a Referendum for Independence due to be Immediately Followed by a Secessionsit Declaration, if its (even Relative) Majority might bring a "Yes" on 2017, (regardless of the fact Constitutional Court of the Country has already, officialy declared such an attempt to hold a Referendum like this, as "illegal").


In order to Avoid a Deadlock and/or Violent Clashes, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy reportedly adopted a Preventive Strategy, consisting mainly in previous, Targetted Police Operations focusing on Confiscating Voting Lists, Ballot Boxes and Voiting Bulletins, as well as relevant Printing Machines, and Closing several Voting Stations, alredy from the Eve of the Crucial Date.


But the Secessionists have, apparently, managed to Trick at least a part of the Spanish Government, (probably some inside the Security/Intelligence services), by ... Hidding stocks of already Printed Bulletins of Vote, Ballot Boxes, etc. at the Other Side of the Borders, in France's Mountains, and they had also Prepared a special Digital Network System with Voting Lists, practically allowing anyone to Vote at Any Voting Station he might find, eventually, open...


=> So that, by the Addition of all such Factors, finally, on the Crucial Date of last Sunday, it had, practically, become almost Unavoidable to provoke some; more or less Violent Clashes, between Secessionists and pro-National Unity People, particularly the Police, who had clear orders to Prevent such an Illegal Vote, which obviously Threatened to Trigger Dangerous Secession in the few next days.


However, despite even that last-minute Trap, the Spanish National Authorities apparently managed to seriously Diminish the inevitable use of Force and Clashes which, almost Inevitably followed Afterwards ...
... at least Comparatively, f.ex., with what had happened, just a few years ago, back on 2014, when a controversial Government at Kiev (Ukraine) had done, in order to Hinder pro-Autonomy Dissident People at Eastern Ukraine Regions to Vote, precisely, at another controversial Popular Referendum :


>>> Then, it's even with Real Deadly Bullets, that Heavily Armed (and sometimes even Masked !) Gunmen, who had suddenly Invaded and forcibly evacuated several Polling Stations, Started also to Shoot against really Peaceful gatherings of People who were trying to Discuss with them, trying to convince them to let the Voters Free to cast their Bulletins in the Ballot Boxes, including by ... seriously Wounding at the Knee with a Bullet one of the Victs, who Bleeded on the road, and even ... Killing at least another Victim, afterwards found Dead near the Polling Station, (as several Converging Videos and Photos, Testimonies etc., immediately Published then at the Web, clearly reveal, f.ex. in Marioupol City, etc)...


Fortunately, Nothing Similar to what had happened then in Ukraine (which is a CoE's Member State, and EU Neighborhood Policy Partner, normally Obiged to Respect elementary Human Rights) did Not occur also Today in Spain.


F.ex. No Real Bullets Fired against Peaceful People, Nobody Killed, and Not even any Controversial ("Putchist" according to Dissidents) Violent Change of National Government in the Capital City of the Country concerned, after Bloody Killings from Both Sides, and very Brutal, massive Clashes, (etc), as it had notoriously occured in Kiev, back on 2014, Before that pro-"Autonomy" Referendum was organized by Dissidents, apparently Afraid of what had happened, just a few days before, by Suddenl Toppling their Elected Government through a Violent Popular Uprising, amidst Strange "Snipers" notoriously Killing People from Both Sides, apparently in order to Stir Conflict, (Comp., f.ex. : ....+ ...).I.e. something which Never Happened in Spain's Capital, Madrid... 


=> Not Wishing to abuse of too obvious Double Standards, an ovewhelming Majority of MEPs inside EU Parliament, finally decided, Today, to Limit  that Debate on Catalonia events in a Wednesday Afternoon Exchange between Heads of the Political Groups, withOut any Resolution.

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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