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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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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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