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Crucial EU Summit suffers from lack of European Projects' Vision, But Proposals may bring Compromise

Parašė ACM
Friday, July 17, 2020
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Since UK's departure, Last February, EU's 27 Countries, Surprisingly, Instead of immediately Starting to Boost Strong and Ambitious European Integration Projects, Based mainly on the Franco-German Core, (as De Gaule/Adenauer had wished), at last withOut any UK's Objections now, on the Contrary, their 1st Post-BREXIT Summit was, Curiously, Limited mainly into seeking ...How to Share the Financial Burden resulting from the Lack of UK's Contribution ! An Ambitious 2nd EU Summit, Planned for March 2020, Fell Victim to the Virus' Crisis. So that, Since then, No Need to Wonder Why they canNot Agree so easily on EU's Financial Matters, Even Until this July 2020...

Indeed, this 1st Physical EU Summit in Brussels, for 2 Days, (17-18 July 2020), as in the Past, After so Many Months with Nothing more than Some Brief Video-Conferences, Risks to be again Affected by a "Virus of ...Division", Despite an Obvious Urgent Need to Rapidly and Decisively Boost a Strong and well Unified Cohesion, with Ambitious Joint Projects to ReLaunch Europe asap, in Public Health, Social and Economic Dimensions, Hardly Hit by "COVID-19" Deadly Virus

The well known overall Picture, which largely circulates in Most Medias, is that of, Approximatively, 3 Groups : That of the Majority of EU Countries, which, more or less, like, accept or accomodate themselves with the Official Proposals, on the 2021-2027 EU Budgets' Financial Perspectives and a Recovery Fund, made by EU Council's President Michel, in Coordination with EU Commission's President, Ursula van der Leyen, and Basically Inspired by a Franco-German Plan, for a 750 Billions € Fund, Composed by 2/3 Grants and 1/3 Loans, (etc), agreed since May 2020, between President Macron and Chancellor Merkel. The "4 Frugals", picturing, mainly, the North-Western Countries of the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Austria, which, apparently, prone Less Expenditure, and/or More Controls. Added to anOther, Central-Eastern, "4 Countries of the Visegrad Group", Hungary, Poland, Chechia and Slovakia, which are mainly Worried about alleged Attempts to Restrict or Exclude, Totaly or Partially, some of them, under Pretext of alleged "Rule of Law" Differents.

Unanimity being Required for a Collective Decision, Any Member State might, theoreticaly, Block the process with a kind of "Veto".

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- German Chancellor Angie Merkel, the currently incoming EU Chairwoman for the Crucial Period of July-December 2020, Warned, earler Today, inter alia, that "We Wish to Find a Solution", "But the Realities" show that the Positions of several Member States, are "still Far Away", one from another, so that "I caN't Predict If We (EU) shall Reach a Deal Now". However, we'll strive to reach "Great Compromises, for the Good of the People, for Europe, and in order to Overcome the Virus' Pandemic". (See also "Eurofora"s presentation of Merkel's relevant Declarations in EU Parliament's Debates, Earlier, at: ..., etc). Some, Notoriously speak, already, of an Eventual new Postponement, perhaps for Later this Summer.

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- French President Emmanuel Macron stressed from the outset that "the Next Hours will be absolutely Decisive", for "Solidarity and Ambition", vis a vis "that UnPrecedented, Health and Economic-Social Crisis", "in order to Build, during the Next Years, an Economic, Social and Environmental ReVival of Europe, and a New, Technological, Industrial and Ecologic, European Sovereignity, as well as Solidarity vis a vis the most Vulnerable Populations and Regions". We must all "Find a Compromise", and "we shall Do Anything in order to Reach an Agreement". In fact, "it's Our European Project which is Largely at Stake. I am Confident. But Prudent. I shall support the Maximum of Ambition", he Vowed.

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- "Today, it's a very Difficult Negotiation", Warned EU Council's President, Charles Michel. - But "IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT MONEY", he stressed. It's Also about People, about Europe's Future, about Our Unity" : "Do we really Want a Europe which will be more Stable, Strong, Able to Resist to Shocks that we Face?" -"I am Convinced that, with Political Courage, it is Possible to Reach an Agreement", he concluded.

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- Among the Potential Dissidents of the Center-East Group of "Visegrad", inter alia, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, in prior Statements to his Country's Medias, Translated in English, had Already Ensured a Massive Backing by a Big Majority of his Parliament for an Eventual "Veto", IF the current EU Establishment might, perhaps, Push to, Totally or Partialy, Exclude some of these Countries (f.ex., apparently, Poland too), from the EU Recovery and/or Other Funds, under "Rights" and/or "Law" Pretexts.  - "In Fact, several Western Governments have made a Choice for Massive Foreign, Non-European Migration, in order to get a sufficient Working Force, given their currently Lower Natality. But We doN't Believe in "Parallel" Societies, living Apart, with Foreign, Non-European, Neither Christian, very Different Socio-Cultural characteristics, who doN't want to be Assimilated in Europe, and we seelk to Avoid Troubles,  Prefering to Boost Our Own People's Birth rate. (I.e., mutatis-mutandis, almost Similar to Chancellor Merkel Government's positions until her Victorious, September 2013 Elections). So, we doN't want Brussels' current Establishment to Interfere on Our Population, inside Our Country, he stressed. Moreover, some of them, Attack You, if you are favorable to Natural, Traditional Family, between a Man and a Woman, and/or if you are pro-Christian, etc, he complained. But, on the Issue of EU Funds, he Only asked for "No Discrimination", Compared to Other, equivalent EU Member States, (f.ex. Portugal, etc), as he said. He did Not ask for More Money at all, even if his Cuntry was Poorer, (But Less InDebted), and, on the Contrary, found ratherToo Much the Total Amounts currently Proposed for the EU to Borrow Collectively, Joking that, when he Tried to Translate such Sums "in Fiorins", this made ...So Many Zeros that he didN't have No more space in 1 Page of Paper, as he claimed.., being, for Historical Reasons, Opposed to Big Debts. However, he Understood the Need of several Other EU Countries, most of them Already quite InDebted, to seek to find Fresh Money, (i.e. EU Grants), for Vital Needs, particularly in Nowadays' Virus Crisis.

=> So, it's, Notoriously, much More from the Side of the so-called "4 Frugal", North-Western Countries, that came Most Criticism against the Current EU Proposal, (Comp. Supra). And there, particularly the Prime Ministers of Netherlands, Denmark, and Austria, tried to Multiply Press a.o. Statements in Brussels Today, Arguying for their Critical Stance.  

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- Already, Austria's Sebastien Kurz, stressed, inter alia, that they "Wanted to Help" Other EU Countries, more Harshly hit by the Deadly Virus' Crisis, and with more Vulnerable Finanial situations, But raised Questions on "How Big should be those (EU) Funds", and, particularly, about "Criteria", on "Where that Money goes", in "What Projects", f.ex., Better "for Ecology, Digitalisation", etc., "in the General Interest of the EU", Focusing on relevant "Decisions" and on a need "to Ensure a Good Way to Handle this". Afterwards, he Tweeted about some "Positive Moves on the MFF", "But Not Yet on the Recovery Fund", where "Positions were Still Far Away". Nevertheless, Later-on, Kurz appeared quite More Optimist, claiming that some things were "Moving Towards Our (i.e. "4 Frugal") Positions", and Expecting some relevant "Proposals OverNight" !

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-However, "Frugal" Heavyweight, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, appeared much More Explicit and Sharply Critical, with only a few, eventual Compromise Hypothesis, in Exceptionaly and UnExpectedly Long Questions/Replies sessions with mainly Dutch and German Journalists, (Contrary to Press Restrictions generally Imposed at this Summit, allegedly due to the Virus), Despite -Or, perhaps, Because- of the Fact that he Faces Crucial Elections before Next March 2021, where, Even if he reportedly enjoys quite Favorable Polls Nowadays, Nevertheless, his Liberal Party (VVD) was, Surprizingly, OutNumbered in the Last Regional/Local Elections, by a New Rightist Party, ("European Forum"), which has heavily Copied some "Eurofora"s Long-Time Positions on Modern Medias and Public Debates, but Combines Net Conservative Views with quite "Social" Ideas, etc...

- Indeed, Rutte sharply Warned that he Found "Less than 50%" Chances for an Agreement in This Summit, and Stressed, from the outset, that "We doN't Believe in this Grants-Based System !"... (Even if the Netherlands, and all "Frugal" States, are due to Receive Grants, Only Poor States adding Also Loans...). Questioned whether he wasN't Worried by a Risk for "the Financial Community" to Eventually Downgrade the EU, if there wasN't a Deal, he Replied that : - "I am Worried about a Lot of Things. But, at the End of the Day, a Weak Compromise will Not Take you Further !".  However, probably in order to Alleviate an Image of ..."the Bad Guy", that, according to a Collegue Journalist, Many Attributed to him, the Dutch Prime Minister Expanded in very Long Press Statements, Replying to Many Questions, (Contrary to an alleged Journalist Contacts' Black Out that had been, Officially, Imposed, Exceptionally in this Summit, attributed to the Virus)...

 

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 - "First of All, it's Crucial to Maintain the Rebates, at a Sufficient Level : They are Now there, But we still Need to Negociate what is a Sufficient Level", Rutte pointed out, on his Claims.

+ "Secondly, we Need to ReinForce" Monitoring. "So that, If the South (sic !) is Needing Help from Other Countries, in order to Cope with this Crisis, - I Understand that, Because there is Limited Scope to Deal with that Financially themselves, -  then, I think that it's only Reasonable for Us to Ask for a Clear Commitment to Reforms. And, then, if Loans have to be Transformed, in a certain Extent, to Grants, then, the Reforms are even More Crucial... And, the Absolute Guarantee that they Have Taken place", he Required.

=> So, "There are Many Issues on the Table" of this EU Summit's Negotiations, he Analysed :

- "One is the MFF itself, and How to Ensure that the Net Payers, at the End of the Day, woN't have a Position which Will be Worse than what they Already have", he reiterated, (Comp. Supra). So, "a Good Outcome is one where the Net Payers Will have a Position, in the MultiAnnual Financial Framework, which is Comparable to the Position that We Had the Last Years. That's 1., That Means : Including the Rebates".  

+ "AnOther... of them, it's, obviously, the Mixture of Grants and Loans" (at the Recovery Fund)... And, of course, there is the Issue of Reforms, and to Ensure that Economies Become more Resilient", he Added, (Comp. also Supra). I.e., "If They (Poorer Countries, and More Affected by the Virus), Want Loans, and Even Grants, then, I Think that it's only Logical, that I Can Explain to People of the Netherlands, and Other Countries, that, in Return, those Reforms Have Taken Place, Instead of Only Assurances that they Will take place". Indeed, "it's Crucial that We come Out of This Meeting with an Outcome which Guarantees that Reforms Will Take Place, in Countries which are Still Lagging Behind, in terms of Reforms", he insisted.

- Here, Rutte even Added his own, apparently pro-European Pladoyerie : - "There is the Fact that We Need a Strong Europe, in an UnStable World : Look What is Happening with the US and China, the Situation in the Middle East, or Russia's plays : We Need a Stronger Europe, But a Strong Europe Also Means that Countries who are Lagging Behind, in terms of Reform, in Pensions, Labour Market, etc., Need to Step Up again", he argued, (Curiously Skiping, at least explicitly, the Volume of the Public Sector). - In fact, "I am Fighting for Europe", he Claimed : "A Stronger EU, which is in the Interest of Everybody, Including, of course, the Dutch Citizens. A Strong Europe, which is Economically More Competitive, and Can Play, with Confidence, a Strong Role in the World Stage", Rutte argued...

=> That 2nd Point, (on "Reforms" for "Grants", etc), in fact is Linked with the Question of qualified Majority or Unanimity in EU Council's Decision-Making process, when it comes to Endorse EU's Recovery Funds' hand outs to certain EU Member Countries : Indeed, the Dutch Prime Minister seeks to Keep a "Veto" :  -"For Us, it's a Key. So, We Want, First," to Skip "Majority Voting", he stressed, urging Against what he called "the (Initial) Michel Proposal", (Comp. Supra), prefering some Later, but InSufficient yet for him, Softer Versions, (See Infra).

>>> To put it in a Nutshell, -"I doN't Like a Europe where the Netherlands is Not Only being, as a Net Payer, almost Off the Charts, (Comp. : "Rebate"), But, then, You CaN't Even See Us, AnyMore... (Comp.: "Governance"). So...No, I doN't Like that !", he Resumed.

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+ However, Even Mark Rutte, at least Attempted to Partly Appear, somehow, Solution-Oriented...

=> - "But, Let's be Hopefull. You Never Know..", he Smiled, about the Current Perspectives for a Deal.

- Because, as a matter of principle, an Eventual "No Compromise" in EU Summit would Not be "a Good Outcome", neither. - "No, Obviously Not !", he stressed.

- "A Good Outcome is one where" Both his, above-mentioned, 2 Demands (Comp. Supra), would be Satisfied, Rutte insisted...   

>>> Concerning the 1st, on the "Rebate", "The Principle is here", he Positively Found, Now, After some EU's recent Concessions. -"But I Think that we, Still, Have to Improve the Charles Michel Proposal : There is Still Room for that !, he Furthermore Urged.

>>> Concerning the 2nd Point, on the "Reforms", Unanimity, etc, Rutte Acknowledged that, at least, a more Recent Version of "the Michel Proposal has, of course, Already, Skined Down, Compared to its First" version "on Qualified Majority Voting" +"So, there, we Need to Debate at Length, on What it Will Look like !", he Further Urged. "But, I doN't think that it's Possible to Water-Down Further : That's Impossible", he Claimed.

- Finally, Rutte advised for "Hard Work", inside the EU, But withOut clearly Indicating IF he meant for The Present, or anOther EU Summit, and When...

* However, the Dutch Prime Minister, apparently, did Not Fully Reveal All his Cards yet : F.ex., Questioned about What he might have, eventualy, Proposed to the Summit, he Exceptionaly Declined to Clarify...

- "On What Exactly Our Proposal is, I Hear a lot of Rumours... But I'm Not going to Comment. I Keep that to Myself. Because I Will Inform you, Completely, Afterwards", he Only said. Anf, Later added : - "About the Technicalities, around the Governance, I'm going to Tell You about it, Afterwards", he escaped...  

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    However, for the Poorest, and/or Most Hit by the Deadly Virus' Countries, (as, f.ex., Italy, Spain, etc), it seems that it's No Question to, eventually, Seek to Unilateraly Impose them several more Strict Conditions and Heavy Obligations, in Exchage of EU Aid for the Damages Provoked by that Virus, (as Mr.  Rutte asked to obtain). On the Contrary, it seems that it Might be Threatened even the EU's Common Market's "Integrality" and/or Normal Functioning, which, Otherwise, it Risked to be "Dislocated", (while it's Notoriously, much Needed by Exporting EU Countries, as Germany, Sweden, etc), according to some sources...

 - Thus, f.ex., Italian Government's Vice-Foreign Minister, Manolio di Stefano, reportedly wished that EU Funds would be mainly "granted to the Countries that Need it", "Clearly, withOut the Conditions already existing in the European Stability Mechanism". "We are Not saying we want Money to do Whatever we want", But "to Use that (EU) Funds in order to Recover from the economic Damage caused by the CoronaVirus". 

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    => Although, this Exceptional and Atypical EU Summit looks Curiously, very Tight-Liped, (f.ex., among various others : Scarce or No Out-Going Doorstep Statements, No EU Council's Press Conference ToNight, almost None "National Press Briefing", Contrary to what was Usually done until now), Nevetheless, at least Some "UnNamed Sources" put into Circulation certain Indications, on how things might be going  :     

    F.ex.:

- In Addition to the Maintain of Rebates, the Net Payer States (as the Netherlands, Austria, etc) would, "Likely", Also Get Back some More Money than Initially Expected.

- On the "Governance", any eventually Objecting Member State, could, at least, Seek and Obtain to Open a "Debate" in EU Council on the EU Funding of a Project that it Contests. Meanwhile, Michel would Meet, early Tomorrow Morning, with the principal Trouble-Maker, Rutte, and the secondary, Orban, etc.     

+ And, indeed, More concrete "Proposals", searching a Compromise, would soon be Presented, mostly Tomorrow...

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    However, at least for "Eurofora", it's Crystal-clear, that, ensure to Reach an EU-Wide Agreement, in fact, Depends not so much on some, more or less Superficial, "Technical" or "Partial" Fixes, and/or Selfish "Give and Takes" with One or anOther actor Only, around Various, Disparate Areas, here or there, But, rather, Directly from the Heart of the Matter :

    => Indeed, Europe and its People mostly Need Ambitious and Far-Reaching, Common Big PanEuropean Projects, able to trigger the Enthousiasm of EU Citizens, and Satisfy Vital Needs of Wide Impact, Bringing Together, in Close Cooperation, Efficient Coordination, Unified Planification, and Joint Action, Firmly Uniting as Many as possible among EU Member Countries.

    >>> In other words, Big and Important PanEuropean Projects, Intelligently Designed, so that they Can Include also Poor and/or Devastated Areas and Populations, Hardly Hit by any Hazards, Natural or Man-made Catastrophes, as well as Normally Functioning EU Member Countries, and some Pioneer, Ultra-Performant Champions, Able to Imagine, Organize and Lead, a productive Dynamic Union, capable to Create Operational, Fundamental Common Interests, (See, f.ex.: ... + ..., etc).

    This Obviously is a very Different View, from that of Mere "Help", allegedly given mainly by Some Countries, to certain Other, Poor and/or Devastated, Foreign Countries, Elsewhere, withOut Any other Link between them, and/or Any such kind of "Distributing" Money and/or Assets among Separate Entities, acting Disparately, Each one on Its Own, in Separate, National, or even Regional, Independent and UnRelated Mini-Projects, practically Ignoring Each-Other...

    The First Case, can Create Real "Cohesion"; (seeked also by EU 2020 Chair, German Chancellor Angie Merkel : See .., etc), and even Unity of Interests, Common Aspirations, Joint Purpose. But the Second Case, Inevitaby Risks to Provoke, on the Contrary, Division, Opposition, Different Interests, Separation, even more or less Conflicts !

    => In Consequence, f.ex., Mr. Rutte, from the point of View of his North-Western Netherlands, he speaks about ..."the South" (Comp. Supra), where, he's Afraid, (Rightly or Wrongly), that, soon, They might, Even ..."Not See" Anymore his Country, (f.ex. if Unanimity was Lifted inside EU Council : Comp. Also Supra). And Austrian Prime Minister Kurz, is Concerned about How to "Explain to Our (Austrian) TaxPayers", according to "Which Criteria", and "Where Will Go" the EU Money, (f.ex. in Italy's "Messogiorno" or in Spain, etc., i.e. Far Away, and withOut Any real Connexion)...

    On the Contrary, let's take, f.ex., an Entirely Different Case, (currently still Hypothetic, But Topical, Possible and Useful to Realise Nowadays), like the Invention and Production, in and by Europe, of what could be Named as a ..."Green (Smart) Phone" ! I.e. a Possible PanEuropean Project, Concerning Both "Digitalisation", "Environment" and Human Health, as well as "Europe's Role in the World", (Comp. Supra, and: ..., etc), and, Obviously, Economy and Jobs. Such an Innovative Product, could Fill a Gap among Ordinary Current Smart-Phones, First of all, by Aiming to Create a Modern Phone withOut Too Much Electro-Magnetic Waves on the Human Body and/or Head, (something which, Unfortunately, does No More Exist among Most, if not All, Recent SmartPhones, Currently at the Global Market), f.ex. as Finland's "Nokia" and/or France's former "Alcatel" had reportedly Planned to do, just a Few Years Ago, But were, apparently, Hindered to realize, for UnKnown Reasons. Many People and Medical Doctors, Reearchers, etc., Notoriously Believe that such "EMW" Might be, more or less Dangerous for Human Health, and Official Data, either in the USA, or Even in the WHO, Recently Lack, about the Exact Levels of Anodyne or, on the Contrary, potentialy Dangerous "EMW"s... + In Addition, Europe has the Means, (and even the Need : f.ex. for "Digital Sovereignity" : Comp. Supra), to Add also an Original, Independent "Operation System" Software, ("OS"), for such a New, European SmartPhone, which would Make it a Rare, if not Unique Nowadays, such product, which would Not be Obliged to be Submitted to the Notorious Oligo-Monopolistic OS of Americans "Android" (of "Google" Giant) or "Apple", which currently Dominate the World, with various Abuses. Indeed, already, China has Recently Proposed to Europe to Help it Financially to Create (by the EU) such an Independent, Brand New OS for SmartPhones, (in order to Face Hostile Pressure and Bullying from USA's "Android") ! In this regard, Probably, inter alia, f.ex., a Europe-Oriented French Company, based at Grenoble, which Currently Develops and Operates a "Lin-Phone", Based on "Linux" European Independent OS, (to whom German mainstream Medias as "Die Welt" had Refered, Already since 2013, when the Edouard Snowden's Global Scandal about US Mass Spying at the Web had emerged, Including Even Chancellor Merkel's own 2 Smart-Phones [sic !]), may be Practicaly Useful... In addition, Perhaps, it could be Interesting, (also as a Landmark Commercial PanEuropean"Plus" in Global Competition), if EU Associated, here, something as the Recently Created ... "Immune System", New OS for Smart-Phones, just Designed by Famous Russian "Kaspersky" Company's CEO himself, in order to Protect it from Web "Virus" and/or various Other "Cyber-Attacks", as he Announced in a landmark INTW published by "TASS". And, concerning such a Multi-Innovative "Green Phone", it would Certainly be Useful and Logical to Even Add anOther, Recently Invented, relevant Capability : That of a Smart-Phone with ...2 Screens, (Independently Operating Both or Each), One of which Serves particularly in case of Lack of Sufficient Electricity, (f.ex. at the Country-side, or After Intense Use DownTown, etc), since it Consumes Only a Small, Tiny Quantity of Electricity ! This was Initially Created by a Russian Company, linked to Nearby Frankfurt in Germany, as a PanEuropean tool, Used f.ex. Even throughout ...Siberia (sic !), and was Later, further Developed also by a Chinese Company, with European Links, which First Presented it at a recent ...Berlin's Annual Digital Fare, often Inaugurated by Merkel, (See, f.ex.: ..., etc).

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=> All this Could Timely Result into a Landmark, Innovative and Unique, PanEuropean "Green Phone", Able to Join 4 relevant useful Digital Innovations (Comp. Supra), and, Eventually, Associate Interesting Cooperation with Russia and/or China (Comp. Supra), for the Design, Production and Commercialisation of which, the Best would be "NOKIA" of Finland, (i.e. anOther EU Country, Often Associated to the "Frugal 4" Critics of EU's "Recovery Fund" : Comp. Supra), which Notoriously was the Historic European ... Pioneer Birthplace of Smart-Phones, the First in the World ! But the Most Interesting thing, for EU's "Recovery" Plans, is that, Currently, "NOKIA" was reportedly Obliged, After the Virus' Crisis, to just Announce the Imminent Shut-Down of several among its Factories in France, Affecting Many Thousands of Workers, Technicians, etc., (including those Formerly of "Alcatel" and anOther ex-French Company, also Near Strasbourg, in Brittany, etc, that the Finnish had, meanwhile, Bought) ! >>> So that, such a Move, could Obviously result into a very Interesting European Project, of Both Social, Economic, Innovative, Ecological, Digital, and EU "Sovereignity" in the World, Policies, precisely Supported by EU's "ReVival Fund" and the InComing German EU Presidency's priorities, as they were recently presented by Angie Merkel at EU Parliament in Brussels, earlier This Month (See: ..., etc) !

>>> As a Consequence, inter alia, f.ex., Northern Scandinavian EU Member Country Finland, could No More speak about those Factories currently Threatened to Close Down in France, (Comp. Supra), as if they might Concern Only a so-called ..."South", (i.e. Contrary to what the Head of "Frugal" Countries, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, just did at EU Summit in Brussels : Comp. Supra), since those Smart-Phone Factories are, precisely, ...Its Own Network's Properties, (Controled by Finnish Company "NOKIA") !

+ Then, Even Mr. Rutte himself, Might, perhaps, Start to Find it somehow Difficult to Continue to Separate the "North" from the "South" of Europe, inter alia, Also by the Fact that, by a Coincidence, His Own Phone reportedly is a Finnish ..."NOKIA" (Comp Supra)...

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=> How about Creating Many, and Various, such EUROPEAN PROJECTS, Innovative, Ecological, Digital, and contributing to Boost EU's Sovereignity and Role in the World, while, at the Same Time, able to Help Save Jobs and Productive Industrial Capabilities in Virus'-hit EU Regions ? So that there is a Real "Cohesion" of Interests, throughout Europe, Practicaly Uniting the "North" to the "South", and the "West" to the "East", Allowing for EU's "Revival Fund" to Become Able to Work much Better, withOut all those useless Problems that we all saw at the Beginning of this Exceptional EU Summit, Now in Brussels (Comp. Supra) ?

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+ F.ex., among various others, How about considering to Create a "High-Speed" Train Network, (Ecological and Modern), Uniting Madrid and Rome to Paris and Berlin, up to Warsaw, etc., (perhaps Even Leningrad and/or Moscow, etc., in order to Develop Also a Pan-European Window to the World, i.e. potentialy, until Vladivostok, China, S. Korea, Japan, etc) ?

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++ And, How about, Eventualy, Creating a Sea-Rivers Modern (and Ecological) Transport Network, throughout Europe, practicaly Uniting the Black Sea all the way to the North Sea, and even to the Mediterranean Sea, through Recent Links between Danube, Rhine, and Rhone Rivers, (potentially serving Also to Transport Kaspia's and Mediterranean's Energy Sources Directly to EU's Industrial Core, (with High-Tech Ships, able to store Climate-Friendly, No CO2 producing, Liquefied Natural Gas, etc) ? Among Many Other Europeans, our Romanian, and, particularly ...DUTCH Friends, (Pioneers for Inland River Ship Transports) have been Speaking about that, Already since a Long Time ago !  

- Isn't it True, Mr. Rutte ?

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>>> In Fact, what EU Really Needs, concerning its "Recovery Fund", may, Perhaps, or may not be a New Summit, (Comp. Supra), But it Certainly is a New Vision, Focused on Mutually Useful and Ambitious EUROPEAN PROJECTS, practically Uniting European People !

 

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 Les electeurs européens, aussi bien en France qu'ailleurs en l'UE, auront une seule chance à trancher, ce dimanche 7 juin 2009, en choisisant leurs eurodéputés pour la période 2009 - 2014, car après ca risque d'être trop tard, vu que tous ceux qui suivent les affaires européennes dépuis des décennies savent qu'en réalité, le moment des décisions sur la Turquie viendra au plus tard en 2013, date rétenue dépuis longtemps pour une importante révision des "Perspectives Financières" de l'UE qui reflètent des choix Politiques fondamentaux.


    Le Président français, (récement encore représentant de l'UE, dans laquelle il joue un rôle important, ensemble avec la chancelière allemande Merkel, et autres leaders européens, ayant une influence notable auprès des Citoyens Européens, comme les derniers sondages montrent), réagissant à la repétition, par le nouveau Président Américain de la vieille position traditionelle de l'Washington poushant toujours vers la démande de la Turquie d'entrer dans l'Europe :

     - "Je ne peut pas laisser détruire l'Europe, (qui) est un élément de stabilisation du Monde", réponda Sarkozy. "J'ai dit au Président Obama que pour moi il était très important que l’Europe ait des Frontières", a-t-il souligné, confirmant la position Franco-Allemande commune, récemment rappellée ensemble avec la Chancellière Merkel.

    - "Il y a une différence (entre France/EU et les USA)...  sur les modalités. La position traditionnelle des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, c’est l’intégration" de la Turquie au sein de l'UE. "C’était la position du Président Bush, du Président Clinton, de tous les présidents américains".     

- "La mienne vous la connaissez : Ce n’est pas l’intégration dans l’Union Européenne. Mais j’ai proposé que nous réfléchissions, l’Europe, la Russie, la Turquie à la création d’un Espace Economique et de Sécurité en commun", a ajout Sarkozy rappelant son invitation de créer quelque chose de neuf et mieux adapté.


    Mais, "cela ne veut pas dire qu’il faut repousser la Turquie dans les ténèbres. La Turquie est un allié dans l’OTAN, (et) une Passerelle entre 2 Mondes, voilà quelle est la meilleure modalité. C’est cela dont nous avons parlé", revela-t-il. Si "nous avons une Différence sur les Modalités, nous n’avons pas une différence sur l’Objectif : Faire de la Turquie un élément de Pont entre l’Orient et l’Occident", Sarkozy assura Obama.

    - "Laissez-nous au moins une légère divergence sur un sujet, cela vous permettra de bien réfléchir pour les prochaines échéances", ajouta Sarkozy en réponse à un journaliste de l'opposition Socialiste qui avait soulevé la question de la Turquie, en la melant (comme un lobby turc notoirement essaie de faire pour exploiter la manipulation de quelques Arabes, la Civilisation Historique desquels fût pourtant detruite par l'ex-empire Ottoman-Turc) avec une question tout à fait différente : celle de la voile islamique (!), avec laquelle elle n'a rien à voir.

    - "Sur la Turquie, Monsieur, vous appartenez à un journal ...qui a appelé à voter, au moment de la présidentielle, pour mon adversaire.... Quel était votre argument à ce moment-là ? Vous disiez : « Attention, Nicolas Sarkozy va trop s’aligner sur les Etats-Unis d’Amérique », et je vois que deux ans après vous dites : « Ah, il y a un sujet sur lequel le Président Obama et le Président Sarkozy ne sont pas d’accord » Cela devrait vous rassurer, Monsieur" , réponda-t-il, en faisant sourire même le président américain, (et laissant entendre que trancher définitivemen la controverse sur la Turquie pourrait être au coeur de l' Elections Présidentielle  en France pour 2012 )
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    - "Ce que les Etats-Unis peuvent faire, c’est encourager ....TOUT PROCESSUS qui permettra à la Turquie d’être convaincue qu’elle a des amis, que ce soit la France, les Etats-Unis ou l’Europe", réponda Obama, apparamment n'excluant pas, a priori, le point de Sarkozy sur la création d'un espace commun d' économie et sécurité entre l' UE, la Turquie et la Russie (v. supra).

    "Les Etats-Unis ne sont pas membres de l’Union Européenne, nous ne pouvons pas dicter si un pays quelconque adhère ou n’adhère pas à l’UE"; Obama a admis, parlant de la "Turquie, (sur laquelle) le Président Sarkozy et moi nous sommes entretenus sur ce dossier avant".  "Maintenant le Président Sarkozy représente un Etat membre de l’Union Européenne et il a une position différente", opposée à démande turque d' entrée dans l'UE.    

 "La Turquie par contre est un allié de l’OTAN très important. ...La Turquie a fait connaître son intérêt à une intégration croissante avec l’Europe et nous (USA) encourageons cette attitude. J’ai souvent dit que l’adhésion de la Turquie à l’Union européenne serait importante".     

"Mais, (en tout cas) je crois qu’il est important de noter que le Président Sarkozy appuie fortement le travail que la Turquie fait au sein de l’OTAN et je crois qu’il s’intéresse à une intégration économique plus intense avec la Turquie". (Ce qui pourrait se faire, justement, avec un "parténariat privilegié" adéquat et/ou l'idée de créer un espace commun EU - Turquie - Russie  : V. supra).     

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Est-ce que l'effort du Président de la France, soutenu par la chancelière Allemande et l'opinion publique de la plupart des Citoyens Européens la-dessus, de trouver un accord entre l' Europe et l' Amérique sur la Turquie, en proposant de sortir des chemins battus et créer du neuf, en etablissant "un Espace Commun d' Economie et Sécurité" (v. supra), suffira de calmer un lobby traditionaliste à quelques bureaucrates de Washington DC, datant dès l'époque de l' ex-"Guerre Froide", beaucoup plus ancien que le nouveau Président vénu de l' oxygen des "grands lacs" près de Quebec du Canada : Chicago, connu comme "la ville du vent" nouveau ?
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Le Prémier Ministre Fillon appele à "faire vivre le Rève Européen"

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 Seul l'avenir le dira. Mais, entre-temps, l' Europe ne peut plus attendre et perdre encore plus du temps et d'energie vitale sur la démande controversée de la Turquie, qui a notoirement menacé d'arrêter l'édification européenne dépuis 1999-2005 :

    Comme le Premier Ministre François Fillon a clairement dit, un peu plus tôt cette semaine, dans un discours éloquent sur les enjeux de l' Election Européenne de ce juin 2009 (V. résumé envoyé aux adhérents d'"EuroFora"),

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    - "S' abstentir, c'est laisser à la Technocratie le pouvoir de dominer" la vie des Citoyens européens, qui devraient prendre l' Europe en branle le corps", et commencer d'agir par toutes les voies politiques démocratiques, prennant conscience que "l' Europe c'est Nous, (i.e. les Citoyens), et "Pas eux !" (i.e. les Technocrates), selon une image symbolique.

    - "Je me souviens de l' Europe obligée de faire Silence, (au Passé), quand "les Grands" décidaient de son sort", rappela Fillon.  "Je me souviens de l'Europe divisée, de l' Europe dominée" par d'autres, '"de l'Europe appauvrie""Je me souviens de Berlin occupé, muré, divisé comme un butin qu'on tire aux dès. Je me souviens du Silence de Varsovie. Je me souviens du Silence de Prague"..   

 - "Nous, les Européens, nous avons bien failli sortir de l' Histoire, et dévenir, pour du bon, les dès d'un jeu joué par d'autres".     

- "C'est pourquoi je ne peux pas concevoir une Europe qui ne serait pas Souveraine, une Europe qui ne serait pas Maitresse d'êlle-même", aujourd'hui et démain, martella-t-il. "Le Monde s'est habitué trop longtemps à une Europe faible, que l'on pouvait traiter avec condescendence".  

 - "Le moment est venu de rélever le défi : Le moment est vénu de montrer que, nous les Européens, avons décidé d'être débout, et d"être nous-mêmes".     

"Dépuis 2 ans (i.e. dès les Elections Présidentielles de 2007), avec Nicolas Sarkozy, nous avons oeuvrer pour relever notre Identité Nationale (de la France), dont nous sommes fiers. Et bien, l'' Identité Européenne mérite tout autant, elle qui prolonge les Génies de nos Nations".

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    - "Je crois à la présence d'une Civilisation Européenne", déclara Fillon, largement applaudi par des milliers de personnes ayant entendu une série des Musiques entremelées characteristiques de differents pays européens, et des images lumineuses géantes avec des extraits symboliques de Goethe, de Victor Hugo, de Shakespeare, et d'autres auteurs italiens, espagnols etc celebres à travers l'histoire.

    - "L' Humanisme, la tolerance, la Liberté de la Conscience. La Solidarité. L' Etat de Droit. La confiance placée dans la Science, l' Innovation, le progrès. Toutes ces Valeurs, elles disent clairement où commence et où s'épanuit cette Europe" que nous voulons, observa-t-il.

    En harmonie avec les positions soutenues par le Président du Parlement Européen, eurodéputé allemand, Hans Gert Poettering, et la Chancelière allemande, Angie Merkel, sur la "Dignité Humaine" au coeur des "Valeurs de l' Europe" moderne. Ce qui fait qu'" avec un Elargissement sans fin", même vers la Turquie, c.a.d. "sans Frontières, l' Europe Politique, l' Europe des Valeurs et l' Identité européenne" ne peuvent pas exister, comme a dit aussi le Président francais, Nicolas Sarkozy, recemment à Berlin.

    Fait important : Cette observation de Fillon a été faite le jour-même que le Comité des Ministres du Conseil de l'Europe à Strasbourg concluait une semaine de réunion semestrielle sur les Droits de l'Homme, qui a examiné un grand nombre d'affaires des pires Violations (pex. Tuéries scandaleusement non elucidées, Persecutions et privations arbitraires de Liberté, personnes portées "Disparues", Tortures et "traitements inhumains et degradants", Usurpations illégales des Maisons et Patrimoines privées de Réfugiés, etc., pour lesquelles la Cour Européenne a condamné la Turquie dans plusieurs jugements, dont on attend toujours l' application)...

    - "C'est pourquoi un Elargissement sans fin de l' Europe ne peu pas être un objectif en soi. Parce qu'il ne peut que diluer l' élan européen, et detruire l' Idéntité Européenne"

    -" Voilà pourquoi nous disons, très sereinement, que nous ne sommes pas favorables à l' adhésion de la Turquie dans l'UE", conclua le Premier Ministre de la France; largement applaudi par des gens qui soulevaient le drapeau européen.

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       "Ce n'est pas un Slogan de meetings. Ce n'est pas la marque une "Hostilité" au régard de cette grande Nation (i.e. la Turquie), qui doit être étroitement associée à l' UE", pex. par un partenariat priviliegié, ou une autre formule adaptée.

    - "Mais il lui faut des Frontères à l' Europe, il lui faut des Frontières stables, qui lui permettent de renforcer son Unité et son Identité", a-t-il expliqué.

    - "Alors, c'est au nom de cette Europe charnelle, que je m'engage avec vous. Mais, cette Europe-là, ne peut avancer qu' à une seule Condition : celle de l' Europe Politique".

    "Nous avons longtemps douté qu'elle soit possible : Aux années 1970, Henri Kissinger (le notoire ex- Secretaire d'Etat Américain aux affaires etrangères, consideré, à tort ou à raison, comme chef d'orchestre du renversement du Président Allende en Chili, de l' invasion militaire de la Turquie à Chypre, etc), disait, avec une ironie blaissante : - "Ah, l' Europe ? : Quel numero de Télephone ?..." Pendant les 6 mois de la présidence française de l'UE, (7-12/2008), Henri Kissinger n'aurait aucune difficulté de rejoindre l' Europe !", observa-t-il en suscitant des nouveaux applaudissements nourris.

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    "J'au vu l' Europe Politique se dresser, et prendre ses responsabilités : L' Europe Politique c'est celle qui agit sans délai, et avant les Etats-Unis, pour stopper des faillites Bancaires qui s'enchaînent, qui nous auraint plongés dans une Depression pire que celles des années 1929. L' Europe Politique est celle qui, maintenant, doit mettre un fin à un Capitalisme Financier, qui a perdu sa boussole. L' Europe Politique est celle qui a réussi d'etablir le règles les plus ambitieuses au Monde dans la lutte contre le rechaufement Climatique. Samedi, nous celebrons l' anniversaire du debarquement de la Normandie, où nos amis Américains ont pris une part décisive à nôtre libération. Mais, en décembre 2009, à la Conference (Mondialle) de Copenhague, c'est nous les Européens, qui allons leur montrer le chemin vers cet avénir commun" pour la sauvegarde de l'Environement naturel. L' Europe Politique c'est celle qui, en août 2008, lorsque la Guerre faisait rase entre la Russie et la Géorgie, s'est interposée pour imposer la Paix. Et c'est elle qui doit, maintenant, se doter des moyens Militaires de se défendre par elle-même, pour elle-même", ajouta-t-il en évoquant clairement la création d'une Défense Européenn Autonome.

 

    "L' Europe Politique c'est celle qui doit bâtir des grands champions Industriels Européens, comme nous avons fait, auparavant, pour (l'avion) Airbus ou (la fusée) Ariadne. C'est celle qui doit exiger la Reciprocité dans les rlations Commerciale avec nos grands partenaires", sans Dumping Social ou Environmental, ni autre Concurrence Deloyale. "C'est celle qui doit se doter comme objectif d'être "le Continent de l'Esprit", réunissant les plus grandes Universités du Monde, en multipliant les Connexions, entre Scientifiques et étudiants."


    "Nous respecterons nos engagements, jusqu'au dernier", souligna le Premier Ministre de la France, peu après que les candidats-eurodéputés de la coalition Gouvernementale (UMP : Mouvement pour la Majorité Présidentielle) ont signé solennement, devant plusieurs milliers des Citoyens, une spectaculaire pancarte-géante avec "7 engagements" pour les Elections Européennes du 7 juin, auxquels figure aussi l'engagement de "s'opposer à l' adhésion de la Turquie dans l'UE".

     - "Parcque ce respet des engagements est une exigence si nous voulons rétablir la Confiance entre les Responsables Politiques et les Citoyens", conclua Fillon, la veille de ces Elections Européennes de juin 2009, après les Abstentions Majoritaires de 1999 et 2004, suivies de 3 "NON" à 3 Euro-Réferenda dépuis 2005, (dates auxquelles, quelques gouvernements du Passé, avaient donné le statut d'un "Candidat" et commencé des "Négotiationa d'adhésion" avec la Turquie, suivies d'un blocage sans précedent de l' édification européenne)..

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"Nore Europe n'est pas n' importe quelle Europe : L' UE Technocratique n'est pas la nôtre. ... L' UE sans Frontières n'est pas la notre. L' UE desincarnée n'est pas la notre". "Nous portons une idée de l'Europe" qui "n'est pas celle des Statistiques et des Bureaux(crates). L'Europe ce n'est pas qu'une Monnaie. Ce n'est pas qu'un Marché. économique".


- "L' Europe c'est d'abord une Culture. L'Europe c'est une Histoire", a-t-il dit, largement applaudi.

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       "L'Europe c'est une rencontre entre des Nations qui sont Millénaires et qui sont Brillantes. L'Europe c'est Paris. C''est Madrid. C'est Prague. C'est Londres. C'est Rome. C'est Varsovie. C'est Berlin. C'est Vienne. C'est Athènes : Quant on énonce ces Villes, alors on "sent" nos Héritages et nos Cultures entremelées qui circulent dans nos veines".

    - "Je suis Européen, parcque profondément Français, je sais ce que je dois aux influences de l' Atlantique et de la Méditerannée. J'aime ces Traditions qui offrent à chacun des nos Nations leur éclat. .. J'aime ses saveurs, ses paysages divers. Ils sont également miens, ou, plus précisement, je suis également fait d'eux. Je suis Européen, car, Français, j'aime l' Europe ouverte vers l' Amérique, vers l'Orient, vers l' Maghreb. J'aime les quais de Vénise, ceux d'Amsterdam. J'aime les quais de Thamise où sont vénues pendant des siècles s'amasser les richesses et les nouveautés du Monde. J'aime l' Europe curieuse. L'Europe qui rêve des lointains : L' Europe de Vasco de Gama, de Magelan. de Bougainville, de Charcot, de Monot... Cette Europe qui, aujourd'hui, s'élance vers l' Espace. Je suis Européen parce que Français, j'aime l' Europe qui prospère et qui invente. J'aime l' Europe des Trains à Grande Vitesse. J'aime l'Europe des Satellites et des Fusées. L'Europe de la Mode et des Atéliers d' Artistes. L'Europe des Grands Laboratoires, des Ingéniers. des Entrepreneurs, des Grands Architèctes, des Traditions Ouvrières. Comme rançais, j'aime l' Europe qui dit "NON" à la Tyrannie et qui se soulève à l'appel de la Liberté", a-t-il dit en

 
"Je me sens lié à ces femmes et ces hommes sans nom, qui ont levé la tête, et qui ont sécoué le joug sous lequel .. on les avait fait pliér", dit-il en évoquant pex.. la Révolution Française de 1789, le Siècle des Lumières, l'appel du Général de Gaulle contre l'Occupation NAZI, et les pires heures obscures qu'un  "Fascisme" ou "Communisme" devoyés, suivies de la Guerre Froide avaient plongé l'Europe au Passé.

"Ils sont des millions, ces Héros Anonymes de notre temps, que nous croisons sans le savoir dans nos rues et nos places. Et je ne peux pas concevoir l'Europe sans eux, et sans tous ceux qui poursuivent leur combat contre l'arbitraire et le fanatisme", ajouta Fillon. Faisant pex. rappeler un récent Film allémand, primé au Festival de Vénise, qui décrivait la vie d'un cadre à l'époque d'un régime oppressif, qui avait été chargé d'espioner la vie privée et familiale d'un couple soupçonné d'être dissidents politiques, mais, ému par leur honnêteté humaine et leur sacrifice pour sauver d'autres, a preferé risquer sa place et sa propre liberté pour les sauver, sans même qu'ils le sachent, condamné dépuis à faire un bas boulot d'anonyme perdu dans la foule..


"Quand je vois l'Europe moderne, je vois les résultats de l' Audace de ces hommes qui ont brisé les traditions de conflit et de violence. Je vois des nations soudées autour d'une monnaie unique et protectrice. Je vois 27 jeunesses appelées de grandir ensemble, sans défiance. Je vois 27 peoples unis, qui nous interdisent de jouer les blazés ou les indifférents".

Jettant "un régard lucide sur les errements de la construction européenne", Fillon a observé que "l' Europe n'a pas bésoin d'être idélisée pour être ce qu'elle est ; Cad. une aventure humaine, avec ses faiblesses et ses forces".

"Vous voulez que l' Europe agisse ? Fixez-lui des objectifs clairs. Vous voulez la Démocratie ? Agissez en Citoyens. Vous rédoutez la prétendue Bureaucratie des Bruxelles ? Alors renforcez, par votre Vote, les instances élues au Parlement Européen" qui sont chargés de la contrôler.

- "Si nous voulons faire vivre "le Rêve Européen", .. alors nous avons tous le dévoir de l' engagement", a-t-il conclu, appelant de "engager pour le drapeau tricolore et le drapeau étoilé, car ils symbolisent tous les deux la fierté de nôtre nation et la force de nôtre union".

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