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EU Chair Kurz points at Egypt solution on Mass Migration + stronger Borders

Written by ACM
Thursday, 20 September 2018

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*Salzburg/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a Surprize-move, New EU President-in-office, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in Addition to More Measures destinated to Strengthen EU's External Borders' Monitoring, as well as Financial Support to 3rd African and other Neighbouring 3rd Countries' Economies, (etc), pointed, in particular, to a kind of Model Role reportedly played by Egypt into acting in order for Ships full of Irregular Mass Migrants, do Not Reach Europe, Neither get Lost somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, but Return Safely Back to Africa.

 

Significantly, Kurz anounced that during his Joint Press Conference, on the Conclusions of the EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Salzburg, Together with EU Council's President Donald Tusk and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, (them too Former Prime Ministers of Poland and Luxembourg, respectively), due to develop further the next moves at EU Leaders' Agenda on Mass Migration, BREXIT, etc. 

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Even if Egypt is Not Willing to Host Collective "Centers" for such People on its national Territory, on the Contrary, it would be Ready to Offer that Alternative Solution to the recent and manifold Challenge of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, since that 2015/2016 Big, sudden "Tsunami" of more than +1,5 Millions People massively Intruding in Europe through Turkey, whose manifold repercussions notoriously were at the Core of the present Salzburg's EU Summit, (Comp., f.ex. : .., etc).


Currently, Egypt is the Only Mediterranean Country from which Not even 1 such Ship, usually Exploited by Traffickers and Smugglers, did Not Reach Europe recently, and it has even Brought Back Home such Smugglers' Ships, while also Preventing eventual Tragedies, Kurz told in substance here Journalists, including Eurofora.

 

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In order to Support and Develop such Activities, a special EU - Egypt Summit is currently Scheduled for November 2018, Sebastian Kurz announced.

 

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(UPDATE: Immediately after Salzburg's Press Conference with Kurz's statements, the Austrian Press followed that EU - Egypt cooperation lead against Mass Irregular Migration)

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But, in Parallel, EU Intends to Boost Similar a.o. Actions also by Many Other South-Mediterranean Countries, inter alia, also in the Framework of various, already existing, as well as new EU - Africa Cooperation Programs. (Comp., among others, also the EU+CoE Programme "SUD" etc., which can include a Fight against Human Trafficking, as well as adequate Migration Policies, etc., f.ex. at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucoesouthmediterraneanprogram.html, etc).



Egypt has recently developed also frequent Top Level, Key Strategic Regional Summits, Together with EU Member States Cyprus and Greece, concerning both the Fight against Terrorism, and the Use and Transports of New Natural Energy findings at the South-Eastern Mediterranean, (parallel, and in Addition also with those recently Evolving, Israel-Cyprus-Greece, EU-sponsored Plans for Direct Energy Transports to EU's core Industrial Regions.


The Latest such Egypt-Greece-Cyprus Regional Summit has just taken place a few Days ago,
(See also : ...), just before this Salzburg EU Summit on Mass Migration and related BREXIT issues, whose long-term repercussions may prove to be much more important than expected... 

 

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Egypt-model related Developments about Mass/Irregular Migration, (Comp. Supra), were practically Shadowed by parallel, last-minute developments on BREXIT : This, inter alia, f.ex. provoked 2 Changes in the Press Briefings' Timetable : At First by pulling their scheduled Start 1 Hour Earlier, while Afterwards, it went back to its initially foreseen Time, 1 Hour Later. But also by Focusing the bilateral Discussions among Journalists, Diplomats and/or Politicians rather on BREXIT, at the Sidelines of Salzburg's Summit, (including, f.ex., "Eurofora" co-Founder's encounter with a British Diplomat, and even an INTW that we were asked to give to an ...Arab TV Channel, astonishingly more interested on BREXIT than on Mass Migration, etc).

 

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But Both these Events were notoriously Influenced by the Same 2015/2016 initiated exceptional Mass Incidents, triggered through Turkey's Borders to EU Members Greece and Bulgaria, (etc).

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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