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Crucial EU Summit discusses Right Economy, EU Citizens Free Movement +Foreign Policy Strategies

Written by ACM
Thursday, 23 June 2011
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*Brussels/Angelo Marcopolo/- When German Chancellor Angie Merkel, emerged after the rain and a long period of waiting at EPP Summit in the Royal Academy in Brussels, she looked sober, strong and smiling, her eyes reflecting the sun which succesfully fought to pierce gray clouds just before, "perhaps, one of the most crucial EU Summits", as EU Parliament's President, Jerzy Buzek said later to Journalists, including "EuroFora", because "the EU faces big Challenges, both internal and external", as he explained pointing at the on-going developments in 3rd Mediterranean Countries and the so-called "Greek Debt" issue (See briefly infra), for which, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, (notoriously active both in Financial and in GeoPolitica issues), had just called a pre-Summit Top level meeting, together with Merkel, etc., Barroso and Van Rompoy, EU Commission and EU Council's Presidents.
 
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Even if Merkel calmly described to Journalists, including "EuroFora", this Summit as that of Croatia's Accession to the EU, (a move obviously due to strengthen EU's Cutural/Historic Identity and GeoPolitical Cohesion, probaby closely followed by Serbia, a.o.Western Balkan Countries), and of decisions to strengthen EU's Economic Governance by adopting several Tools, as well as on EU Citizens "Shengen" system for Freedom of Movement and Security, added to  EU's Southern Neigborhood policy (mainly on Syria and Libya, etc), while "Greece"s issue would be decided only afterwards, once that Athen's Parliament would have voted, according to Financial Ministers' earlier choice, nevertheless, it was obvious that the ambiant mood among Media and politicians was, for a large part, focused on €uroZone's imminent issues..  

- "We (EU) have to find practical solutions in order to advance forward, looking at the Future", resolutely stressed in his reply to "EuroFora"s question, the President of the biggest EU Parliament's political Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul,

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But, meanwhile, EU Parliament's President, Jerzy Buzek, later launched a crystal clear call to EU Heads of State/Government, to be Careful not to Harm EU Citizens' Rights to Freedom of Movement, as already enshrined for many Years in the Shengen system, which has become one of the most Popular Symbols of the Benefits of EU Integration to EU Citizens, contrary to obvious attempts to maniulate Europe by sly traps provoked from External factors, which, in fact, coud and shoud be adressed otherwise.

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And, pointing at "New Perspectives at the Horizon", experienced former EU Commission's President, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jacques Santer, (a very Friendly to Journalists Top EU Official, as "EuroFora"s co-founder had personaly experienced), also recalled, during a special event at June 2011 EPP's Summit, the long and interesting History of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party in European politics and the construction of Europe. Santer's re-appearance inevitably reminded also the fact that it was only after a notoriously Manipulated, injstitutional Coup d' Etat, that a former "Socialist" Majority in EU Parliament ousted his Commission, back on 1999, under hollow Pretexts, in fact relating to Incidents which had been initially provoked during a previous, "Socialist" Delors' EU Commission's Chair, (including  "Security" Service Scandals, etc), that some managed to throw Europe in the Institutional and Financial Problems it had to face after the 1999-2001 intrusion of Turkey's unpopular and controversial EU bid (See relevant, earlier "EuroFora"s publications).

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 Turkish repesentatives were furious that Ankara hadn't been given a "Candidate" Status already at the 1997 EU Summit at Luxembourg, whose EU Presidency preferred, instead, to focus on the creation of €uroZone to deepen EU Integration, (comp. the reaction of Jean-Claude Juncker to a Turkish Journalist insisting to press on Ankara's EU-bid even in a Press point in Srasbourg for a Conference on "Euro" Currency : - "We are speaking now about Venice, Not Istanbul !"..) Thus, the unexpected ousting of Santer in 1999 was just one amidst a long series of exceptional Incidents which suddenly started to hit Critics of Turkey's contoversial and unpopular EU bid, f.ex. EU Top Officials slandered and dismissed (f.ex. Jacques Santer : 1999); Key Ministers killed in "accidents" (f.ex. Yannos Kranidiotes, 9/1999); experienced Journalists harassed, aggressed, slandered and oppressed; crucial Elections snatched with Razor-thin votes' difference via obvious Manipulations (f.ex. Greece 4/2000, Germany 2002 : exit of Edmund Stoiber); even Women Political Prisoners in Turkey atrociously Burned Alive and Killed during Turkish Army Attacks in their Cells without noone reacting, etc.. This resulted, in 1998-2002+, in one of the Worst periods in EU History, Responsible for the 1999-2004+ unpecedented Majority Abstention in EU Parliament's Elections ;  the 2005 "No" to EuroReferenda which blocked EU's Institutional development ; and the 2008-2009 revealed "Greek" Debt Crisis, against €uro, (in fact provoked by the 1999-2001 "Turkey's EU bid in exchange of Greece's too early entry in the €uroZone" Politico-Financial Deal) etc. 

Precisely,  the obvious Question is : How could EU advance forward to a better future if it ignored some key errors of the Past and did nothing to rectify, invent new, differend solutions, and avoid any similar problem in the future ?

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- "You are probably Right !", throughtfully replied the experienced former Prime Minister of Slovenia and former EU Chairman, EPP Party Leader Janez Jansa, to "EuroFora"s critical reminder of the 1999-2001 Politico-Financial Deal, between some former "Socialist" Governments, which let Athens enter €uroZone earlier than normal (i.e. without doing the necessary Reforms, mainly by disguising a growing Debt), in exchange of Athens' closing its eyes on Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, i.e. droping any previous objection on Human Rights/Democracy, War Threats, Egean Sea Territorial Revendications and Cyprus' Occupation by Turkey, etc... - "It's, indeed, Strange, that some alowed one EU Member Country (Athens of 220000) to enter €uroZone earlier than normal, while they delayed another EU Member State, f.ex. Lithuania, pretexting of a much smaller, comparatively, Debt, of only 1,2% : This proves that some had abused, in the Past, of "Double Standards !", Jansa denounced.

The well known results were a Political Blockade and Delay of EU's Institutional Development, by provoking 3 "No" to EuroReferenda in France, the Netherands and Ireland between 2005-2007, (recently overcome in 2007-2009, after French President Sarkoy and German Chancellor Merkel promised to the People that they'll oppose Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, allowing the Lisbon Treaty to go forward since December 2009/January 2010), as well as to push the Greek Economy into a slipery slope, with a growing Debt, (mainly due to many Nepotist Lackeys and a Mass of Clientelism who snatched too many, counter-productive Cushy Jobs in the State, the Public Sector, Media, etc.), until the Global Crisis (and George Papandreou's cry) pushed it all out to the blue, right in front of the Lime-Lights since late 2009... Thus, Global Financial Markets' Speculators found a rare opportunity to blow it up out of any proportion, or even attempt to abuse of this pretext in order to attack the €uro, la    ter-on, according to a well known story..

Meanwhile, the only beneficiaries were a former "Socialist" Government in Greece, which managed to stay in power (even with less than 1% more in controversial votes) for some 4 Years more (2000-2004), sticking to an electoral Base of some Cushy-Job Holders, Lackeys or even Corrupted public sector Agents who exploited the period of Nepotism since the 1980-2000 period, (See supra and Infra), and .... the Turkih Government, which receives, since then, almost 800.000 Millions € ieach Year from EU Taxpayers money, in Grants, (including the Poor, obliged to pay VAT+), as well as any other real Anti-European in the World, glad to see the EU face political and financial problems, just at the moment that Europe appeared ready to seriously face USA a.o. Economic Competition succesfuly.. Facing such facts, as that 1999-2001 "Turkey for €uroZone" Politico-Financial Deal (See supra), one may understand, today, EU Parliament's current wish to refuse, inside the Future EU Economic/Financial Stabilisation Mecanisms and €uro "Plus", to let room for Political Manoeuvering also in the Future, when it comes f.ex. to Sanctions versus one or more EU Member States for hacing failed to respect EU's Criteria, prefering, in this case, "Autiomatic" Sanctions...

But the EPP Brussels' Summit was, in fact, .."Hijacked" (both in the Media, and during more than "3 Hours of discussions", as well informed sources told Journalists, including "EuroFora") by the issue of "Pressure" allegedly exerted on the .. EPP Greek Opposition Leader, Antonis Samaras, in order to convince him to drop his objections to a Plan previously negotiated by the current "Socialist" George Papandreou Government, together with Liberal EU Commissioner Oli Rehn and the outgoing Socialist ECB President Claude Trichet, as well as EU Commission President Jose Barroso, an able EPP but initially elected back in 2004, i.e. when most EU Governments were "Socialists", as well as Jean-Claude Juncker, a good and experienced politician, including on several Past Coalitions with Socialists, particularly after a currently USA-led IMF, as well as US President Obama himself, reportedy started to press Europe to ask for more Guarantees for its Aid to face the "Greek" Debt that some had put on Greece's and €uroZone's shoulders, (as a French Socialist Media Journalist questioned later at an EU Council Press Conference tonight),including for it to be necessarily endorsed also by the Opposition, (i.e. mainy Samaras' "New Democracy" party, particularly as far as it concerns the "2012, 2013 and 2014 prospects", (according to Barroso"s observations on the Time Horizon).  

-    However, "we have a big Responsibility", as the Largest EU Parliament's political Group (thar of ChristianDemocrats/EPP) since the 2009 EU Elections (i.e. for the period 1999-2014), warned EU Parliament's President, Jerzy Buzek, at the EPP Summit, as "EuroFora" noted on the spot ...with a Pencil produced, precisely, during the 2009 EU Vote, as we explained to an astonished Samara's aid who pointed at it with curiosity... Antonis Samaras' main line, in fact, appears to be, in substance, that the main Opposition party (ChrtistianDemocrats/EPP of "New Democracy"), does share the principal Objectives on the need to make Economies in Public Spending, to decide Privatizations, etc., (and "we'd even advance further" on such points, as "EuroFora" was told in Brussels), but warns that this shouldn't have been agreed by George Papandreou alone, i.e. without any really efficient Measure on Developing the Economy, by stimulating Production, in order to avoid Recession, so that Greece can find inside its own Economy enough Resources to become able to pay back that Debt of the Past. 

- "Otherwise, Papandreou would be obliged to come back, only 3 Months later, and ask again and again for more Money !" (to pay to Banks' Speculators), "EuroFora" and other Journalists were told. Nevertheless, despite some Headline official declarations about having said "No to the Error", so that "Now, it's up to the Greek People to decide", (etc.), in fact, Samaras conceded in Brussels that he "Shall Vote" certain Key Points of the proposed Plan, at the forthcoming Greek Parliament's crucial session Next Week, so that it seems that all depends on what will be voted by a "ND-PASOK+" de facto, large coalition, and what won't be voted, but cleary rejected, by the main Opposition Party... An unknown to the Public factor, against which, the recent Movement of "Revoted People", (inspired from the "Tunisian "Jasmin"/Democratic Revolution, as it started also to spread even in some EU Countries, such as Portugal, Greece and Spain, (etc), has just anounced Tonight that it intends to multiply Mass Demonstrations in Athens' "Constitutional Square", right in front of the Greek Parliament.during the next few days...  


However, EU Council's President, Herman Van Rompoy, warned at the conclusion of a Press Conference for the 1st Day of EU Summit in Brussels tonioght, that, on this issue, "we are right at the Edge of the Precipice !": as he stressed, launching a call to all involved to agree a practical solution asap, as is also reflected in a Draft EU Summit's Conclusions' paper, which circulated to the Journalists, including "EuroFora", this late Thursday Evening.

Apparently in order to reply to Samara's partial objections to the Draft Plan agreed with George Papandreou (See supra), EU Commission's President, Jose Barroso, said to Journalsts in Brussels, including "EuroFora", that he reiterated, detailed and reinforced a recent "Initiative" to help Greece absorb the EU Funds for Structural policy projects that belong to her, but which Athens is currently hindered to use, because it has been deprived of the necessary Money to Co-Finance any such project : F.ex by lifting the co-financing threshhold up to 85%, (Greece paying 15%), by prividing Technical assistance to present new, interesting Projects, etc, as far as it concerns this almost 1 Billion € estimated unused EU Funds already earmarked from the Past to EU Member Greece.

Contrary to some Appearances, nevertheless, a legitimate Question remains : - How could be really  faced the challenge of that huge Debt steming from the Past 1980-2000 era, IF all that Salary Mass abused since the 1980-2000 by a large Number of Cushy-Job Holders, Political Lackeys, Corrupted or even, sometimes, Criminal Individuals who have exploited, during the recent Decades, the Nepotism, Discriminations, Corruption, or Crimes (even Deadly), notoriously committed by some Past "Socialist" a.o. Governments, to the detriment of the Greek People and Economy, as well as against the rest of €uroZone ?

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 The Sum of Money at stake (i.e. Benefits, Salaries and various other "Advantages" payed    during all these Years to that residu of a notoriously Counter-Productive, Selfish, Corrupted, sometimes Criminal cast -in some cases  even Deadly) is already Huge. Taken together with the Fact that soon, almost or even all, of those unpopular and counter-productive Cushy-Job Holders, Lackeys, Corrupted and/or Criminals, now risk even to demand to be Paid without doing Nothing, by getting also "Retirement" rigts, for the Next 20 or 30 Years ! ... (while many of their victims, mainly Young People, would remain tragically unemployed or obliged to do anything just to survive).. Several Economists know perfectly well that all those counter-productive Salaries, and other benefits (often, .. 13th, 14th, even "15th Month salaries" !) represent a lot of Wasted Money, (at the same time that it's desperately needed elsewhere, either to Invest in Production, or to Help innocent People unjustly thrown in real need and threatened with extreme poverty and social exclusion).

It might very well be at this key-point that Ethics and Morality could become able to meet also Economic Efficiency, perhaps, thanks also to the Popular peaceful (mainly Young People) Demonstrators' movement, inspired from Tunisia's "Jasmin Revolution", and currently spreading even in Portugal, Spain, Greece, etc., which asks, (at least in the Greek case), for "Direct Democracy" against unpopular Bureaucrats, stresses the "Fight against Corruption", ("without Time Deadlines" : i.e. something Interesting  for the preconised Remedy, given the particular importance that the Period 1982-2002 has for it: See supra). Obviously, such adequate moves may Help to largely Reduce the provoked Debt...
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But, meanwhile, is really €uroZone's current situation so Hard today, as some claim, (particularly Overseas) ?

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It certainly doesn't correspond to the Fact of Germany's notoriousy Booming Economic Growth motor, currently able to compare Worldwide, particularly after Chancellor Merkel's succesful will to focus on creating "Growth", as she had stressed already during her Speech at the German Parliament, as early as since the Global Crisis' era of 2009, (comp. "EuroFora"s NewsReports from Berlin then). Neither to France's +2,1% Growth forecast for 2011, (i.e. even Better than French Government's initial estimations !), nor to President Sarkozy's recent remark, at the G8 Summit that he chaired on May in Deauville, that, despite everything,nevertheless, the €uro stands Higher than the Dollar in the Markets, up to 1,40, while the experienced and succesful Economy Minister Christine Lagard gathered large Support for her New IMF Head bid now at Washington D.C., this same week that EU Commission vice-President Tajani has just anounced at Paris' Bourget Mega-Airshow that EU will succeed to complete a full Satellite Navigation System, (See Takani's earlier anouncement to "EuroFora", from the start of April, already sent to "EuroFora"s Subscribers/Donors earlier), etc. 
 
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USA pressure on EU's Economy even made, tonight, EU Commission's President Jose Barroso, proudly demonstrate in front of all Journalists, including "EuroFora", the pages of his Report to the EU Heads of State/Government June 2011 Summit in Brussels, where he exhibits interesting and Topical Graphics clearly showing the fact that USA's Debt and Deficit are currently much Higher" than EU's ! ...

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For all these reasons, German Chancellor Angie Merkel was justified to appear Serein, Proud and Optimist, earlier Today,  at her Landmark Speech to the ChristianDemocratic/EPP Summit, reminding its Activities, particularly during the recent 20 - 30 Years, also with EPP party President Wilfried Martens, etc, engaged in =efforts to advance forward European Integration, just after its Historic ReUnification, while also claiming a Political and Socio-Economic Strategy and Philosophy "based on the Values of Human Dignity", as she stressed.

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Having exceptionaly chosen Belgium's Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, a formerly Military School surrounded by a splendid Garden with huge Trees in the middle of Brussels, European People's Party (which notoriously holds today the large Majority of EU Member State's Heads of State/Government), has, indeed, the responsibility and Historic Mission (given by the 2009 EU Elections, as well as many National 2007-2010 Elections in a growing number of EU Countries) to decisively overcome any petty Bureaucratic deviation risks, and, timely inspired also by this June 2011 Symbol, conceive and realize the Right EU Strategy with Art.

 
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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

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