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

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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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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).


The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.

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But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".
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* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".
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* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.
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Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-

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