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EU Brussels' Summit under Internet Spy + Network shock "Attacks" ?!..

Written by ACM
Thursday, 24 October 2013

 

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This EU Heads of State/Government Summit seems to have been Hijacked by Internet Spying and other Network Attacks issues just after the  Revelations on what happened mainly during US President Obama's 2009-2013 period, including taping of German Chancelor Merkel and Hundreds of other Political Leaders in Europe and around the World, on North American NSA's scandal, going from EU Leadership's reactions, up to the focus of Press and Public's attention, including even an exceptional breakdown of EU's main Press Room Internet connections, of unknown origin !

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Shortly after various Heads of States/Government and EU Top Officials started to express their indignation at the EPP's Summit together with Merkel, earlier this Afternoon, at a Castle in Meuse, a few kms out of the City, it was the turn of EU Parliament's President, experienced Socialist MEP Martin Schultz from Germany, speaking later-on to Journalists, including "EuroFora" in downtown Brussels' EU Council Headquarters, to take the unprecedented step to even "ensure that the EU Parliament does not intend to launch any Terrorist Attack in the USA !", after revelations that its recently inaugurated Washington DC. Office was included among  the Targets...

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Everybody understood here the need for EU - USA Cooperation, including, particularly, in order to Fight Deadly Terrorism at a Global level, but not at all the Abuses reportedly committted between "Allies" (as Merkel had stressed), which were judges as "unacceptable", particularly when they share the same Democratic ansd Human Rights Values.

 

 Therefore, a Majority of MEPs has asked, earlier in Strasbourg, to postpone EU -USA Negotiations on "Swift" and on a Free Trade Agreement, etc., until things are clarified, and "Trust" (necessary even for People to use and boost any Digital Economy) can be re-build. 


The move came just a few years after another Secret Spying Scandal inside the US, had recently Targetted mainly Socio-Politicaly designated Victims, such as active "Tea Party" Militants, dissident Christian Organizations, and several US Republican Party"s Politicians, reportedly seeking Personal Data related to ther Financial Resources, etc., which had provoked a row throughout the US, where even Popular front-runner Candidate to GOP's Primaries before the 2008 US Presidential Elections, Santorum, had already felt the need to re-launch his Campaign with the Heading of "Freedom", and a Timely reference to America's Founding Fathers who had focused, in their World Famous "Independence" Resolution, since the 18th Century of the "Enlightnement", mainly on Human Rights, starting with the Historic words :- "We the People"..           

 

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But things now started to go even more Nasty, when, suddenly, also the Media, whose attention had already started to be captivated by a "Tsunami" of such revelations shaking Brussels' Top Political Discussions unfortunately right at the moment when EU Leaders had scheduled to deal with Plans to boost the Internet and Digital Economy in Europe in order to stimulate Growth, apparently came themselves under something which realy looks as if it was a kind of ... Internet Attack, at least at EU Council's main Press Room at its majestic Ground Floor, where many Hundreds of European Journalists, including "EuroFora", use to work since the latest Moderniozation of the Central Builduing, many years ago, when an exceptional, and unprecedently widespread and heavy BreakDown of all its Wifi Internet links emerged, brutaly Disrupting and Blocking Computer and Connexion Press Work for many Hours'  precious Time, destroyed by never seen before, white, almost empty pages hanging too long on PC screens !

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Questioned by "EuroFora", EU Council's Press Director, Nicolas Kerleroux, acknowledged that it was Difficult, if not impossible yet to find any known Normal Explanation of such incidents (felt  by many Journalists, desperately running to find, at the last minute, some fixed Internet Cables that we hadn't been obliged to use for years), since the Number of Press Workers was rather as usual until now, without any exceptional augmentation, (several Collegues, even among those who used to be always present there, having this time decided to come at the EU Summit only at its Conclusion, Tomorrow, Friday, as "EuroFora" witnessed), and, on the Contrary, EU's Internet Technical Services had even "Augmented" recently the Total Capacity of its Wifi Network, as he told us.


An Hypothesis that, perhaps, these incidents might have beenn caused, by an eventually exceptional augmentation of Audio-Visual Medias, specially this time, which use a lot of Broadband Width, should apparently be dismissed, after another, also very experienced EU Press Official told "EuroFora" that, in fact, many such Problems had already Started to suddenly Pop Up "since Yesterday Afternoon", (i.e. since Wednesday, Octo"ber 23), when most Media workers had not even arrived at Brussels' EU Council's Headquarters. He told us that, even until late Evening/Night, - "Our Technicians are in the process of Searching to find the Cause", which still remained rather a Mystery until now...  


Inevitably, "EuroFora"s co-Founder remembered of a much older, exceptional Incident, right in the middle of particularly "Hot" Political issues, which has occured even inside UNO's own Headquarters at New York (USA), on the sidelines of an exceptional Global Heads of State/Government World Summit and just before UNO's General Assembly's usual Annual Plenary Session starts, when suddenly the Lights wend down, many parts of the UN Building (surrounded by much Higher Skyscrapers, which, on the contrary, seemed to work just fine) falling into Deep Darkness, without any possibility to extend Computers' work, and apparently provoking such Security Problems that some Officials took the Exceptional Decision to Close and Empty many Areas and Floors, including at the main Press rooms, shortly after a particulaly "Hot"  Press Conference by a Head of State, together with the then sUNO's Director of Press and Communication, during which some specialy nasty issues had been raised :


- "UN are Powerless !", joked, laughing, (with an obvious "Gift"  for Press Headlines, but of Dubious Use), an American Collegue, when Lights went down, reportedly throwing then even UN SG Koffi Annan's Offices at another Floor, apparently making a hint to Past Controversies around the 2nd Iraq War, etc..


Well, at least as far as it concerns the apparent Mood now prevailing among EU Leaders and Officials inside Brussels' EU Council's Headquarters, on the Contrary, the Feeling seems going towards an absolutely Opposite Direction.

Particularly when, even symbolically, but also Timely, the brand New EU Council's Building, of an original Architectural Design, is, currently, fastly approaching Completion, just outside of key square Schuman, (hopefully also equiped with stronger Internet Wifi Defence for European Press communications : See Photo on the Top)..

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+Meanwhile, the Leader of "Green" MEPs in EU Parliament, German MEP Rebeka Harms, replying to an "EuroFora"'s question in Brussels, didn't exclude a possible Agreement, at least on some main points, with the ChristianDemocrats of Chancelor Angie Merkel, during the forthcoming Years or even Months, in one way or another : - "Our Party Congress' fundamental decision (last week-end in Berlin) was to be Open not only to SPD, but also to all other German Political Parties, naturally including also CDU/CSU, she simply reminded, as a matter of principle.


Comming particularly from Harms, who earler wasn't at all for a "Green"- "Black" Coalition, this appears to be at least a certainly notable development. A fortiori now that the issue of the Protection of EU Citizens and even EU Politicians and State Leaders from Internet Spying and/or various other Web Network Attacks, that some among the "Green" Leaders, older and more new, want to push forward, the move might have Timely repercussions in the foreseable Future...

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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