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Row on EU Top Jobs risks to turn Nasty : => EU "Citizen Erased" ?

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 02 July 2019
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Seen from EU Parliament's -and even more : EU Citizen's- viewpoint, Today, in Strasbourg, any Honest Observer would Feel that the current Brussels' EU Summits' prolonged, (and everyday changing, like in a superficial Roulette !), Row on EU's Top Jobs for the period of 2019-2024, has reached proportions which obviously Risk to push EU Democracy into Troubled Waters...

After a Many Months-long EU Parliament's Electoral Campaign, (initialy Backed, apparently, also by EU Commission and EU Council, as well as Faithfull to the pre-existing, since 2014 Logic), Focused on certain "Leading Candidates" ("SpitzenKandidaten") throughout all Europe, explicitly and officially destinated "for EU Commission's Presidency", (i.e. for EU's Executive's Top), including much-Publicized Public Debates between those "SpitzenKandidates" in Brussels, Florence, and elsewhere, European People democraticaly Voted mainly for ChristianDemocrats/EPP with their Top Candidate, Manfred Weber, at the 1st place.

The Rest, i.e. the 2nd and/or 3rd Places, etc., will, in Fact, depend also from he Repercussions of a probably Imminent UK's "BREXIT" from October this year, (which may only Bring More EPP's MEPs, withOut WithDrawing any former EPP MEP, Contrary to Other Political Groups, which May Loose some of their MEPs), as well as from the Final Re-Groupement of Various Emerging, Rightist and other New Political Forces Now Inside the 2019-2024 EU Parliament. For the Moment, it's the Traditional "Socialists, followed by Liberals"' familiar Landscape, but it may Change, more or less, here of there.

 F.ex., Liberals might Fall Down to even Lower than 100 MEPs (given the Importance of UK's Liberal Party now), Socialists could also Loose their "Labour" counterparts from the UK, etc. While, on the Contrary, ChristianDemocrats/EPP might become even Stronger, f.ex. by the Return of Victor Orban's 15 Hungarian MEPs, etc. And the Rightists Grow Stronger after also the Dissolution of Farage's "EFDD" Group, the Threats Looming over the Conservative Group in case of BREXIT, added to the Recent more than Doubling of MEPs by the "Identity and Democracy" Group (former NF).

All this Evolves in an EU Parliament issued from the May 2019 EU Elections, where the European People gave an Absolute Majority of MEPs to All the Right : I.e. to the mainstream Center-Right of ChristianDemocrats/EPP Followed by Various Rightists, (See: ..., etc). (If Liberals are Added to the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, then, this Majority becomes Overwhelming...).  At any case, Voters left Only a Minority for the Left, (with or without Liberals : ibid).  

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- But, Surprizingly, the 1st Proposal from EU Council in Brussels came, Paradoxically, with a ..."Socialist" Party Candidate for EU Commission's New President, (the Dutch Commissioner Timermans), i.e. precisely that one who Played but Losed the Democratic Electoral Game, (which was notoriously Won by ChristianDemocrat/EPP Weber) !

=> After a refreshing (amidst a torrent, too "Hot" Summer Heatwave) "SnowStorm" of various Protests, Revolts, etc., (Both from EU Parliament and EU Citizens, as well as from inside the EU Council itself), this was Changed :

>>> I.e., Now, EU Council Send Back from Brussels to Strasbourg's new EU Parliament's 1st Plenary Session, this time a ChristianDemocrat/EPP from Germany (according to the 1st Party Voted by the People,

***  But ...only with Someone who (Independently of her Good or Bad Points, from various Other Points of View), has ...Never Spoken Before, Neither to EU Parliament's MEPs, Not Even to the People, (Most of whom have Never Met, Neither even Seen her Before !), and whose (Unknown) Political Program, or main Priorities have NOT yet been Presented to MEPs, neither to EU Citizens, (and, therefore, even Less Debated)...

+ Since such a move makes, Inevitably, necessary to Postpone the Election of EU Commission's President by EU Parliament for the Next Plenary Session in Strasbourg, starting on July 15, at least the new MEPs may get a Fast-Track Glimpse on a Draft "Program", (or merely "Views"), that Von der Leyen might now Present Only during the Next Few Days, (i.e. About a Week's Time !).

=> But, is that Enough, for a really Democratic, Serious and Thorough, in Depth "Information", Reflexion, Public Debate, and Vote (by MEPs) on All the Crucial Challenges that Europe has to Face during the foreseable Future 2019-2024 Horizon ?

     Most Probably Not !

++ Worse : At any case, EU Citizens seem Deprived from Timely Information, WithOut any Chance to Participate in any Serious Public Debate, and have Scandalously been Certainly EXCLUDED FROM any direct Democratic VOTE, (a Chance that they Only had Before : Until May 2019) on the Choice of EU Commission's President...

EU Citizens had notoriously been Officially Invited to Vote in the latest, May 2019 EU Elections, in order to Choose the New President of EU's Executive (i.e. Brussels' Commission), with a Lot of Publicity, Meetings, etc., and a Big Amount of EU Funds, various EU Pamphlets, Big Posters, High-Tech. TV/Internet Broadcasts, etc., and Both EU-level and National-level Pre-Electoral Communication Campains, during Many Months (Often Since Last Year: from 2018 !), precisely Focusing on this or that "Leading Candidate" ("SpitzenKandidat") for the Top Job of EU Commission's New President on 2019, (as it had Already been done Back Since 2014).

And, Indeed, the European People positively Replied to that Call, by a Record-High, Massive Turnout with an Absolute Majority Participation beyond +51% of Registered Voters : An UnExpected "First" and Positive Socio-Political Change, after more than a Decade of (on the Contrary) Falling ...Minority Participation between 1999 - 2019...

=> But Now, all those Millions of EU Citizens, suddenly find themselves, unexpectedly, without any previous Warning, Neither serious Explanation, Totaly Deprived from Any Democratic Possibility to have the slightest Say on the Choice for New EU Commission's President (made by Others, Behind Closed Doors) in the person of Von der Leyen, that they Never Met, Most have Not even Seen, Neither Heard about her before in relation to Europe, HadN't any Chance to Speak with, doN't yet Know what her position might be on Topical EU Issues, and  at any case, European People will Not have Any Chance, anymore, to Vote on her choice at all !

>>> That's precisely what, even Mainstream, Establishment's German Newspaper "Die Welt" immediately Denounced, in the First Published Viewpoint, as a ... "FRAUD ON EU ELECTIONS !", former EU Parliament's President Martin Schulz (Socialist) called it "a SLAP IN THE FACE OF PARLIAMENT !", for "Green" Leader Ska Keller it's only "a LUDICROUS... BACK-ROOM DEAL", while CSU(EPP) leader from Bavaria, Markus Söder, warned that "DEMOCRACY LOST !", and slamed that as "a DEFEAT OF EUROPE !".

=> Even in Germany, a CITIZENS' CONSULTATION by Internet, Organized by  mainstream Media "WELT" and still Going-on, found that "Very BAD", at an Overwhelming ABSOLUTE MAJORITY. While Chancellor Angie MERKEL was Obliged to ABSTAIN from Voting, because, at least the Socialists among the Governing  Coalition, found that this was AGAINST the "COALITION AGREEMENT, FOR A EUROPE OF DEMOCRACY, a STRENGTHENED EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, and a MORE TRASPARENT EUROPE, CLOSER TO CITIZENS", since "the ATTEMPT TO DEMOCRATIZE THE E.U. is LED AD ABSURDUM !"

 Such Critical Observations could be Easily Multiplied. But, for "Eurofora" what counts Most of all, is, naturally, the EU CITIZENS' point of view :

- Recently, EU Parliament's Winner Leading Candidate ("SpitzenKandidat") for EU Commission's Presidency, Manfred Weber, Re-Elected also as Chairman of MEPs' Biggest Group, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, in a landmark Press Publication, had launched a Call to Prevent the Risk for "the Outcome of the European Elections" to be "carried to an Absurdity" !

- "Only if we succeed in making Europe More Democratic, and in bringing it to the People, will Europe have a Good Future. If Europe’s Democratisation fails, the EU can be seriously Threatened as well", Weber rightfully Warned.

+ Particularly since, Nowadays, "People want to have a Say and an Influence. They No longer Accept things’ being Decided Outside the Public Space, and withOut their Participation", he Added, in the Direction of "Eurofora"s project, (Comp.: ...., etc).

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[+ PARTLY UPDATED] Long-Time Minister and, Now, New Designate (by Today's EU Council in Brussels) for EU Commission's Presidency, Ursula Von der Leyen, has just Promised, in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, to Develop a Vision for the EU during Next 5 Years, in a Few Days, in order to hold a Dialogue with MEPs.

=> But, (Independently of the personal Capacities of anyone involved),

>>> is it really Serious to EnTrust the Delicate and Heavy Responsibility to practically Navigate the Ship of Europe in Nowadays' Troubled Waters, full of Crucial Challenges around the World,     

    to someone who didN't have more Time but ONLY A FEW DAYS TO THINK ABOUT EUROPE's FUTURE ?

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    + And How will, MEPs, the Press, EU Citizens, etc., have a Chance to Seriously Investigate also those Sharp Criticisms, already Launched by various People (including Politicians) about that Latest Candidate, to have, reportedly, been Mixed in some Shady Affairs of various Consultants Hired and Paid for many Millions € withOut Respecting the Legal Procedures, and/or of Projects with so Slipery Slope Financial Costs, that they Start with 1 Digit Number, but End with a ...Triple (X3) Digits Number for Costs, Afterwards ? Or about anOther Claim, about alleged Links to some Bio-Tech. Lobbies which do Not Care so much for Bio-Ethics, not even Nowadays, when Technologies for Genetic Manipulations on Human Beings have notoriously taken Dangerous Proportions, Urgently Needing adequate Safeguards, for the sake of Humanity ? Can, All that, be Seriously Checked in Only a Few Days' Time ? At least in the USA, such matters, (of Top Officials' Nominations' vetting) usually take much More Time !

    ++ Moreover, it's also a Fact that All EU Citizens will be Excluded from any eventual "Dialogue" that Von der Leyen might, eventually, have with MEPs in some Hasty Meetings, mostly or entirely Behind Closed Doors !

    => Worse : At any case, Now, Obviously, there is a Serious Threat for EU Citizens to be Definitively Excluded from Any Chance to Timely Participate in any Meaningful Public DEBATE Before Final Decisions, and to have Lost Any Chance to Democratically VOTE on that Crucial Choice

+ But, the Reality, Today looks Even much Worse than that, and all those who really Care about Europe, have a Duty to tell the Truth about it :                             

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(A) It's a Fact that, EU Citizens were called to Meet, Speak, Debate and Vote for a Candidate officially due to become EU Commission's President, but, who, after Winning the EU Election (Weber), is grossly Insulted as "Irrelevant" and even "Ectoplasm" in front of the Medias, and soon afterwards Replaced by anOther, (Timmerman : who had just Lost that Election !), followed also by anOther (Von der Leyen) Person, who has Never yet spoken to EU Citizens, Neither was she Voted by them, Nor even Met them at all, until now !...

And all this Risks to be Imposed to EU Citizens withOut giving them Any Chance to have a Say.


(B) + Moreover, Even at EU Parliament itself, the next President, (Voted in 1 Day Campaign Only !), is Not from the Party which Won the 2019 EU Elections (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), But from the Party which Lost them, ("Socialists"). And Not Even from the Governing Majority Elected by the People in his own Country, (Italy), but only from the Minority in Opposition, (as Italy's vice-Prime Minister Salvini critically observed) !

It's true that, (independently of his possible capacities), he does Not Need an Absolute Majority of All EU Parliament's Members (Abstentionists Included), as Von der Leyen will have, on the Contrary, to Try get, in a Few Days...


=> But, what about EU Institutions' CREDIBILITY, after all that, vis à vis European Citizens, both Now, and on 2024 ?

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Moreover, by receiving only 345 Votes on the 2nd Round, Against 406 Votes (322 for Other Candidates + 84 Blank or Absents [Most Left Between the 2 Rounds !]), he Obviously does Not Represent the Majority of MEPs, but Only of a Minority...


=> In Fact, unfortunately, at least for the Time being, those Latest Developments, inevitably Look like ..."MUSE"'s Famous Song : "CITIZEN ERASED !"...


(NDLR - Necessary in our Times of "BREXIT" : Even if that Group is Brittish, nevertheless, his 3 Musicians have English, French and German Origins, as even their Family Names clearly indicate !...)

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlKW77GS8Jg

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Citizen Erased - MUSE (With Lyrics)
muse - citizen erased.
Lyrics:
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Break me in,
Teach us to cheat
And to lie, cover up
What shouldn't be shared?

All the truth unwinding
Scraping away
At my mind
Please stop asking me to describe him

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open minded
I'm sure I used to be so free

Self expressed, exhausting for all
To see and to be
What you want and what you need

The truth unwinding
Scraping away
At my mind
Please stop asking me to describe

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open minded
I'm sure I used to be so free

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open minded
I'm sure I used to be so free

Wash me away
Clean your body of me
Erase all the memories
They will only bring us pain
And I've seen all I'll ever need


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Songwriters: MATTHEW JAMES BELLAMY
Citizen Erased lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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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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