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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 recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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