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Some revive Black Humor in the CoE: "USSR" versus Russia ? + Whose 70th Anniversary ?

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Donnerstag, 03 Oktober 2019

 

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Hopes for things to Go somewhat Better after this 70th Anniversary of CoE's PanEuropean, 850 Millions People and 47 Member States - strong Organisation of Strasbourg, the Most Ancient in Europe (1949-2019), were Recently ReVived, Despite remaining and even Growing Problems and New Challenges Nowadays, on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law,

Nevertheless, here or there, at least a Part of Various Critics, in certain cases Justified and even Useful,  Sometimes go Beyond Limits in a rather Excessive Pessimism, to the point that, perhaps, "Black Humor" could provide Help...

- Thus, f.ex., Earlier this Week, while French President Macron was visiting CoE's Parliamentary Assembly's Autumn 2019 Plenary Session, we saw a Press Conference by Representatives from 5 Countries, (Ukraine, Georgia, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia), suddenly Brandish a Threat to "Boycott" the (already Controversial, for Practical Organisational Issues : Comp. ..., etc) Festivities and Official Ceremony, organised at Strasbourg's Opera, for the CoE's 70th Anniversary, (in Addition to Ukranian MEP's Boycott of All this Weekly CoE Assembly's Session, as confirmed earlier).

Their Aim, obviously was to Publicise their Disagreement to Russian MEP's Return Back into CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, after 5 Years of UnPrecedented, Sterile and Excessive Divisions, which had Nothing Achieved, but Only to Risk to put Strasbourg's PanEuropean Organisation into tatters...

By doing so, 5 out of the Former "USSR" Member States, (while pro-Russian Armenia and Aghanistan are still embroiled in their Opposition,  Kazakstan up to Kirgistan a.o. appearing more or less Neutral in such matters), they Paradoxically Appeared as if a kind of Reconstituted "USSR" might be, Now, pointing fingers against Russia !

But, in their "USSR versus Russia" attempt, they inevitabl Forgot, inter alia, even ... "Beatles" World Famous Song of the good old Sixties (1968) : - "Back in USSR"...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS5_EQgbuLc
 

Indeed :  "KIEV's Girls really Knock me out, and MOSCOW Girls make me Sing and shout. GEORGIA's are Always on my Mind", Beatles said, back on 1968, (at the 1st Song in their Famous "Whiten Album"), naively but simply Uniting Together, each one with its own identity, what Foreign Interferences, Division and Bloodshed vowed to Separate on 2014.

So that, Today, CoE's Top Political Body of its "Joint Committee", Bringing Together the Leaderships of its Ministers, MEPs, Secretary General, etc., was reportedly busy into looking also how to Prepare a foreseeable Future, less bumpy inside, efficiently closer to its principles, but also with more Unity, from January 2020 onwards.

Such a Legitimate and even Necessary Ambition, in order to Succeed in Real Practice, however, it also Needs to be more Careful on how to treat persons, Countries and Issues, as well as a much more Efficient "Com" Policy, particularly vis a vis Nowadays' Medias, as it's too often Discussed in Strasbourg during more than 30 Years now, and was even Reminded by some Political Groups' Leaders Earlier this Afternoon.

However, this was done mainly during an Interesting, But obviously Too Short : ... 30 Minutes Only (sic !) Public Debate inside CoE's Building, at its Parliamentary Assembly, the Only one to be Open to the Public, withOut need of Shady, Bureaucratic "Invitations", (sometimes arbitrarily given here, but "forgotten" there), as Last Tuesday's UnPrecedented and Controversial Event at Strasbourg City's far Away "Opera", (Comp.: ..., etc).

But, Meanwhile, some Harm had been already Provoked in real practice, which Should Better be Avoided in Future :

- So, Many Joked about the Fact that in most People's Minds, following the Establishment's mainstream Medias, the only "70th Anniversary" of which they had become Aware, Nowadays, (and particularly on that October 1st's events),

=> was, Not that of CoE's, but that of ...China's "Socialist/Communist" Republic's Foundation, also back on 1949, indeed, Proudly and Loudly Celebrated at Beijing, with Spectacular Public Events, Open to the People and the whole World !

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To the point that among the various "Bad Jokes" reportedly Circulating in Strasbourg's diplomatic corridors was also one concerning EU Commission President Juncker's unexpected failure to participate in that controversial "Opera" outdoors but exceptionaly "closed" event for COE's own 70 Anniversary :

- Indeed, some Claim, Juncker perhaps, had just Asked his Staff to urgently get him "an Airplane Ticket for the 70th Anniversary" asap.

>>> But, when he rapidly got into his Car to Rush at the Airport, while he was Entering into the Airplane, at the Last Minute, thanks God, he Suddenly Realized the Facts, and Immediately went Back, Running as Fast as he could, Before the Doors Closed Behind him :

=> That Plane was Heading Not to Strasbourg, But towards Beijing !...


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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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