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Incoming EU President Slovak Prime Minister Fico to EF: EU Migration Policy might Provoke BREXITs ?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Incoming EU President for the Period of July-December 2016, Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, (an Atypical Socialist, known for his Strong and Popular Views), Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, during a Press Conference in Brussels at the Conclusion of the June 2016 EU Heads of States/Governments' Summit, Didn't Exclude, in Fact, that either BREXIT itself, and/or Other Similarly Negative Reactions also by Various Other EU Member States, Could be Prevented IF the EU Changed its current Migration Policy, in order to Adopt a New and More Adequate one, Closer to EU Citizens' wishes. Otherwise, there might even be More Reactions, also by "Many" Other EU Member States, he Warned.


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    - "Eurofora" asked Prime Minister Fico Whether he Believed that If the Policies that he had Advised, as well as several Other Heads of State/Government, on the Migration Crisis, Christian Roots of Europe and Social Cohesion, etc., Perhaps, this Might have Contributed to Help Prevent the BREXIT Outcome on the Recent British Referendum, given that such Issues were, precisely Included among the matters notoriously Discuessed by the British People, and/or, Moreover, Help Prevent any eventually Similar Reaction, mutatis- mutandis,s by any other among EU's remaining 27 Member States in the foreseable Future.


    - "I don"t want to Speculate", at least as far as the British Referendum is concerned, started to Reply Fico to "Eurofora"'s Question, as a matter of General Principles, as far as the Past is concerned.


    - "But", one thing is Sure : "Really, My Position is that We (EU) Have to Change our Migration Policy !", the Incoming EU President stressed.


    - Because, "If Not",(i.e. if it doesN't Change, then), "I thing that it's Many (EU) Countries and Governments that are Going to Have Problems", he Warned.


    - "That's why my Understanding is that we (EU) can't continue the Current Migration Policy", Prime Minister Fico concluded.


    => "So, From this Situation,, You can deduce an Answer to your Question", he observeds, as far as "Eurofora"s above mentioned Query is concerned, (Comp. Supra).


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+ Meanwhile, EU Heads of State/Government Summitsl, had placed Migration Policy at the Forefront of its this Summit's initial Agenda, particularly as far as the Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey Migration Deal is concerned.


But UK's BREXIT Developments Pushed that to the BackGround : More than Half of this Summit was Consecrated to BREXIT (the 2nd Day and the Working Diner of the 1st), leaving Only 3 or so Hours during the 1st Day, which were Largely Consumed by at least 3 Different Reports from NATO SG, EU's High Representative on External Relations, Federica Mogerini, (who presented her Draft "Strategy for EU Foreign and Security Policy"), and CEBanks' President Mario Dragi.


In consequence, 28 Democraticaly Elected by the Peuple's Direct Vote, Heads of State/Government hadn't been left but .... Less than Half an Hour, in order to Discuss Recent Developments on EU Migration Policy, All Together,  i.e. Present Facts, Exchange Views, and Discuss Possible Solutions in such a Delicate and Complicated Issue,; in Less than 1 Minute Each  !


That's why EU Council President Donald Tusk had already been Obliged to "Propose", in his "Invitation Letter" to the 28 EU Members, to Simply .... "Adopt" the Draft "Conclusions", i.e. omething "which Should be Possible, given the good Preparatory Work concluded" by Technocrats, even Before Heads of State/Government Asrrive in Brussels, in other words : Obviously, Without any High Political Level real Debate...

Thus, a relevant but clear Hasty Question by "Eurofora", Earlier Today, to the Experienced, New EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, former Long-Time Prime Minister of Luxelmbourg and €uroGroup's Chairman, while he passed by, Together with EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, with a Large Smile, and Saluting us, Exceptionaly, remained without any Explicit Response, Contrary to the Usual Habit and Capacity of Juncker to Gives as various Sharp, Short, Fast and Smart Replies to various Other "Thorny" Questions, (Comp, among others, f.ex. : .....)


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However, already, a Recent Development inside Top EU Institutions was that those "Conclusions" have, for the 1st Time, Started to Acknowledge the Fact (First Denounced by "Eurofora"s relevant Critical Publication of: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html), that Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular "Deal" with the EU had Not even Started to Operate when the Curb of Mass Arrivals through Turkey and via Greece, had Already been Pushed to Fall Down in Dramatic Proportions, leaving only a Comparatively Minor Part, Because of Previous European ReActions and various Measures on the  Balkan Routes :

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Mainly the "Full Application of the Schengen Borders' Code", and "the Closure" of Balkan Route's Borders,  Already as Early as Since Mid-February and Early March 2016, as an Eloquent, June  2016s EU Graphic clearly shows, (Comp. Photo)..

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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