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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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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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