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3 Biggest+Most EULeaders for Russia Summit, But Polish+Baltic Forget History, von Leyen Mixes Data..

Written by ACM
Friday, 25 June 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An UnExpected OverNight Delay with abnormal Tension between EU Leaders Exceptionaly Cancelled EU Council's Scheduled Press-Conference on the Rich Agenda of the 1st Day in the Current EU Summit in Brussels (24-25 June 2021), and, a Great Part of that was reportedly Due to a Vibrant Opposition of Some EU Member States against a Franco-German Proposal to simply find a Format for Collective EU - Russia Summits asap, as it was Revealed this Next Day, in the Press Conferences of Macron, Merkel, and Michel/von der Leyen, etc.

That Strange Contradiction reportedly Opposed the 3 Biggest EU Countries : France and Germany, Supported by Italy, and more or less Backed by All the Rest of the 27 EU Member States, with the sole Exception of Baltic Countries (3) and Poland.

In Fact, All the EU Leaders Agreed mainly on several Concrete Issues, about which an Engagement and Dialogue with Russia would Interest them, (such as, f.ex. "Climate, Environment, Health, Selective Issues of Foreign and Security Policy, Multilateral Issues such as the ICPoA, Syria and Libya", added to "People to People Contacts", Support to Civil Society, Human Righs Organisations and Independent Media", etc), But Disagreed concerning the Establishment of a Format for the EU to Speak Together, as a whole, with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, (reportedly Pushing that matter to anOther, Undetermined Future EU Summit to come) !

- Naturally, Both French President Macron, and German Chancelor Merkel, in their Parallel National Press Conferences Today, Pointed at New US President Biden's recent Meeting with Russian President Putin at nearby Geneva, (where even European, and Not Only Global Issues were reportedly Discussed), and Criticized as AbNatural and Counter-Productive for EU Leaders to be Deprived from Any Equivalent Possibility to engage Collectively in a Similar "Direct" Discussion with Russia, as Also Many and Various Other Expeienced Political Observers had Observed, (See, f.ex., inter alia, also at : ..., etc).

A Fortiori since Russia is Notoriously Part of Historic General De Gaule's "Greater Europe", and Both Culturaly, Historicaly, and Geographicaly -as far as Capital Moscow and Saint-Petersburg are concerned- Part of the European Continent, as well as former Ally in the 2nd World War against NAZIsm, useful Cooperator, more Recently, on Space Tech, etc...

- Merkel, particularly, Reminded also the Fact that "Even During the "Cold War" of a Past, there Always were Channels for Discussions" with Russia ! Moreover, Nowadays, it's even "an Expression of EU's Sovereignity, to be able to Speak Directly with Russia", as a Collective and Independent Union, Instead of Onlly being "Briefed" by the Intermediary of Others, be it Our American Friends, as it happened these Last Days, she rightfuly added.

- Macron Stressed, particularly, that Limit Nowadays EU - Russia relations mainly on a repetition of various "Sanctions", again and again, while Abstaining from a Collective EU "Strategy" on Political Discussions with the Russian President, has proved to be "Not Efficient". On the Contrary, EU Leaders should Think and Prepare Together on What and How to Discuss with Vladimir Putin, which Joint Aims they Wish to pursue, and what "Red Lines" they fix, etc., in order to Succeed to "Advance forward" in some Key concrete Issues of Common Interest. Russia should No be Pushed to make Deals Only with China, Macron Warned, (See Infra). And, as far as France is concerned, (who will Chair the EU Next Year, on 2022), a Direct Engagement with Russia has Already Started "since August 2019", i.e. at Fort Breganson, at the Eve of a "G7" Summit in Biarritz : See ... + ..., etc).

+ Both also added that, in Fact, even "After 2014" (Ukraine Conflict, Obviously Provoked mainly by some Foreign Interferences, in order to Divide and Weaken Europe : See, inter alia, also :..., etc), Many EU Heads of State/Government, Including themselves, Always Continue to have Various Other Opportunities to "Meet Putin in Bilateral Contacts", and/or on the Occassion of Various Other Collective International Meetings, (f.ex. in the UNO, G20, "Normandy Format", etc). Therefore, it was No More Productive for the EU to be the Only one to be Deprived of such a Possibility, even further...

=> That's why, the Franco-German EU-core Couple, Stressed that this Matter Should be anew and Better Discussed again at Forthcoming EU Summits asap.

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However, it was, indeed, quite Strange, to see, almost at the Same Time in Brussels' Concluding Video-Press Conference,(where "Eurofora" was Invited to Participate), the Head of EU Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, to practicaly Skip Most of Macron's and Merkel's above-Mentioned Positive Remarks, in order to Focus, particularly, in Only a Few "Issues" for Discussion with Russia, (f.ex. "Climate and Health" : sic !), while, for the Rest, she apparently adopted an UnExpectedly Aggressive Stance against Russia...

- F.ex., von der Leyen Focused rather on "Negative" aspects reportedly spoted in some Russia's behaviors "Targeting" the EU, and/or "Violating Human Rights", as she Claimed, which would require to "Push Back" and "Constrain Russia", according to her View.

+ However, things went more Nasty, when she Added, Boasting, that "We (the EU) are in a Position of Strength" (sic !) vis a vis Russia, according to her, simply Because "Russian Imports in the EU don't represent, Today, than Only about 5% of EU's Trade", while, on the Contrary, they represent 37%" of its Foreign Trade relations, and, at the same time, Russia relies heavily on its Oil/Gas Resources, whose Economic Value, however, due also to so-called "Green" Reforms inside the EU, is Expected to Diminish, as she thought...

>>> Nevertheless, Von der Leyen seems, inter alia, also to have ...Mixed up her Figures and overall Calculations, since, Comparatively, even Official EU Data reveal that, in Fact, Russia's Imports in the EU are Bigger than Turkey's : 5% against Only 3%, while EU's Imports from Russia are, Proportionaly, Smaller than those from Turkey, in those Countries' Foreign Trade : Indeed, they represent about 37% for Russia, But 41% for Turkey...

At any case, she did Not at all abuse of such Doubtful Arguments Today in order to Criticize Turkey, (which Notoriously was an Important Issue for Discussions during the present EU Summit) ! On the Contrary, while she appeared Eager for even More "Sanctions" against Russia, however, fpr Turkey, von der Leyen spoke about "3 Billions €" More, on pretext of "Refugees", regardless if the Official Conclusions of this EU Summit did Not say anything so specific.

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    + More Interestingly, our Polish and Baltic Friends seem to have ...Forgotten their own (and Europe's) History, in such a Stuborn Opposition to almost Everything which concerns their Neighbour Country Russia :

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    - Indeed, Already from the Outset, the very Beginning of European People's Liberation from the Ottoman-Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation of the Medieval Times, Notoriously Started on the MainLand mainly by the Historic ..."Holly League" of 1684 - 1699, which brought Together Poland with Lithuania and Russia, as well as the Austrian Habsburg with the German Holy Roman Empire, and Venice, as Allies, Based on "the Treaty of Warsaw", and strongly Supported by the Vatican of Pope Innocent XI, Uniting Catholic and Orthodox Christians for the Freedom of Europe. It "has been recognised as a Turning Point in ... History", which "Shifted the balance of Power Away from the Ottomans"-Turks, "Leading to a Diminished ... presence" of them "in Europe", by "Unprecedented military Successes, with Large Areas of ....Land Recovered", in a so Popular way that it "has ben Called a <<14th Crusade>>", as "Wikipedia" reminds. Inter alia, among the European Territories which were Liberated then, were also Hungary, Dalmatia, Moreas (Peloponese in Greece), a Western and an Eastern Part of nowadays Ukraine : Podolia and NovoRossia, by Poland and Russia, respectively, with neighbouring Azoff City (ibid), etc.

    => Thus, Continuing also Later-on, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the Western Side, and Russia from the Eastern side, practicaly were the two Cooperating Factors for Al Ukraine's Liberation from the former Ottoman-Turk Oppressive jug...

    + Moreover, even if the Former Stalin's era might have been, indeed, somewhat Harsh, Nevertheless, Poland Notoriously was the Center of collective Defense policy with the "Warsaw Pact", and, Despite a lot of Sufferings during the NAZI Military Invasion and Occupation of most Poland, the infamous "Gheto of Warsaw" Incidents, etc., Polish People Never Accused nowadays Democratic Germany to be Responsible for that Past, Neither Refused to Cooperate Today inside the EU, on the Contrary...

    ++ Last, but not least, even These Days' Harsh Quarrel during this EU Summit in Brussels, between several EU Member Countries and Hungary, (Supported by Poland and Slovakia, while also 7 More EU Countries silently backed them too), on a Social and BioEthical Issue such as the Protection of underage Children from Homosexual Propaganda, clearly Shows that, in Fact, the notoriously pro-Christian Values oriented current Polish Government, has More Close Links to Vladimir Putin's Russia, (which Started to have Similar Conflicts with a Part of the West, and particularly Obama's USA, on Such kind of Social and Moral Issues, Since 2013, adding Such Differends towards the provocation of the Ukranian Conflict of 2014)...

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    Most of these Supplementary Facts are Obviously Independent and unrelated to the Principal, Basic Point of Principle, Supported in this Paper, that EU, as such, should have the Elementary Right to Freely Hold any Discussion it deems Useful, Directly with the Russian leadership, withOut Depending on Any 3rd Foreign Country's "good will" to Subsequently "Brief" her on Key Issues for Europe's Present and foreseable Future !

    A Fortiori, when such Persistent Anti-Russia Bullying, pushed by some, during the Last 7 Years, also Risk to have Serious Consequences against the Geo-Political and other Interests of Europe, (almost as French President Macron Warned : Comp. Supra).

    Thus, among others, for instance, it might be Indifferent for some, if the EU succeeded, or not, to Develop High-Tech Capabilities allowing to Reach and Explore the Planet Mars, Before the 2020ies, as it had been, indeed, Scheduled, Initialy by some EU - USA, and Later by EU - Russia (when Obama slashed NASA's Budget for Space Flight on 2010) Cooperation Agreements, Aiming to Land on Mars at 2016-2018, but partialy "Freezed" After the provocation of the 2014 Ukraine Conflict, marked a Partial Failure on 2016, and were Postponed, for the Rest, first for 2020, and aterwards for 2022-2023. So, "Never Mind", for those who don't give a damn for such Historic Achievements, if, in the Meantime, it's ...China who has now Landed on Mars, since May 2021, Before Europe...

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    But, will they get a Right to Impose their "Indifference" Even to the Imminent Perspective to Build a Base at Nearby Moon, Together with a Floating Station Between the Earth and its Satellite, as Russia and China have reportedly Just Decided to do Together ?

    During Gaullist Jacques Chirac's era, after Soyuz at Kuru idea (initialy pushed by "Eurofora"'s co-Founder), there was talk about a possible EU - Russia Air-Space Shuttle, continued during Sarkozy's, inter alia, also with the preparation of the above-mentioned Joint Project for Access and Exploration of Mars. Now Macron has just Warned (Comp. Supra), Not to systematicaly Push too much Russia towards Cooperations Only with China...

    Let's Hope that the Surprizing Exclusion, Yesterday at this EU Summit in Brussels, of Space High-Tech among the Concrete Areas where the EU intends to "Engage" in "Dialogue" with Russia (Comp. Supra), does Not Condemn the Europeans to See the Moon, Mars, and many Other spectacular, High-Profile Space Areas, Only by ...Watching a TV set, wearing Slippers, inside their Private Home, Alone with their Cat or Dog...

    Particularly if Even that "TV-set", (added to the Slippers), is also "Made in Korea", "Japan", or "China !

 

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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