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New French EU affairs Minister Loiseau to EF on Salzburg EU Summit: Speak at the Right Moment

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*Strasbourg/EuroFair/Angelo Marcopolo/- The new French Minister for EU affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, speaking here to "Eurofora", on the forthcoming EU Summit in Salzbourg (Austria), appeared very Careful, at least for the Moment, on which exactly would be France's main Aim and concrete proposals in the currently Burning Issue of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, during that forthcoming Heads of State/Government top meeting in Austria, (which holds the rotating EU Prasidency for the period of July - December 2018), scheduled for September 19-20, i.e. practically in almost 12 Days Time.


In Fact, Loiseau appeared keen to be sure that this currently very Topical Issue, which notoriously Atttracts a lot of Press and Popular Attention still Nowadays, particularly at nearby Germany, but also in Sunday's Elections in Sweden, as well as in the Forthcoming, Crucial Election at Bavaria's Länder (Federated State/Region), should be Well Prepared.

In other words, as it appeared, by a coincidence, while she was Tasting an Original Strasbourg Beer offered et the Agricultural Stand of Strasbourg's 2018 Euro-Fair, the new French EU Minister, did ...Not Confuse between Strasburg's and Salzburg's Beers, pefering to taste each one's merits....  

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- For the time being, to be honest, "'I didn't come here in order to speak about that matter now" (the imminent Salzbourg's EU Summit), she acknowledged, as a part of her Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question.


This appeared as an indirect, but Natural, Reference to the Fact that it's, precisely, in order "to Prepare the Salzbourg (EU) Summit", that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angie Merkel, were due to Meet, Exceptionally, at Marseille, Later Today Afternoon and Evening, (as Macron, indeed, Declared, then, from the outset : See Infra).


Thus, it's probably the Need to Fine-Tune the Franco-German cooperation on such Key EU Issues, that made Loiseau to, UnExpectedly, Change at the Last Minute the precise Hour of her Arrival Today in Strasbourg, putting everything 1 Hour Earlier than initially Scheduled this Morning, (i.e. 10 am, instead of 11 am), eventually in order to be able to Follow what would go on, in such matters, at that Franco-German Summit in Marseille, Later-on. And even Chancellor Merkel, in an unusual move, didn't officially confirm, to registered Journalists (including "Eurofora"), the precise Timing of her Visit to France, but Only very Early this Same Morning...


=> - However, the French Minister didn't exclude at all, (and, apparently, even Indicated, indirectly, but clearly),  that she might, eventually, Speak about the above-mentioned matter, perhaps "Next Week in Strasbourg", when she will visit  EU Parliament's Plenary Session, as she confirmed.         

    
 - In this regard, Loiseau pointed at Next Wednesday's Public Debate on the "State of the Union, with EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker", as she said earlier. (To which might be usefully added also the Visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tripras, to Speak with MEPs on Tuesday, but also hold Meetings here from Monday Evening).    

           
The New French EU Minister had arrived Today to Strasbourg on the occasion of the Official Inauguration of the 2018 "Euro-Fair", (which, this year, honors a part of USA's modern History : See ...), i.e. the Number 1, well Established Collective Event, which Traditionally Marks the Start of a New Socio-Economic and partly Political Year in Strasbourg, Host of EU Parliament's full Weekly Plenaries, of the CoE, ECHR, EU Ombudsperson, Shenghen's Secretariat, "Euro-Corps" Army, etc, and is usually attended by a lot of Diplomats, EU/CoE Officials, National and Local/Regional Authorities, Businessmen, Medias, etc., while also Attracting more than 180.000 Visitors, during 10 Days, (this time : 7 - 17 September 2018).

 

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- And she even, spontaneously Spoke, on this same occasion, also about certain Other Current EU Affairs (Comp. Infra).


+ As they had already done, (and, on this occasion, also Replying to various "Eurofora"s Questions on Topical European Issues), inter alia, also, recently, f.ex., CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn JAGLAND, former Prime Minister of Norway, on 2014, (See: ...), the current French President Emmanuel MACRON, when he was Economy Minister, on 2015, (See: ...), the former Prime Minister of France, Manuel VALLS, on 2016, (See: ... ), and the Experienced former Defense Minister, and now Europe and Foreign Affairs Minister, JeanYves LE DRIAN, on 2017, (See: ..).               


- It's true that, even now, the New French EU Affairs Minister did not completely shy away from clearly evoking several Topical European Issues, more or less in Relation also with the above-mentioned Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants problem :


-F.ex., Loiseau naturally acknowledged that there is, Nowadays, a "Migration Challenge" in Europe.


- But she, immediately afterwards, claimed that there would be "No more a Migration Crisis", since the Total Number of New Arrivals would have become Smaller than what it had been just 1 Year Before.


+ Moreover, she also Stressed that, for the French Government, "'Europe should Neither practice an <<Open Doors>> policy, Nor become something like <<a Fortress>> !"...


- "We should Welcome those who are Obliged to Flee" Oppression and other Dangers, "but also Better Monitor our (EU's) External Borders", she characrteristically said, while placing a special Accent on the "Need  to Protect Europe's Borders", (See also Infra).


- Also "Because EU Citizens are Raising Questions" about that, she pointed out.


+ At the Same Time, Loiseau urged Europeans to "Not Resign in front of Nationalist movements", "Neither become Euro-Naive, and Federalists without limits", etc.


=> Finally, she Concluded her Speech, earlier this Morning, at the Inauguration of Strasbourg's EuroFair, (Comp. Supra), by Warning that, in the forthcoming, "EU Elections of 2019", (i.e. when Many and Various Voices will be Heard), European Citizens would have to "Make an Historic Choice".

 

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(Minister Loiseau : Attention at which Bird's song to hear in the forthcoming 2019 EU Elections !)


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But Loiseau, apparently, could Not say More Now about France's concrete Aims at the forthcoming EU Summit in Salzbourg (Austria), since, inter alia, the above-mentioned Top Franco-German Summit in Marseille, with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, which was due, precisely, "to Prepare Salzburg"'s Summit, (as the French President stressed from the outset : Comp. Supra), only Started at about 5 p.m., and Extended all across a quite Long period of Time, until a scheduled Diner for 7.30 p.m. I.e., Too Late in order to eventually Find out, Today, what the 2 Leaders had exactly Agreed upon...

 

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- However, already from the Beginning, Macron at least mentioned, during Statements made this Afternoon at about 5 p.m., that, in Addition to the "Preparation of the Future", by Continuing to work "on the Mesenberg's Agenda", agreed Before, this Franco-German Summit was going "also" to "prepare Salzburg's (EU) Summit", concerning certain "Big Problems of Nowadays : Obviously the Migrationj Challenge" : In this regard, "We want to make, out of the Mediterranean Sea, a Chance, Not a Fear", as he characteristically said.


+ On this same occasion, Merkel reminded that "Marseille is a European City, which has also been the Cultural Capital of Europe back on 2013", (Pointing at an Exceptional Event, that "Eurofora" had been Invited by the French Authorities to Cover, together with other selected Journalists, already from 2012, when we Published, a Long Press Report with the Heading : - "Culture or Barbary" !  (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eu2013marseillecultureorbarbary.html).


- "On Migration, ...Germany and France have the Same Kind of Approach to the Problems, where Europe Must Assert itself", (i.e. Prove what it is Able to do), and "we must work further on Europe's Sovereignty", the German Chancellor Concluded this Afternoon.


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+ Concerning, more particularly, Macron, the French President had, Already Yesterday, on September 6, 2018, an opportunity to expressed his view, on that Issue, while holding an Exceptional Joint Meeting with the Prime Ministers of BENELUX Countries, (Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands); Michel, Bettel and Rutte :  


- "The Issue of Migration, ...lies at the core of European Actuality, since many Months", observed the French President from the outset.


 - Pleading Both for "Values" and "Efficiency", in that matter, Macron reiterated his "Opposition to Nationalists", as he said, accusing them to be "Contrary to our (EU's) Values, Because they Refuse to Welcome Anyone, and to Respect the Right to Asylum", particularly "if they consist into saying that whoever arrives in Europe is Unwelcome and will Not be Accepted" : "That's Not the History of our Europe", he stressed. "But, they are also InEfficient, Because ... they Never Agree", between the "Nationalists of the Country of Arrival", and "the Nationalists of the Country which shoud show its Solidarity", as he pointed out.


- On the Contrary, "we work together, since several Weeks, .... in order to obtain a European Solution, which would be more Efficient" : This, practically, includes, f.ex., "to continue cooperating with the Countries of Origin and of Transit ; provide for a Future of the Young People inside their Countries of Origin", "Strengthen the Fight against the Smugglers", etc. : "Because ... Europe has to be More Strict, on this matter, and Better Protect our Borders", Macron stressed.


+ This includes also "the Principles of Responsibility and Solidarity", he added : - "Responsibility means that the Country of the 1st Entry into Shenghen Area, canNot elude its Duties", since, "according to the International Humanitarian Law, it's the Nearest SeaPort which must be reached". And "Solidarity means that we canNot Abandon any Country to assume Alone all those Arrivals, but", on the Contrary, "it Needs a Financial Solidarity", and "a European Solidarity in order to Return Back Home those who won't get any Asylum", he explained.


=> "So, it's on these Basis, that we are going to Support Together certain Concrete Solutions for the (EU) Summit of Salzbourg", Macron had Concluded, Yesterday in Luxembourg.


 + "Now, it's about advancing in the Implementation and Concrete Solutions on these Basis", he pointed out, without explaining furher details...


But there wasn't yet any Official Statement on the Outcome of his subsequent Talks with German Chancellor Angie Merkel, Later this Evening at Marseille, (Comp. Supra)...


It's also True that this Delicate and Multifacet Issue of Mass "Migration", often faces Various Influences by the still On-Going, and sometimes UnPredictable, relevant Socio-Political Developments, including, f.ex., among others, also the Results f the Elections in one or another key Country, (f.ex., nowadays : Sweden, to be soon followed by Bavaria, etc), the Number and Circonstances of various kinds of Aggressions eventually committed by some Non-European Mass Migrants, of the Kind recently Send to Europe by Turkish Smugglers, (i.e. since 2015-2016), etc.


I.e. it depends also from what relevant events might, eventually, occurn might happen, or not, during the Next 12 Days... I.e., from "the Right Moment" (Comp. Supra).

 

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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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