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French President Hollande PressCom Head Ripert-Landler to EF: Berlin Summit =Step 1 after Bratislava

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Tomorrow, Wednesday 28 September 2016's exceptional Berlin Summit, hosted by German Chancelor Angie Merkel, with French President Francois Hollande and EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with European Industry representatives, is a 1st Step on the Road-Map decided by the recent, landmark EU-27 Heads of State/Government Summit at Bratislava, (Slovakia : current EU Council rotating Chair : See "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that crucial EU Bratislava Summit, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavasummitoutcome.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/victororbanoneuropeanandnationalreferenda.html +http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncitizensandbratislavasummit.html , etc.), stressed to "Eurofora" the Experienced Head of Press relations EU policy at "Elysée" French Presidential Palace in Paris, Claudine Ripert-Landler, who accompagnies President Hollande as Press Spokesperson in European and various other Franco-German-EU Summits (f.ex. in Brussels, Strasbourg, Berlin, etc).

 

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(French President Hollande, speaking with Journalists, including "Eurofora",
at the latest EU Summit in Brussels, 6.2016)

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On another, key "Hot" Issue of the EU-27 Bratislava Summit's official Conclusions, that of the recent 2015-2016 Crisis of Mass Migrants/Asylum Seekers, Unprecedented, more than 1,5 Million tresspassings in the EU through Turkey, a previous Summit of several EU Heads of State/Government has, meanwhile, already taken place, just a few Days earlier, at Wien (Austria).


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    The French Presidency's Spokeswoman confirmed to "Eurofora" that the main expected Focus of that Berlin's Summit with EU's 2 Biggest Economies, plus EU Commission's economicaly and financialy Experienced new Head, is due to turn mostly around "Digital" New Technologies. (See also Infra, and relevant NewsReport on Europe's Digital Potential, from a recent Question/Reply interaction between "Eurofora" and Experienced, former CEO of mainstream Newspapers + "France-Televisions" Big AV conglomerate, Rémy Pflimlin, nephew of Historic former Prime Minister, and f. President of EU Parliament + CoE's Assembly, Pierre Pflmlin, long-time Mayor of Strasbourg, in a Press-lunch organized by Strasbourg-Europe Press Club, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/pflimlinonwebnewsdebatesandeudigitalpotentiall.html ).

 

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Ripert-Landler with President Hollande, earlier at an EU BRX Summit ("Eurofora" Photo)
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      - This "Berlin" Top Franco-German Meeting, takes place "in a European Framework", she Stressed, including "a Cooperation with Industrialists, which has been going-on for years" now, so that "it has Become almost Usual".


      - I.e., "it includes Exchanges with a Group of 20 European Business Leaders, who are Familiar with such kind of (Economic-Political) Meetings, since they have been regularly organized, Each Year, during a Recent Period, together with the (German) Chancellor" Angie Merkel, French President Hollande's competent Spokeswoman reminded.


    - "Indeed, this Year (2016), it includes Topical Issues such as the Digitalisation of Enterprises, etc", Ripert-Landler clearly reiterated.


     >>> - However, Now, "it's, Absolutely, in Line with the Priorities that the EU" of 27 Heads of State/Government, meeting Recently "at Bratislava", (for a 1st Summit without the UK, shortly After the June 2016 "BREXIT" Vote in Great Britain),s "have just Fixed for themselves", including also <<a Deepening of the European Integration, thanks, particularly, to its Franco-German core>>, as "Elysée"'s Spokeswoman agreed, on this Last, Key point, with "Eurofora".


    - Among "the Issues that are due to be Discussed Tomorrow" in Berlin, "can also be EU's Energy Independency, as well as the Energy Swift, on which we are Working for Years", she Added.


    - "But it is expected to be rather More Focused on New, Modern Technologies, and Not so much on the Transport Routes of Oil/Gas", neither on relevant with that  last point, 3rd Countries, Neighbouring the EU, since "it's a Really Intra-European" event, she Clarified.


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(Cyprus President Nicos Anastassiades with New UK Prime Minister Theresa May, earlier Today in London
- Photo communicated by Cyprus' Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides)

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+ This was said by "Elysée"s main Spokesperson to "Eurofora" on the occasion of a previous, brief but Topical meeting between French President Hollande and Cyprus' President Nicos Anastassiades, (who has just concluded a Longer official visit to the New UK Prime Minister Theresa May in London, 26-27 September 2016, on his way Back from the UN General Assembly in New York : Comp. relevant Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides' Statements to "Eurofora", at the Bratislava Castle, on the sidelines of the latest EU Summit there : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cypruspresidentforcitizenssaybeforechairingcoe.html), that Same Day, at Noon, in Paris, which, according to more recent, well informed, sources from the Cypriot Presidency, in addition to main Political Issues, is also due to Include certain Currently Unfolding Developments around an Important, forthcoming Tripartite Greece-Cyprus-Egypt Summit, between Prime Minister  Tsipras and Presidents Anastassiades and Al-Sisi, at Cairo, on October 11-12, where Both "Security" Regional matters and, particularly, some Strategic, Energy policy Options on Oil/Gas Transport Routes to the rest of Europe.

F.ex. either through a "Trans-MED" Pipeline from Cyprus+ to Greece, Italy, etc, as Israel has also suggested previously, considering that its recent Oil/Gas Findings are closely interwoven with those of neighbouring Egypt and Cyprus, and/or via High-Tech Liquefied Gas Ship Transports, including through a planned Alexandroupolis Off Shore Platform in Greece, to Bulgaria/Romania and, f.ex.through the Danube River into Strasbourg-crossing Rhine river at the Franco-German Industrial core of the EU, after also a Recent Meeting between Cyprus and Bulgaria Energy Ministers, Lakotrypis and Petkova, Yesterday in Nicosia. In a Parallel Move, Flying Today to Athens, the Cyprus' Energy Ministers is due to meet there his Greek and Israeli counterparts, at anOther Tripartite encounter, Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, (i.e. almost at the Same Moment with the Ananstassiades - Hollande meeting in Paris).


Hollande's former Economy Minister, popular Emmanuel Macron, (a current atypical, new kind of Candidate to the fothcoming French Presidential Election of April-Mary 2017), Replying to an "Eurofora" Question during a Press-point in Strasbourg, just before a very Busy Visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on September 2015, (where he Added, at the Last Minute, shortly After Speaking on such Topical Issues with us, also an Exceptional Meeting with Israel's Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz), that a Recent Finding, by Italian Giant "ENI", of even More Gas UnderSea Resources at the Egyptian SeaCoasts, facing Cyprus and Israel, was an Important, Positive Development, for All Involved, (i.e. EU included. See "Eurofora"'s NewsReport at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frencheconomyministermacronegyptisraelcyprusgaspipelinebigchance.html , as well as Other Minister Macron's declarations, more Recently, on 2016, also in Strasbourg, but this time on Digital Networks, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/strasbourgregionpresidentrichertandfrencheconomyministermacrononhighspeedinternet.html ).

 

- "This can, naturaly, be Important for EU's Energy Independency through a Diversification of Oil/Gas Supply Routes", she acknowledged, but in the forthcoming "Berlin Summit, the Focus will rather be much More on EU's Energy Independency mainly through High-Tech Innovation and various Modern Technologies", the French Presidential Palace "Elysée"s Press Spokesperson told "Eurofora".


A Press Statement from President Anastassiades is due around Noon in Paris, but withOut a joint Press Conference with President Hollande this time, other Cypriot and French sources told "Eurofora" Today.


That Bilateral Top Meeting, which is expected to include also the Internationaly Famous, Political "Cyprus' Issue", as, f.ex., Problems reportedly provoked by Turkey's stuborn insistance to Keep a part of its Invasion/Occupation Military Troops in Cyprus' Territories, illegaly Occupied by Ankara's Army, imported from the Anatolia plateau, Back on 1974, more than 42 Years ago, and still remaining at Cyprus' Northern Territories, (from which almost All Lawful Inhabitants have been Obliged to Flee, becoming Refugees or Displaced Persons inside their own Country, whre the Turkish Government seeks to Keep them even much Longer, if not always, in an Endless process, by practicaly Re-Naming them as so-called "Security Guarantees" of an evenual Political Agreemnt for the ReUnification of the Island, while a Timely "Defense Council" Meeting will be taking place at Elysée Palace, Earlier Tomorrow Morning, with French Minister or Defence, Jean-Yves Drian, (Comp. Minister Drian's various Statements to "Eurofora", made Earlier at various Other occasions, f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchdefenseministerdrianonisis.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchdefenceministerondualpolicy.html , etc).


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(German Spokesman Seibert with Chancellor Merkel
at the latest EU Brussels' Summit, 6.2016 - Original Photo by "Eurofora")

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- Meanwhile, the German counterpart of Ripert-Landler, Government Spokesman Steffen Seibert, had, Earlier, last Weekend, officialy anounced, in a written Press Statement communicated to Registered Journalists, including "Eurofora", that "the Main Focus of the Debates (Tomorrow afternoon at Berlin), for this Year (2016), is placed on EU-level Decisions for Innovation and Competitiveness", stressing also, particularly, "the Importance of the Digitalisation of All Sectors of the Economy".


In this regard, the competent EU Commissioner on Digital Economy and Society, Gunther Oettering, a ChristianDemocrat Political Leader from the  Baden-Wurttenberg Region, near Strasbourg, has just made, inter alia, also a relevant Topical Press Conference, Yesterday in Berlin, on "the current Proposals of EU Commission, from (Digital) CopyRight up to Roaming".


Seibert has anounced, for Wednesday Afternon in Berlin, a Joint "Press Statement of the German Chancellor, the French President, the President of EU Commission and the Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists, Benoît Potier" (from France), shortly before a series of "Exchanges" between Angie Merkel, Francois Hollande, Jean-Claude Juncker, "as well as 20 Chairmen of the Board of leading European Companies, members of the "European Round Table of Industrialists" (ERTI), "in the framework of a working Diner, at the Federal Chancellery", later-on, Tomorrow, Wednesday Evening.

 

 

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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora" Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Verion, might be published asap).

 

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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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