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German offer for French Pres. Macron idea on EU Lists +Lead. Candidate =Solution to Top EU Jobs' row

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After apparently droping an initial pretext to refuse, at the last minute, the 2019 EU Elections' Winner Top Candidate to EU Commission's Head, the President of EU Parliament's Biggest Political Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Manfred Weber, about his alleged Experience (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/macroncomparestoweberonelections.html, etc), embattled French President Emmanuel Macron, (himself Elected very Young at that Top Job, just after a short interval as Minister), clearly Focused on the Lack of real, fully-fledged PanEuropean Elections, with TransNational Lists, (that he had proposed, as part of larger plans to revive Europe), in order to justify a persisting Opposition to the "SpitzenKandidate" pinciple, alone, (i.e. withOut TransNational Lists : Comp. Supra).

The Deadlock Crisis that such moves provoked at the Latest EU Summit in Brussels, initially due to Decide on the Appointments to EU's Top Jobs, (EU Council, Commission, ECB, PaEEA, etc), was given a 10 Days-Time Deadline, up to the Election of EU Parliament's President, at the Beginning of Next Week in Strasbourg. But, even if Intense Negotiations evolve in Brussels (and even in the sidelines of the "G20" in Japan !), the Time seems Short...

=> Therefore, it's, naturally, with a Mixture of Feelings of Hope and Concern that People hear various Contradictory News, Speculations, Hypothesis, alleged "Decisions", or Leaks,  from several Sources, which include what seems to be, perhaps, the Best, but also numerous Risks for more or less Dangerous Errors...

- How could Real Europeans not feel Exasperated when they see, already amidst "BREXIT" and "Euro-Scepticism", (often provoked by a Fake, "European-In-Name-Only" Establishment), also Looming, it seems, a more or less Dangerous Disagreement between Paris and Berlin, (amidst so many, recently accumulated, Regional and Global Challenges), precisely when they naturally Hoped, at last, for the Franco-German core of the EU to Boost Europe with dynamism ?...

But, it's right in the middle of such a Tension that (as it arrives sometimes in History) a simple but impotant Ray of Hope seems to have Started to Emerge :

>>> Indeed, Macron's Number 1 official Frustration at the last EU Summit in Brussels : i.e. the Refusal, until now, of his Proposal to introduce a part of European, Trans-National Lists in EU Elections, (Comp. Supra), appears Ready to be Accepted by Germany, since Governing party CDU's new Head, and close ally to Chancellor Angie Merkel, Annagret Kramp-Karrenbauer (alias AKK), just Started to Multiply various Press Statements about a potentially very Important, alleged Offer that she reportedly did to Macron, during a Post-Electoral Visit, Recently in Parisn as early as, already since the Beginning of June 2019 :

=> As things are presented this week, she would have Proposed to the French President to discuss and even promote, Together, his above-mentioned Idea to Create at least a Partly European/TransNational List of Candidates for the Next EU Elections (2024), on condition that he also accepted the "Spitzen-Candidat" principle, (i.e. that the current Winner of the 2019 Election, Weber, becomes, as scheduled, EU Commission's President). Indeed, Both point towards the Same Direction : a reinforement of EU Parliament, and of Electoral Democracy, at a PanEuropean level.

Obviously, this could evolve in much More than a simple Bilateral Compromise : Rather an Historic Moment for the further Development of European Democracy !

>>> President Macron would Better Seize that Opportunity ! (For the rest, AKK should become more accurate : Indeed, in some of her various relevant Press Statements, she says that her Offer was "to Speak" about it, while, in Others, she claims that her intention, in fact, would be to "Promote it Together", etc).

It should, probably, be completed also by a GeoPolitically "Balanced" Composition of EU's Top Job holders, (f.ex. with a French somewhere among them), but this concerns the Overall operation of Top EU Appointments/Elections, and not the particular issue of EU Commission's Presidency in itself.

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On the Contrary, more Recent, various Rumours about one or another Individual person being appointed to this or that situation on the Top of EU Organisations, including at EU Commission's Head, apparently include, among some Legitimate Hypothesis, also one or another Inaccuracies, Factual Errors, or even some Gross Political Blunders !

- F. ex., some repeated rumours about appointing Mr. Timmermans, Head of "Socialist" MEPs and former EU Commissioner, "Socialist" Minister, etc., at the Top Job of EU Commission's President, such a claim, (independently of the "Technical" Question of his various Capabilities), is a Gross Anti-Democratic Error :

>>> Indeed, that prestigious and very Important, Top EU Job has been often Reserved, (particulary Recently), also as a Symbol of  ...Victory for a Political Family in the European Elections, and lately (Since 2014) as the Biggest Reward, reserved Exclusively for the Number 1 Winner, "SpitzenKandidat" (Leading Candidate) of that Political Party which has just Won the EU Elections... But, Nowadays, the "Socialists", on the Contrary, ...Lost the Latest, 2019 EU Elections, and have Dramatically Fallen Down in percentage, Both in the 2 Biggest EU Countries : France and Germany, as well as in Poland and Many Other Medium or Smaller EU Member States ! Indeed, the European People have notoriously Voted as clearly "1st", the Center-Right's ChristianDemocrats/EPP, with "Spitzen-Kandidat" Manfred Weber... So that, if anyone replaced him with Timermans at that EU's Top Job, then, this would be perceived not only as a Political Error, but even as a blatant Anti-Democratic Contempt against the European People's freely Expressed Electoral Will !

=> A fortiori, commit such a Gros Political Blunder on the occasion of an EU Parliament where the European People has just Voted, on 2019, for an ...Absolute Majority of MEPs from the Right side of the Political Spectrum, i.e. to a Unity of all Right, (the Left -even included the Cetrists/Liberals- having been OutVoted and Limited Only to a Minority at EU Level : See Facts at http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/voterightparticipationboost.html , etc), would, Obviously, be the most Schocking and Revolting Provocation against the European Voters' Democratically expressed will... Popular Deception would be Desastrous, EU Citizens' Trust seriously Undermined, and an Historic Record-High Turnout/Participation, curiously, instead of being Rewarded, it would be ...Punished !

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+ But, even when Names from various current EPP Politicians are put into "Circulation" by some, in attempts to replace Weber at any price, for obscure or insufficient real reasons, they are not always well chosen...

- F.ex., among others, FMI's Head Christine Lagarde, from France, independently of her personal qualities, (Comp. Lagarde's Reply to "Eurofora"s Questions at a "G7" Financial Ministerial Summit in Paris, f.ex. at : ...), has already declared that she's not currently available, since she already has a Mission for several more years.

- More Nasty, some's attempt to consider even an eventual nomination of controversial new Irish PM Leo Varadkar, in the name of EPP !...

But, who could simply imagine, for a second, all the ChristianDemocrat Right (EPP) in Europe, being placed under someone so eager to push the controversial and unpopular "Marriage" between Homosexuals, (including Children submited under the Power of Homosexuals on pretext of "Adoption", etc), and who Imposed in Ireland even a Liberal Law for Abortions, (at the same moment that US President Don Trump takes Measures to Protect Human Embryos from being massively Killed and their Parts Sold to Labos for "Tests"), before his Government narrowly escapes from collapsing under a Scandal on Children Sexual Abuse, with the result to let the "Left" become the Biggest Party in that Country ?!...

 + In Addition, an incredible lot of Links to Medical Lobbies with obvious Technocratic Interests on certain LGBTI demands nowadays, (as, f.ex., Artificial methods of Births, etc), including a Father "Med. Doctor", Studies and Job of "Med. Doctor", even "Husband" "Med. Doctor", as well as Ministerial Post related to "Medical Doctors" : Health, etc., obviously don't leave him any serious chance to be withOut Personal Conflicts of Interests and Credible on key BioEthical Issues, of Crucial Importance for Humanity Today...

- The case of Croatian Prime Minister Andreij Plenkovic, (also cited by many), is exactly Opposite : He looks Good, Serious, and might do the job, but the Problem is that he's ...Too Efficient ! Indeed, in Addition to currently serving as an EU Council's "Negotiator" precisely on Weber's affair, he has just managed to also help his Foreign Minister,  Marija Buric, become Elected as New Secretary General of the PanEuropean CoE in Strasbourg (See: ..., etc)... Could Europe let Both its main 2 Organisations : EU and CoE, be Government by Croats, at the Same Time ? Some may find that too much, while others could argue that it might facilitate Inter-Institutional Cooperation, but few would find that probable...

- Remains, (among the Names currently Circulating), also the Experienced Michel Barnier from France, BREXIT's Negotiator, a former Foreign Minister, EU Commissioner and Top MEP, who, Paradoxically, is the Only one to have been reportedly Cited by Both French President Macron and Visegrad Group's Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary : 2 very Different Political Figures ! He had already an Ambition to become EPP's "SpitzenKandidate"/Leading Candidate, back on 2014, but the internal race had been Won, then, in the Primaries, by Juncker. Nobody really knows if he might, eventually, be now Ready and Willing, or not, to play such a role, instead of, perhaps, something else...

- Last, but not least, the sympathetic and active former EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva (also EPP), a University Professor from Bulgaria, currently World Bank's CEO, figures also in such lists, even if, according f.ex. to "EUObserver" News Website, is among those who "don't seem to have the necessary breakthrough momentum", as it puts it, for the present circumstances. Without excluding, also, a possible ECB orientation, eventually, nowadays.

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>>> At any case, however, the Main Point seems well to be Elsewhere, as an interesting New Publication by the 2019 Electoral Winner, the ChristianDemocrat/EPP's "SpitzenKandidate", Manfred Weber, at the mainstream Newspaper "Die Welt", (translated in English also at his Electoral Website: "manfredweber.eu") :

-  "The EU has a basic Problem: it is perceived as a Black Box which people have no control over but whose decisions they have to live with". We must "Bridge the gap between “Brussels” and Citizens. ....we ...have to take the risk of Democracy. The European Parliament, representing 500 million Europeans, is the key. The People make their choice in which direction Europe should go. The naming of Lead Candidates by the European parties gives a Face to these political Tendencies".

- "The lead candidate principle is certainly not perfect; but it is by far the best idea for Democratising the EU, by finally making responsibilities clear and by making decisions public" ..."fundamental principles, such as telling people Before the election what they can expect or that the biggest political Force will have a mandate for leadership, are a huge step forward. A European Democracy must be able to develop... MEPs have fought succesfully for this. I want to go forward"...

- ..."The substantive disunity of the Council, ...shows how necessary an ambitious European Parliament is for overcoming the blockades. Last week was the week of the European Council. This week is the week of the European Parliament. We parliamentarians will decide whether a Europe of the People is just a phrase, or a lived reality. We are fighting for a Democratic Europe. That’s what the EPP Group stands for. There is no way around the European Parliament".

 - But, now, "it is the influence of Parliament, and thus of Voters, which is affected. ...The EPP Group is ready to cooperate and to compromise on content and on questions of personnel, so long as the outcome of the European Elections is not carried to an absurdity".

>>> - "Only if we succeed in making Europe More Democratic, and in bringing it to the People, will Europe have a good Future. If Europe’s Democratisation fails, the EU can be seriously Threatened as well", Weber rightfully Warns.

- "Because People want to have a Say and an Influence. They No longer accept things’ being Decided Outside the Public Space, and withOut their Participation", he interestingly adds, comming another step Closer to "Eurofora"s Project, since our relevant Interview (See: .. + ..., etc).

-  "It’s not yet too late. But we need a bold and clear Reaction from the European Parliament", he concludes now.

=> Could it be, inter alia, also, perhaps, a crystal-clear and simple "NO !" Vote from the Absolute Majority of MEPs from All the Right, that EU Citizens gave to EU Parliament on 2019, (See: .., etc), if it becomes necessary ?

+  It's obviously here, that the above-mentioned, Recent Offer for a Franco-German Compromise, Based mainly on Starting to Build Together EU Parliament's future PanEuropean, TransNational Electoral Lists, at least partly, for everything to be Ready on Time Before 2024, (and/or, perhaps, in case of an imminent "BREXIT", sooner or later), should be accepted and well used, in order to Mark a New Development in European Democracy, (Comp. Supra).

If Macron and Merkel/AKK, as well as all other Heads of State/Government and/or MEPs really manage to Seize such an Historic Opportunity efficiently, then, the Crisis and Tension recently provoked nowadays, will get a Chance to be Transformed into a Resolute Advance towards a Stronger and more Democratic Europe.

 

 

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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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