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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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29.06.19
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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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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

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