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G.Papandreou to "hijack" Cannes' G20 Summit ?

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011
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*Cannes-G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Thousands of well-trained Policemen, Sea Divers, etc, intelligent Security Plans, added to a Democratic welcome to peaceful Global NGOs and Popular/Citizens' movements in meetings and Forums' debates from Paris up to nearby Nice city, extending a Global Popular Protest Network from New York and Wash. DC up to Frankfurt, etc., even a vibrant Political call by G20 Chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy  to Change the Global Financial System by multilateral Monetary Reforms, Energy and Food Prices Stability, etc., boosting Development against Poverty also as a means to stimulate much needed Growth for advanced Countries at this crucial moment of getting out of the Global Crisis, (see "EuroFora"s previous, relevant NewsReports), won't be enough for Chiefs of State/Government, International Organizations, Diplomats, Experts, Journalists, etc, to seize a rare opportunity to work efficiently for the General Interest of the World in Cannes' Seaside Oxygen during the next 2 or 3 Days, if Media's attention is threatened to be "hijacked" by an already experienced "troublemaker" who has even escaped until now the most sophisticated "Wanted" lists in anti-terrorist, anti-violence and other Security Services "Red" lists : Mr. Giorgos Papandreou : An already experienced "Hijacker" of EU's Brussels Summits during the last 3 Years (2009-2011)..


The current holder of the Prime Minister job in Greece, facing a growing Popular and Political, even Military (See infra) uprow against the way that he and his party (PASOK) have handled the issue of the huge Debt provoked to the Greek State, which arrived at an unexpected Hight on October 28, National Anniversary of the "No" to Fascism back in 1940 : a move to delay Hitler's rush towards Middle-East Energy sources, giving precious Time to the Allies during the Anti-Nazi 2nd World War, suddenly threatened to throw the deal he negotiated with the EU and IMF during last weeks in Athens and in Brussels to the hasardous outcome of a Referendum which many fear that it risks to be formulated as a kind of hard Black-mail, limiting voters "choice" between Schyla and Charybdi, (i.e. swallow PASOK chief, G.Papandreou's deal, or get out of €urozone, etc), upsetting Stock Markets, and even Cannes' Agenda :

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Papandreou's move, strongly denounced by the main opposition party "New Democracy" and other critics inside Greece and outside, as a "dangerous and unsrcupulous" manoeuver, even if it faces opposition also inside a fragile, 2-votes thin "Majority" of his PASOK ("Socialisst") party, obliged Sarkozy to change his already heavy Agenda and hastily organize an EU - IMF briefing, together with German Chancellor Merkel, followed by a meeting with G.Papandreou, placed just before and after a landmark Sarkozy- Hu Jintao, France - China bilateral Summit in Cannes, earlier scheduled for tomorow Wednesday November 2, evening in Cannes. 
 
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So that, after practically "Hijacking" most EU and €uroZone Summits, from December 2009, (initially scheduled, by many EU Decisions since 2005/2006+, to be a critical "Moment of Truth", with probable Sanctions if things turned nasty, for Turkey's controversial and Unpopular EU bid, by checking Ankara's compliance, or not, with the commitment it undertook when EU decided too start accession Negotiations, back on 2004, to stop Discriminating against EU Member Cyprus' hosted Ships and Airplanes, etc), up to October 2011, now, the USA-born George Papandreou even threatens to "Hijack" also Cannes' G-20 Summit, initially due, according to some experienced observers, to be a crucial opportunity to try to boost a more Democratic, Multilateral, and New Global Economic Governance, adequately reforming its Monetary system, starting to really act for Regulation of Global Financial and Oil or Food Markets, and using Development as a tool to stimulate much needed Growth Momentum in the foreseable Future.


However, Sarkozy clearly distinguished between the G20 Summit itself, which starts officially only the day after tomorrow, on Thursday, November 3, and the different, preliminary and unofficial contacts on the sidelines with G.Papandreou a.o. scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday evening, November 2, so that the Global Multilateral event may have a chance to start "PASOK-free"..

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      - While accepting willingly the General Principle that "it's always Legitimate to let the People speak", French President Sarkozy critically obseved, in a Statement made this afternoon, the fact that, in G.Papandreou's case,  "all Europe was surprised" by "the initiative taken Yesterday (Monday, 31st of October) by the Prime Minister of Greece, to anounce a Referendum", (as he said for a move for which not even G.Papandreou's Economy Minister, Venizelos, wasn't reportedly aware !), concerning a "Plan adopted last Thursday (27th of October, i.e. the previous week), Unanimously, (i.e. including by G.P. himself), by the 17 States of €urozone" as "the only possible way to solve the problem" commonly known as "Greek Debt".

       Without going into concrete details, Sarkozy also reminded to G.Papandreou that, naturally, the Principle of "Solidarity among all €urozone Countries wouldn't act without eachone consenting to necessary efforts", (i.e. leaving apparently open the specific question how, in  practice, Greece might find one or another particular way to reduce Debt and honour its commitments vis a vis the EU and IMF.   -That's why, "Germany and France (also) took the initiative to bring together the European Institutions, as well as the IMF, before the G20 Summit, in order "to check with the Prime Minister of Greece", G.Papandreou, the conditions in which, the undertaken commitments will be kept", he officialy anounced, after speaking together with Merkel.


In fact, €uro-Summit Heads of State/Government, earlier in Brussels, endorsing with a few relatively minor modifications a formula initially proposed by the Franco-German EU motor, personified by Sarkozy and Merkel, have wisely focused, in their latest Decisions on Greece, only on the Financial Outline, including the sharing of the overall Cost, Guarantees, etc, main amounts of Money involved, percentages of Debt, Timetables, etc., without yet entering into concrete details, f.ex. concerning the "burning" issue on how Greece might realize the required Economies, find the money needed, etc., that they carefuly avoided, apparently leaving it to Technical Experts for proposals while Political decisions were postponed for later-on, may be even for December, (See "Eurofora"s earlier premonitory NewsReport on that point).


But, both Economico-Socially, and Politically, the main thing is the concrete substance of any EU - IMF eventual deal with Greece, i.e. HOW these or othert Numbers for Economies, etc. can be really achieved in practice :

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In this regard, Giorgos Papandreou has never changed, during all the last 3 Years, from 2009 up to 2011, his initial insistance that "it's Not by Cutting Salaries, nor Retirements" of its staff that the Greek State would pay the Debt notoriously provoked by a massive Clientelism of PASOK's a.o. nepotist Governments who  had hired a lot of their own abusive cronies at cushy jobs in State-controlled sectors,  back since the 1980s, Hidding afterwards the Desastrous effects it had on the Country's Finances since 1999-2000, as he had already anounced from the outset in reply to "EuroFora"s question at his 1st participation as Prime Minister to EU Summits in Brussels on December 2009, (See our question and G.Papandreou's reply then, from the spot).

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Thus, he was led, during all these 2009-2011 years of negotiations with EU - IMF a.o. to focus Austerity mainly to the detriment of Production and/or of Poor People's economies, to the point that he notoriously, both failed to reduce the Debt, (because he brought  Recession, limiting State revenues), and provoked anger from Businessmen (who saw ther investments jeopardized),  as well as from Poor People, (who saw Unjust and heavy restrictions threatening even basic education, health and survival of their families), with a growing opposition, even revolt, throughout almostt all other parts of the political spectrum, from his Right up to his Left...

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Meanwhile, by the excessive Noise that he had made, since November 2009, when he started to reveal to Greek People that the Economic and Social Revival he had promissed a Month earlier in order to snatch the Elections from out-going Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP, (who had, on the contrary, told the Truth to the People about necessary Hard Economies and mainly Structural Reforms), was, in fact, impossible to achieve because of the Huge Debt accumulated since the 1980ies, G.Papandreou was also accused by Caramanlis' successor, Samaras a.o. to have seriously aggravated the situation by provoking a tremendous Augmentation of Interest Rates for lending to Greece, also exploited by Global Financial Markets in excessive heights of credit costs augmenting the Debt in tragic proportions, against both Greece and €urozone.

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Things got really nasty, f.ex. on October 28, National Anniversary of the Historic 1940 "No" to Fascism, just after the latest Brussels' EU Summit, when, after realizing that G. Papandreou had  large Crouds of People were gathered throughout all the Country's main Cities, crying ther anger against what they strongly felt as a "Corrupted" Government and PASOK a.o. Establishment Politcians who "betrayed" them, as they said, targetting with Tomatoes, Eggs and/or Insults PASOK Goverment's Officials, who run to escape, cancelling many traditional national parades at the last minute, in a never seen before spectacle, which included even Greek Army groups parading spotanteously in front of Simple Greek People, to whom they gave the Honors usually reserved to Chiefs of State/Goverment, applauded by astonished bypassers, (as f.ex. it happened in Thessaloniki's seaside, the 2nd largest city of the Country, host of a 2003 EU Summit, and Historic birthplace of King Alexander the Great, related also to a part of French President Sarkozy's Family)... PASOK Government reacted by an unprecedented move of suddenly changing all Heads of the Greek Army's Etat Major, dismissing all the previous Army Chiefs and replacing them by PASOK faithful staff, which surprised everyone, and was strongy denounced by main opposition party "New Democracy" (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), who anounced that it will never recognize such a change.. 

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Many Simple People were, indeed, revolted, when they saw that, according to Mr. Giorgos Papandreou's controversial EU/IMF Deals, their Country, Businesses and/or Family were threatened to suffer Heavy Economic Restrictions, without any other Hope than to find themselves and all the country, on 2020 with the same Debt as Greece alreeay had, back on 2009, i.e. before PASOK's latest rise to power, more than a Decade of Hard Efforts threatened to go down in ashes, (Debt, recently propulsed up to 165% of GDP, being just brought back to its 2009 level of 120% of the GDP)...
Popular Anger was also boosted by the fact that People were obliged suffer Heavy Resrtictions in their lives, already almost sacriificing a whole Generation, in order to pay  ... even early Retirement schemes to PASOK Government's Cronies and other Cushy Job Holders in the State-controlled sector, after some 30 Years of abuses by several oppressive Nepotists, among whom Noone was fired and/or otherwise punished, not even one, not even the more Corrupted !..      


Paradoxically, this seems also to clearly indicate the Direction that could and should take a Real Solution to the so-called "Greek Debt" issue, (in fact a Turkish Problem, provoked by a Network of former "Socialist" Officials and others abusing of any means to push Ankarars controversial and unpopular EU bid, in order to undermine Europe's role in the World, by provoking various contradictions  inside it : Comp. supra) :


- Joining Economic and Financial Efficiency, with the Dynamic Momentum of at least a great part of Honest, Simple People's bitter feeling of UnJustice, it's obviously by launching a Decisive and consequent Fight against Corruption and other Crimes committed by unscupulous, abusive and unpopular Politicians, Officials, Cronies and/or  Cushy job honders appointed by Nepotist PASOK a.o. Governments in Greekl State controlled Jobs during the crucial period of 1980-2010, (or even 1974-2011 if need be, as the main opposition party "New Democracy" and others have already accepted), that Justice can be done, Sanctions imposed to all those Responsible for various Scandals during the last 30 Years, many unpopular, abusive and Counter-Productive cashy and useless job holders Fired from Public Sector payrolls, thereby Drastically Reducing Greece's Debt, without harming Production (which could be relaunched, prividing Tax a.o. Revenues to the Greek State), nor imposing unjust restrictions to Poor People's economies, but, on the contrary, giving them a Chance to Hope for Justice to be done vis a vis any serious Crimes of the Past related to PASOK Governments' abusive Cronies, and a better Future, if they work hard, (See earlier "EuroFora"s NewsReports, from 12/2009 from Bonn/Germany, up to October 2011 Strasbourg/France, etc).    

     
An adequate Anti-Corruption and anti-Crime campaign, without artificial Time limits to investigations, (as it has already been done in various other Countries, such as f.ex. Croatia, Argentina, or Italy of famous former Judge Di Pietro, etc, and as even CoE's Anti-Corruption watchdog GRECO's Head, the experienced Drago Kos, has recently told "EuroFora : See earlier NewsReports with Statements by Kos and Di Pietro to "EuroFora", etc), could obviously be the only "Ciment" able to unite a large Political Majority in Greece, from the Right up to the Left, able and willing to lead the Country out of the provoked Crisis, and free the €uroarea from an articificial but heavy problem provoked by some Anti-Democratic and Anti-Europezan networks (Comp. supra).

Moreover, Greece seems to have good Oil/Gas potential Resources in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, which could help pay any justified Debts, if EU and others convinced Turkey to respect the International Law of the Sea and stop Military Threats.


Will there be left enough productive Time and consciousness of what is really at stake in Cannes' seaside Oxygen in order to clear out these last-minute attempts to throw, without any Warning, a  vague "Referendum" threat, at the last minute, before starting to deal with the World's most serious, Historic issues at this 2011 G20 Summit ?

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At any case, overnight News arriving from Greek sources, suggested that this controversial "Referendum" last minute threat, might not even find enough support to be officially tabled, (before the end of the Year, for Vote on January 2012), since several among PASOk Government's 2 MPs thin majority have reportedly criticized the move, some even agreeing with the Calls launched by all, various Opposition Parties in Greece, from the Right to the Left side of the Political spectrum, to form a National Unity Government, or, even better, urgently organize National Elections, in order to have a New Government soon, able to tackle the Crisis with Efficiency and Justice, for Europe's best interests, allowing the EU to play an important role in the World by usefully contributing to solve Urgent and serious Global Problems, instead of slyly undermining it for dark, Anti-European interests. 

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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).


The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.

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But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".
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* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".
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* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.
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Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-

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