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Fast Track Political Start at Exceptional "G-20" Summit (amidst Transports' Black out)...

Ecrit par ACM
jeudi, 06 juillet 2017
 
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*Hambourg/(Germany)/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- An exceptionaly "Tight" "in" and "off" Program just started to Unfold overNight from the Eve of G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Germany's North-Western MegaCity of River/SeaPort of Hambourg:

 

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From the Afternoon, until Late Night, several...Trans-Continental "Duos" arrived at the Regional Airport, one after the other : F.ex. Idonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife, closely Followed by UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May. And, Later on, Mexican President Enrique Piena Nieto, before Russian President, Vladimir Putin, (just before MidNight), and so on.


Even a tasty ...Coffee served to Journalists, including "Eurofora", at G20's International Media Center, was made (in Germany) out Seeds coming from 3 or 4 Different Continents of the World, an NGO representative Lady who was distributing the relevant specimens and documentation, told "Eurofora"...

 

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The move had been Intensively Prepared by a lot of Earlier Top Meetings : F.ex. German Chancellor Angie Merkel, (the Host of this Annual Mega-Event for 2017), had Invited, previously, all EU Member States' Leaders in Berlin, for coordnination; Chinese President, Xi Jiping, visited Earlier, Moscow and Berlin: US President Don Trump, made a Long Series of relevant Phone Calls from the White House, just before his departure, and visited at the eve, Poland, at abOther Summit of Different, European Countries, (making, by the way, also, a landmark Speech there, (for the Western Civilisation's survival, etc).

 

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Tonight, the Japanese Delegation was the 1st to Open the (Mediatic) Fire, with the earliest Press Briefing here, on the Meeting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, just had with US President Don Trump, and New South Corean President Moon Jae-In, where North Korea dispute was at the Limelight, as a Japanese source told "Eurofora".


Abe is due to meet also Putin on Saturday, who Marks this 2017 G20 Summit with his 1st personal meeting with New US President Trump, already Tomorrow, Friday, July 7, 2017, at about 3 p.m., as Russian sources told "Eurofora": an Event expected to be closely followed by a lot of collegues...

 

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Merkel reportedly Hosts also a "Normandie" format Trilateral meeting with Putin and Macron, at the Morning of the Concluding Day, Saturday, July 8. (While the New French President's expected 1st meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jiping, might also Mark this 2017 "G20" Summit).


Meanwhile, for the First Time, the Starting Point of this G20 will be a Discussion and Working Session on the Fight against Terrorism, given also the Recent multiplication of Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks in Europe, (mainly at the UK), and in Damas (Syria),but also Elsewhere in the World, not only at Afghanistan, but even on...Philippines, etc.

As for Economic Growth, Trade and Employment, (which were the No 1 Issue for G20, when it had been Created, in the middle of the 2008-2009 Economic and Financial Global Crisis),they are due to be discussed ...over Lunch time, also Tomorrow, July 7.But a comparatively ..."Lighter", and less "bumpy", Lunch is prepared for the Next Day, Saturday July 8, with easier and interesting Discussions on Digital Technologies, Women empowrement, etc.


European and International observers also expect New UNO's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, venue and appreciations, just after his Experience, Today, at a Crucial Political Multilateral Conference on Cyprus' issue, (together with Foreign Ministers from Turkey, Greece, the UK, and the Republicof Cprus, the EU acting as an infuential Observer, as well as the Leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Communities).


But an overall Impression that, in general, the available Time is "Tight", and exceptionaly "Dense", these Days here, seems to be an ambient Feeling.


In this Context, it's obviously Astonishing to witness the UnPrecedented, Negative spectacle of at least certain Accredited Journalists - who were apparently MisInformed by some Official sources, (unless something Else happened here), to Drop any Independent Means of Transport, (Car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc), and use Only "Public Transport" means, in order to come and go at the International Medias Centre - to be Scandalously ' and Atrociously ...Blocked for almost 3 Anxious Hours, Standing up under a heavy Summer Heat,     immediately after Arriving (exhausted, without even Time to sleep, after an exceptionaly Overloaded period, both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, before Hambourg, and pending Crans-Montana, etc), since All Public Transports to the IMC, even TAXIs (sic!), etc, had curiously ..."Vanished", et the Nearest  to the Event Railroad Station !


Indeed, there  wasn't even anyone to simply inform, seriously and clearly, on what happened, and how could accredited Journalists, at least Access the Press Cente by Walking a long and complicated Distance of more than 1 km, with zig-zags, Lifting Heavy luggage, etc., at an Unknown place...Not even when the Trapped Victims were almost Handicaped, obvioudsly walking only with atrocious Pains, and Crutches...


Something Never seen before, at any other (among many) Summits, both in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, even at NewYork, etc;
It's only after almost 3  Hours Wasted, in Atrocioius Circumstances, Anxiety, etc, (and while some unrelated Civilian People started to Gather around, trying vainly to help, and asking what was going on, that we managed to Call at...Berlin, in the Federal German Government's Press Office, where someone gave the Mobile Numbers of certain Press Officers on the spot, who accepted to, at last, send a Shuttle to the  closest Railroad Station...


But, later-on, at this Evening, it all Started again : Contrary to previous kind Proposals, from a Shuttle Driver, to Help also at a reportedly Dangerous Night, to reach the Hotel, at the other side of the City, with Heavy Luggages, Pains and crunches, etc, and again Deprived of any "Public Transport", (Contrary to the Misleading "Advises", officialy given previously, by the Competent Athorities : Comp. supra), after Keeping for Hours, Standing up Exhausted, to Wait and Wait, this time Vainly, for any kind of Urgent Help with Any kind of Transport, (as some were Telling us to "wait", again and again), Finally, we had to Dare Walk for Kilometers, through an Unknown and Dangerous area in the Dark of the Night, already obviously Exhausted by the Previous ill-treatments, with Heavy luggages, atrocious Pains, moving with Crunches, for Too Many and Long Hours, through Never-Ending huge Avenues,  until we manaded, at last, to reach our Hotel, at about ...4 a.m. in the early "Morning" (i.e. withOut any Time to Sleep) !...

 
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During more than 24 Years of European/International Press Activities, including Many Summits, almost everywhere, even G8, G7, G20, etc., Both in Germany and in France, throughout almost All Europe, also at New York, etc, we've NEVER seen such Strange,  Heavy, Damaging and apparently Unexplained Obstacles !


F.ex., all Other Times, German (Federal and/or Local) and/or French Authorities, had put at the service of Journalists, either Shuttles (f.ex. in Bavaria, for Elmau Castle's "G7" Summit on 2015, and in Deauville, for the 2011 "G8" Summit), or, at least, an Old Bus, (f.ex. at Heiligendam, in Pomerania, 2007 "G8" Summit, etc), unless they had Clearly Warned about the precisely Blocked ares, and a Total Absence of Public Transport, nor Taxis, there, sufficiently on Time, so that Journalists could have been Prepared to have, at least, a Bicycle ready, or organize a venue Before such a Blocade, and find an Hotel inside and Near the Events' area (f.ex. at the November 2011, "G20"  Summit in Cannes), etc.


=> Apparently, there might be certain Exceptionaly Important Political Stakes, now, at this 2017 "G20" Summit in Hambourg, for some to apparently Attempt to slyly Obstruct Free and Efficient Press Contacts and Reporting, at such a level...

>>> One more reason, for all interested Collegues, to really Try to Focus on this 2017 "G20" Summit's main points of Substance (and surrounding Topical Political Events) !

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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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