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

Escrito por ACM
06.07.17
 
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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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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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