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+EU Commission President Juncker to EF on Russia as EU-COE-USA moves unfold: "Big Issues" ?

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29.06.18
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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed that he Spoke about Russia with CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland, during an Exceptional Meeting, earlier this week in Strasbourg, just Before 2 Different but Synchronous Decisions on Russia were anounced Today, by EU's 28 Member States' European, and CoE's 47 Member States (including Russia, etc) PanEuropean, Organisations, on Various, but Both Topical and Important Issues, in Brussels and Strasbourg, respectively, concerning their Present and Future Relations to Moscow, (See Infra).

 

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- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking afterwards to Journalists, including "Eurofora" (See Infra), Today in Brussels, pointed at his recent Visit to Saint Petersburg (Russia), - which might be followed even by another one, soon, ...if the French football Team wins in the Mundial for the 4rth Round, as he had already announced from the start,-  Highlighting a Complex, but Dynamic situation, Open to eventual Developments, (See Infra), while an EU - Ukraine Summit is scheduled, here in Brussels, for July 8, 2018, in the run up to the 2019 Presidential Elections at Kiev.

+Given also the Fact that, almost at the Same Time, a long-awaited, Exceptionally Important, Top Bilateral Meeting between Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and the new USA President, Don Trump, is reportedly prepared for July 16, at Helsinki, Finland, (which is the Next CoE's rotating President for 11/2018 - 5/2019 : See Infra), closely Followed by an exceptional Juncker Visit to the USA, Soon After that, it looks as if a Wider Overhaul of Key, International Relations to Russia, could not be excluded.


Relevant developments certainly interest at the Highest Degree, even China, since Russia's Siberian Bridge Naturally and GeoPolitically is Beijing's most Direct, Continuous and Safest Road link to/from Europe, Nowadays, (given also the current, notoriously "Bumpy" Situation more at the South, which is not exactly the same as it had been, during the Times of Venice's Marco Polo, Back in History)...


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Since the Ukranian Conflict suddenly exploded, it Tragically Mutated a Peaceful,Historic Bridge, into a Monstruous Separating Wall,  during the Former US President Barack Hussein Obama, (a Globalist "Socialist", as also Bill Clinton, during whose tenure, it's the former Yugoslavia Bloody Conflict which had also Exploded, since the 1990ies).


+ Shortly Before that, during this Same Day, PaEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE° Highest Body, (its "Bureau"), decided, in Strasbourg to Publish Officially an Important Report, which contains Key Elements for an eventual Return of the Russian Delegation, which had been notoriously Pushed to Quit, during More than 4 Years (2014-2018), after a Minority of Registered MEPs, had Suddenly Voted a Controversial Amendment which Blocked a Compromise Deal, by Imposing more Heavier Sanctions to Russian MEPs than initially agreed, (See : ...), but have, recently, even Started to "Freeze" their Annual Financial Contribution to the CoE, just Before an eventual New PanEuropean Summit for 2019, due to re-Shape Strasbourg Organisation's main role, unless PACE guarantees the Immunity of All MEPs' elementary Voting and Participation Rights, (See: ..., and Infra).


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Juncker spoke to "Eurofora" at the Conclusion of EU Heads of State/Government's Summit in Brussels, (28-29 June 2018), just after the Official, General Press Conference, together with EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, and the rotating EU Chairman, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, (Comp. f.ex. : ..., etc).

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EU Commission Presidents's UnUsual Visit to Strasbourg, to meet with Jagland at the Beginning of CoE Assembly's Plenary Session, earlier this Week on Monday Afternoon, (25 June 2018) had, curiously, not been clearly Anounced to Strasbourg's European Journalists, (Not even in the Official "Press Briefing" of Friday Morning, 22 of June 2018), and, even More Curiously, the Usual Official Document Warning about All CoE's "Press Events" in the forthcoming Week, had Not been (as normally) Distributed during that "Press Briefing", of June 22, Despite even the Fact that, Afterwards, it was found that it beared the Date of "June 21", i.e. a whole Day Earlier !... In Addition, it had been Scheduled Only as a mere "Photo" event, i.e. withOut any Possibilty to Raise a Question, and even withOut any Declaration, Contrary to almost All Other High-Level Political Meetings of this week...


- However, it's also true that the Incoming CoE's President-in-Office, the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, Replying, Meanwhile, to an "Eufofora"'s Question, precisely on EU-CoE Cooperation, during a subsequent "Press point" with Jagland, the Next Morning, (i.e. on Tuesday, 26 June 2018), even withOut explicitly mentioning the Word "Russia", nevertheless, Concluded by Stressing "Items InterConnecting our (EU-COE) Work", ("instead of Dividing", as he characteristically added). (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/primeministerplenkoviconeucoecoop.html).


CoE's President-in-office spoke to "Eurofora" at the eve of a Crucial CoE - Russia High Level Meeting, Later that Evening, (Comp: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/russiaandpacecrisismayberesolved.html, etc), and just 1 Day after EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker exceptionally visited Strasbourg, (on Monday, 25/6/2018), to meet with CoE's Secretary General, Thornbjorn Jagland.  "Eurofora" also learned, later-on, from Prime Minister Plenkovic himself, that he intended to stay in Strasbourg also on Wednesday, before Leaving for the EU Summit in Brussels afterwards. Meanwhile, the outcome of that Exceptionaly Important CoE - Russia meeting scheduled for Tuesday Evening (26/6/2018), behind Closed Doors, had become more or less known. (See, f.ex., the Replies given to "Eurofora"s Questions by the President of Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, as well as from Dutch Senator Tiny Cox, President of EuroLeft Group and Rapporteur of CoE Assembly's Political affairs Committee on relevant issues, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeassemblyreportandrussianmep.html).

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Juncker spoke with "Eurofora" Today in Brussels, just after the unique Official Press Conference of EU Council and EU Commission on this June 2018 Summit.

 

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- "Eurofora" asked EU Commission's President if he had "Spoken about Russia, with (CoE's Secretary General) Mr. Jagland", last Monday Afternoon in Strasbourg (Comp. Supra), and  What he Wished, in this regard.


- Jean-Claude Juncker, after Carefully asking "Eurofora" to repeat the Question, Replied Positively :


- Indeed, I Spoke with (CoE's Secretary General) Mr. Jagland", he confirmed.


- In fact, it was "about ALL the BIG Problems" Faced Recently in Strasbourg, Juncker underlined, Obviously including also Russia.


- And, particularly, those "which make Upset Strasbourg's small World Upset", he indicated, in Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question on Russia, (which has, notoriously, Freezed, all its Annual Financial Contribution, as long as its MEPs are still Threatened.

                                        
- "This is a very Pleasant Endeavor...", Juncker pointed out, with his notorious Black Humour,  (apparently evoking the Anxiety recently felt by a great part of CoE's staff, for the possible Negative Consequences on the PanEuropean Organisation's Budget, but also on its Activities and overall Role : Something that, inter alia, also, f.ex. some Radio-TV Journalists had already Started to Feel in Strasbourg, if we judge by the Angry row with which they Reacted to recent Anouncements of the Fact that, as things stand, from Now on, they would have to Pay Cash, the Cameraman and Studio Facilities, which were Traditionally offered Free of charge : Comp., f.ex. ..., etc).


Juncker is generaly considered to be an Experienced Top Specialist of EU - CoE Relations, as the latter's 47 Heads of State/Government have already officially asked him, as early as since CoE's 2004 Summit in Warsaw Poland, (Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReports from the spot, Published then at "TCWeekly"), to Draft a landmark Report on the Future of EU-CoE Cooperation, (See : his Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions during his Press Conference just after the Publication of his Report, in Strasbourg, at : ..., etc).


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+ Earlier, concerning Don Trump's forthcoming Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Juncker prefered to Decline from making any "Comment" on "other Contacts that the American President might have", and Stressed, instead, that "we should De-Dramatize these Relations", simply because "We (EU) Need those Relations", and "the US Needs these Relations". He is due to meet Trump, officially on Trade Issues mainly, soon after the USA - Russia Summit in Helsinki, expected on July 16.


 - At the same time, "in Washington", I will "present the European point of view", he added, Expressing his "Dislike" for "some ... who speak about Division". In Fact,, "when it comes to Europe, we have to show that we Exist, that we are United", Juncker stressed, (while Russia had just reportedly Filed a Legal Complaint at the WTO in Nearby Geneva, base on Similar Trade Issues as those which are also pointed out by the EU, mutatis-mutandis).     


- So that, even if it's "Not Sure", a priori, "that we'll Find an Agreement", nevertheless, "We will Try !", EU Commission's President vowed.


---------------------------------------                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Concerning specifically EU - Russia relations, Juncker has recently stressed that "Positive relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation are Crucial to the Security of our continent. Our common objective should be to re-establish a Cooperative Pan-European Security order", as he wrote when he Congratulated Vladimir Putin for his Re-Election, on Spring 2018.


+ PanEuropean "Democratic Security" is also due to be a Standard for a possible New CoE's 47 (including Russian) Heads of State/Government Summit on 2019, (See Infra).


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+ Meanwhile, in a Parallel Move on Russia Today, at the Same Time in Strasbourg, CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) Highest body : its Bureau has just Adopted a landmark Report on Crucial Reforms, after the Row which has notoriously resulted from Too Heavy "Sanctions" against the Russian MEPs (Comp. Supra).


- The Report asks to "strike a Right Balance" between PACE's role as a "Human Rights Watchdog" and a "PanEuropean Forum for Dialogue', noting that there is No clear Majority for one or another option.


- In particular, concerning the Key Issue of Challenging the Credentials of National Delegations, and subsequent "Sanctions", PACE's Report notes the Fact that "Views Vary very Substantially". In fact, even if "the Large Majority ... agree on Maintaining the Possibility of (some) Sanctions" against MEPs, nevertheless, Only "Some" wish "to Maintain the Current "Sanction System", while, on the Contrary, "a Larger Number of participants, Question" various "aspects" of it:


=> They propose to "Change", f.ex.  by "Excluding the Rights to Vote, and to Speak", from those of which MEP "can be Deprived". And/or to "introduce a Graduation of Sanctions", or to "Harmonise" Representation and Participation Rights "between the (Parliamentary) Assembly and the Committee of Ministers", so that some may be "Present or Absent on Both", but Not Only in One among them, (Contrary to what was the case until now, since, f.ex., Russian MEPs were Heavily Sanctioned in the Assembly, and pushed to Quit, while, in the Inter-Governemental Committee of Ministers, Russia kept its Full Rights).


Such and other (f.ex. for Requirements of a Special Quorum and/or Qualified Majority on Sanctions, etc), Proposals for "Changes" were Refered, Today by PACE's Bureau, to its Committee on Rules, for a specific Report and Decisions, while PACE's new President, Maury-Pasquier, reportedly stressed its identity, role and mission as a statutory organ of the COE and a pan-European Forum for interparliamentary Dialogue, which aims at having an impact in All CoE member States.


Russia's Official Position is that Depriving any MEPs from their Voting and Participation Rights is "Contrary to the essence of the Parliamentary system ...as No one has the right to Deprive Elected deputies of their powers, except for their Voters in regular Elections".

 

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But, according to a Recent Analysis by "Eurofora", the real Situation inside the COE, right from the Beginning of the Ukranian conflict, allows, in Substance, for Russian MEPs' Safety to be, in Fact, Guaranteed against Risks of Abuse, IF some adequate Reform Measures, among those Currently Proposed above, are Adopted by PACE asap :


- A Key Point that "Eurofora" Discussed, earlier this week in Strasbourg, also with Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee's President, Leonid Slutsky, who, apparently, did Not Exclude, a priori, an eventual Compromise Solution on this, (See : ..., etc).


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    Today in Brussels, both French and German Leaders rejected an allegation that EU's Policy against Russia might be influenced by the UK :


    - Chancelor Merkel stressed, at first, that "We all contribute into Making the EU's Policy on Russia", where "every Country can bring something in".


    - But, on the substance, she only noted the Fact that "Yesterday, We (EU) Extended, Yesterday (June 28), the Sanctions, in relation with Ukraine and the MInsk (Agreements), as a Result of the later", she Simply added.


    Observers pointed out that, at any case, such a move would have to be, more precisely Finalized during July.


    - Russia reacted by Observing the Fact that there wasn't, apparently, any real Discussion, on that matter. And Warned that Kiev might, thus, find No Incitement to move at all...

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         However, Speaking Today in Brussels to Journalists, including "Eurofora", new French President Emmanuel Macron, Highlighted the Need to find a Right Balance between 2 Conflicting Trends:


    - "EU" is "Not for an Aggressive Policy vis a vis Russia", stressed Macron. "On the Contrary, we (EU) wish to Build a Sustainable Neighbourhood Strategy with her : I even supported that idea in my Recent Visit to Saint Petersburg, a Week Ago", he revealed.


     - "But we (EU) canNot, no more, Ignore what has Happened, particularly on Issues of Collective Security, including in Ukraine, where the Problem has not been yet Solved, and the Commitments undertaken with the Minsk Agreements, have not yet been met, even if they should be Respected, by All Sides", (i.e. Moscow and Kiev alike).


    - "Therefore, it would be Not Coherent, from our (EU's) Part, if by the Mere passing of Time, withOut any Developments in the Situation, we would Forget Both our Principles, and the Interests of our (EU's) Member States - f.ex. the Baltic States", etc             

    >>> However, "My Wish is to become able to Normalize this Issue, and, for that purpose, Both Russia and Ukraine should Find their Way towards Implementing the Minsk Agreements", the French President concluded.         


    Nevertheless, he didn't say what would happen if It might be the current Ukranian Regime which would, eventually, Block the Situation : Russia is supposed to be Motivated for a Solution, because of Heavy "Sanctions". But Kiev ?     


    All those who were closely Following the Developments about Ukraine, canNot Forget the undeniable Fact that, Back on February 2014, a written and signed Peace Deal,  had been agreed by an Elected Government and All the Opposition Leaders of Demonstrators, under the auspices and in the Presence of European Foreign Ministers from France, Germany and Poland.


    It promised General Amnesty, a National Unity Government, Presidential Elections before the end of the Year, etc.


    But, Suddenly, that EU-sponsored Peace Agreement, was trampled underfoot and broken into pieces, when some Deadly "Snipers" opened Fire, Curiously, against Both the Demonstrators and the Police, (as former Estonian Foreign Minister, and current MEP, Urmas Paet, notoriously Denounced : See, f.ex.: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573923/Estonian-Foreign-Ministry-confirms-authenticity-leaked-phone-call-discussing-Kiev-snipers-shot-protesters-possibly-hired-Ukraines-new-leaders.html ), provoking Violent Clashes which Brutaly toppled the pro-Russian Government and Seized Power by Force.


    Such a Last-Minute Violent Move droped that Peace Deal, which had just been Agreed by the Government and all the Opposition, under the auspices of the EU, (that Barack Hussein Obama's former US Assistant State Secretary Nuland had just notoriously slandered by her infamous : -"Fuck the EU !", a few Days Earlier), and Marked the Beginning of a Violent, Brutal and Deadly Ukranian Conflict, which persists until Today.


    A CoE's High-Level Independent Committee of Enquiry, Chaired by former ECHR President Sir Nicolas Bratza, (UK), found, in a Report published later-on, that those Deadly "Snipers"' Mystery, had Not yet been properly Investigated at all by the New Ukranian Authorities, (See : ...).


    A similar Failure to Investigate, mutatis-mutandis, was Found, by that CoE's Top Independent Experts' Panel, in a 2nd Report Published on May 2015, also in the Dramatic case of Odessa's Brutal Attacks by Violent Mobsters (arriving by Trains/Buses from Elsewhere) armed with Clubs, Pistols, Fire-Bombs, etc., who Killed Dozens of Peaceful Demonstrators, mainly by Burning them Alive, (See, f.ex., Authentic Photos, Released during the Events overNight, including of the Famous, Young "Odessa Couple", published by "Eurofora" then, on May 2014 : ...), at Another Scandalously UnPunished yet Massacre of Dissident Civilian People.


=> Meanwhile, even Europe's Economic Growth inevitably Suffered a supplementary Loss of Potential, since that thorny Ukranian problem, provoked on 2014, as the Experienced OECD's CEO, Angel Guria, had told to "Eurofora" (See: ...).


    Recently, on March 2018, even the former "National Heroe" of Kiev's regime, Nadiya Savchenko, (who had notoriously been Jailed and Judged in Russia, before being Liberated after a World-wide Campaign, and becoming even MEP at CoE's Assembly in Strasbourg), just 1 Week After Denouncing that Kiev's Deadly "Snipers" (Comp. Supra) would have been orchestrated by some "Law-Makers" now inside the Ukranian Parliament, was suddenly Striped of her Parliamentary Immunity, Accused for a Plot to ..."Bomb" (sic !) the Parliament, and immediately Arrested and Jailed by Kiev's regime...

 

    Curiously, (but characteristically), Nadiya Savchenko's Downfall, among the current Kiev's regime, reportedly Started at ... Minsk (sic !), when she dared commit the "Crime" to merely ... Speak, in direct Dialogue, with her Compatriot Ukranians representatives from the Eastern, pro-Autonomy Regions of Donetsk - Luhansk !


Instead of being Congratulated, the Young Ukranian Woman MP, (who had been Elected at the 1st place, Heading the List of famous, former Prime Minister, Julia Timoshenko's Political Party : Comp. Timoshenko's Statements to "Eurofora", both Before, and After her own Imprisonment, by the Janukovich Regime of the Past, at: ..., + ..., etc), on the Contrary, she was Slandered and Accused of "Betraying" her Country, Excluded from her Party, Striped of her Accreditation to the CoE in Strasbourg, Harassed, (and Later Excluded even from the Parliament), etc.


In the MeanTime, Savchenko had Created a New Political Party, and had even Anounced her intention to take part in the Forthcoming, New Ukranian Presidential Elections of 2019.


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Precisely, when French President Macron, saluting Journalists at the end of his Press Conference at the Conclusion of the June 2018 EU Summit in Brussels, suddenly turned towards "Eurofora" and Greeted with a Smile, kindly asking - "Hi there ! How are things ?",


We Felt obliged to Reply by immediately Pointing at the Topical Substance of the matter :


- "Mr. President, Next Year, on 2019, when You shall become Chairman-in-office of the Widest European Organisation : that of the 47-Member Countries strong CoE, you shall have as Member State also Russia !", "Eurofora" Timely warned President Macron. The new French President apparently did not expect that, right at this moment, and, Surpized, given also the Big potential Importance of such topical matters, he appeared seriously Falling into ...Deep Thought !..


+ It's also on 2019 that PanEuropean COE is due to celebrate its 70th Anniversary, since its Creation, and even Elect a New Secretary General, (as the ...Russian semi-Official Press Agency "Tass" observed nowadays), as well as, the Series of Big Reforms of the ECHR arrive at its Culminating point, according to a prevision, already made since its Beginning, Back on 2010, at Schwitzerland's  InterLaken area, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports, then, from that superbe spot, at : ..., etc), even, perhaps, organize a New PanEuropean, 47 Heads of State/Governments' Summit, (etc), ... almost at the Same Time that EU Parliament's Elections of May 2019 may also Hide some more Surprises, with a more or less wide EU overhaul...


- "Hey, the President seems to Know you quite well !", Joked a collegue with a Friendly Smile., who had observed the moves.


- "Yeah, But....", we reacted, even more thoughtful :

 

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A Piece of Paper, with the Name of our Famous Brittish collegue, "Adam Boulton, Sky TV" Journalist, usually plenty of Brittish Humour, was now the sole reminder of the fact that he used to sit at the Same Table, in EU Summit's main PressRoom, aside "Eurofora", ...until this Morning, 2nd Day of the June 2018 EU Summit, when BREXIT was Discussed between 27 EU Leaders...

=> But, Will the Franco-German couple, who, in 2019, will have got (After the BREXIT) the Main Responsibility for the EU, (Together with Italy and various Others), Succeed to ReUnite a Dangerously Divided European Continent ?, we inevitably wondered.

 

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(NDLR: Under Exceptional Circumstances, "Eurofora"s SmartPhone was, curiously, Sabotaged by a Strange Incident, during the Trip from Strasbourg to Brussels, and afterwards, Hindering EMAILS and Original PHOTOS in 99% of cases. Thus, f.ex., Lacks the Photo of French President MACRON, etc)

 
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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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