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Kohl more Popular than NATO/G7+, has Topical Legacy on GeoPolitic, Social, BioEthic European+ Issues

Ecrit par ACM
jeudi, 29 juin 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE+Prefectoral Palace+EUParliament Press Conference/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 1st Time that we met Helmut Kohl, was at CoE's 1997 Summit in Strasbourg, Together with Chirac and Yeltsin, (Smiling and Joking, Face to Face, at a corridor of PMC Building), they had just created the "Trilateral" Franco-Germano-Russian meetings, later Developed by Shroeder, Merkel, Putin, Medvedev, etc, before fading away... But Now, 20 Years Later, on 2017, when Kohl suddenly left us, his Legacy touches More Topical Issues, than some would dare acknowledge !

 

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(Helmut Kohl at CDU's 2010 Congress at Karlsruhe - Photo Eurofora)

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First, it's a Fact that the Historic German Chancelor is much More Popular than ...NATO or even the G7 (former G8) Summits :


Indeed, while the Memorial Ceremony on his Honour, scheduled for Saturday, 1/7/2017, at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, is due to gather here More Heads of State/Government than the CoE and NATO Summits of 1997 and 2009, respectively, as the Director of EU Parliament's Office, Luis Martinez-Guillen, observed, (noting f.ex. the EU, Russia, even China + USA Delegations, several Famous former Leaders, etc), Nevertheless, the Record-Brief Time ("only 10 Days !") that the Competent Services had in order to Organize the Security of this Top Meeting now, ("the Shortest ever, and with the Less possible Restrictions on local People's everyday Lives", as Lower-Rhine Prefecture's Secretary General, Yves Seguy, also Replied to an "Eurofora" Question at a Press Conference Today, on the 5.000 Guards, Blocked Circulation and No-Fly Zone, etc., protecting the event), Fits Well an Exceptional Lack of foreseable Unrest or Trouble during such kind of Mega-Events :


 - Contrary to what was the case, f.ex., back on 2009 NATO's 60th Anniversary Summit, when Strasbourg City had been almost Cut in Two Parts : one placed behind Huge Barricades, and anOther Exposed to Loud and Massive Protest Demonstrations, Street Violence, Gas, even Fires, etc, "this Time, at my Knowledge, at least until now, Nobody has asked to make any protest at all. There is Not the same Tension as then", noted the Experienced President of Strasbourg's "Euro-Metropole", Robert Herrmann, evoking also "Eurofora"'s Memory from those incidents of the Past. I.e., in other words, Nothing Similar to the usual Mass Counter-Demonstrations of G7-G8 Summits, etc...


But, in fact, some among the most Topical Issues that Kohl's Legacy realy touches Nowadays, (from GeoPolitics to Economic-Social matters, even BioEthics, etc), are Not expected to be openly Acknowledged by most Establishment's Medias, simply because they seem, Politicaly, ...too "Hot" !


>>>  F.ex., those "Trilateral" Franco-Germano-Russian Leaders' Meetings, inaugurated with Kohl in Strasbourg, back on 1997, (Comp. Supra), and well Alive a Decade later, f.ex. on 2006, at Compiegne Castle, near Paris, (where Jacques Chirac had Welcomed Angie Merkel and Vladimir Putin : Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReport from that Historic area), and even Later-on, with again renewed participants, Obviously point at De Gaule's vision for a "Greater Europe : from the Atlantic Ocean to Ural Mountains", which has almost ...Vanished some Years Ago, particularly after the Ukranian conflict of 2014, that Threatened to Cut the European Continent again in 2 Separate Parts, almost as it was the case in that Bleak Past of the former "Cold War" era...


In Addition to those "Sanctions" and Counter-Sanctions, etc., which have already Costed a lot to Europe, both in terms of Tragic Human Lives' lost, even among Many innocent Civilian People, but also in terms of Economic Growth opportunities Lost, (as, f.ex., OECD's Head, Angel Guria, has Admitted, speaking to "Eurofora" : See ....), followed even by several High-Tech. Cooperation chances between EU and Russia, being Wasted, etc, Moscow's recent Exclusion from the original "G 8" Summits, (which were hastily Reduced into "G 7", during Barack Hussein Obama's era), was Strongly Criticized by Helmut Kohl himself, (f.ex. on the occasion of the Publication of his Book "Out of Concern for Europe", on 2015).
And it's not only by Chance, that Kohl's Family has just, notoriously Invited to the forthcoming 1.7.2017 Strasbourg's European Memorial Ceremony, also Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, (as well as former US President Clinton, etc), whose venue has been clearly Confirmed to "Eurofora" Today.


Indeed, by another "Coincidence", it was on "Peace" and Reconciliation, that the Historic Leader of the German ReUnification, had Focused the 2nd Time that We briefly but topicaly met Helmut Kohl, during the 2004 European Parliament's Elections, together with the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leader Joseph Daul, at Strasbourg's shore to the River Rhine... The World was then at the aftermath of Controversial Iraq War II, mutatis-mutandis, as Now we are still in the Middle of the adjacent, and even more Dangerous, Syrian bloody conflict. However, the aftermath of Kohl's era had just Achieved, then, on 2004, to Facilitate and Attract also Europe's ReUnification, with EU's Enlargement to Central-Eastern European Countries, plus Malta and Cyprus.

 + In Fact, even Before seeing Kohl physicaly, we had already Felt certain important Changes to which he has notoriously Contributed : - Even if we had been Living in Strasbourg already as early as since the Middle 1970ies, and despite the 1st EU Parliament's Elections, since Back on 1979, (almost the Same Time than Young Student Jean-Claude Juncker,  the current EU Commission's President - was studying at the Same Faculty of Law here, visiting COE's Assembly and even got Married), nevertheless, it's, indeed, a Fact, that Modern "Europe" Started really to Exist during the 1990ies :


- I.e. just after the German ReUnification, which Marked "Cold War"'s End, Russia's Accession to a PanEuropean CoE, Headquartered in Strasbourg, Maastricht and Shengen (EU Citizens' Free Movement), as well as the Preparation of EuroZone, ECHR's Awakening, with a its First "Hot" Judgements on key Human Rights issues, closely Followed by a Big Reform, (Initialy due, in fact, to prepare former Central-Eastern European Countries, to Reforms necessary for Economic Cooperation, but, already Affecting all Core Human Rights Values, such as Prohibition of Torture, Protection of Life, etc., mainly in Turkey, added also to various other Issues throughout its PanEuropean area, etc. All that (and even more) thanks also to what he had just Contributed to Do.


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 - Economy and Europe's Future and even Identity were Not so separate Issues, as some may think, for Political Leaders as Helmut Kohl, the Historic Initiator of Maastricht Treaty and of €uro-Zone. During his era, EU Parliament held one of its Most Important Public Debates ever, on Europe's State of the Union and its foreseable Future : that of October 1995, in Strasbourg, including on the forthcoming entry into force of the €uro common Currency, for he 1st Time in History, with the Participation of All EU Institution's Heads, and even UNO's Secretary General, etc, on the Occasion of which, some among the Future Problems, and their Possible Solutions, had been already, astonishingly Foreseen !


 - So that, when We anew Crossed Helmut Kohl's moves, back on 2011, at Nearby Freiburg, where he had come to meet with then Pope Benedict, during his official visit to Germany (Comp. relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReports from Freibourg: ....), the Experienced Chancelor had just Strongly Criticized an Exceptionaly too "Laxist" policy on Financial and Monetary issues, related to €uroZone, by his "Socialist" successor, former Chancelor Schroeder, especialy around 2000-2002 (i.e. since his Alliance wih "Joshka"'s "Greens"). This had also allowed, and even incited a "Socialist" Prime Minister of Greece to make it Enter in the €urozone much Earlier than the Country should, i.e. even Before making the Necessary Economic Reforms, in order to Snap the April  2000 Election, which maintained him on Power during 4 undeserved Years more...


In Exchange, he Lifted Greece's "VETO" against Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, (as USA's a.o. "Socialists" wanted then), provoking a still persisting Political Problem in the EU. As even EU Parliament's vice-President Wieland told "Eurofora" on that matter : - "The Socialists pushed Greece precociously in the €uroZone, because they wanted Turkey to reach the EU"...


=> Thus, a Trend to Accumulate Debt, which had already Started, as a kind of "Silent Killer", as Early as Since the 1981 First "Waves" of Massive Clientelism and Nepotism of former, mainly "PASOK" Governments, that had notoriously Hired and/or appointed in the State-Controlled Sector, an Excessive Number of Counter-Productive, Cashy Job Holders and Cronies, suddenly "Erupted", with an obvious "Explosion" on Autumn 2009, revealing a Huge, unprecedented Amount of Debt, Triggering €uroZone's Biggest ever Crisis.


All this Resulted in 2 quasi-Parallel Crisis:  a Political (with 3 "No" to EuroReferenda in France, Netherlands and Ireland, followed by the Emergence and Spread of "EuroScecptic"/"Populist Parties throughout all the EU, which Delayed or even Blocked European Integration), and an Economic one, (which Threatened "€uroZone" almost with Extinction). Taken Both Together, they were the Biggest Threat ever met by €urope nowadays, and Kohl (who always stood Against Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid) was obviously Right to Denounce that 1999-2002 Bad Deal.


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+ At another Key moment : During the latest Electoral Campaign in Germn Federal Elections : that of 2013, "Eurofora" had followed Angie Merkel's kick-Starting pre-electoral Meeting, at the Beginning of August, in Kohl's Home City : LudwigsHaffen :


- There, almost Everything appeared to Work Smoothly : Merkel started by her Famous and Popular, then, "No to Multi-Kulti !" - as she had also notoriously done in the 2009 European and National Elections, Brillantly Winning Both, Together, then, with Sarkozy in France (2007+2009), and Cameron in the UK (2010 + 2015).


+ She had added a Coherent Appeal for Healthy and "Strong Families" in Germany, announcing more Measures also for Natural Families and Births, as well as for Raising and Educating Children, etc., Merkel obviously Tabled, then, mainly on a Natural, Endogenous, German/European Population Increase, strikingly Similar to the views expressed, Nowadays, by ...embattled Prime Minister of Hungary, Victor Orban, (f.ex. in his Recent Speech at the Budapest World Family Summit, on May 25, 2017 : See ...).


The rest was around a Modern pro-European : "Strong Germany, inside a Strong Europe in the World", based on a Solid Economy, WithOut Debt, and Technological Innovation, etc.


She went on to Brillantly Win in the subsequent, September 2013 Federal Election, with almost 40% of the Votes.


And in the immediately Following EU Summit, October 2013 in Brussels, Merkel looked Better and Stronger than ever : Radiant, Smiling and very Active, she Focused on proudly Raising the European Flag for Freedom, Independence and High-Tech. Development, by Defending Citizens' Personal Data Protection from Foreign Spying (we were then at a "Snowden" revelations era on Obama's infamous NSA), against Cyber-Aggressions, and in favour of decisively Boosting independent European Digital Innovations in the World, (etc).


But, suddenly, After that Voting Time, something mysteriously Negative happened : Already, overNight, Merkel's ChristianDemocrats' initialy Absolute Majority at the Bundestag (according to all Exit Polls), was, Later-on, unexpectedly Reduced into a Minority, Lacking of just Four (4 !) MPs in order to become able to form a Government. Followed 2 Series of Long, "Bumpy" and nerve-Exhausting Negotiations, first with the "Greens", and, then, with the "Socialists", up to Late December... And then, after an unusual for her, "Globalist" holiday resort at a too well known area of Switzerland, (opposite to the always Discreet but spectacular areas of Tyrol's Mountains that she usualy prefered), Merkel suddenly appears with ...Cruntches, Unable to Walk ! Collegues in a Berlin Press Conference ask if there was any Investigation for a possible Covert Aggression against the German Chancelor.... And, meanwhile, Merkel has been Obliged, earlier, to make  quite a lot of Political Concessions : Among Others, the Turks are given a Right for "Double" Passports, allowing them to Massively get also German Nationality Papers, for the 1st Time in the History of the Country. A Turkish politician with an impossible Nama (as herself uses to say, Joking), pushed by the "Socialists", is appointed Minister for ..."Integration", and, therefore, all previous, Pre-Electoral Refusals of "Multi-Kulti" (Comp. Supra), ...Disappear from eyesight ! Worse : While Merkel had just anounced, in Brussels' EU Summit of early December 2013, her Intention to Travel to meet with the Russians and other Stakeholders in order to settle the issue of various Trade Areas, so that, instead of allegedly Contradictory, they become Complementary, so that EU Countries could have Access to a Wide Area from Portugal up to Vladivostok, (etc), on the Contrary, soon breaks out the Bloody Ukranian Conflict, from the Beginning of 2014, and her initial plans are Hindered. And, just 1 Year Later, on 2015, the Ludwigshafen (Comp. Supra) appeal for German Families' Natural Births-generated Population (Comp. Supra), are practicaly pushed aside, by sudden Claims that Europeans' Ageing woud be "Fatal", so that Only Youngsters hastily Imported from far away Foreign Countries, immediately Starting by More than 1 Million of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants' "Tsunami" intruding in Europe through Turkey, with the notorious Problems....


- Helmut Kohl anew surfaces at the News' Limelight, just after these events, on April 2016, anew near Ludwigshafen, when he Welcomes an exceptional Visit to his Home by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, in the middle of what was called the Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants "Crisis" through Turkey. But both Kohl and Orban avoid to criticize the alleged position of Chancelor Merkel, (who, at any case, Evolved considerably on 2017, after the recent Islamist Terrorists' Deadly Attacks Targetting Innocent Civilian People) : They simply stress, in public, that it would be Better for Europe to Find appropriate Solutions, already inside the Foreign Countries of Origin or Transit, Beyond our Continent, instead of massively inundating the EU.


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Last, but not least, on the Crucial, Nowadays, issues of BioEthics, (particularly Nowadays, with what is happening f.ex. in Germany, under the Pressue of the Declining "Socialist" party and some opportunists), already at Helmut Kohl's political defeat, Back on 1998, "Eurofora"' co-Founder had been genuinly Surprized to see, almost immediately then, a German Medias' Publication Warning about alleged Risks, in a period "After Kohl", to see, sooner or later, emerge, in one way or another, various kinds of Horrible results from more or less atrocious, and, at any case, Dangerous Genetic a.o. "Tests on Human persons"...
During Kohl's era as Prime Minister, indeed, it was, in principle, Unthinkable to autorise such things as, f.ex. Genetic Manipulations on Human Embryos, Genetic a.o. "Tests" on Human beings, Same Sex Marriages, and even less the Suborination of Children to Homosexuals' power, under disguise of so-called "Adoption", the Atrocity of "Surrogate Mothers", etc...


=> An Unforgettable in Memory image, in this regard, is, for "Eurofora", that of Helmut Kohl himself, exceptionaly visiting the Governing Party CDU's Annual Congress at nearby Karlsruhe, back on November 2010, together with Chancelor Angie Merkel, during a Diner organized just after a Crystal-clear Majority of ChristianDemocrat representatives, after a Long and quite "Hot" Debate, (that Merkel had wished as wide as possible, so that all concerned delegates have a chance to express their views), finaly Rejected a Motion which had asked to Legalise systematic Pre-Natal Genetic Tests, which, as many were Afraid, might have been opened Dangerous ways for some to slyly practice "Eugenism", with Obvious Big Risks against all Humanity.     


There too, Kohl was still so Popular, that Many People stood, for a Long Time, around his Table (where "Eurofora" had been also kindly Invited to join the bystanders), which had become the No 1 main "Attraction" of the most important Evening during that Mega-Event....
(See relevant, Original Photo by "Eurofora").

Helmut Kohl's real Legacy there, becomes Nowadays even more Important, when it has just been Discovered by several Medias that former USA President Barack Hussein Obama, had reportedly abused of his Powers on BioEthics to the point to have even issues a Formal Order to all American Ambassadors accross the World, already as Early as Since 2011, (i.e. even Long Before this became Legal in the US, via a Few appointed judges of the Supreme Court, Later on 2015), pushing them to Interfere in the domestic affairs of various Independent and Sovereign Countries.


This was Revealed these Days by the Scandalous Intervention of an Obama-appointed US Ambassador in EU Member State Romania's current efforts to Protect the Natural Family, between a Man and a Woman, by a Constitutional value Amendment, so that Nobody would eventualy provoke a sudden move by a simple and precarious pseudo-"Majority" of the moment in a Parliament. F.ex., mutatis-mutandis. I.e., as in the currently Out-going German Bundestag, where the Declining "Socialists" are obviously Afraid that, After the September 2017 Elections, the notoriously expected Entry of "AFD"' and Other New MPs, might radicaly Change the Political Majority, so that they rushed now to push for a Last-minute adoption of the Controversial "Same Sex Marriage", including even the so-called "Adoption" of Children by Homosexuals :


Something which may, notoriously, provoke even Grave Dangers for All Humanity, by inevitably creating many Thousands of "Clients" for shady Lobbies of Technocrats eventually seeking to Dominate and Manipulate the Artificial Procreation of Human Beings, (Unavoidable in the case of Homosexuals, because of the Impossibility of Natural Births).

>>> By the way, it's also a Fact that, only a Few Months before Helmut Kohl's Political Elimination by the "Socialists" and other Adversaries, back on 1998, here in Strasbourg, inside the CoE, the PanEuropean Committee of Experts preparing the 1st ever Legaly Binding International Convention on the Protection of Human Rights vis a vis Bio-Medicine, etc., i.e. CoE's "Oviedo" named Convention on BioEthics, a Controversial Majority had just pushed to conclude on a Draft Text which did Not Protect enough mainly the Human Embryo, but also the Germ Line, Persons Unable to Consent, Human Organs from Trafficking, etc, as it had been Strongly and Loudly Denounced, then, particularly by a Cypriot Expert and, much More, by a Couple of German Experts, who were very Upset and Angry about that, seeking to Speak out to Journalists at the CoE, including with "Eurofora", for quite a long and intense moments, Warning in such a Dramatic way, that we shall Never Forget !


Shortly After that Exceptional 1997 Incident, (personaly witnessed by "Eurofora" at the CoE in Strasbourg), on core and "Hot" BioEthic Issues, the Long-Time German Prime Minister Kohl had been suddenly Thrown Out of Power, and replaced by "Socialist" Governments, from 1998, which Started to Push, among others, also for Genetic Tests on Human Embryos and Adults, etc.


Such Facts obviously contribute to Alert everybody, Today, 20 Years Later, on 2017, when, suddenly, Helmut Kohl passed away, anew in the Middle of so many and "Hot" GeoPolitical, Socio-Economic, and BioEthical Issues, (Comp. Supra).



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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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