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Franco-German couple Macron+Merkel say BREXIT may Boost EU Integration Faster

Written by ACM
Friday, 13 December 2019



*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking for the 1st Time after an Agreed BREXIT looks Ensured by the UK Election, brillantly Won by Neo-Conservative Leader Boris Johnson, Both German Chancellor Angie Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron clearly Reacted by Pointing towards a Stronger and Faster EU Integration in the foreseable Future, (in Good Special Relations with the UK).

- "I see it as a more InVigorating element" stressed Merkel from the outset, in Reply to Questions at her Press Conference in the Conclusion of this December 2019 EU Summit here.

- Because, "Perhaps, this will also Give us (EU) a bit of a Boost, in order to Speed Up", and act "More Decisively", the German Chancellor added.

+ Meanwhile, "Many people are Pleased" that those UK Elections gave "a Clear Result", so that "we woN't have, No more another Hung Parliament, to come and go again" at Westminster, Contrary to the Past, But "we Now have some Certainty ... that Britain's DisOrdely Exit from the EU is No Longer a reality", since "the (Withdrawal) Agreement, that we had drawn up, Will Apply". "Boris Johnson has Managed to Convince a Large Number of Citizens", and "it's Good to have a (UK) Prime Minister with a Strong Mandate, who Can, therefore, really Negotiate with us (EU), and "Succeed that ...Britain can ...be a Good Partner for the EU, as we want", Merkel concluded.


- Mainly, "We (EU) must Accelerate in going for Europe's Sovereignity !", ambitiously stressed French President Macron, Replying to a relevant Question on BREXIT's "GeoPolitcal" and other Consequences, at his own Press Conference, later Today.

- In Fact, "We are Ready to Advance with All those EU Member States which Wish so, in order to Build that European Sovereignity in Defence ("Military"), GeoPolitics, Technology (IA, 5G, etc), Climate (i.e. Energy), Food", etc., he explicitated.

+ In Parallel, we keep "a very Special Relation", a "Special Link with our Brittish Allies", not only through Already Existing Bilateral Agreements, "independently of the EU", But Also by "Elaborating the Coordination Tools for the UK to Continue as a European Partner ...for All the EU", Macron added.


- On the 1st Point, even if, "in this Europe of Tomorrow, (i.e. After BREXIT), France is the Only EU Member State to have Nuclear Power, and to be UNO Security Council's Permanent Member", so that "this gives us a Special Responsibility", as he noted, however, naturally, "We are led to Discuss with our 1st Historic and Economic Partner : Germany, but Coordinate also with Italy and Other EU Countries".

- A Main point is to "Try to Build more Convergences". As, "f.ex. in Defense : Reinforced Cooperation, EU Defense Fund, European Intitiative for Intervention (which reached 10 Countries, last July in Paris, Together with the UK !)", etc., he reminded.


+ Meanwhile, concerning a UK - EU Future Trade Deal,  - "We (EU) will have a Competitor sitting in front of our Door : Great Britain, who will be No Longer integrated into the (EU's) Internal Market, and will ...Consider the Extend to which it would Change its Standards : Britain will certainly Weigh up very carefully and ask what the Benefits are of leaving certain Standards that we have in the European Union, and what are the Disadvantages that can arise from this". So that the UK "will make an Effort that will Show to the World what is Inside" EU's "Door" towards the European Common Market, explained Merkel.

 - Indeed, the "UK should Stay Our (EU's) Friend", But "Conclure a Trade Deal withOut Dumping", Added also Later-on Macron.  "So that it will have More Access to EU Market, withOut Big Differences of Regulation on Health, Climate, Economy and Social" relevant matters, warned the French President.

- In Fact, "It's Simple : It all Depends on what they (UK) will ask for Regulation : More they will Diverge from EU's Regulations, More Difficult and Long it will be to Find a (Trade) Deal. Less they Diverge from EU Regulations, Easier and Faster it will be to have Good Access to EU's Markets", replied, in substance, Macron to a relevant Question.

=> Now, the most Challenging, during the Forthcoming Weeks or Months, is that we must ...Organise the Future Relations EU - UK, on 3 Principles (decided this Morning) : 1) Closer possible relation on Trade + Security/Defense, as the UK stays on our side in Europe, 2) Guarantee the EU, 3) Ensure Our Strategic Interests, particularly, Fishing, +Internal Security", etc.

>>> In a Call "to our British Friends, (at this Moment, when our Future Relations are to be Built)", Macron stressed : - "You Endorsed the Choice (BREXIT) made 3 Years ago. But you are Not Leaving Europe : You Stay at Our Side, and we too at your Side. Our History, Geography, Values, link us Beyond Hazards, Errors or Deceptions. So that, (we) Support this Relation Forged by Joint Fights in History, and common Responsibilities due to Geography, (Once Clarity made, in Legal/Institutional terms), Guiding us to be Responsible, and Build this (New) Common Future Together."


- But, concerning the Most Important matter : EU's foreseable Future, "We will Advance, if we have Clarity", he stressed :

 - Until now, "I thought that Europe had almost Abandoned Power, Sovereignity, in order to become only a Market. That's Not a Project ! Where are the High-Tech Projects ?", Macron Wondered.

-  On the Contrary, "We (EU) Must Find the Strength of a Political Project able to create the Adhesion of our People", the French President rightfully Urged, (practically endorsing a Key, Long-Time Call by "Eurofora" and other real Europeans).

- In Fact, "I Believe to this Continent (Europe)'s Force !", "And, Inside this Continent, to EU's Force", he Optimistically stressed.

=> So that, "We Shall See, in a Few Years, what all this will give : If we (EU) succeed to Find that Force, this Attractive Project, Who says what the Brittish will do then ?", Macron wondered, (Obviously implying that a New UK Referendum, in that case, might call for a Return Back in a "New" EU, as "Eurofora" has also speculated several times, i.e. returning, somehow, to the 1960-1970 era, when London had repeatedly Asked for its EU Accession)...


+ In this regard, concerning a Question on the "Conference for Europe's Future",  Similar to what "Eurofora" had Already Asked Yesterday to Both EU Parliament's President, David Sassoli, and to Macron's own "Elysée" Counselor on European Issues, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentforstrongcitizenvoices.html, etc),  Macron was called to Confirm, (or not), his initial "Ambitions", considering an Impression from EU's Latest "Conclusions" that they Look quite "Weak", comparatively.

- Indeed, "We must Start with the Maximum of Ambition, and Associate our Citizens, in order to Advance during the Next Months" (2020), stressed the French President in Reply, i.e. apparently Confirming what his EU Counselor had told "Eurofora" Yesterday, (See ibid).

- "If Necessary, I Will engage all my Energy and Remind that we Need More Ambition", he promised.

- "Let's Examine things in the Wider Possible way, and Afterwards, see what Conclusions we'll have. It' just Starting : Don't be Defeatist, But Be Vigilent !", he Advised, (i.e. almost launching a Similar Invitation to that Yesterday made by EU Parliament's President to in Reply to "Eurofora", for EU Citizens to use a "Strong Voice" : Comp. ..., etc).   

- In particular, inter alia, there are "NO TABU" for me : Even if Changes might Need to Modify the (EU) Treaties, I am Ready !", Macron promised,

(Even if, at least as far as it concerns the Activation of "Regular Dialogue" with EU "Civil Society" and "Citizens", before "Acts" are taken by anyone among the "EU Institutions", it's Enough to Simply use, in real Practice, ...Lisbon Treaty's already existing "Article 11", as "Eurofora" has Already Discussed with EU Ombudswoman, Emily O'Reilly, and with EU Commission's vice-President Dombrovski : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euombudsmanoneurofforaproject.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucomvpresidentoncitizensanddigitalisation.html, etc).

- "Because we Must make our Europe Advance" forward, Macron concluded, at any case.


+Meanwhile, concerning "the €uro-Zone Budget", Chancellor Merkel ensured that "this is, Now, a Reality". "And, above al, it is intended to strengthen Competitiveness and Convergence", she added.

- "It must then also be Adopted in the context of the medium-term (Multi-Annual) Financial Perspectives", where there will be some "interesting detailed" work, observed Merkel, Announcing, Moreover, that "on March (2020) we (EU Heads of State/Government) are Focusing on Digitalisation, i.e. the Digital Single Market".

- To a Press Question about an Alleged "German demand to Freeze its Contribution to EU Budget, until 2027, up to a GDP percentage", she Rightfully Replied, First of all, that, here, "the Word 'Freezing'does Not quite Apply, because a (GDP) Percentage of Today is, of course, clearly More Money than a percentage 7 Years Ago !"... Because, "in This Case, the 1 % is also a Dynamic Factor", as Merkel Explained.

+ Moreover, Nowadays, "We (EU Council) have Not Yet reached the "Hot" Stage of the Negotiations", but just "want to develop a common Position, as far as possible, among the Net Contributors" (to EU Budget), "a Number of whom have Also a Percentage in mind", while, Also,  "the EU Parliament's President, Yesterday, made it Clear.... that We Need to Talk", because "there are considerable Differences between Parliament and Council" on that matter. So that, "I am Not putting my Last Negotiating Card Now, But ...my Starting position", while, "there are Countries much Tougher than Germany on that issue", she observed...


 + On "€uroZone's Reform", Macron also spoke about "Progress" made Nowadays, since "on 2020 we will Set Up a Strengthened Stability Mechanism, allowing to Support a Country BEFORE a Financial Criis, and a 1st Budget for €uroZone, which was Impossible some Months ago", as he reminded.

-  "That's Better", But, the French President also made it "Clear", that, "in (his) View, that' Not Enough !" :

=> Indeed, "We Need to Trigger a Strong and Strategic Work by Heads of State/Governments, in order to Advance ahead", he Urged. "It's an almost Philosophical, Strategic "Adjiornamento", that we Need, on EU Growth Funding, which has Not Yet been done"...

-"Because we (EU) have Not Yet that Economic Policy able to meet the Challenges that we face, and the current Economic and Financial Environment", Macron Criticized : F.ex., "We (EU) are the Eco Force which Invests the Less on its Priorities, (Comp. Supra), which uses the Less the environment of Law Rates [of Loans], when I See what's going on in the USA, China, etc. And commits the "Exploit" to "Fill the Coffers with Savings which Serve ...to the USA to Fund their Deficits, I.e., the "American Dream", (Projects) Decided by the USA Government !", he Denouned, ad absurdum...

- "And we, Europe, still remain closed in structures Dating from the beginning of the 1990ies, while we should Invest to Build the New Infrastructures which correspond to the Technologies of Tomorrow !, It's a profound Error !", Macron Criticized.

- Indeed, Until Now, "the Advance made on the EU Convergence Budget, is Not Sufficient : There is Not yet a Political Deal for this Budget to serve Also Stabilisation", (But Only "Competitiveness and Convergence" : Comp. Supra). And, "during the Next Months, we must Either Decide to give it a Sufficient Volume, Or to Use External Resources"...

+ "It's also Obvious that we must go Faster towards a Real Banking Union, inside €uroZone. It's Not Yet done". But, "Only thus could we send a part of Excedentary Savings to Areas which have a Growth Potential", he Urged.


=> In Other Words, to put it in a Nutshell : ... A Public Debate "on Europe's Future" seems to have Just Started !...












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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.

- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".


- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".


 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.


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