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

Written by ACM
Friday, 13 December 2019

 

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*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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

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+ 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."

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- 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)...

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+ 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.

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+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...

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 + 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.

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=> 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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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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