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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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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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