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MAM "firm and calm" to secure Europe's Heart : Strasbourg's Human Rights symbol at NATO 2009 Summit

Pisac ACM
31. 03. 2009.
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-What is really at stake and "special", with Strasbourg's 2009 NATO Summit's Security ? Apparently, it's a Mystery :

French Home affairs' Minister, Michelle Alliot-Marie, revealed that "the biggest Security operation in France for several Decades", is being set up, "for the 1st time", now, at this occasion. Why ? 

It's not the first time that a Summit takes place in France and/or Germany, who have already organized even larger Summits with much more participants. Nor the first visit of an US President, at all. And it's not because of NATO itself, neither : As an experienced former Defence Minister, Alliot-Marie, said that she has rarely seen similar threats at previous NATO Summits elsewhere (See infra).


All this points at what could be the No 1 Real Target : "Europe's Heart".

I.e. Strasbourg's Human Rights, democratic Franco-German reconciliation and East-West reunification"Symbol", extended to hopes to revive Euro-American links in an equilibrated way, open to friendly dialogue and cooperation with Russia, as Alliot-Marie's fast-track visit highlighted.

Obviously, as everywhere, and always in post-9/11 Summits, there might be some provocations, errors or blunders, attempts to deviate, provoke lacunas or abuses, under any pretext, to be manipulated and exploited by this or that dark interest, etc.

- "Good old times", before 9/11, when "journalists used to cross tens of Chiefs of State and Governments in CoE's or EU's corridors, just by going to get a coffee, as in CoE's PanEuropean 1997 Summit, precisely at this same Strasbourg city and PMC building", as "EuroFora" reminded, "are obviously gone", observed, smiling with regret, a lady journalist from Germany, where will be even more Security staff than at the French side : about 15.000 instead of some 10.000...

But Michelle Alliot-Marie was adamant, when asked by a group of Journalists, in the middle of which was "EuroFora", "what was her main Message" at the fast-track visit she made on several hot-spots to review  the overall Security mechanism prepared for the exceptionl Mega-event :

- "To be Firm and Calm", she replied, in front of all Security Officials, from Health services, Police and Secret Services, to the Military, spreading from Land and River to Airborn and even Space High-Tech segments, which face the giant task to guarantee safety and smooth functioning "at several different points scattered around in two countries" at the same time, as Strasbourg's Prefet Jean-Marc Rebiere told her from the outset.

- "This is an exceptionally important Summit", of 28 Chief of States and Governments' delegations, and a new US President, with a special Symbolism on Franco-German cooperation, while France reintegrates NATO's Military command, during an on-going conflict at Aghanistan, after even Greece recently faced some "special" incidents : This provokes a number of Risks, and the No 1 is Terrorism", Alliot-Marie warned.    

Terrorists are often "attracted by Mass Media", particularly when there is a great number of Journalists, she added, "Modern Wars are Communication Wars", and "several terrorists are more interested by the Echo given to their actions, than in them. Because their aim is to Destabilise our societies".

However, even if considerable, the number of Journalists appeared a little bit lower than some had thought earlier : Instead of more than 6.000 initially expected, current estimates were at about 3.500 Media staff in all, (i.e. with technicians, photographers, etc). But that's already big..


-  In addition, "as usual, Summits also attract Demonstrators. But here, a number of Extremists, from all European Countries, take Rendez-vous to infiltrate the demonstrators in order to pass on certain actions : Even at the  Internet, or in their own declarations, they have already launched calls for "Civil Disobedience", for Provocation,  or some  Violent actions, etc. aiming to hinder the smooth functioning of this Summit", she noted.

- "To the point that, as a former Minister of Defence who has participated in many other NATO Summits, I've rarely seen so many threats of violence !"

Indeed, Prefet Rebiere noted that, according to infos from Brussels, some demonstrators tried to enter NATO's Headquarters even there, while explicit "calls to disrupt" Strasbourg's 2009 NATO Summit multiplied. Such events indicate that "Risks are not only virtual"...

-"This obliges us to take certain precautions, in order to protect both the Summit's delegations, and the local Population, even peaceful Demonstrators, MAM stressed.
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Minister of Security "and Liberty"..
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Friendly known as "MAM", Michelle Alliot-Marie, arbored anew a smile, when she made one of her favorite points : - "I have also to protect innocent citizens and peaceful demonstrators' democratic right to express their political beliefs : After all, I'm Minister in charge both of Security and of Liberties", she reminded.

Meanwhile, most of this heavy task is at the hands of men and women wearing uniforms : Some of them astonishingly looking like young kids, girls or housewives, difficult to distinguish from normal citizens' home-life, if it wasnt' that uniform, as a group of Journalists, lost inside Strasbourg Security headquarters' meanders, saw right in front of them..

They will be dealing everyday (and night), 24/24h, with all citizens, tourists, demonstrators, etc., in a 200.000 inhabitants' urban area, where are expected "between 35.000 and 45.000 demonstrators", (i.e 20% of the local population !),  largely peaceful, even if pittoresque, but among which "some 2.000 present a real risk to use violence", MAM said.

- "All this obliges us to stop those who search to perturbate the Summit, to use violence, or refuse the rules, in particular for the demonstration", she added.

    That's why we have taken some measures, including the mobilisation of roughly 10.000 agents, Policemen, Gendarmes, special Services, etc. while even Fire-fighters, Health staff, etc. are on the stand-by".

    Initial estimates (unofficial, since the Prefect had not given any numbers for a long time) were at about 5 or 6.000 agents, and this indicates a decision to beef up the State's presence on the spot.  

- "It's the biggest Security operation in France for Decades", MAM observed. However, this remains "less than what is done from the German side, even if there are less demonstrators expected there, and the only "Alternative village" will be at the French side.

    ''So, this seems to be, today, the adequate Number, in a just proportion, considering that we have to protect many Sites, and 2.000 sensitive persons with all the delegations, including some 900 Americans, from those searching to provoke trouble".

    "At the same time, we want to prevent damages or aggressions to the detriment of the local population".  MAM added.

    In fact, it's always the same story, in this kind of Tricky situations :  - "Before any incident, you got too many agents. But, after an incident, you never have enough !", she pointed out, showing that the main thing was the delicate estimation of the real risks.

    In conclusion, we hope, by ensuring a smooth functioning of the Summit, to give a good Image for the Country and Strasbourg's beautiful city. For that purpose, "we (France) have a very good cooperation with our German friends, including in Air-Space surveillance, MAM concluded.
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High-Tech Network
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    Discreet for the moment, but more and more present on the spot, a High-Tech Network combines Land, Water, Air and Space equipments with trained staff, in order to face 2009 NATO Summit's challenge to protect the group of 28 Heads of State and Government, as well as the local population, from "risks of terrorism", harassment or provocation, by a small but active minority, while respecting a larger number of citizens' democratic, peaceful expression of various political beliefs.

    This includes, among others, also Airborn Video-surveillance, Satellite Helios, 28 Cameras from the Municipality of Strasbourg, the SIRAC system on Road Traffick surveillance, French and other allied Countries' AWACS giant Early Warning Airplanes, 10 additional intercepting Airplanes (only from the French side), 6 Fantoms, 3 Migs, more than 11 Helicopters, etc.
    To which are added also several Tanks on land, and various River floating and other vehicles, at the Rhine, (where Chiefs of State will gather before demonstrators' arrival), visited by  the Minister under special Secrecy measures....

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    "EuroFora" remembers, fex. that a "Greenpeace" boat had tried to approach,  from the Seaside, the G-8 Summit at Germany's Heiligendam village, in 2007, while a group of demonstrators penetrated a fenced-off area, obliging to stop road communications and jumb-over the barriers with noisy Military Helicopters  : Thus, a group of Journalists had to spend almost an Hour, sign a discharge in case of accident, etc.,wait massed like ..Paratroopers ready to jumb, inside a huge German Military Helico, far away at a field, to lift off and fly over the trees and the sea, making a tour around the area, before landing at another spot, and running like kamikazi to catch up with the Time lost before a Press point.. All that, just to cross a small strip of land which normally took 3 to 4 minutes only to stroll quietly..

    In Strasbourg's 2009 NATO Summit, it's even more delicate to protect, at the same time, many Sites dispersed not only among France and Germany, but also accross the City, including the European Army HQs at EuroCorps (independent from NATO, but able to cooperate), the installations of Shengen's system of information, etc.

    Thus, it's so important to constantly have an overall view of the entire picture including all delicate areas, that some 900 agents (2 times more than usually) gather, watch and check the Airborn collected Data, 24h/24 and 7/7.

    Resulting in spectacular Photos "real Time" of all hot-spots, and frequent Videos, with Geo-localisation technology able to show who is, where, at a precise moment, presented in a spectacular Multi-Screen system on the walls of Strasbourg's  Security Headquarters, (as in Paris' International Crisis' Management Center, located in the Foreign Ministry at Quai d'Orsay -Comp. relevant earlier Reportage from Paris).

    However, using a similar method as for Evian's G-8 Summit in the past, called "Synergy", this time for a larger number of States, (28, i.e. most EU Countries, to which are added not only Norway, Iceland or Croatia, but also Turkey, and soon Albania), most of the Data are given to all NATO's partners, observed an official.
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     But in fact, it's not only about the Summit itself, the politicians, the population and the buildings, etc. It's also about the Historic Symbol, the Idea, initited by its Franco-German hosts, to hold NATO's 60th Anniversary and reform Summit at the Heart of Europe, on both sides of the Rhine River, Strasbourg and Baden-Baden, culminating right at the river's center : On the famous Strasbourg-Kehl "Europe -bridge", facing the spectacular mathematically calculated pedestrian "MirMar" modern bridge, in the middle of the beatiful "2 riversides' Garden". There where EU's 2004 Enlargement to 10 Central-Eastern European countries was celebrated by EU Parliament with FireWorks, becoming a Double Symbol, in addition to the Franco-German reconciliation and cooperation, also of the End of Europe's East-West "cold war" Division.
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"Security" may lead very far.......
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    By an Irony of the sort, perhaps, the most outstanding and unexpected Symbols, which might mark Strasbourg's 60th Anniversary Summit and the reform of NATO, is the particular way Security measures themselves brought NATO's Political and Military leaders closer than ever with ...Human Rights and even Spiritual Moral Values !

- Indeed, the core of NATO Summit, Saturday at Strasbourg's "Music and Congres' Palace"  : (PMC), recently renamed "Pflimlin" building, in the memory of the city's Historic Mayor, ex-Prime Minister of France, EU Parliament and CoE Assembly's long-time President, Pierre Pflimlin, is close not only to these 2 European Institutions officially destinated to safeguard and boost Democracy, but also inside one and same .. provisional "Castle", which includes also .. the European Court of Human Rights !

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+ Similarly, an important Franco - American bilateral Summit, between French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and new US President Barack Obama, is due to take place down-town, at Strasbourg's Rohen Castle, which was included in the same Security circle as Strasbourg's
famous, mountain-high Cathedral, an outstanding Religious monument ! ..

Questioned earlier by "EuroFora" why the Security net didn't  follow the riverside's outline, which leaves ECHR's building out, cutting it off from the PMC, an Official simply replied that : - "We couldn't abandon EuroCourt without any protection !"...  

However, "protect" ECHR is one thing. But put it inside a Top Security level circle, surrounded by fences and barriers, by tracing a delicate and long 'zig-zag" around its building, to include it in the same compound, together with NATO Summit main participants, is another story.. ..

Could this incite some NATO Military staff, and/or political leaders, to have a look also on the Human Rights dimension, and find a way to include it inside new NATO future reforms ?...

OSCE, the PanEuropean Security Organization, where both Russia and the US belong, already does so, in principle...

- "One of the advantages of OSCE's general framework is that it offers also a larger overview, including Security together with Democracy and Human Rights issues", observed, indeed, to "EuroFora" a well-informed source from the French Presidency.

 This was in reply to our question on Nicolas Sarkozy's well-known proposal, agreed with German Chancellor Merkel, to start thinking about a possible PanEuropean Security System, probably through the OSCE, in order to avoid a "crisis between USA's "missile shield"'s initial plan to put radars in Poland, Czech Republic, etc., right in front of Russia, and Moscow's counter-threat to place missiles at Kaliningrad, close to Berlin, in addition to sending giant bombardier airplanes overseas,

But it's only at the conclusions of Strasbourg's Summit that we shall know, how might be shaped "new NATO"'s outline... And it's only next year : on 2010, that it may be fixed..

Meanwhile, all ferocious anti-OTAN demonstrators or tourists, can have, at least, one big consolation : All those Military and Political egg-heads will be obliged to inevitably look and think about Human Rights and moral, religious values, because their symbols are right in front of their nose !

That's already a moral "revenge", which could only happen in Strasbourg...


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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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