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Merkel : European Solidarity with SM EuroZone Member States among Global Crisis

Written by ACM
Thursday, 10 December 2009

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  *Bonn/Angelo Marcopolo/- German Chancellor Angie Merkel strongly supported the Principle of "Solidarity" among EuroZone's Member States, particularly in front of the current Global Economic Crisis, which sometiimes aggravates the consequences of some's errors of the Past.


    She was replying to topical questions by Journalists at a Press Conference in Bonn, on the critical situation of the Economy in Greece, an EuroZone Member since 2002.  

 Merkel declared that she was "Hopeful", and "confident",  that a solution could be found, and anounced that the matter will be discussed at Brussel's EU Summit, which starts in a few Hours.


    - Particularly when, what happens in one EuroZone country, affects all the others, she observed, asking from all involved to be "objective".
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    Meanwhile, Merkel was largely applauded, when, concluding a ChristianDemocrat/EPP         Statutory Congress in Bonn, (See also previous "EuroFora" NewsReports from that event), she reminded that it was in this Historic City that the 1st post-war, modern democratic Germany's Constitution was adopted during Adenauer's era, already pointinng at the creation of "Equal Links in a United Europe, to serve the World".

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    Moreover, "Human Dignity is the 1st Principle in Germany's Constitution", Merkel added. In ChristianDemocrat/EPP's "Social Market Economy", it's important not to loose trace of the "Human" factor in front of the Global Crisis, she said.

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    But, what even Merkel was not supposed to know, (since it started before Berlin wall's fall), is that some inside certain "'Socialist" Governments in Greece, since the mid-1980s and particularly around 1999-2000, nototoriously used to buy clients by massively distributing cushy jobs, largely non-productive, which inevitaby augmented the cost, and therefore the expenses, i.e; the Debt of the Greek State in huge proportions.     

Thus, when those same "Socialist" Governments, or their successors, were due to ask for Greece's entry into the Monetary EuroZone, it was obvious that the country didn't fulfill all the conditions.

    But, to the great surprise of many, EU accepted Greece's application, much earlier than expected. This was done under mainly "Socialist" Governments in the largest EU Member States, (as Germany, France, Italy, UK, etc), and, according to rumours, this had a  (big) "catch" :

- The Greek Governments had to accept that Turkey becomes EU Candidate, (contrary to an earlier refusal to Morocco's candidacy), without raising any condition whatever, (fex. on the Turkish Military Occupation of part of Cyprus, or on the Turkish Military Airplanes' dangerous overflights at the Aegean Sea, etc).

Since then (2000), a mass-group of largelly unproductive cushy job holders, mainly at the "Left", but some also at the "Right" of the Political Spectrum in Greece, has become notoriously favorable to Turkey's controversial EU bid, as part of this kind of overall, implicit "Deal".

The subsequent ChristianDemocrat/EPP Government by Costas Caramanlis in Greece (2004-2008+), did not disrupt, in fact, this implicit arrangement, as it tried, initially, to keep all the jobs of those appointed during some 22 years of PASOK rule in the country.

That's one of the real reasons for which it also accepted to keep Turkey's controversial EU bid, (sometimes to the astonishment of certain ChristianDemocrat Governments in Big EU Countries, who had, meanwhille, started to realize that Ankara's "Candidacy" was extremely Unpopular among EU Citizens).

But, as long as it kept such a shady deal of the Past, (for which it wasn"t responsible), the Caramanlis EPP Government had also to bear the heavy burden of a huge Foreign Debt, for which it was also not responsible in fact, since it had been notoriously contracted and accumulated during the previous, "Socialist" Governments.


Thus, (and despite an important effort to make comparatively marginal economies, acknowledged by EU Commission, as well as 2 Popular verdicts of Electoral wins at 2004 and 2007), that Government suddenly collapsed, amidst the current Global Crisis, giving to PASOK an earlier than expected oppportunity to return back to power. In fact, by irony of the sort, this was done by .. exploiting the consequences of its own past errors..

But, both the late Costas Caramanlis' Governnment, as well as his successor at the  "New Democracy" Party, (and more critical on Turkey's failure to meet EU conditions), the popular Antonis Samaras, who was recently  for the 1st time  by direct Citizens' Vote, have apparently understood that Greece needs real and profound changes, in order to liberate the potential of its People from others' errors of the Past, and become really free to bring useful and active contributions to the development of the European id'ea;

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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