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Merkel Looking Straight Ahead (After BREXIT)

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/-  A very Decisive-looking, but also Diplomatically "Soft" - kind of "Iron Fist in a Silk Glove" -  German Chancelor Angie Merkel, advised a "Professional Politics"-like stance, Soberly "Looking at Realities", but also "at our (EU's 27 Countries) Interests", in order to "Draw the Necessary Conclusions" for EU's Future after BREXIT, "withOut Losing Time, nor Money" But by Finding early enouh an adequate Solution", as she said to Journalists, including "Eurofora", in an Earlier than usual Press Briefing in Brussels, just after EU Summit's Discussion with Outgoing UK Prime Minister Camerons over Diner.


 - "We have already Started" to do so, "Yesterday (Monday) in Berlin", Merkel stressed from the outset, pointing at a Trilateral Summit between German, French, and Italian Heads of State/Government, including Hollande and Renzi.

 

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- In particular, "We (EU's 27) Expect from the UK to Tell us What Kind of Future Relationship they Want", in order to "Negotiate", after "Looking at Our Interests", According to EU's Rules (Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty, etc), which clearly say that a Member might anounce that it Leaves the EU, but has also to broker a Deal with it on their Future links. But, "We don't yet know what kind of Expectations UK has, f.ex. on the Single Market, etc : Will they Ask for a status Similar to Norway and Switzerland, or Canada, etc ? This has to be Soon Clarified.


+ However, French President Francois Hollande, at a subsequent Press Conference, Stressed that there will be a Refusal, from the EU side, of a UK Participation to EU's Common Market, if they don't accept also the Free Circulation of EU Citizens inside that same area :


- We can't have a Circulation of Capital and Merchandises only, but Not of EU Citizens : For the EU, always the 4 Liberties Go Together", Hollande Warned.


Both Merkel and Hollande, as well as EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, didn't hide that, at the Beginning, BREXIT might have some Adverse Consequences, particularly on the UK. But, as far as EU's 27 Member Countries are concerned, and especialy its Core, formed by the 18 €uroArea Members, CEB's President Draghi (who Spoke this Afternoon to EU Summit) is due to Help Prevent any eventual temporary problem, they noted.

 

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Meanwhile, Merkel Welcomed as an "Opportunity" the Invitation of the incoming EU Council's Chairman, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, (July - December 2016), to Discuss EU's Future among its 27 Member States, in an Informal Summit, on September 2016, Exceptionaly organized in Bratislava, (as EU President Donald Tusk had just anounced, earlier Today), Before the already scheduled October EU Summit in Brussels. i.e., a move which, comming immediately after this Summer's recess, will  obviously make EU Gain some precious Time.



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New Plan revealed during EU Parliament's session and while Strasbourg's Unified University was inaugurated, (biggest in France, aiming at EU links).

 
EuroDistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau's dynamics were boosted by a key Franco-German meeting during EU Parliament's session here, which anounced a swift towards ambitious European aims : To become a showcase for concrete achievements of European Cooperation that benefit Citizens' everyday life and Economy, while also developing a Culture able to serve and stimulate European Organizations' political activities.

With measures to be taken in 2009, Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict should become EU's new "Metropolitan area" in the Decade 2010-2020, at the heart of Europe in the performant "OberRhein" region, a Franco-German Expert's Report anounced.

- "Defend European Institutions, and in particular EU Parliament" is a key point of the 2009 Report's threefold focus on "Infrastructures"' economy and quality, "Citizens' everyday life", and "Cultural and Political influence".

According to a Draft Statute, France and Germany agree that "an undeniable element of EuroDistrict's image" should be "Strasbourg's status, as Capital of a Democratic and Parliamentarian Europe".

    After parallel and joint meetings at EU Parliament, French and German Ministers for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE and Gunter GLOSER, started working with representatives of Local and Regional Authorities from both sides at Strasbourg's Historic Town Hall, Place Broglie, for the 2009 Monitoring of EuroDistrict "Strasbourg-Ortenau, during which was published an important Experts' Strategic Study with proposals on how to develop it in the Decade 2010-2020.
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    Introducing the 1st Experts' Report on "EuroDistrict" at a moment when it needs "New Ideas" as food for thought, Strasbourg's Mayor, Senator Roland RIES said that "a special Status" should allow "Citizens to share Infrastructures and a common European project", in agreement with his collegue, Mayor of Kehl and German spokesperson for EuroDisctrict, Dr. Gunther PETRY, who focused mainly on the useful role of "Local" authorities in "concrete" achievements.

    - Together with "facilitating Citizens' everyday life", "our countries have also a Political aim", which needs to find "New Forms of Cooperation", said German Minister for EU affairs, Gunter GLOSER. According to a "Subsidiarity principle", which starts from a smaller level, leaving to a bigger entity what it cannot achieve alone, EuroDistict should be the "1st level" in a "Concentric" schema, he added.

    - In fact, "it's a question of Europe's credibility : EuroDistrict must prove that Franco-German cooperation gives results", with "concrete achievements", said the new French Minister for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE. Now, we "must advance further" : There is both "Local and National support" to make of Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "an example on what Europe must do in the Future if it wants to be credible in Citizens' eyes".

    - "Our Mission was to find the region's Potential of the region, "and search adequate Measures to use and develop it"; said German Expert Dr. Erwin VETTER. A main proposal is to "create a New Center for EU Competences", where everything should be concentrated : EuroDistrict, EuroCorps, EuroBest, etc : All in one area, while also linking Airports and other means of Transport, Culture, Education, Science and Research, etc. in order "to create 1 Metropolitan area" before 2020, he anounced.

    - With imagination and organisation "we tried to marry the French and German spirit", added French Expert Bernard COTTIN. He underlined "two points" :  - "In their Everyday Life, Citizens should feel that they are living in One Common Area", (fex. on Phones, Hospitals, Retirement, etc). But EuroDistrict should have also a "Cultural Dimension" : "Strasbourg, had been a little-bit left behind by both countries in the past, but must now find a New dynamic Momentum, at the Heart of Europe, strengthening its Cultural atous and becoming Multi-Cultural, in order to attain a European Dimension and develop the European Institutions", he concluded.

    Symbolically, both Mayors of Strasbourg and Kehl, Ries and Petry, gave to Ministers Gloser and Le Maire as a Gift two Books on Rhine River : Stylicised by both Logos chosen for "EuroDistrict" (as body of a flower), and for Strasbourg's new, Unified University, "UniStra", (as a long "S"), Rhine river came at the focus this week in Strasbourg, headquarters also of the oldest European Organisation : The Committee on Rhine's Navigation.. Meanwhile, Le Maire switched over from German (that he speaks fluently) to French, echoed, the other way round, by Gloser, who also understands French...
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The 2009 REPORT :
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Experts' proposals for EuroDistrict's Legal status is to start in 2009 with a "European Group for Transborder Cooperation", and "replace it, when possible, .. with an Original Form" of a new legal entity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Citizens' oriented measures include to facilitate "acces to Health", "Mobile Phones", "Transborder Workers"', "School exchanges", etc., and other measures interesting Citizens, as f.ex. the creation of "Common Hospitals or Rescue centers", etc. Already, an agreement on "Urgent Medical Care" will be signed on February 10.

As "Economic Capital" of one of EU's most performant areas, known as "Ober-Rhein Metropolitan Region" ("superior Rhine" area), Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "should also develop its role of European Cultural and Political Capital, Symbol of Franco-German entente and of a Democratic Europe", Experts' Report concludes.

This goes well beyond developping Bi-linguism, transbrorder Training and "systematic" rapprochment of both Cultures (in Cinema, Theater, Music, etc).

It adds a progressive transfert in EuroDistrict of "elements of the Franco-German Brigade", close to "EuroCorps" Headquarters, and culminates with the promotion of European institutions (see above).

The Report also proposes to launch an "initiative" for "EU Parliament's unique Headquarters", developing Strasbourg's attractiveness vis-a-vis MEPs and staff.

It also includes the development of "a Research and Higher Education pole", among French, German and Swiss partners, "linked with Strabourg's new; Unified University" and "Ortenau's HochSchulen"

It's not a coincidence that this same week was inaugurated Strasbourg's Unified University : - "UniStra" becomes the Biggest in France, (with more than 42.000 students, 5.200 staff, a brand new "European Doctoral College", some 100 Research centers, and a Capital of more than 400 million €  from the State), aiming to create closer links with nearby German and Swiss Universities, fex. Karlsruhe, Fribourg, Stutgard, Bale, etc, as French Minister for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Valerie PECRESSE advised.

(See other, related News, already sent to interested "EuroFora"s subscribers and donors, which will be also posted at the Website asap).

Last but not least :  Non-believers should meditate on the fact that all this was symbolically made in the same Strasbourg Historic Town Hall's room where even the establishement of Council of Europe was decided, 60 years back in 1949...

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