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Merkel Looking Straight Ahead (After BREXIT)

Ecrit par ACM
mardi, 28 juin 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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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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