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Merkel Looking Straight Ahead (After BREXIT)

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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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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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