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Merkel on Mystery for last-minute Opposal to EU Parliament Elections' Winner Leading-Candidate Weber

Written by ACM
Friday, 21 June 2019


*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Right from the Start, the 1st Question raised to German Chancellor Angie Merkel's Final and Largest Press Conference, at the Conclusion of this EU Brussels' Summit of 20-21 June 2019, was, precisely, on what "Eurofora" and any Honest Observer of the Facts, was "Burning" from Impatience to Raise,

after Yesterday Night's Blockade on the Choice of a New EU Commission's President, for the Period of 2019-2024, (See: ... + ...., etc), which has Regrettably shown France at Loggerheads with Germany, while UK's "BREXIT" still Looms around, Risking to Damage the Positive Outcome of the Latest EU Elections, where European People reached an Historic Record in turnout and Voters' Participation, giving an Absolute Majority to the Right side of the Political Spectrum, where Belongs Merkel's ChristianDemocrat/EPP Party, with which should, normally, be easy for Macron's Centrist/Center-Right Liberals to Find a Deal, (as it has already been done several Times in the Past, until Recently : F.ex. including the Election of 2017-2019 EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, in Strasbourg, etc., Comp.: ...) :


>>> - Why Nothing wasN't done EARLIER to prepare an AGREEMENT, and prevent such a Last-Minute Deadlock, (Risking to be Damaging for EU's image vis a vis its own Citizens, but also the World) ?

Both key Facts : that Manfred Weber (ChristianDemocrats/EPP) was due to Win that Race and take a Lead for EU Commission's Top Job, But that Macron didn't like that "SpitzenKandidat" method, were, indeed, well Known, already a Long Time ago....

=> Merkel's Replies obviously had to pass in a very Diplomatic, semi-Automatic "Damage-Control/Reducing" mode, while also using her well-known Capacity to Smooth things, Focus on Stability, Urge for Hard Work, needed in order to be Finally Succesful. F.ex.:

- Before President Tusk consults EU Council's Members, We didn't know yet the position of may Other Countries, whose Votes Count for the overall Result. (But we might have guessed, f.ex. with a Timely UnOfficial Consultation, Couldn't we ?)...




- "in the context of ...Brexit, ...European forces must now show .. that they are Able to act in the EU. But, if we Now see that the Leading Cadidates' process may Not be Succesful,.. what will, this image of the EU give to the outside World ?" : (MERKÊL: ) - "I've said from the outset, that our Aim is to be able to make a Proposal by the time the European Parliament meets (i.e. July 2 in Strasbourg) so that it can be Elected smoothly. We have a Good Chance of Achieving this, even if we Still have a Lot of Work to do". "I am not particularly disappointed", but "l do not expect that we are already at the end of the process today".

- "Now we need to Talk to the EU Parliament" : The EU "Council ... must Propose a Name for EU Commission President, and the Parliament... must then ...Elect that person. So, they have to work Together".  "I.e." we need "a Double Majority : ...there is a great deal to think about"... But, "we are still quite Well on schedule"...

 - Question : "one of the Other Top Candidates ?"

- Merkel : "None of them has a Majority in EU Council".


- Question: "...What is your Most important Principle? That the EPP ...puts the President of the Commission, respect for the Top Candidate principle, or Weber ?"

- Merkel : "...I canNot make any Statements Today. We just have to Wait .... I caN't go Beyond what I said Today. ...we have to reConnect with the political Party families first..."


- Question: "...the Most Difficult" =  "Macron" ?  

- Merkel : "No, really not. We respect each other ...I do not want to make a decision against France. I do not think France wants to make a decision against Germany either."

=> "We Must Unite. This is what distinguishes the Franco -German relationship".


- Question: "...are you still saying No to a Top Job in the EU ?"

- Merkel: "Yes, I still say No" .... this is a question that I am very often asked, ...I have Replied so Many times in the Same way"...


- Question: "Could Germany claim the position from the ECB, so that Mr. Weidmann succeeds Mr. Draghi ?"

- Merkel: "...I take very seriously what Donald Tusk is telling us, that there is No Majority for ...the Top Candidates in the European Council. I will discuss this with Manfred Weber and the entire ...European People's Party".

-"We will Now Focus on the positions to be filled by Next Week" : "...it is Now, first and foremost, a question of the EU positions in relation to the European Elections".

+ "and, Then, (we will) look Further (f.ex. ECB, etc). That does Not matter in my thoughts, at the Moment.


In other words, the "Mystery" for a Last-Minute Opposition to EU Parliament's Winner "Leading Candidate", Weber, remains stlll in Front of us all, (Comp. Supra), at least for the Time being :

- Why Not Before ?

+ Why so Harshly Aggressive, Negative, even grossly Insulting ?

++ Have EU Citizens been Deceived ? They were repeatedly told (by EU Officials) to Vote on "Candidates for EU Commission's presidency" !

=> Already, manstream Newspper "Welt" (Germany) used Sharp Headlines : = "Fraud on Voters ?"

+++ And, after all, isn't it even Contrary to EU Law, as it has evolved until Nowadays ?  Indeed, EU Parliament has notoriously adopted a Strong Resolution on the "SpitzenKandidat" Principle, to which has Replied positively an EU Council's relevant Decision, while, in Addition, both EU Commission's, EU Parliament's  and EU Council's real Practice, until now, was Ostensibly Pointing towards a Similar Direction...  

=> Couldn't this matter, eventually, arrive even at EU's Court of Justice ?









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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).

The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.


But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".

* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".

* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.

Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-


2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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