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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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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.


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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