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Trump+Merkel overshadow G20 Finance Ministers Start in Baden Baden (Germany)

Written by ACM
Friday, 17 March 2017
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*Baden-Baden /G20 Finance Ministerial/Angelo Marcopolo/- As it was also reported ater the latest Brussels' EU Summit, "Family Photos" of Top Politicians in European/International Summits might become a New Issue, Journalists initialy thought at the G20 Finance Ministers' meeting at Baden-Baden in Germany, when the scheduled Timeline for their Collective Photo at the Spectacular "KurHaus" Natural and Architectural Landscape, was, suddenly Postponed for an undetermined Moment, Later-on...


But in Brussels, it might have been, perhaps, a reported intra-Polish row, between Warsaw's new Conservative Prime Minister and EU Council's President, who was her predecessor, and/or vis a vis the out-going French Socialist President Hollande, that could be hidden behind unprecedented rumours to Stop Taking "Family Photos" in EU Summits, any more, at least for the Time being...


While, on the Contrary, here at Badan-Baden's G20 International Meeting, hosted by Germany's Experienced super-Minister Wilfgang Schauble, (a traditional Neighboor of Strasbourg), it seems well that this was Due much more to the Fact that, by a "Coincidence", almost at the Same Time, German Chancelor Anfie Merkel was holding, at Washington DC, an important Press Conference with the New US President Don Trump !

 

Merkel had initialy planned to visit Trump Earlier this week, but finzly decided to meet later-on, Today, allegedly due to some Extreme Weather phenomena, but, may be also in order to FineTune, precisely, this important G20 Finance Ministers gathering hosted by Schauble here, which is expected to Prepare the Final Conclusions of the fothcoming, June 2017 "G20" Heads of State/Government Summit in Hamburg, on some "Hot" Key Issues.


Indeed, the Waiting "Intermezzo" soon Ended, and all G20 Top Political Participants emerged, Smiling and involved in Warm Exchanges between them, in Front of Journalists authorized to memorize the Event (included "Eufofora"), so that many rushed to take some much-sought Original Photos, with a smiling Schauble in the Middle.


Naturaly, one of the main March 2017 G20 Press Attractions, was the 1st Official Visit by the New USA Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, whose Family is said to stem from Russia, settling to the US since the very Beginning of the 20th Century, with his Grand-Father reportedly having lived also in Belgium, long before Brussels becomes the nowadays Headquarters of EU Commission and Council, as well as NATO.
However, even the simple Fact that Russian Minister of Finance, Anton Siluanov, is also called "Germanovich", according to his Full Official Name, and even Speaks "fluently German", naturaly, could Not be Ignored, here in Germany, particularly at this period of time...


But it's naturaly their China counterpart, Beijing', >Finance Minister, Xiao Jie, who was a much sought Bilater Meetings' partner at the Sidelines of Baden-Baden G20 gatherings. Perhaps also because, when "China has Both Money and Intelligent People" to Deal with, it's Interesting, as NOBEL Winner Professor Lehn, characteristicaly said, Earlier this Week at Strasbourg's University, to "Eurofora".


As for growing Rumours and Speculations that, Perhaps, some "Global Warming" alleged concerns, might, eventualy, Push this G20 Finance Ministers important meeting, towards a kind of ... "Global Cooling", (given New US President Don Trumps' electoral arguments for some Differend (but Not necessarily Incompatible) Views, in fact, that supposed Risk didn't really look so serious as some would fear :


Indeed, both the Superb "Kurhaus" Arhitecture, with its Beautiful "BenazetSaal", (the Same that had Welcomed, Back on 2009, an Exceptional Summit of NATO, for its 60th Anniversary, when France re-integrated its Military part : Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that events, f.ex. at ....), and Baden-Baden's internationaly and Historicaly Famous   "Hot" Water Baths, looked well Able to efficiently Face any such alleged "Global Cooling" risks.


The latter didn't appear, however, absolutely groundless, since, at least, Today's Warm and Bright Sun-Light here, was due to Turn towards Cloudy Rain Tonight... But that's considered to be also a Good Time for Serious Work, isn't it ?


In the Meantime, almost all German, and many US Medias, were Predominantly Focused on the above-mentioned, Parallel Angie Merkel - Don Trump Talks at Washington DC, (Comp. Supra), with some Astonishing Exceptions, however :


- On the Contrary, France's most Traditional "Foreign Policy-oriented Newspaper, the once Famous for its earlier Quality "Le Monde", (i.e. "The World"), Unlike its German counterpart "Die Welt", didn't decicate its FrontPage Headlines, neither to this G20 Top Event, nor even to that Merkel-Trump topical meeting, (Comp. Supra).


Instead, Center-Left leaning, Establishment's Media "Le Monde" almost entirely Dedicated its "la Une" FrontPage Top News page, in ... a Gift of 2 cosy Coats (sic !), in the Past, to the Frontrunner Candidate of the Center-Right "Republican" Party, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon !


So that, Tonight, he would envy, his former Minister of Finance, nowadays IMF's Chief, Christine Lagarde's remarked Presence here, at the First Row of "G20" Top Finance Officials Gathering, placed Right in Front of "Eurofora" at Baden-Baden's beautiful Evening...



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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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