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

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Παρασκευή, 17 Μάρτιος 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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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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