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

Pisac ACM
17. 03. 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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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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