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Trump's Finance Chief Mnuchin to EF on his 1st Trip to Europe: a Feeling of Coming Back Home ?...

Written by ACM
Saturday, 18 March 2017

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*Baden-Baden (Germany)/G20 Ministerial Finance Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New US Treasure Secretary, Steven Mnuchin's unusual Reply, was given to an even more unusual "Eurofora"s Question, at the conclusion of an, otherwise, quite "Hot" Press Conference, on the Results of "G20"'s important Finance Ministers Summit at Germany's Baden-Baden city, almost at the Heart of Europe, from where Both Mnuchin himself, and, even more, the New US President Don Trump's Families, notoriously originate :

As the Chairman, German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schauble had already Suggested, in his Introductory Remarks to the "Press HandBook" for that "G20" Baden-Baden Ministerial Summit of 2017, when he expressed the Wish, for the Working Conditions of all Participants and attendees, to be as ..."Relaxed" as People usualy are in this World-Famous "Spa" City, located amidst "Black Forest"'s splendid Natural Environment, (full of Mountains and Trees, Sources and Rivers, etc), after more than 2 Days of Intensive, and sometimes, reportedly "Hot" Political Discussions among more than 30 Countries (including "Guests") and 10 International Institutions, (from ECB up to IMF, etc), a Last-Minute, unusual Question by "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of USA's New Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, contributed a bit to Calm the Spirit, among a lot of quite Critical Queries previously raised by most other collegues :


Mnuchin noted that he had a good opportunity to meet and discuss with Schauble in Berlin, Earlier this Week, praising his Experience.


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    - "In your Curriculum Vitae you have several Personal Relations of your Family with Europe, in the Past, and also President Trump's Father origins are from Nearby Kallstadt" (German) city, (close to Strasbourg), "Eurofora" observed, in a Question to the Top US Official.


    => Therefore, "Despite certain Discussions - but you are Experienced on that -   Did you have some kind of Feeling about ...<<Comming Back Home>>, in one way or another ?", we asked Mnuchin, half joking, half seriously, in substance.


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    - "I can't be, exactly, coming back Home, since I've never been (at least) in Baden-Baden !", Steven Mnuchin Replied, Smiling, to "Eurofora"s, friendly, but quasi-"provocative" Question.


    - "But, I must say, that here it's a Beautiful Place. I was terribly Impressed with it", he kindly conceded. Therefore, "I Hope to have an Opportunity to Come Back, at some point".


     + Moreover, "I give you that, for a Long Period of Time, this was the kind of Place where a lot of Rich People came, especialy in the Summer, particularly from Russia, in the Old Days", Mnuchin partialy Agreed with "Eurofora"s Question.


 Inter alia, since his GrandFather had, indeed, reportedly Left Russia just a few years Before the 1917 Bolshevic Revolution, and lived, for a part, somewhere inside nowadays EU, including nearby Belgium, where EU Commission and EU Council Brussels' Headquarters are located at present.


    - Now, "I see why those People were comming Here", he realized. - "It's such a Beautiful Place".


    - "Particularly while Walking by the River". Indeed, -"We ("G20" Participants) had the Opportunity to Walk Many Times by the River, Yesterday", (i.e. when the Weather was Sunny), and "it was just a Beautiful Series of that".


    It looked as a Relaxing Conclusion to a quite intensive working day, at the end of the New US Treasury Secretary's Press Conference on this Baden-Baden 2017 Minsterial G20 Finance Summit, (which amused several TV cameramen/women around the 1st Floor of the ..."KonzertHaus", that served as Press Centre).


    - F.ex. it reminds American Singer Billy Joel's neo-classical "River of Dreams" : "... Walking ... to a River so Deep. ...Looking for something... Sacred I lost. But the River is Wide, and it's Too Hard to Cross". However, "...even though I know the river is wide. I walk down every evening ... And try to cross to the opposite side. So I can finally find out what I've been looking for". Particularly as far as Efforts to "Cross" over some "Opposite" Interests, and/or Memory of a "Lost" but "Sacred" Past, may be concerned...

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    New US President Don Trump's Family links to Europe are even More numerous : In addition to his Mother's origins from Scotland (UK), his grand-Father is from Nearby Kallstadt (Germany), and his Wife, Melanie, from Slovenia.

    And, Unexpectedly, when Mnushin spoke about his adherence to President Trump's promise to "Defend the Interests of American Workers", this stroke a cord of ...French Maurice Thorez' "Popular Front" Wording of a remote Past in Europe...


    Since this was used in order to speak about the "Fair Trade" Controversy, inevitably, here, it also Reminded former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2010 Speech at Urmatt, Near Strasbourg, against "Economico-Social and/or Environmental Dumping", (See, f.ex., "Eurofora"s NewsReport from Urmatt, then, at : ...).
    
    At any case, when some others, (particularly the Out-going French Socialist Minister of Finance, Michel Sapin : Comp. various Sapin's Replies to "Eurofora"s Questions in Topical Issues, Yesterday, f.ex. : ... +..), "Regretted" Mnuchin's a.o. reported reluctance to Insert, at "G20"'s Official Communiqué a Mention on the "Paris" Agreement for a set of Measures "gainst Global Warming", (something which has provoked Growing Controversies, particularly in the US, etc), perhaps this Might have been understood Yesterday, Friday, 17 of March, when a rather unusualy Hot, for this Period of the Year, Bright Sun had Warmed too much the ambiant Atmosphere here...


    But probably Not Today, Saturday, March 18, when, already OverNight, suddenly, a Cold Winter Wind, Gray Clouds, and a quite Chilly Rain, started to unexpectedly Freeze those who had Imprudently kept too Light Clothes from Yesterday : It all rather looked, much More as a kind of ... "Global Cooling" !

However, Schauble obviously Tried, as Representative of the German 2017 Presidency of this "G20" Global Top Political Event, (while naturaly Keeping Berlin's own positions on the Issues, f.ex. on Trade, etc), to somehow Calm the Play, and/or Create a kind of Synthesis, or, at least, Succesfully propose an Unusual, (as he remarked himself and others), but Neutral "Wording", at the Concluding Official Communiqué, due to manage most susceptibilities from all sides.

Spectaculary Marked also by some Exceptional Top Political Meetings these Same days, key to GeoPolitical developments related to the New, Don Trump's US Administration's policies, this very "special" G20 Ministerial Finance Summit at Baden-Baden's First Day "coincided" with German Chancelor Angie Merkel's 1st visit to US President Trump in Washington DC, Yesterday Evening (Comp., f.ex. : ....), as well as with New USA State Secretary (Foreign MInister) Rex Tillerson's 1st Visit to China, to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, (to be followed even by President Xi Jiping himself), during Baden-Baden's Global Gathering's Second Day, earlier This Morning, when, naturaly, also various "Hot" G20-related Issues were Discussed there.

Final "G20" Decisions are, indeed, currently Prepared for a July 2017 (i.e. soon After the forthcoming, crucial French Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of April-June), Heads of State/Government Summit in Hamburg, (North-Western Germany).



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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.

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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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