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

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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSq4B_zHqPM


    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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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