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Pope Francis for New European Humanism : Dare Dream a New Hope ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 24 March 2017
 
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*Rome/Vatican/Angelo Marcopolo/- When Vatican's brand new Deputy Press Director, Paloma García Ovejero, first heard "Eurofora"s suggestion to associate Pope Francis' call to "Dare Dream",as he stresed Earlier this Same Week at an "Angelus", with his "New Hope" LeitMotive, which Emerged, Unexpectedly, in his Europe Speech at a Pioneer Audience for EH Heads of  State/Government Tonight, Eve of the 60th Anniversary of Rome Treaties, she appeared Carefully Positive :


- "Yes, Why Not ? May Be...", she Simply reacted, Kindly Smiling, inside Vatican's PressRoom Full of Journalists, while the Pope was seen at Crystal Liquid Screens Engage in various Formats of Bilateral or other "Tete a Tete" Friendly Exchanges with EU Leaders, before they Leave through Saint Peter's Courtyard, also Full of Photographers and Comments' Seeking collegues, Gathering there, a Beautiful Spring 2017 Evening at Rome.


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The Paradox naturaly is that, at the Same Time, Pope Francis didN't Hesitate to Acknowledge the Fact that, "Our Time is Dominated more by the Concept of <<Crisis>>: There is the Economic Crisis, that has Marked the Past Decade ; there is the Crisis of Family and Established Social Models ; there is a WideSpread <<Institutional Crisis>>; and the Migration Crisis. So Many Crisis that Engender Fear and profound Confusion, in our Contemporaries, who Look for a New Way of Envisioning the Future". Despite -or Because of- the Fact that, also, "Today, with the UK, we Mourn the Victims of the Attack that took place in London, 2 Days away", as he added Afterwards, in a unique reference to ISIL's Islamist Terrorism cowardly Targetting innocent Civilian People.

 

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- "Yet, the Term "Crisis" is Not Necessarily Negative : It does Not Simply indicate a Painful Moment to be Endured. The Word "Crisis" has its Origin in the Greek Verb "Krino", which Means to Discern, to Weigh, to Assess. Ours is a Time of Discernement : One that Invites us to Determine what is Essential, and to Build on it". While also"it's a Time of Challenge and Opportunity", he Concluded on this Key point.

 
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=> Therefore, particularly "Those who Govern, are Charged with Discerning the Paths of Hope, Identifying Specific Ways Forward", Pope Francis Urged EU Heads of State/Government, gathered here at Rome, Triggering a Parallel Gathering of various European Journalists, amidst a Bunch of "Vatican Faithful", Insiders several of whom "Eurofora" already met at some Exceptionaly Important Meetings Elsewhere, while Some of them Told us that they found the Holy See's New Spokesman, Greg Bruke, present at an Office located just at the Other Side of the PressRoom, who is quite Open and often Ready to Engage Dialogue with Medias' Writers, particularly about main Orieantations or Pathways, personaly Stemming from Missouri, an USA State Marked, a Few Years ago, by a Bitter, and very Concrete Struggle on BioEthics, a Key  Crucial InFight for the immediate Future of all Humankind...

 

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>>> - "Europe Finds New Hope, when Man is at the Centre and the  Heart of her Institutions", Firmly stressed this particular Day in Ober-Millenary Rome, Pope Francis, Starting "ab ovo", from the Essntials. +"EuropeFinds New Hope in Solidarity, which is also the Most Effective Antidote" even to EuroScepticisl, he Added. ++ "Europe Finds New Hope when it Refuses to Yield to Fear, or Close itself  offin False forms of Security", he warned. +++ -"Europe Finds New Hope when she Invests in Development and in Peace", Pope Francis runderlined. ++++ - "Europe has New Hope when she is Open to the  Future", including "When she Defends Life in All its Sacredness", he pointed out.


-  "Nowadays, with the General Increase in People's Life Span, 60 (as EU's Anniversary Tomorrow) is considered the Age of Full Maturity"...  Even More : - "Europe Faces the Possibility of a New Youthfullness": Because, in particular, "as (EU) Leaders, You are Called to biaze the Path of a <<New European Humanism>>

    >>>Particularly, considering the Fact that Christian Church is "Insepatably Linked" to "Europe's Future", as he stressed, Stimulating also "the Conscioussness" that even "at the Origin of European Civilisation is Christianity", he Topicaly Reminded.
                                                                              

  - >Thus, "the Memory of that (EU's 60th Anniversary) is Linked to Today's Hopes and the Expectations of the People of Europe", Pope Francis Concluded, (using an Interesting Formula in fine).



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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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