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

Written by ACM
Пятница, 24 Март 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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    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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