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Bernd Posselt's new Book on Europe: A must for the 2020-2022 EU Conference on Europe's Future

Written by ACM
Thursday, 16 January 2020

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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The President of "PanEuropa" in Germany, one of the Top MEPs who have Longest served in EU Parliament, and Experienced former Journalist, Bernd Posselt's new Book on Europe is really a "Must", particularly for all those who are or will be attracted by what is really at Stake in the forthcoming EU's "Conference on Europe's Future", during 2020-2022, and the Political Decisions that it's expected to take on Shaping our Continent's foreseable Horizons, hopefully with an Exceptionally Strong and Original input by -and for- active and conscious EU Citizens.

Titled : - "Bernd Posselt describes Europe : History and Persons - Structure and Visions", the 240 Pages-Long Book, written in Deutsch, but deserving to be Translated also in other main European Languages, canNot, and will Not be Resumed here : It deserves much Better, later-on.

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But the Collective Event organized in EU Parliament yesterday for the official presentation of that Book by the Experienced President of the Biggest Political Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Manfred Weber,  and the active Young Austrian MEP, new Chairman of EPP's Working Groups on "PanEuropa" and BioEthics, Lukas Mandl, together with a substantial Resumé by Posselt himself "Live", naturally cannot be ignored at all.

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- Many Key Points which must never be forgotten ("nichts vergessen") are artfully described in that New Book on Europe, observed, inter alia, Weber, who Focused, particularly, on the People's Feeling about Europe as Vital part of their "Heimat" (i.e. Fatherland/Motherland).

- As for Mandl, he praised Posselt as a "Real Parliamentarian" during a Record-Long Number of Years, in fact, always active around the "Parliamentarian Arena", as he characteristically said. But also as a European Politician clearly opposed to Both "Populism" and "Centralism", as he described.

- Double-Faced Posselt kicked off his own, long presentation, by a Symbolic Joke about Greeks' debates on whether the Best Original Version of Ancient Christian Texts, was that which said that : - "At the Beginning was the Word", i.e. Journalism, or "Chaos", i.e. Politicians ...

- At any case, "this is Not a Book about Memories", its Author Denied from the outset. Inter alia, also, Because, in fact, there is "an Active Process in Europe", which stems from a Long History, but Still Unfolds and Develops also Nowadays, as Posselt observed.

- However, f.ex., Otto von Habsburg, Cudenhove-Kallergi, Toynbee, Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope emeritus Benedict), Charles de Gaulle, and many other Historic Personalities who have passionately Dealt with Nowadays Europe, are successively Cited by Posselt who knew them, while his Speech unfolds.

- As for the Eternal and Topical Issue of the "European Identity", it's mainly a matter of "Culture", and Associates "3 Spirits" ("Geist") for Bernd Posselt : Ancient Greek, Roman, and (Judeo-) Christian.

- For our foreseable "Future", there are "2 Central Issues : On Unity, and Fatherland/Motherland feeling of the People, he stressed, ("Einheit" + "Heimat").

=> And, in this regard, his Book concludes, Topically (Comp. Supra), with an affirmative, Symbolic proclamation : - "I am a European Citizen !", alias : "Civis Europaeus sum !"...

 

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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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