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PanEuropa/Germany President F.MEP Posselt: "ALL FOR LIFE" ? (in Virus Times)

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 21 April 2020


 [NDLR: The President of PanEuropa/Germany, Experienced former Long-Time MEP, Journalist and Author, Bernd Posselt, send to "Eurofora" a Topical and Important Article on Human LIFE's Value  Nowadays, during the CoronaVirus' Pandemic. When Tragic and/or Scandalous Events obviously Threaten to Degrade the Value of Human Life almost every day, such Moves are as a Lightning in the Dark...(ACM)

After the Original in German Language, Follows a Translation in English]


 "Alles für das Leben?

GRUNDRECHTE: Klare Konsequenzen

von Bernd Posselt


Seit dem Ende totalitärer Regime wie Faschismus, Nationalsozialismus und Kommunismus wurden in Europa nicht ein einziges Mal die elementaren Grund- und Menschenrechte so sehr angetastet oder gar suspendiert wie derzeit. Wenn auch sachlich gerechtfertigt und im Rahmen demokratischer Rechtsstaatlichkeit limitiert, ist dieses Vorgehen unserer Regierungen ein beispiellos schwerer Eingriff in nahezu alles, was uns bislang heilig war: Freiheit, Religion, Eigentum, Familie und soziales Gefüge. Die einzige Legitimation dafür ist ein Recht, das allen anderen übergeordnet ist und auf dem alle anderen aufbauen, nämlich das Recht auf Leben und körperliche Unversehrtheit. Um dieses zu gewährleisten, sind unsere Staaten entstanden, unsere völkerrechtlich abgesicherten Rechts- und Friedensordnungen sowie die Europäische Union.

Wie kann es dann aber sein, daß wir ein so elementares naturrechtliches Prinzip seit Jahrzehnten zum Teil der Wegwerfgesellschaft gemacht haben? Ein typischer Materialistenspruch lautet, daß jeder Mensch ersetzbar sei. Das Gegenteil gilt! Jeder ist ein Ebenbild Gottes und von daher unersetzlich. Daraus zieht die katholische Soziallehre klare Konsequenzen, wenn sie sagt, daß die Wirtschaft für den Menschen da ist und nicht der Mensch für die Wirtschaft. Dasselbe gilt für den Staat: Er hat dem Menschen zu dienen und nicht umgekehrt. Beides ist vielfach in Vergessenheit geraten. Menschliches Leben, an sich unantastbar von der Zeugung bis zum natürlichen Tod, wurde immer mehr zur Disposition gestellt, vor allem, wenn es sich um ungeborene Kinder, um Alte, um Schwache oder um Behinderte gehandelt hat.


Derzeit spüren wir wieder ganz deutlich, wie kostbar das Leben ist - das unserer Lieben, unserer Umgebung und auch das eigene. Vielleicht gelingt es uns aber auch, das wieder zu entdecken, was Papst Johannes Paul II. und Mutter Teresa, die in den Slums von Kalkutta persönlich den dort grassierenden Seuchen entgegentrat, als "Kultur des Lebens" bezeichneten.



Comments, 21. April 2020

All (Everything) for Life?
Fundamental rights: clear consequences

by Bernd Posselt

Since the end of totalitarian regimes such as Fascism, National Socialism and Communism, fundamental Human Rights in Europe have not been affected or even suspended as much as they are at present. Even if justified objectively and limited within the framework of democratic rule of law, this action by our Governments is an unprecedented heavy intervention in almost everything that has been sacred to us so far: freedom, religion, property, family and social fabric.

The only legitimacy for this is a right which is superior to all others and on which everyone else builds, namely the right to Life and physical integrity. In order to ensure this, our States, our international legal and peace regulations and the European Union have been created.

How, then, can it be that we have made such an elementary principle of natural law, part of the discarded Society (of Disposal) for decades? A typical materialist is saying that every human being is replaceable.

The opposite is true! Everyone is an example of God and therefore irreplaceable. The Catholic social doctrine draws clear conclusions from this when it says that the economy is there for the people and not the man for the economy. The same applies to the state: it has to serve the people and not vice versa.

Both have often been forgotten. Human life, in itself untouchable from conception to natural death, has become increasingly available, especially when it comes to unborn children, the elderly, the weak or the disabled...

At this moment, we feel again very clearly how precious life is- that of our loved ones, our surroundings and also our own. But perhaps we will also rediscover what Pope John Paul II in the past,  and Mother Teresa, who personally faced in the slums of Calcutta the Diseases that were raging there, have called "Culture of Life".




NDLR : Fast Translation in English, from the Original in German, Published, earlier Today, also at "Dolomiten" Newspaper, of South Tyrol, (NE Italy, near Austria).


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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.



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