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PanEuropa Germany Head Posselt +to EF: Europe's Freedom Idea, Basis of the World order ?

Автор ACM
Sunday, 17 October 2021
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(NewsViews express the Ideas of their Writer, and not always of "Eurofora". But We Thank "PanEuropa Germany"'s President, CSU Euro-Politician, and Experienced former Long-Time top MEP at EU Parliament, Bernd Posselt, for sending us for Publication, via his Press Offfice, this Interesting and Topical Question as well as Suggestion, the same Day of the Conclusions for the EU "Conference on Europe's Future" Citizen Panel on Foreign Policy and Europe in the World, that we have just attended in EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

Follows, herewith, the full Original Text, in Deutsch).

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56. Andechser Europatag: - Europe's Freedom Idea, as the basis of the World order


56. Andechser Europatag der Paneuropa-Union Germany


17. 10. 2021  Andechs.

With the theme of freedom, the 56. Christian Europe Day of "Paneuropa-Union Deutschland" in the Oberbayerischen Monastery Andechs.

Its president, the CSU European politician Bernd Posselt, quoted Paneuropa founder Richard Graf Coudenhove-Kalergi, who called for resistance to National Socialism immediately before the outbreak of the Second World War, and said: "Europe is not just a continent, but an idea, and this is "Freedom"."

The basis for this is the conception of Human Dignity, which is widely used by Christianity and Humanism. This is also the starting point for the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Today, the World is faced with a Test of tears: On the one hand, the possibility for the human being to be Destroyed almost infinitely, and in the digitalised and globalised "world village", everyone is more Dependent than ever before, as the pandemic crisis has proven. On the other hand, the common cultural and ethical basis of the international order will always weaken. In Afghanistan, it has been shown in a dramatic manner that the colonial export of Western ...companies was doomed to failure.

However, this should not mean putting into question the universality of human rights, that the United Nations had, at least in theory, achieved after the Second World War. The way out of this dilemma can only be in a patient and knowledgeable Dialogue between the different world religions and cultures. In order for this to be successful, one must meet one another at eye level, listen to the other, know something about him and, as Pope Francis called for, also "go to the margins". He only creates who "Co-works, loves and suffers". If you think this is an illusion, you can "pack it right."


At the well-attended Meeting of theologians Prof. Veit Neumann with the subject of "Freedom and God", Johannes Modesto, who is responsible for the archdiocese of Munich and Freising for seligration proceedings, with Romano Guardini and the White Rose, the religious philosopher Beate Beckmann-Zöller, with the philosopher and European patroness Edith Stein, (who was murdered in Auschwitz), and the Prague political scientist Blanka Mouralova with the totalitarianism concept of Hannah Arendt.

In an "evening of freedom" at the Klostergasthof, Robert Wild sang for the guitar freedom songs, and Francis Posselt of the Pan-European Youth made himself in a confessed literary form as their "courier" to the voice of the Statue of Liberty. Celebrant of the festive service in honor of the Holy Hedwig in the pilgrimage church was the Polish Minorite Father Prof. Zdzislaw Josef Kijas from Rome. The topic of "Freedom and Courage-engines for a Living Europe" was discussed at the final podium of the professor from Rome, by the psychologist Consuelo Gräfin Ballestrem, the restaurant founder and chef Johannes Belling from France, the Czech diplomant Jan Šícha, the youngest district president Hessens, Johannes Volkmann, as well as the media lawyer Dirk H. Voß.

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56. Andechser Europatag: Europas Freiheitsidee als Grundlage der Weltordnung


56. Andechser Europatag der Paneuropa-Union Deutschland

Europas Freiheitsidee als Grundlage der Weltordnung


17. 10. 2021


Andechs. Mit dem Thema Freiheit befaßte sich der 56. Christliche Europatag der Paneuropa-Union Deutschland im oberbayerischen Kloster Andechs.

Ihr Präsident, der CSU-Europapolitiker Bernd Posselt, zitierte den Paneuropa-Gründer Richard Graf Coudenhove-Kalergi, der unmittelbar vor Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges zum Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus aufgerufen und dabei gesagt habe: „Europa ist nicht nur ein Kontinent, sondern eine Idee, und diese ist die Freiheit.“

Grundlage dessen sei die von Christentum und Humanismus weltweit verbreitete Konzeption von der Menschenwürde. Diese bilde auch den Ausgangspunkt der EU-Grundrechtecharta. Heute stehe die Welt vor einer Zerreißprobe: Einerseits sei die Möglichkeit des Menschen zum Zerstören fast unendlich geworden und im digitalisierten wie auch globalisierten „weltweiten Dorf“ sei jeder von jedem abhängiger denn je, wie die Pandemiekrise bewiesen habe. Andererseits werde die gemeinsame kulturelle und ethische Basis der internationalen Ordnung immer schwächer.

In Afghanistan habe sich auf dramatische Weise gezeigt, daß der kolonialistische Export westeuropäischer Gesellschaftsvorstellungen zum Scheitern verurteilt sei. Dies dürfe aber nicht bedeuten, die Universalität der Menschenrechte, wie sie die Vereinten Nationen nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zumindest theoretisch verwirklicht hätten, in Frage zu stellen.

Der Ausweg aus diesem Dilemma könne nur in einem geduldigen und kenntnisreichen Dialog zwischen den verschiedenen Weltreligionen und –kulturen liegen. Damit dieser gelinge, müsse man einander auf Augenhöhe begegnen, dem anderen zuhören, etwas von ihm wissen und, wie dies Papst Franziskus gefordert habe, auch „an die Ränder gehen“. Dies schaffe nur, wer „mitarbeitet, mitliebt und mitleidet“. Wenn man dies für eine Illusion halte, könne man „gleich einpacken.“


In Fachreferaten befaßten sich bei der gut besuchten Tagung der Theologe Prof. Veit Neumann mit dem Thema „Freiheit und Gott“, Johannes Modesto, der bei der Erzdiözese München und Freising für Seligsprechungsverfahren zuständig ist, mit Romano Guardini und der Weißen Rose, die Religionsphilosophin Beate Beckmann-Zöller mit der in Auschwitz ermordeten Philosophin und Europapatronin Edith Stein und die Prager Politikwissenschaftlerin Blanka Mouralova mit dem Totalitarismusbegriff von Hannah Arendt. Bei einem „Abend der Freiheit“ im Klostergasthof sang Robert Wild zur Gitarre Freiheitslieder, und Franziskus Posselt von der Paneuropa-Jugend machte sich in gekonnter literarischer Form als deren „Kurier“ zum Sprachrohr der Freiheitsstatue. Zelebrant des Festgottesdienstes zu Ehren der Heiligen Hedwig in der Wallfahrtskirche war der polnische Minoritenpater Prof. Zdzislaw Josef Kijas aus Rom. Das Thema „Freiheit und Mut – Motoren für ein lebenswertes Europa“ diskutierten beim abschließenden Podium der Professor aus Rom, die Psychologin Consuelo Gräfin Ballestrem, der Restaurantgründer und Küchenchef Johannes Belling aus Frankreich, der tschechische Diplomant Jan Šícha, der jüngste Kreistagspräsident Hessens, Johannes Volkmann, sowie der Medienanwalt Dirk H. Voß.

 

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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