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Mnuchin US Interest Rate move Natural, says French Finance Minister Sapin to EF, at G20

Written by ACM
Friday, 17 March 2017
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*Baden-Baden/G20/Angelo Marcopolo/- French Minister of Finance, Michel Sapin, speaking to "Eurofora" during a G20 Finance Summit, backed US Interest rates latest move :

 

- USA Authorities recent decision to Rise Interest Rates "corresponds to the situation inside America", said the French Finance Minister, Michel Sapin, in Reply to relevant "Eurofora" Question.


 - As a matter of General Principle, "Central Banks' Decisions are Taken in relation with the situation of a Country, and of the Monetary Mass that they have to manage", he added.


 - Thus, given also the Fact that, inter alia, US has Now more "Growth", that Latest Move looks Justified, and does Not have any notable International Economy after-thought, Sapin said, apparently accrediting recent News about a so-called "Trump Boom" towards Higher Employment and Growth in North America.


+ But it's also the Recent ECB's Decisions which were also justified, went on to say the French Minister, apparently pointing at Nearby Frankfurt's Discussions about €uro's Higher price and Interest Rates' policies that might be considered by ECB's Chief, Mario Dragi (also Present here at Baden-Baden, and very Busy-looking).


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++ At another Global interest development, Sapin also Downplayed previous concerns about an eventual China - US clash on Trade and/or Monetary issues :  - "No", at least currently, "there is Not much about it, and it doesn't seem to be a real problem, he dismissed, in furher remarks to "Eurofora".


The French Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Meeting of Ministers of Finance which has just Started at Baden Baden in Germany, hosted by his collegue, Wolfgang Schauble, and extends Tomorrow, Saturday.


Earlier Today, Sapin had kick-Started his Bilateral meetings, at a nearby Hotel, with his New US counterpart, Steven Mnuhin, who had also met earlier with Schauble.


However, the current US Federal Reserve's Governors' Chair, Mrs Janet Yellen, (still in office at this G20 Finance meeting also of Central Banks' Governors), had been already apointed during the previous, Obama Administration, (2011 + 2014), for a mandate ending on Januay 2018.


Mnuchin's Family is said to stem from Russia, settling to the US since the very Beginning of the 20th Century, with his Grand-Father reportedly havin lived also in Belgium, long before Brussels becomes the nowadays Headquarters of EU Commission and Council, as well as NATO.

 

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Meanwhile, OECD's latest "Economic Policy Reforms" update, Focusing on "Going for Growth 2017", presented here, Earlier Today, by its Head, Angel Guria, (Comp. numerous Guria Statements to "Eurofora" on various Topical Issues, during many years, f.ex. at..., etc), together with Wolfgang Schauble, point at a Need for the US to Invest in "Public Infrastructures", almost as New US President Don Trump has notoriously promised during his succesful Electoral Campaign.


By intelligently Designing also Better Transport Facilities, such a move may even contribute to an Amelioration of Natural Environment, OECD's latest Report says.


As for the EU, OECD's latest recomendations focus also on a much-needed Amelioration of European Networks, (including in Energy, Transport links, and various other Sectors), almost as also EU Commisioner previousl for Energy, afterwards for Digital Economy, and curently on Budgets, Gunther Oettering, (also from nearby "Black Forest" area, as Schauble : Both ChristianDemocrats with Chancelor Angie Merkel), had already urged Earlier.

 

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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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