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Sarkozy: Europeans United by Culture,Civilisation+Geography. Division may Destroy EU Civilisation ?

Written by ACM
Samstag, 09 Juli 2016
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*Brumath/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Statements made shortly after "BREXIT", near Strasbourg's EU/CoE Institutions' Headquarters, Experienced former French President, and currently New Head of main Opposition Party "the Republicans" (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Nicolas Sarkozy, stressed that Europeans are United also by History and Culture, Refusing Divisions which Risk to Destroy the European Civilisation", as he Warned, before making to Journalists, including "Eurofora", some more cool comments about ..."Euro 2016" Football championship, (where France, after a Surprise Win v. Germany, faces Portugal at the Final Match on Sunday), expressing his "Stupefaction" and "Appreciation" for several Players' performance...

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A very Energetic looking Sarkozy, artfuly alternating from Humour to Tragic Warnings stimulated Thousands of fans  gathered at Brumath Village, near Strasbourg, who Masively Applauded him many times, at the Eve of Crucial Forthcoming Campaigns for new Presidential and Parliamentarian Elections in Less than a Year's Time, from April 2017+.

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- "Saturday and Sunday are Important Days for Politics, since they often have the Most Interesting News", observed Sarkozy from the outset, revealing also, in a Speech to Thousands of Enthousiastic Supporters, that, "when I returned to the Party (after Years of Absence), the First person I saw arriving to Work that Morning came only After 10 o'Clock"...

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- "18 Months After" ReUniting and Restoring a previously Divided  and Financialy Broke Party, which has now Settled its Budget and revendicates "250.000 Members",  Sarkozy denounced Divisions, stressing : - "How can someone Unite France, when he doesn't even Unite his Family ?".  Certainly, "a Leader is made in order to Lead, even in Difficult Moments". However, "I Respect All Opinions, Democratically", he promissed, "but Face to Face in a Loyal way", (i.e., mainly, in a Public Debate).


    - Just Before he Returns Back to Active Politics, "Polls gave to Marie Le Pen's party (FN EuroSceptic Rightists) the 1st Rank" in France, he reminded, while also fustigating anew that kind of Deals with Socialists which "brought Austrian ChristianDemocrats Down to Less than 11%, while a  Far Right Candidate passed to the 2nd Round of the recent Presidential Elections, against an Unknown "Green" Politician", he observed.     


 - However, it's also true that, meanwhile, Some pushed to Break Down our (National) Identity", But -"We are Fed Up with" a kind of "Dictature of Minorities". "Here it's France  !  "We doN't want Communautarism" (i.e. Cultural Ghettos and Divisions). "There is Only One Community : The National Community". "We've Had Enough to See at the Streets, in the Media, in TV, too many things in which we don't Recognize no more ourselves", "We Love that Country : France, that we Received from our Parents, and want to Transmit to our Children and GrandChildren .. We DoN't Want to Change our Culture, our Way of Life, our Traditions",  "this Country (France) that we received as Heritage, that our Parents Worked to Forge, and that we Revendicate", he stressed, Strongly Applauded by the People.

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    - So that, the Forthcoming 2017 Elections, (in France, but also in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe), in fact, raise an Existential Question : - "Will France (and all Europe) still Exist ?", Sarkozy  Wondered.


    - "Here, in France, We are Open. We are Welcoming People. But, those who Join us, have to Adapt themselves to the Native Population. Not vice-versa !", he pointd out amidst Popular Applause.  


    - "There are here People with Various, Different Histories and Cultures. But there is something which Unites us  : I wish a Great France, Open, Generous, and with Solidarity". Nevertheless, whenever someone wants to join us, "the First thing to do is to Love and Respect" this Country (France).


    - "I'll Never accept a Chilly,  Selfish France", "Nor a France  Cut off from Europe", etc. "But, ... Regardless of the Origin of the Parents of those Childrens who join us, we must Teach them the History and Culture" of their Host Country (France) !


     - F.ex, "My own Father was from Hungary and my (Maternal) Grand-Father from Greece, but they Teached me the History of France, and my Ancestors became those from (Ancient) Gaulle, because I am French !", Sarkozy shared his own, Personal Feelings with sincerity, Applauded.

 

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    + Another Emotional moment, naturaly, was when the French Top Politician Strongly stressed that - "We, Republicans, Don't Accept those Barbaric Massacres in Paris !", by ISIL's Deadly Extreme Islamic Terrorists and atrocious BeHeaders, even of Innocent and Defenseless Civilian People, as he pointed out Widely Applauded. On the Contrary, he Called to "Honour the Memory of our Compatriots Cowardly Murdered", while also pointing at French People's "Capacity to Overcome Challenges".


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    - "I would like to Conclude by making 2 Points on Europe :", Sarkozy added, speaking very Near to Strasbourg's EU and CoE Headquarters, just 12 Minutes Time away. "There are 2 Red Lines", he observed :


    - First,  "Both from the Right, and the Left side, there is, nowadays, a Growing Criticism. Nowadays, Europe is Challenged. The European Ideal is contested". And "I Know that several Issues still have to Find Solutions. I leaded Europe, when I Chaired the EU (back on 2008), and, if France wasn't there, even Dangerous Conflicts risked to Spread, as he reminded, evoking the Russia - Georgia Clash, which had, notoriously, been Stoped by Sarkozy's immediate Diplomatic Action vis a vis Both the then Russian Preident, Medevedev, and the then Georgian President, Shakashvili, succeding to broker a Peace Agreement, (Comp., f.ex., "Eurofora"s relevant Publication from Northern Italy, then, where German Chancelor Angie Merkel was visiting, while the then Pope Benedict had just Launched a Vibrant Call to Stop Bloodshed and Destructions, and Prevent a Division of the European Continent : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/benepeace.html).


    - But, it's not because of some Errors, that we should throw away the Baby, together with the Water of the Bathtub"..., he pointed out.


    + Also Because "the European Continent has Faced some of the Worst Conflicts in the World, Back in the (First Half of the) 20th Century", (f.ex. with 2 WW, etc), Sarkozy reminded.


    ++ And, even if "We are, nowadays, some 500 Millions Europeans", Nevertheless, in some Years, the World is due to have a Population of about 12  Billions...", he observed in addition.


    => That's one Reason more, for which "I will Never Accept the Division of Europe, because this would provoke Risks to make Disappear the European Civilisation !", Sarkozy Warned.

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    - In fact, "there is a European Civilisation, a European Culture, and a European Continent" which "Unites us" (Europeans) all, he strongly stressed.

    + A 2nd "Red Line", is about the Franco-German EU core :  From 1870 until 1945 we (France) Fought against Germany, and you, here in Alsace (Borderline), you perfectly Know what it really means", he reminded.


    - But the Franco-German ReConciliation is, nowadays, a Red Line.  I will Never Accept that anyone might, eventualy, disrupt it. Certainly, there may still be one or another Differences of Views, some concrete Choices to Criticize. But, the Franco-German Axis, Friendship and ReConciliation, is Untouchable, it's not just Politics, but Our History", Sarkozy stressed.


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    + Then, as far as it concerns the English, (i.e. the recent BREXIT), it can't be Both In and Out". So that, f.ex.," I'd call for the French Government to Welcome in Paris all those Financial Businesses which couldn't stay, no more, in the UK, he suggested.


    - But, as we saw also in France, Back on 2005, (i.e. after the "No" to EU Constitution Referendum, mainly Fueled by Popular Opposition to Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, partialy added to some Economic controversies), it's always "Better to Speak to the People", and not just to those Establishment's "Elites" who Betrayed everything", urged Nicolas Sarkozy,

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- who had already Succeeded to be Brilliantly Elected in 2007, while proposing a New, "Simplified" EU Treaty (which becama the "Lisbon Treaty" on  2010) and to Freeze Turkey's controversial EU bid, Succeeding then to Overccome that Previous EU Challenge.

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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