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

Written by ACM
Saturday, 09 July 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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    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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