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Sarkozy : No Muzzled Debates, also on ReFounding Europe anew !

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03. 10. 2016.
 
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- Amidst the ReVitalizing Oxygen of Green Landscapes at the beautiful Alsacian Village of Reichstett near Strasbourg, looking at the Direction of EU Parliament and CoE straight Ahead at a Bird's Fly, and praised by mainstream Strasbourg Politicians, (including the New Head of French Regions, former Minister, Philippe Richert), for his "Experience, Energy, Capacity and Faithfulness" as they said, the Chief of the main Opposition Party in France, and former President of the Country, Nicolas Sarkozy, an original ChristianDemocrat/EPP, Strongly Bounced Back to his favorite Popular context and Big, "Hot" issues, Focusing Now on Freedom to Debate, People's decisive role, Identity and Assimilation of Migrants, Security and Fight against Terrorism, Boosting Economy and reDynamizing Politics, Concluding by the Urgent Need for New Foundations to Europe, and a Human touch.


 - "I Refuse for Debates to be Muzzled, Silenced or Prohibited !", he Strongly stressed from the outset, (on one of the Rare Key-Points where he didn't Change Oraly his Draft Speech), launching a Call for the People "Not to let anyone Steal your Debates !", and pleading for a Right to Speak for "People's Sovereignity".


This goes, at an immediate term, naturaly for the Current "Primary" Votes inside each Big Political Party before the forthcoming, Crucial 2017 French Presidential Elections (April/May Next Year), but also for eventual National or Eurepean "Referendum on Major Issues of concern to the People", as he said, by a Timely Coincidence, speaking just 1 Day After a World-Famous Hungarian Referendum, by popular Prime Minister Victor Orban (another ChristianDemocrat/EPP) on Sunday, (where he Succeeded to get the support of a much More Greater percentage of Registered Voters, than even EU and/or USA Leaders : See the Facts at ......), while, on the Contrary, in France, the current, outgoing Socialist Government has just Prohibited even a Mayor to make a Popular Referendum in order to Give a Chance to the Local Population to Express its Opinion on an Attempt to relocate, near their Family Homes, Childrens' Schools, etc., a Disproportionate Number of Irregular Migrants from far away Africa and/or Asia, relocated from the notorious "Calais' Jungle", at the Franco-Brittish Borders.


But, possibly also on "Family, a fundamental Institution of our Society, to which many People are strongly attached", he added, (after various, notoriously Popular Struggles to Defend Natural Family and/or Natural Birth and Raising up of Children, against some Controversial and more or less UnPopular attempts to Impose "Same Sex Marriages" and/or Subordination of Children to the Power of Homosexuals on Pretext of "Adoption", often added to the Atrocious "Surrogate Mothers'" Exploitation of Women, and/or to Artificialy "assisted" Births, controlled by Technocrats, with obvious Dangers for all Humankind, as several, still unfolding, recent Events attest, both in Europe and at the USA, etc., (including even a Recent Clash between Pope Francis and a French Minister about denounced attempts to Impose a so-called "Gender Theory" upon School-Children, etc).

 

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- In Wider Terms, "the current (Political) Left, has Betrayed the Workers !", the French Political Leader denounced, (touching upon an obviously "Hot" Point, on which even the American GOP Party Candidate for the Crucial, forthcoming US Presidential Elections, Donald Trump, notoriously Evoked at his landmark Inauguration Speech, Earlier this Summer, at the Republican Party's National Convention, Back on July 2016, at Cleveland, Ohio, tackling Hillary Clinton from her "Left" side, after Sanders' dismissal by the Dems Party Establishment in Controversial Conditions as "Wikileaks" revealed : See "Eurofora"s NewsReport at ....).


Unpredictably Bouncing at the Right Spot, while Entering a Meeting Room (Symbolicaly located at the Local "Sports Center"..., and placed under the Banner "Reichstett Loves Sport !", by its Athletic Mayor, Georges Schuler, New Secretary General of Strasbourg's "Republicans"), Sarkozy suddenly made a Surprize Move, Turning Right in Front of an astonished "Eurofora", among collegues Journalists and many People, Saluted those present, and rushed Back to the Officials' lounge, before getting on the podium.


He was very much Applauded when he praised the People for being "Proud" of their "Identity and (Historic) Roots" at their Land, as he said, before Speaking in favor of a Cultural "Integration" and "Assimilation" of Migrants who wish to Stay in their Host Country in Europe, fustigating f.ex. some excessive "Provocations by a Political Islam", (as, f.ex. a recent Multiplication of "Burquas" ostensibly placed in Public Spaces, Women Obliged to bear "Burkinis" even while Bathing at the Sea (to the point that even Young Children aged only 14, Boys and Girls, were Violently Aggressed by Adults with Clubs and Knives just for Taking a Photo of such an unprecedented spectacle, recently Imported and Imposed at their Home City at Corsica Island, etc), instead of "an Islam of France" or European. If somebody went to the USA like this, he/she would have been Immediately Send Back, he pointed out, Pleading also for "Women's Rights".


Sarkozy also Vowed to Strongly "Fight against those Barbarians of the Islamic State's" (ISIS') Butal Deadly Terrorism, speaking after an Unprecedented Series of Mass Killings, even of Innocent Civilian People, Women, Elders and even Children included, during this Summer 2016, in several European (and even USA) States, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, etc. - "In this War that they have Declared, it will be Us, or Them !", he Firmly reiterated anew, Calling to Stripe from "Double Nationality" and take Security Measures against those for whom there are Serious Grounds to be Suspected as "Jihadists", systematicaly use "Jihadist Propaganda Websites", and have even Prepared to Go Become themselves Jihadists, (f.ex. towards ISIL's HQ at Syria/Iraq, etc. via Turkey a.o., as  had done, f.ex., those Violent Terrorists who cowardly Murdered even an Old Christian Priest recently, inside the Historic, 13th Century Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, as well as Many Other ISIS' inspired Killers of other Innocent Civilian People this Last Summer).


On Europe, inter alia, Sarkozy Criticized those who "still raise the Question of Turkey's (controversial and unpopular) EU bid, even after the UK went Out" after the Recent BREXIT Vote, and Clearly Confirmed his Famous position that "Turkey belongs to Asia Minor, and has No Vocation to Enter inside the EU !", strongly Applauded by the People.


He also Promissed, Today, that, if re-Elected, he will "Go Immediately, on May 6 (2017) to Berlin", in order to Propose, together with German Chancellor Angie Merkel, to Sign a Franco-German Initiative for a New EU Treaty. (In this way, he notoriously expects, also, too eventualy Invite new British Prime Minister Theresa May, to consider eventualy for the UK to re-Join, later-on, a Brand "New Europe").

 

 

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EU's main Competences should be Focused only on certain Key Areas, such as, f;ex., Agriculture, Scientific/Technological Research, Industry, Energy, Trade, etc., giving "the rest to the (EU Member) States", while, on the Contrary, €urozone Countries (where, as it's well known, any Willing EU Country is Able to Join, whenever it becomes Ready) should get a Strong Governance f.ex. by a Presidency, where core EU Countries such as France and Germany, etc., are naturaly due to assume their Responsibilities and become more Active, in the foreseable Future. (A Plan whose main points Sarkozy had HighLighted initialy, after an Hour-Long previous Exchange with Chancelor Merkel, at a landmark Speech in the Adenauer Foundation at Berlin, as Early as since February 2014 already, at the Invitation of Experienced, former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering.


Despite of a Basic reminder of EU's Franco-German ReConciliation and close Cooperation's positive input, mainly by Ensuring Peace for Many Decades in Europe, and another Call for "a New Shengen", since "the Old Shenghen has Collapsed", as he said, nevertheless, probably for Time Restraints, given an Exceptionaly OverLoaded EU and CoE Agenda in Strasbourg these 2 Weeks, Sarkozy didn't, Now, Advance Further on his Views and Intentions about purely European issues, (even if Strasbourg's "Great East" Region's President, Philippe Richert, had earlier Topicaly Reminded the former President of France -and, then, even of the EU-  World Famous Move, already Back on 2008, during the Georgia - Russia Crisis, to immediatelt Fly to Moscow and Tbilisi, meeting and negotiating with the Presidents of Both embattled then Countries, and Succeeding at least to Bring Peace, "Contrary to what Happened, later on 2014, with Ukraine", as he observed, while mutualy Negative, controversial EU/USA "Sanctions" vis a vis Russia, Destructions, Economic Problems, Divisions and even People Killed (including, still, Civilians, even if Less than Back on 2014-2015, perdure at Ukraine's pro-Autonomy Regions of Donetsk-Luhansk), to the point that a New Quadripartite, France - Germany - Russia - Ukraine Summit is currently prepared for an eventual meeting asap.

 

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Recent developments proved that Europe can suceed to overcome challenges by aiming at great objectives, and this is needed also in 2009, said EU chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    - "It's in the name of Great Ideas, Projects, Ambition and Ideals, that EU can overcome" challenges, stressed Sarkozy at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, in conclusion of a dense 7 months EU Chairmanship. "It's even easier for Europe to have Great projects, able to overcome national egoism, instead of limiting itself only to small projects" (unable to do alike), he observed.     

- "Europe must remain Ambitious and understand that the World needs her to take Decisions". "The World needs a Strong Europe", which "thinks on its own, has convictions, its own responses, its imagination" : "A Europe which does not limit itself into following" others, (as it did in the Past, when it followed USA, f.ex. on Bosnia). On the contrary, "Europe should undertake its own responsibilities", he said, after a series of succes in stopping the War between Russia and Georgia, and organizing the 1st EuroZone's Summit in Paris, which incited the Washington DC G-20 Summit to extend similar decisions World-wide.  


    - "When you sweep it all under the carpet, prepare yourself for hard tomorrows", he warned. "What hinders decisions is the lack of Courage and Will, the fading away of Ideals", he stressed before EU Parliament's 2008 debate on Human Rights and Sakharov prize on Freedom of thought attributed by MEPs to Chinese cyber-dissident Hu Jia, followed by an EU - Turkey meeting on Friday.

    - "I don't abandon my convictions" and "I will take initiatives" on EU level also in 2009, Sarkozy announced later. "France will not stop having convictions and taking initiatives" on Europe. + "It's an Error to wish to pass over the Heads of those who are elected in their Countries" : "It's an integrism I always fought against"', he warned.
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French EU Presidency faced 4 unexpected Crisis :

- An institutional crisis, with the Irish "No" to EU Lisbon Treaty, just before it started. A geopolitical crisis, wth the threat of War between Russia and Georgia risking to throw Europe back to Cold-war divisions, on August. A World-wide Financial and Economic crisis, arriving at a bad moment before crucial 2009 EU elections. And even a Strasbourg's mini-crisis, with EU Parliament's roof curiously falling down, from unknown reasons, in a brand new building on August, provoking an unprecedented transfert of the 2 September Plenary Sessions...

But it wasn't enough to stop Sarkozy ! On the contrary, it stimulated him...
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- "The better way to deal with the recent problems of EU institutions (as the "3 NO" by France, the Netherlands and Ireland) is to take them as a "Test" in order to find solutions closer to Citizens' concerns", said later in Strasbourg Sarkozy's new choice as Ministe for EU affairs, Bruno Le Maire.

- On the Institutional front, Sarkozy gave Time to the Irish to think about it, and stroke on December a deal including a New Referendum after the June 2009 EU Elections, in exchange of a promise to keep the rule of "one EU Commissioner for each EU Member Country", and some opt-outs on Defence and Fiscal EU policies, Abortion, etc. If the Irish get a "Yes" Majority, then the institutional package could be completed in 2010 or 2011 on the occasion of Croatia's probable EU accession.

He was accused in Strasbourg to upgrade EU Council and downgrade EU Commision, but he replied that "strong Political initiatives by EU Council reinforce also the more technical role of EU Commission, under the political-technical leadership of its President", all 3 "working together with EU Parliament".


- But, meanwhile, Sarkozy energetically spearheaded an Historic 1st Summit of EuroZone's 15 Heads of State and Government at EU's core, exceptionally enlarged to a partial participation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on October 12 in Paris' Elysee palace, which started to tackle succesfully the growing world Financial crisis.

    It also paved the way for its endorsement by a subsequent Brussels' 27 EU Member States' gathering, before it all come to Washington's G-20 Summit. And "Europe was united, it asked for the 1st G-20 Summit, and it will also organise the next G-20 Summit on April in London", he observed.   

 But a Conference with EU, Russia, African and other Developing Countries, hosted in Strasbourg shortly after Washington G-20 Summit by the French EU Presidency, took a Resolution asking to enlarge participation to Global Economic Governance. Many found, indeed, illogic and unacceptable that f.ex. states as Turkey were given a seat at G-20 level, while all African Countries, and even the African Union itself, representing the greatest Continent on Earth, were excluded...


    Meanwhile, even USA''s "Paulson No 3" Plan, was, in fact, inspired by Europe's No 1 Plan", Sarkozy observed, largelly applauded by MEPs.

    And "Europe showed Solidarity" by mobilizing some 22 Billion credit for Hungary, 1,7 billion for Ukraine, as we do nowadays for Baltic States, etc., he added.

    The move on Economy was extended on December by an EU stimulus' plan totalling some 200 billion Euros, including 5 Billions released by EU Commission for big Projects, as well as various parallel National plans for Economic revival, (fex. 26 billions in France alone). They might appear limited, compared to USA President-elect Obama's reported plan to boost the American economy with 800 billion $, but at least succeded to overcome Europe's divisions for the first time on Economic governance, opening new horizons.

- The French President stressed even harder the unique role of an active EU Council's chairmanship, when he moved swiftly and efficiently, at the beginning of August, to succesfully stop War between Russia and Georgia, at the last minute, which threatened to bring Europe back to Cold War division.

"We (EU) also wanted to avoid a situation like in Bosnia, in the Past, when EU was absent, so that our American friends took their responsibilitues, and EU only followed", despite the fact that the conflict took place in Europe. Now, it was the EU who took its responsibilities".

A roadmap towards a new PanEuropean Security policy, before which all unilateral moves to place new Missiles (from USA or Russia) would be freezed, was proposed by Sarkozy after a meeting with Russian president Medvedev, at the eve of Washington DC's G-20 Summit.

Ukraine's "European" character was stressed at a Sarkozy - Jushenko Summit, September in Paris, while EU adopted on December an "Eastern policy", in which, "I'm convinced that our (EU's) future is to find with our Neighbours the conditions for Economic Development. Peace and Security, by explaining them that.. they must respect (Human Rights') Values, and adopt behaviors different from the Past", explained Sarkozy in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile, the "Union for the Mediterranean" was created, since July's Summit if 45 Heads of State and Government in Paris, as "an organisation for a permanent Dialogue, that we need", mainly in order to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by bringing together, for the 1st time, Israelis and Arabs, where "Europe must be present, in order to avoid a frontal clash".

- "If Europe doesn't take its part for Peace in the Middle-East, nobody else will do that in our place", Sarkozy stressed.
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    Meanwhile, other EU Agreements were brokered during the French EU Presidency on Immigration, (fex. common Asylum rules, etc), and Climat- Energy :

    - On Climat-Energy, the 2007 German EU Presidency had fixed a triple 20% aim for 2020 (20% renewable Energies, 20% reduction of CO2 emmission, 20% energy efficience/economies), and the 2008 French EU Presidecny realized that, making the necessary compromises in order to modernize EU's industry, but without throwing some former Central-Eastern European Countries into abrupt Economic break down risking "social explosion".

    - Defence-Security EU policy was mainly postponed for April 2009, since both German chancellor Merkel and French president Sarkozy want to strike a deal with the new American president Obama in Strasbourg's NATO Summit.

    However, with all these 4 unexpected Crisis diverting attention to other urgencies, People wil wonder now, what happened to the famous deal proposed by freshly-elected French President Sarkozy on Turkey's controversial EU bid, back on August 2007, to continue EU - Turkey negotiations, but on the double condition that core chapters, intrinsequally linked with EU Membership, will be excluded, and that a collective Reflexion and Debate on Europe's future would start before the end of 2008.

    It was meant to reply to the crucial question : What kind of Europe do we want in 10 or 20 Years from now : A large Market, or a Political Europe, with a popular identity ? In Sarkozy's thinking, presented in his 2 landmark speeches on Europe in Strasbourg, shortly before and after the 2007 Elections, (on February and July 2007), Turkey's controversial EU bid would be incompatible with the second choice.

    It's true that EU Commision's Chairman, Jose Barroso, (who had notoriously declared, as former Portuguese Prime Minister, that he found "nonsense" the idea that Europe might become equal to the US), had repeatedly tried to avoid that Sarkozy's criticism on Turkey might start winning a larger audience in Europe, preferring a discrete "wismens' committee" work. And that most of the personalities later chosen in order to participate in a Committee on Europe's Future, are too much linked with Socialist parties and/or American policies, to be really critical of USA's notorious wish to impose Turkey to the EU, as Sarkozy had noted himself since March 2007..

     - "It's on EU Council's presidency to take political initiatives. EU Commission has other competences", stressed Sarkozy. The "European Ideal" is to "build Europe with the States, not against them". "Ask Europeans to chose between their countries and Europe won't work. You don't choose between your two parents : We must add them together".

    "France and Germany have an Historic Duty to work together, precisely because of what happened to the Past. We have to work hand by hand. We cannot be separated.It goes beyond me and Mrs Merkel today, Mr Schroeder and Mr. Chirac yesterday. It's not a choice, it's a duty to Europe and to the World".  "We need Germany, as Germany needs Europe". Compromise is inevitable, here as everywhere, and each one made some steps towards eachother's positions.

    But "it's true that Mrs Merkel didn't chose her Socialist partners, while I chose mine", Sarkozy said, in an indirect hint that the Socialist Minister of Finance in Germany might be a cause of minor past disagreements in Economy, which were overcome in recent negotiations.

    "We (France and Germany) have particular duties in Europe", but "in a Europe of 27 Member States, it's not enough for France and Germany to agree between them.

    "I always thought that Great Britain has a special role to play in Europe. ... Now, everybody "saw what it cost payed the UK for having been too exclusively open towards the US (and) Financial services. Europe needs the UK, but also the UK needs Europe" :- "We were able to face the hardest moment of the Financial crisis because the UK clearly chose Europe", stressed Sarkozy, reminding Gordon Brown's exceptional participation to the Historic 1st Heads of State/Government Summit of EuroZone, October 12 in Paris (See EuroFora's Reportage from Elysee Palace then).

     - "Some look at Europe with old glasses aged 30 years ago. While we must look at her in relation to what it will be in 30 years" in the Future, Sarkozy concluded.

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