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Sarkozy welcomes Greek main opposition leader Samaras responsible stance on €uroarea formula

Written by ACM
Thursday, 03 November 2011
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*Cannes/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/-2011 G8-G20 Chairman, French President Sarkozy, speaking today in Cannes on the sidelines of the G20 Summit of some 25 Heads of State/Government and several International Organizations, (UNO, OECD, IMF, World Bank, EU, etc), hailed as "Courageous and Responsible", the "declaration of the opposition's Leader in Greece", Antonis Samaras, President of "New Democracy" party, former Foreign Minister and former MEP at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, that "We saw with a great Interest" and found "extremely Important", as he said after a Marathon of longer than expected meetings with €uroArea Countries' Heads of State/Government present here, (German Chancellor Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, etc), as well as EU Commission's President Barroso, EU and €urozone President Van Rompuy,  IMF's Director Christine Lagarde, FSB's Head Draghi, etc., which provoked a last-minute cancelation of several other, initially scheduled events, including, even a Barroso-Van Rompuy Press Conference, where Journalists were vainly obliged to wait for Hours, before it was anounced that, because of the unfolding events going on in Athens and in Cannes, the event was cancelled.

At the same time, Sarkozy observed also the fact that another "Declaration by the (Greek) Prime Minister (G.) Papandreou indicated that a Referendum (on the €uro-deal for Greece) would not be really useful" : A point that the French President also found "interesting", (Comp. yesterday"s relevant "EuroFora"s NewsReport), even if it wasn't really a surprise, since it had been made clear, already 2 Days earlier, that Giorgos Papandreou had Not a Majority for his sudden, unwarned, Referendum threat, since it faced strong Opposition from almost everywhere, including by many inside his own party, (See yeterday's relevant "EuroFora"s NewsReport).

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(Turkish collegues etc. hearing G.Papandreou)


Meanwhile, the main Greek opposition party, "ND" (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), for the 1st time so clearly, had issued two statements both going on the line of the "Alternative Solution" earlier highlighted by "EuroFora"s encounter with an experienced Sarkozy's counsellor, one Day before, on November 2, (see relevant Yesterday's NewsReport)  :


Indeed, f.ex., already during Today's late Morning, November 3, "New Democracy"'s Spokesman, John Michelakis, reportedly made it clear that the Lending Deal with EU/IMF had become inevitable for Greece, after Giorgos Papandreou's controversial policies, but that the main Opposition party always asks to renegociate anew the Memo Plan which accompagnies it :


-"It's one thing the contract on the Loan, and another (different) thing the Policies which accompagny it", he reportedly stressed, (according to the alternative Formula outlined by "EuroFora" yesterday).

 

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 Samaras later-on issued a formal Statement in which he asked for an Interim Government to immediately prepare Elections after endorsing the €urozone decision on the Loan and the Debt only :


- "This government's (of Giorgos Papandreou's PASOK) policies have so much worsened things, that a new contract on borrowing money has become unavoidable and (therefore) it must be safeguarded".


-"But, obviously, we keep our Disagreement with the Policy Measures which are applied today" by the PASOK government", he added.

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- "I already said, since October 27, when the (Debt provoked in Greece) "Haircut" (-50%) was anounced, that, given the situation to which PASOK's Govenrment brought things, the "Haircut" of the Greek Debt, that Nobody wanted earlier, had become unavoidable from now on", but, "I had also made it clear that the lending contract is something Different from the accompagnying measures, and we remain still opposed to the "Policy mix", Samaras stressed afterwards, during a Greek Parliament's debate.


- "I wonder, Mr. (G.) Papandreou came close to destroying Greece and Europe, €uroarea, Inernational Stock/Financial Markets and his own Party in order to do what ?  To Blackmail me and the Greek People ? Or in order to be sure for what I had alrea&dy anounced, that I accept as "unavoidable", Samaras criticized, while also noting that G. Papandreou was practically obliged to withdraw his unwarned and largely rejected, Referendum threat.
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+ "I don't want to intervene inside the Greek Political Debate, which is already Complicated enough like that", carefuly said today Sarkozy in reply to Journalists' questions.

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- "Greece is an Independent Country, it's a Free Country. Greeks have succeeded to liberate themselves from Dictatorship, and I admire the Greek People, while I also have some very old Family links with Greece, so that I don't want, at any case, to give them a feeling that we intervene in their political life", clarified, at any case, Sarkozy, whose Grand Father, from his Mother's side, had been reportedly living as a Greek in Thessaloniki.


- "But, concerning €uro's Defence and the Defence of Europe, it's our Duty : The Red line for us is very simple : (€uroarea Member) Countries are freely administrated, but the" €uro and Europe are our (common) Heritage, and it must be protected. Here is how far we can go, and we will go. We can't go further than that, but, concerning Europe's and €uro's Defence, we shall do our job", the French President stressed.


 - So, "'I am very glad that there are enough of politically Responsible People in Greece to understand this message and be able to go well beyond partisan interests in order to speak about their National Interest. Because, as we have always said, we wish for Greece to stay inside €uroarea, that was crystal-clear among us, but we couldn't realize our wish, if they didn't want that themselves", added Sarkozy earlier.
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Concerning the Alterhative Formula that "EuroFora" had highlighted in yesterday's Headline News, and was apparently endorsed officially by the main Opposition party  ND today, (i.e. the possibility, or not, to Distinguish between the  Financial deal on Loans and Debts already decided at Brussels'  EU Summit on October 27, and the Economic Policy Measures, which had been notoriously left for afterwards (See f.e. EU Parliament biggest Group's President, MEP Joseph Daul, head of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, statements to "EuroFora", etc), at lot of issues concerning Greece's Action Plan (which usually accompagnies the Financial, Loan deal) was, precisely, going to be left for later-on, probably up to early December, (see last week's relevant "EuroFora" News), an observation made today by Sarkozy appears rather interesting :

- "We have nothing to ask to the Greek Parliament, which is Free to manage its business...... We simply say that the EU Taxpayers' Money cannot be engaged before certain.. rules which had been unanimously voted in Brussels on Occtober 27, are respected. (i.e. about the Loans and the Debt). .. For the Rest, we don't have any advise to give. We don't have any instruction to give. The Greek Peuple is an independent People, a very great Civilisation, and we trust him to decide on the choices concerning its Future. As fart as we are concerned, we let him Free to take his Decisions", stressed the 2011 G8-G20 Chairman and French President, using a wording which fits well out Formula (See supra).

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=> Meanwhile, main opposition party "New Democracy" asked for "Elections soon", to be organized in a few weeks by a Technocratic Transition Government of common approval, together with endorsing the Financial Deal of october 26 (See supra), in order to have, in as Brief as possible laps of Time, a New, stable Government, strong of a fresh Popular Support expressed by Democratic Votes, so that it will be able to determine the remaining Economic and other Policy issues.     

But, since Polls generally give some +8 to +9% more Votes to "New Democracy" than to PASOK, the current "Socialist" 2 MPs narrow "majority" still in Parliament refuses immediate Elections, that it tries to avoid, (f.ex. by asking for a "National Coalition" Government, despite clearly opposed Policies), or, at least, to postpone for Later, obviously risking to prolong Uncertainy, contrary to European leaders and International Organizations' wish to fix a crystal-clear stance by Greece the Soonest, i.e. in a "Brief" laps of time :


 - "Given the gravity of the situation, ...it is clear that we caNOT stay in a Prolonged situation of Uncertainty", provoked by G.Papandreou's U-turn, Sarkozy denounced. Thus, ..."we launch a formal Appeal for a political agreement to be found in Greece FAST", he urged.

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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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