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Spain: Catalan People Majority+1st Party=for Unity. Separatism=Minority 47% Down -2MPs but keep Seat

Written by ACM
Thursday, 21 December 2017
 
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's not yet sure if CoE's PanEuropean Organisation for Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law will Back, Denounce, or Keep Mum, in front of a so Strange Regional Electoral System, as that in Spain's Catalonia Region, which, curiously, ...Transforms an obviously Failed Minority of Separatist Voters, who even Lost the 1st Rank among Political Parties, and Fell Down with - 2 MPs Less than before, (etc), into a so-called ..."Winner" (sic !), of a Crucial Election, with notoriously Serious Risks to provoke Heavy Dangerous Repercussions against Peace and Stability throughout all Europe, and well beyond, in the foreseable Future.


But, at any case, what is Certain, ToNight, is that, in Fact :


(A) the Majority of the People in Spanish Catalonia region, Voted for the Unity of this important and Historic European Country;


(B) they gave the 1st, Leading place to a Pro-Unity Party, ("Citizens" : of the Center-Right, and Ally to Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP);


and (C) even Augmented, with + 2 More MPs, the Representation of the Pro-Unity Parties inside the Regional Catalan Assembly, compared to the Past.


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+ In addition, the Only Separatist Party which still Persists for an Unilateral Secession, (the Leftist, pro-Muslim Mass Migration "CUP", with some among its representatives reportedly having had Controversial Links even with various Radicalized Fundamentalist Islamists, including Suspects for Terrorism : Comp., f.ex., http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/barcelonaterrorrevealseuropeanpoliticalproblem.html, etc), was Spectacularly ..."Punished" by the People Now, since it Lost almost ...Half of its Votes compared to the Past (Falling  - 4% Less, from 8% in the Past, Down to Only 4% Tonight), and its MPs were Reduced for - 6 Less than before (4 MPs now, instead of 10 MPs Before) !

 

++ Moreover, even the 2 Main Separatist Parties (which have Dropped, meanwhile, their Adventurous Stance of the Past for Unilateral Secession), appear Now ...Separated also the one from the other, with Disagreements on Who should Lead their Collective Movement in the Future. (I.e., the previous president : Puigdemont, who had Escaped and is still Hidding Abroad, somewhere in Brussels, or the Left's Junqueras, who remains in Prison ?).


Left's "ERC", (which had been Distinguished, f.ex. by UK's "BBC", for presenting, for the First Time, a Muslim-Agenda Candidate, Wearing a Scarf and Focusing Exclusively on Muslim Community specific issues alone) Falls Behind Puigdemont's Party, with Fewer Votes and - 2 MPs Less.


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Thus, in the two Most Important (among four) Areas of Catalonia, (including around Barcelona), it's the pro-National Unity Party of "Citizens", which Wins the 1st Place.

 

While the Separatist Parties rest 1st at that Area in which was Located that Extremist "Imam"'s Mosque, at Ripoll City, from where, notoriously came most of that Deadly Islamist Terrorist Gang which Cowardly Targetted and Brutally Killed or Wounded Many innocent Civilian People at the Recent Mass Terror Attacks of Summer 2017, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/barcelonaterrorrevealseuropeanpoliticalproblem.html).


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>>> On the Contrary, the pro-National Unity, Center-Right Party of "Citizens", marks a Spectacular Growth, succeeding even to Become the 1st and Biggest Political Party in Spain's entire Catalan Region at the overall results, by Winning about +8% More Votes and + 12 More MPs than in the Past, with the Result to Reach Now as High as almost 25,5% of People's Votes and 37 MPs.


+ Even the Socialist Party (also, in principle, pro-National Unity), Augments its Votes for +1,12 More than Before, and Wins + 1 MP More, Reaching about 13,9% of the Votes, and 17 MPs.


Among various Other pro-National Unity, and/or Non-Separatist Parties, (including the Center-Left "Podemos", with 8 MPs Now, who are Not Secessionists), the Small Center-Right Popular Party (3 MPs Now) seems to have send most of its Supporters towards the Leading "Citizens"' Party (Comp. Supra), and a Similar manoeuvre appears to have been made also by a New "Dialogue" Movement, (which had Withdrawn its Candidacy at the Last Minute), even if the Catalan Region's Electoral Committee took the Strange Decision to Classify the Votes casted for that Non-Separatist Party among the ..."Blank" Votes, eventually Lifting about 0,5 % of Votes Casted, which should, rather, be added to those obtained by the National Unity Parties. + AnOther 3 Small Parties, which Total some 1,13% of the Votes, don't get Any MP, because they don't cross the required threshhold, (while being also Non-Separatists).


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=> The most Important Fact, from a Democracy point of view, naturally is that the Total of People who Voted for pro-National Unity and/or Non-Separatist Parties, holds, Tonight, a clear Majority of Votes, with about 52,5%, while the Separatists are Limited into a Minority of Only 47,5%, (even Less than in the Past)...

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But, Paradoxically, when it comes to the Number of MPs, Even if the Pro-Unity, Non-Separatist Parties Win + 5 More MPs Now, than in the Past, (Reaching 57 MPs, to which should be Added another +8 MPs from "Podemos" Party, i.e. 65 MPs in All), Nevertheless, Because of a Strange Particularity of Catalonia Region's Electoral System, (More "Favorable" to some Areas, than to others !), its Bureaucratic Mechanism astonishingly gives ...70 MPs to the Separatists, i.e., (Despite a Loss of - 2 MPs Less than Before), still a Majority in Seats, ...Regardless of the Fact that they Represent Only a Minority of Voters (Comp. Supra).


=> Therefore, after these December 2017 Elections, "the Separatists can No More Pretend to Speak for All the Catalan People !", stressed Tonight the Leader of the 1st Biggest Political Party in the Catalan Region of Spain, Inés Arrimadas.

 

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She was Speaking at Barcelona, the Capital City of Catalonia, recently hit by the Biggest Islamist Terrorism's Massacre in all Spain, where came vert Largely First, (Both in People's Votes, and in Seats of MPs), her "Citizens" Party's expressive Logo :


- A Human Heart joining Together the Symbols of Catalonia, Spain and EU, which has definitively Marked these December 2017 Elections at the "Hottest" Region of Europe.

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 + It would Definitively be a Scandal, if some Areas of Recently Islamized "Ghettos", like that of radicalized Ripoll's "Imam", whose Islamist Terrorist Gang Cowardly Targetted and Killed or Wounded Many innocent Civilian People at Barcelona, last Summer 2017 (See: ...), would Abuse of Privileges in MPs' Seats, to the Detriment of Victims' Families and Friends, living in Other Catalan Areas, (including even Capital City Barcelona) !

 

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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