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Antonio Tajani is one of the Rare EU Parliament's Presidents who owes Nothing to Socialists !

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- For the 1st Time after Many Years of "Gro-Ko", (i.e. that Total Confusion on People's Freedom to Choose between Right and Left in Democracy, considered by Many, including f.ex. French former President Sarkozy, etc, as a Cause of Anti-Establishment Popular reactions recently), the New EU Parliament's President, Experienced Antonio Tajani, former 1st vice-President of that prestigious Institution, (in charge also of Inter-Religious Dialogue, etc.), and former EU Commission's vice-President (in charge of core Economic issues as Industry and Business, going from SMES up to Space High-Tech, etc), has just Succeeded to be Elected Today withOut owing to Socialists absolutely Nothing !


However, after a "Hot" inFight vis a vis his Socialist Competitor, Gianni Pittella, (Chairman of the Socialist Group), spreading up to the 4rth Round, Tajani managed to be Elected with an Absolute Majority of the valid Votes casted, (according to the Official EU Parliament's way to Count MEPs' Votes in such cases), Getting a Crystal-clear Lead of 351 Votes, against 282, (among a Total of 633 VCC, and 80 Abstentions).


A Comparison with the Previous Rounds, (where all 6 Candidates could participate), indicates that Tajani apparently Attracted, at the 4rth Round, also the Votes of Conservative/Reformist MEPs (ECR, i.e. got almost +60 Votes More), while Pittella had Exhausted All his Political "Reserves" at the Left Side, by mainly Adding the Votes of "Green" and "EuroLeft" MEPs, (i.e. less than +100 Votes More than Before).


On the Contrary, Tajani had Left more than + 100 MEPs' Votes UnUsed yet, at his Right Side of the Political Spectrum, (since they either Abstained or Didn't even Participate at the Final, 4rth Round of Votes) : Apparently those of the Rightist "ENF" Group, headed by controversial French MEP Marine Le Pen, most of Nigel Farage's "EFD" Group, and several "Independent" Rightist MEPs.


+ I.e. while Keeping almost entirely Intact that Natural Political "Reserve" at the Right side", (with the Exception, perhaps, of only Some MEPs from them), Tajani's main Base Focused on the Addition of Liberals (Centrists) and Conservatives (Right) to his own ChristianDemocrats/EPP (Center-Right).


This Results both by a Comparison of the respective Numbers of Votes throughout the 4 Rounds of this Election, and by the Declarations of EPP Group Chairman, Martin Weber from Germany, in his Tuesday Morning Press Conference, where he had Focused on a mainly Liberals - EPP - Conservatives Strategy, of Center-Right's "Pro-Europeans", as he had called it.


Indeed, it's a Spectacular, UnExpected, Surprizing "U-Turn" by the Centrist Liberals' Chairman, Guy Verhofstadt, Anounced at the Last Minute by EPP's Weber at his Press Conference on Early Tuesday Morning, which obviously Changed fundamentaly, an otherwise inevitable Unity of the Right possible Scenario, which had Initialy been the Only one Allowing Tajani's Election as long as the Liberals had sticked at their Previous Decision to present Verhofstadt as a Separate Candidate, before he withdraws.


Experienced Observers pointed out that, in Fact, the Most Important Political Significance of such Choices among Various Possible Alliances in this EU Parliament's Vote of January 2017, would be to Indicate a Preference about what could and should be done also during the Crucial, Forthcoming National Elections in France and Germany, on April-June and September 2017, respectively, (while also Italy is Heading now towards Elections)...


Characteristicaly, just after the 2nd Round of the Votes, when Socialist Candidate Pittella approached Tajani at a Distance of about 80 MEPs, while Many Other Parties' Candidates still Remained almost intact, (with Left and Greens Loosing a bit, But Rightists of ENF winning some MEPs more), the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Candidate took the Iniiative to Publish himself a Message promissing to Leave most Political Decisions to the Political Groups and MEPs, while he would Focus, if he was Elected as President, mainly on Guaranteing Transparency and Respect of All Groups and MEPs' Democratic Rights of Expression, as well as on a Key set of Top Issues, such as "Security, Migration and Jobs", as he said, in an obvious Move towards Attracting Votes from All MEPs of the Right side of the Political Spectrum, but even from the Center-Left, withOut any "a priori" Exclusion.


Later ToNight, in a Hasty Press point (with a lot of Exceptionaly Visiting Press Invitees, most of whom don't follow usually EU Parliament in Strasbourg), President Tajani added also "Climate, Energy and Digital Agenda" Issues, as well as "Defence of our European Values".

 

 

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- He also chose to "Dedicate" his Victory to the People who are Suffering most from Earthquakes or Economic Crisis, particularly those who are Homeless and/or out at the Cold, etc., who should be the 1st to whom EU should Look, and express its Solidarity, so that they don't feel Forgotten, as he characteristically stressed.


+ Noting that the Secret Ballot's rule makes, in principle, "Impossible to know who exactly Voted for me", Tajani anew promissed to Guarantee the Free Expression of All MEPs' Views, according to the Rules, (regardless of whether the Presidency likes or dislikes the points made by them), and to ensure the Running of Democratic and Transparent Debates. I'll Respect All MEPs, of All Political Groups, as long as they are regularly Elected by the People : You don't Discriminate between Goodies and Badies :  That's Democracy !", he stressed, as a matter of General Principle, indirectly but surely Criticizing also some notorious Excess of Oppressive Attitudes in the Past. (I.e. particularly regarding various MEPs of the Right, but not only, since even "Green" and other MEPs refered afterwards at this same point).


This goes also vis a vis the 2nd Biggest Group in EU Parliament, the Socialists, with whom I shall try to renew Links, "despite the Difference in Political Visions", Tajani added.

 
 
 
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But, "at least as far as the Election of EU Parliament's President" for 2017-2019 "is concerned, it's clear that No "Gro Ko" ("Great Coalition" between Socialists and ChristianDemocrats/EPP) esists No More. It's a New Era !", the freshly Elected President confirmed. (Comp. also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidencyitalianrightsturn.html).


For various President Tajani's statements to "Eurofora", both old and recent, See, among others, f.ex. :

http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajanirecentviolencepushesjewsexodustoisrael.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentvpresidenttajanionreligionsversusterror.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentonspace.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/financialperspectivesandeufuture.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/barnierfortransparentbusiness.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/weathersciencerussianheatwavemassue.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/isusymosiumandobamanasabudget.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajaniindustrygalileo.html  , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/tajanigalileo2018.html , http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/tajaniairlines.html , etc).


Last, but not least, Tajani's Experience in EU a.o. Political affairs, could be particularly Useful also in view of the forthcoming, March 2017 EU Heads of State/Government Summit in his Home Country of origin : Italy, at Rome, during which, EU Leaders intend to Present a set of Ideas for EU's Reform in the foreseable Future, (as they earlier Anounced at their Exceptional, 1st Post-BREXIT Summit of the 27, during the Slovak Presidency, at Bratislava : See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that Historic Summit which Highlighted a so-called "Bratislava Roadmap" for Future developments, f.ex. also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavasummitoutcome.html + ...).

 

The New EU Parliament's President is also due to play, mutatis-mutandis, an Important Role in view of the Preparation of the Crucial Forthcoming European Elections of 2019, (Comp. f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentsecretarygeneraloncitizendebatesbeforedecisions.html ). 

 

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ECHR's President to "EuroFora" on Journalists Gongadze and Adali murders : Principles must apply to all States, without discrimination.


+ ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression (See below).


 European Court of Human Rights' President, Jean-Paul Costa, questioned by "EuroFora" on Journalists' murders, as in Gongadze and Adali's cases etc., strongly stressed all CoE Member States' obligation to make efficient Investigations to find and punish those responsible, and underlined that ECHR's case-law's principles must apply to all without any discrimination.

His call was clearly supported by various Top MEPs who denounced a risk of "Double Standards" if some Journalists' murders are investigated, while others don't.

To avoid such risks, CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Resolution, on the occasion of Ukranian Journalist Gongadze's murder, "stressing", as a matter of general Principle, "the importance it attaches to the safety of Journalists and political activists, especially those linked to opposition groups, in ALL member states of the CoE". All "crimes against journalists and political activists must be investigated ... as a matter of priority, without political interference".

Costa was replying to "EuroFora"s question on the fact that, after CoE's Committee of Ministers, also CoE's Assembly had just adopted a Resolution on Gongadze murder case, based on an ECHR's judgement of 2005, asking a full Investigation from Ukraine, who has found and condemned  in 10 years of jail 2 executants, but not yet the instigators.

While nothing similar was yet done for dissident Turkish Cypriot Kutlu Adali's murder, with 5 bullets shot at his head out of his Family's home in the territories of Cyprus occupied by Ankara's army, despite another ECHR's judgement of the same year 2005, and despite Turkey's claim that nobody was found among those responsible for the murder, and that there was nothing more to do..

In order to be credible and efficient, CoE's mechanisms shouldn't find a way to at least ask for full investigations of all Journalists' murders anywhere they might be committed, without exceptions ?

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- "On the larger question that you raised, I'd like to say, since we are in a period of stock-taking on ECHR's 50 Years, that the Court's case-law developed certain concepts ....such as the Positive obligations of States, part of which are also the procedural obligations", started to reply ECHR's President.

 - "Whenever Journalists, Lawyers, Defenders of Human Rights, or even simple Citizens are murdered, the States are held responsible, not only if its their own security forces' agents who committed these murders, but also if they didn't make sufficiently substantial and efficient Investigations", he stressed.

- "I want to strongly underline that we (ECHR) have found in many cases numerous violations of Articles 2 and 3 against States, ....(about) murders or torture, ...because they didn't make enough Investigations in order to try to find and punish those responsible".

- "We (ECHR) do that vis-a-vis all 47 (CoE) Member States, without any discrimination".

"Naturally, the circumstances in each particular case may be differend, and we can't ommit to apply the rules of proof, or the rules of criminal procedure".

"But we try, by all means, to apply these principles of our case-law, to all States", he concluded.

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      Costa's call was strongly supported by several Top CoE MEPs, from various Political areas


- "To investigate the murder of one Journalist, and not of another, looks like Double Standards", denounced the President of EuroLeft Group in CoE's Assembly, Dutch MEP Tiny Cox.  

- "What is the reason ? Politics or specificity of a case ? Of course, if Cyprus and Turkey are involved, it's always a Political case"..

- "Murders of Journalists should always be fully investigated, because killing Journalists is not only killing persons, but also killing Free Press".  "We (CoE's Assembly) should do our outmost to help People who are working on Free Press and they are under threat or murdered".

Because for Free Politics, Free Press is a pre-requisitive : Parliamentarians  cannot  function without a Free Press. Not investigating, is not protecting ourselves".

So we should investigate all Journalists' murders : We are talking about Gongadze, about the Cypriot man (Adali), about the Journalist murdered in Moscow one week ago, etc", Cox concluded

- "CoE can' look at these cases differently. CoE can't wear Blinckers  !".
- "If the one is investigated, so has to be also the other. Why there wasn't full investigation ? Why's that ?", wondered British  Socialist MEP, Alan Meale.

- "A good idea" would be to "make a Motion for Resolution", and "join all Journalists' murders. Adali and Gongadze etc", said to "EuroFora" EU Parliament Political affairs Committee's President, Goran Lindbland, ChristianDemocrat MEP from Sweden.


(See also earlier News at "EuroFora" on similar issues).
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ECHR's Statistics on Freedom of Expression :


    Almost Half of condemnations by ECHR for violations of Freedom of Expression in 2008, concern Turkey : 20 out of a total of 48 for all CoE's Member States.

    Russia, Poland, France and Moldova were condemned only 3 times. Romania, Greece, Portugal, 2 times, and the other CoE Member States only 1 time, or none.
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    During the last Decade : 1998 - 2008, Turkey was condemned for violating Freedom of Expression in ..169 cases, while Austria only in 24.

    France and Moldova in 14 and 13, respectively, closely followed by Russia and Poland with 11 and 10, respectively. The rest of CoE Member States had less than ten condemnations.    
    

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