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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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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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