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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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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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