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Head of German Governing CDU-CSU MEPs Reul to EF on Franco-German Elections + Decisions on EU Future

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Herbert Reul, Head of the German Governing Christiandemocrat MEPs in EU Parliament, speaking to "Eurofora" Today, stressed that EU Politicians Must really Move Nowadays towards Defining Europe's Future, Independently of When full Final Decisions might be officialy Taken, as far as the precise Timing is concerned, particularly regarding the Forthcoming French and German Electoral period of April - September 2017, (See concrete details Infra).

Reul, an Experienced, Long-Time serving MEP, is Member of the Bureau of the Biggest EU Parliament's Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, already since 2005, and the elected President of the Governing in Germany CDU/CSU Parties' Delegation to the EU, since 2012, (as well as Member of the governing National CDU Party's Executive, in Berlin, since that Same Date).


He Timely spoke to "Eurofora", in EU Parliament in Strasbourg, just one Day before Wednesday's (15/3/2017) Plenary Debate on the Latest EU Summit in Brussels, Last Week (9-10/3/2017), and in the run-up to the Forthcoming, Exceptional EU Summit in Rome, Italy, Next Week (25/3/2017), for the 60th Anniversary of EU Treaties' Signing, Both of which Eyed (according to the "Bratislava RoadMap" : See : ...) to Advance towards much Needed EU Changes, in order to succesfuly Face Today's Big Challenges.

  - "May be", the Final Decisions on Europe's Future might have to be Taken After the forthcoming French and German Elections, (of April-June and September 2017, respectively), as, f.ex. EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, apparently suggested.


   - But, However, "No", we (EU) don't have to Postpone Everything for December 2017, (i.e. the First EU Heads of State/Government Summit well After these Crucial Elections, he spontaneously reacted.


    - Because, at any case, "Meanwhile, We (EU) Must Do what Has to be done !", President Reul stressed.    


    - Indeed, "Now, We (EU) Must be Prepared. It's Time", he Urged.


    - However, Indeed, "Perhaps, we'll Come Together" for Final Decisions "When we shall have more Time". And "then, this is After the Elections" in France and Germany, "May Be".


     - But, Meanwhile, "We Must Use the Time", that is available now. I.e., at least, "We Must Start it", (i.e. the process of Defining Europe's foreseable Future).


    - For the Rest, it's obviously true, that, "Perhaps, it's Better to Have the Results, when the Situation Will be Clear". Herbert Ruel acknowledged.


    - More Precisely, "Probaly, there is not so much Problems in Germany", about that, "but in France", he observed. "Because", in Fact, Nowadays, "there is No Real Government" in Paris, the Experienced EU Top Politician regretted, for the Time being.


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    Reul's assessment, on this Last Point, (Important also for the Precise Timing, since the French Elections will End on June/July, while German Elections take place on September 2017), Meets, inter alia, also Experienced, mainstream MEP, and former EU Affairs Minister as well as EU Parliament's Budget Committee President, French MEP Alain Lamassure's recent Statements to "Eurofora" :


    - "Anything may Happen ! Really", as far as the Crucial Forthcoming "French Elections" are concerned, (obviously given the Recent Exceptional Upheavals : See, f.ex. : ...), Lamassoure sharply Replied to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question, Confirming this Astonishing statement Twice, (See, f.ex. at : ....).

 

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       As if to Symbolize, that, therefore, he was Ready, precisely, for ..."Anything", Lamasoure ostensibly Weared, when he said that, with an Enigmatic Smile, a quite Heavy Coat, (See relevant Photo)...


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However, meanwhile, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group President, Martin Weber, spearking Earlier to "Eurofora", strongly expressed the view that his Group of MEPs' (the Biggest in EU Parliament) Draft Plan on EU's Future, (partly Highlighted in the 3 Compromise Reports, (Agreed mainly between EPP - Socialists - Liberals, and some Other Groups' MEPs, f.ex., at least, selectively, several "Greens", etc), which were debated and Adopted (more or less with a "Tight" Majority, particularly on certain "Hot" Key Issues) during the Previous Plenary Session in Strasbourg, back on February 2017), would become Able to Start to be Realized during the current run-up to the Forthcoming 2019 European Elections :


- "We shall do it !", Weber stressed with a Smile, Replying with obvious Voluntarism, to a relevant "Eurofora"s Question on the "Europe's Future" Debate and that Crucial EU Electoral Horizon of 2019.

 

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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