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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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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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The precise Text :
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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