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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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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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