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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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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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