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Top British MEP Tannock to EF: support for Sarkozy Ambition to Attract the UK in a Future, "New EU"

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/-  Experienced British mainstream MEP of the Governing Conservative Party, from London, former Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, and, later-on, also for the Conservative/Refiormist Group, who serves for more than Seventeen Years at EU Parliament (1999-2916), Charles Tannock, speaking to "Eurofora", expressed "Support" for Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to propose to the UK to Join, in the foreseable Future, a ReNovated EU.


Significantly, the Move came at the Eve of an Interesting EU Parliament's Plenary Debate on the Latest EU-28 Summit in Brussels, with the Participâtion, for the First Time, of New UK Prime Minister Theresa May, during which several MEPs got an opportunity to Discuss also certain BREXIT-related, Wider Topical Issues, on Wednesday Morning, (See Infra).


The former President of France (2007-2012), and recently elected Head of the main Opposition Party of "the Republicans", who is Now also a Frontrunner Candidate for the forthcoming, crucial 2017 French Presidential Election of April-May Next Year, has recently revealed his intention to Promote important Reforms for "a New E.U.", Focusing only on certain Key European Strategic Policies, (such as Industry, Agriculture, Energy, Scientific Research, Trade, etc.), while also Developing, in parallel, a Stronger Integration around €urozone's Franco-German core.  


 - "I heard this, and I Read" about it, Tannock acknowledged.


- Indeed, "He (Sarkozy) has this Ambition", and, "obviously, it's something that we should hail", he positively welcomed, while also revealing that, "Personaly", he "had Voted" for the UK "to Remain", inside the EU.


 - Actualy, "after Britain has Left (the EU), I would Never Exclude the Possibility of Joining again, and I would Hope  that it would be Possible, one Day, to Re-Join something Attractive", Tannock admitted.


- "Yeah, it's Sarkozy's Dream !", the Top British MEP observed.


- "But, I don't know if it's Possible, in a Short space of Time", the British MEP Carefully added, "because He wants to be President Next Year (2017). So, may be it's a bit Accelerated as Program...", he smiled.


 - Since, "We (the UK) will be Talking with the EU then. We are Not Leaving until  2019", Tanock speculated. In that case, "it's probably, Too Early", he found Now, at least for the Time being.         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  - "But", nevertheless, independendtly of that, "I Wish him <<Good Luck>>, and, If he (Sarkozy)" really goes on, then, "I would be Supporting him, of course", he Promissed in Conclusion.


In Fact, already, as early as since 2011-2012, German Chancelor Angie Merkel, Together with Sarkozy, (then still serving as French President), had initialy Agreed a kind of unofficial Deal with then British Prime Minister David Cameroon, (from the Same Party as, nowadays, Theresa May), according to which, London would stay in an Enlarged and Weakened ("Light-Weight version) EU, while, on the Contrary, the Franco-German couple, together with all those Other EU Member Countries could rush to Complete a Fully Integrated Europe at the Center of our Continent, particularly using the entire Potential of the New, "€uroArea" Treaty, (Comp. various relevant, then, other "Eurofora"'s NewsReports, from Strasbourg, Paris' "Elysée" Palace, and/or Brussels' December 2011- January 2012 EU Summits).   


The main thrust of such a Move, may, obviously, Serve, also Today, to inspire, at least, the approximative Design of a possible Solution in the current, Post-BREXIT, 2016 EU Crisis, which was notoriously evoked by the New British Prime Minister, Theresa May, at Last Month's EU Summit in Brussels, (20-21 October 2016), as well as this Wednesday Morning's Discussion at EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, precisely on its Outcome.


Even if EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, simply reiterated the EU-27's established position that there would be "No Negotiation" officialy on the BEXIT, as long as London doesn't yet Trigger the relevant Legal Procedure foreseen by the Article 50 of EU Treaty, while EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, curiously Skiped that point in his Introductory Speech at EU Parliament's Debate here in Strasbourg, resulting in EFDD Group Chairman, British MEP Nigel Farage (UKIP Chief) critisism about, reportedly, giving "Only 5 Minutes before 1 o'clock overNight" for a Brief Anouncement from the UK Prime Minister, as he claimed, nevertheless, in Fact, that obviously Crucial Matter seems to Seriously occupy the EU nowadays :

 

 

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Juncker's real Response, was eventualy given Now through the Chairman of the Biggest EU Parliament's Political Group of MEPs, that of Christian-Democrats/EPP, Marfred Weber, who had a Long Personal Discussion with Juncker, Yesterday Evening in Strasbourg, as "Eurofora" witnessed,  (Comp. relevant Original Photo, herewith), followed even by a subsequent Juncker Debate with EPP's MEPs, during the Group's Meeting, at the Eve of this Wednesday Morning's EU Parliament's Plenary :  - "It's Better to Reform the EU, than to risk to Destroy it !", significantly pointed out Weber in substance after that.


Sarkozy's proposal, as discussed earlier also by "Eurofora" with Tannock (Comp. Supra), could, most probably, even Offer a Way to Seriously and Practicaly Reply to EFDD's Chairman Farage Complaint that the Majority of British People's Vote for the June 2016 "BREXIT" Referendum would currently Face Attempts to "Ignore it or Overturn it", as he Claimed Now.


Tannock's experienced Warning (in his above-mentioned Statements to "Eurofora") against eventual "ZeitNot" Problems to resolve on BREXIT's follow-up precise Timing, particularly if an eventualy, too much Delayed Legal Procedure might Practicaly Overlap also with possible Attempts to Reform/ReVitalise the European Institutions, (Comp. Supra), IF it's Timely and adequately Adressed, might Alleviate some Fears, (Recently Expressed, f.ex. to "Eurofora", inter alia, also by certain Well Informed sources from France, etc), that a Too Long BREXIT Procedure, which might, eventualy, Take More Years than strictly needed, would Add Various supplementary Problems, that would Provoke UK Government's insistance to "Fully Participate" inside EU's core Decision-Making processes, during All that Time that the "Leave" Procedure may take, (as even UKIP's Chief Farage Admitted this Wednesday Morning).


Last, but not least, something like Sarkozy's idea might also Prevent a Risk of Multiplying Similar "BREXIT" or "FREXIT" and other such Referenda, eventualy Spreading throughout European Countries, as, f.ex., anOther UKIP MEP incited "ENF" Group's Chairwoman, Marine Le Pen, (Chief of the currently Big Euro-Sceptic French Party "National Front"), to Launch a Call to set up everywhere inside the EU, during EU Parliament's Debate now...


Paradoxicaly, at the Same Moment that even a quite Different Situation in Iceland, has just pushed its People to spectacularly Multiply, at a Recent Election, the Votes and MPs Won by New and Atypical "Pirate" and "Regeneration" Political Parties, which advocate, precisely, a Popular Referendum on their Country's eventual Return back to - or Final Drop of - EU Accession Negotiations, (Comp.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/iceland2016electionresultsrightbutnew.html).

 

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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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