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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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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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