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US-Mexico +EU-Turkey Deals on Irregular Migrants/Mass Asylum Seekers: 1st Works, the 2nd Fails. Why?

Written by ACM
Thursday, 12 September 2019


*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- After "Eurofora" Started to Compare the USA-Mexico and the EU-Turkey Deals on Irregular Migration/Mass Asylum Seekers (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euturkey-usamexicodealsonmassmigration.html), Recent Developments Nowadays show that the 1st, apparently Works, while, on the Contrary, the 2nd is dangerously Failing, and Threatened with a Big Crash !...

First of all, everybody should be Aware of the UnPrecedented Fact that EU Taxpayers Money, (including Poor People and even Jobless and Homeless, who Pay More Taxes in terms of their Meager "Revenues"' Percentage through VAT, etc), is Massively Spend by the EU on Turkey, which notoriously Gets Paid + 3 Billions € Each Year, in Full Grants, (No mere Loans), for its alleged "Help" in Stopping even more Inflows of Irregular Migrants/Mass Asylum Seekers into the EU, particularly after what happened on 2015-2016. Already, EU reportedly Paid in Turkey about 5,6 Billions € until Now, and the Rest 400 Millions € are scheduled for asap.

On the Contrary, Mexico got, practically, Only an Assurance to Escape from (Otherwise Threatened) + 15% Taxes' Raise by USA on all Imported Products from that Neighbouring Country, that US President Don Trump had Threatened to Impose, if the Mexican Government did Not Help to Efficiently Curve similar Massive/Irregular Population Inflows. It's possible (and logical) that the US Government might, eventually, Help Economically somehow the Areas located Around Mexico's Southern Borders, probably Both Inside Mexico itself, and in Neighbouring Countries, (See, f.ex., Ibid), but that's ..."Peanuts", compared to what EU gives to Turkey on that same pretext.

Certainly Europe could Find a much Better Use for all that Money (+6 Billions € in full Grants), including, f.ex., into Contributing to Stimulate much-Needed €uroZone's Growth, and/or in order to Fund High-Tech. Research, f.ex. in Human Space Flight, Galileo, Environment, etc...

And the Fact that Many Exports (Threatened by Taxes : Comp. Supra) from the Poorer to the Wealthier Neighbouring Countries, include also a lot of Products fabricated by Factories Controled by the Latter, is found Not Only in the Turkey-EU relations, but Also in those of Mexico-USA, (perhaps even More there). As for Trump, he, Obviously, would like to, Eventually, Diminish controversial OutSourcing of Industies and Bring Jobs Back Home : something which, naturally, would be Also Welcome by European People.

But, what is, Nowadays, much More Important, is that, apparently, according to several Converging Recent News, it seems that the main thrust of USA-Mexico's Deal to Curb Mass Migration has Really Started to Work, in one way or another !

Today, Both USA and Mexico Presidents, Trump and Obrador, look Glad about Recent relevant Facts, (Contrary to a Gloomy Image in the EU - Turkey equivalent Nowadays : See Infra).

F.ex., among others, the Number of Irregulars cought Crossing the Mexican-USA Border has been Slashed to Less than 1/3 only from May to August 2019. USA Authorities said on September that this Progress has been More than 60%, while Asking to "Further Reduce" the illegal inflow.. In Addition, Many Tens of Thousands of People reoprtedly Wait Now in Mexico the Final Results of their Asylum Demands to the USA, (where they can have Court Hearings, according to the US-Mexico "Migrant Protection Protocols" : This is supposed to also Cut Smugglers' remuneration by percentages on irregular migrants' Jobs in the USA). Most Important, Mexico boasts to have "Permanently" Send a lot of Guards, (reportedly more than 25.000), mainly at its Southern Borders, towards Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, but Also at the Migration Roads Between them and its Northern Border to the USA. Even Buses (often used by such transiting migrants) started to be regularly inspected. Result : a Lot of Mass Irregular Migrants have been Hindered to enter Mexico, or Detained, if not Deported, while Mexico reiterated a Call for More Investments at its South, in order to Bring Jobs to People there.

These are "Irreversible" Results, the Mexican Foreign Minister Ebrard promised. US President Trump, in a rare move, "Thanked" Mexico for its Recent Efforts.

In exchange, in addition to Holding Back Any previously projected over-Taxation on Imports, USA will Fund an Electricity Plant in El Salvador, based on US Gas, and shall Increase Trade with concerned Latin-American Countries, inter alia, also by Simplifying Customs' Procedures (f.ex. on Textiles, etc).

+ In Addition, a USA's Supreme Court Judgement, just adopted, Today, with a Big Majority of 7 v. 2, Recognized, a priori, Trump Administration's right to Ask from Mass Asylum Seekers to lodge their Applications in the 1st Foreign Country they Cross, instead of waiting to do that Only when they might Reach the USA. (The Equivalent would be, f.ex., for Mass Asylum Seekers trying to Enter irregularly in Europe through its External Borders vis a vis Turkey, to Lodge their Applications inside Turkey, instead of Massively Crossing Illegaly into EU Member Greece, etc).


A sharply Opposite Ambiance is Currently unfolding in EU - Turkey's relevant relations :

F.ex., inter alia, the Number of Irregular Migrants/Mass Asylum Seekers tresspassing in EU Member Greece (already OverLoaded with such Migrants, since 2015) through Turkey, has Radically Augmented Recently, particularly from August 2019, with cases in which even More than ...550 (+Five Hundred Fifty) such IMMAS, were Suddenly Found arriving in European Land from Turkey, in only 1 Ship, among several each Day !

+ Moreover, controversial Turkish President Erdogan has reportedly Threatened, Nowadays, to (re-)"Open the Vans" towards Europe for about 5,5 Millions Mass Migrants in Total, Brandishing the Risk to Face, inter alia, also some "2,5 Millions of People, just from Idlib", the Area where Turkey has notoriously pushed to Accumulate, SInce the Beginning of the Syrian Conflict, every Armed Islamist Gangs, (including Many outright Terrorists, even of ISIS or Al Quaeda, etc), who were Losing the Fight against the Syrian Government and its Russian, Lebanese and/or Iranian and other Allies, But still keep their Weapons

Turkey, by Blackmailing anew Europe, reportedly asks not only even More Money, but also to Invade and Occupy the Northern Region of Syria, Historically Inhabited by Peaceful but Strong Kurdish People, who Heroically Helped recently the Western World to succesfully Face the Deadly Islamist Terrorists of ISIS, who were cowardly Targetting even innocent Civilian People. Ankara's Military already Started, earlier, to Invade and Oppress a Small, isolated Western Part of those Syrian Kurds, at Afrin area, who were Living there Peacefully during Hundreds or even Thousands of Years withOut attacking anyone, but were Cut off away from the Main Syrian Kurdish Region and its Western (mainly USA) recent Allies. Such Moves  make now Obvious that Ankara's interest into notoriously Supporting a variety of Islamist Extremists' Armed Gangs in Syria, including even ISIS from its beginnings, already Aimed, from the Start, into Invading and Occupying another Independent Country, (After having, already, done so, and still does, against EU Member Cyprus, etc).

Naturally, in that new Turkish Blackmail against Europe+, we are, there, very Far Away from the much more Positive Situation between USA and Mexico, (Comp. Supra), Despite a lot of EU Money already Wasted in Turkey recently, without any precedent : Comp. Supra).

Will the EU be led into a situation where, in fact, only Victor Orban and Other European Countries' protective "Walls" might save the EU from obvious Threats of a 2nd Big Tsunami of Irregular Migrants/Mass Asylum Seekers through Turkey, as Back on 2015-2016 ? Even then, a drastic Reduction of Tresspassers' Numbers started when Western Balkans' routes were Closed... And Now, Meanwhile, the Government has Changed in EU Border Nation Greece, hasn't it ? So that, perhaps, Now, Turkey's threats might be, in fact, Less dreadful and more Toothless, than it seems at first sight, (even if, still Dangerous and Damaging enough, in order to take some appropriate measures).

At any case, already, significantly, EU Member Cyprus, (whose Northern Territories are Still illegaly Occupied by Ankara's Foreign Invasion Troops since 1974, with More than 20% of its Population having been Obliged to become Refugees and/or Displaced People, since then), has reportedly asked and obtained by the EU to Pay its Part of European Funds due to Help Syrian Refugees, by Giving it Directly to the Camps existing in Jordany and Lebanon, which also Host Millions of Syrian Refugees - But, withOut having ever Bothered the EU...





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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).

The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.


But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".

* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".

* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.

Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-


2009 EU Elections were won by Parties against Technocracy and Turkey's controversial EU bid, while the 1999-2004 Majority Abstention trend decelerated. What should be done in 2009-2014 ?


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