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German "Die Welt" adopts Eurofora view on UnPopular+Useless Turkey Migrants Deal after Ankara Threat

Written by ACM
Monday, 01 August 2016
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- One among the most Important, mainstream German Medias, "Die Welt" ("The World"), a Leading Member of the EU Media Alliance "ALENA", has apparently just adopted, in substance, a main Analysis initialy made by "Eurofora" on a notoriously Controversial and UnPopular EU - Turkey Deal about the recent Mass "Tsunami" of Massive Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants influx through Turkey into EU (+Shengen) Member Greece, heading towards Berlin and other core EU Countries from the Last Sommer of 2015 until about Spring 2016 :

- I.e., particularly the Fact that this Deal, (notoriously obtained under "Blackmail" Pressure brokered Deal, a shady Sunday at a Brussels under an Urgent total Transport "Black Out", imposed then by Islamic Extremist Terrorist Attacks), had proven to be, in real Practice, also, almost entirely "Useless", in fact, given mainly the Borders' Checks seriously Protecting the so-called "Western Balkans' Route" to more Mass Irregular Migration, which had already been established by 5 or 6 European (EU and Non-EU) Countries BEFORE that Controversial EU  Turkey Deal had eben Started to progressively enter into force, (until now rather partialy, and not yet in full).


"Eurofora"s initial Findings were based mainly on a Pioneer then , and Contrary to the Previously Established Dominant Views,  quite "Dissident" Factual Analysis, using particular Official Data provided by UNHCR, the IMO, National Athorities, Government Officials' public Statements, verified Press Reports, etc., and was Published as Early as, already since 4 Months Before this August 2016, i.e. at the Beginning of May. See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/unpopulareuvisafreefor80millionsturksuseless.html .

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After a Lot of Time had Passed since then, at First, some Short Mentions to our views had Started to Emerge, quite Hesitating and in an Unclear mannzer, in the Middle of a few Other Press Articles published much Later-on by certain Collegues in a Few Media at Various EU Countries, until, suddenly, at the Latest EU Summit of Heads of State/Government in Brussels, at the End of June 2016, appeared a Short but Interesting Mention, at EU Council's Website, governed by EU President Donald Tusk's (former Polish Prime Minister) team, at least of the Fact that the Recently Witnessed Sharp Fall of that "Tsunami" (Comp. Supra) had, at least, Already Started Before this EU - Turkey shaky Deal, and was Due also to Other, Previous and Parallel Factors, depending on European Countries' Decisions and Acts, and Not on Turkey, (such as, f.ex., a Decision to "Fully" apply certain "Shengen" Area Rules, etc, as that Short Text simply argued, including, however, also the closing of Borders, subsequently).

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But, Unfortunately, (due also to "BREXIT" and a usual "Terrorist Attack" in Turkey almost often at the eve of an Important relevant EU Decision-Making Event), such Interesting Starting Points were Not Discussed among EU Leaders, (as even EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, briefly Confirmed to "Eurofora", while saluting us at he End of his Press Conference, the Next Day in the "Justus Lipsius" Building's main Press Working Area), Contrary to their Initial Schedule, because they had been practicaly Obliged to Alter, at the Last Minute, that Summit's Draft Agenda, in a way which hadn't left, in fact, any other choice, than to Simply Endorse, Exceptionaly withOut any Debate, the Draft Conclusions already Prepared by Technocrats Specialists beforehand, which, inevitably, gave an Impression of "Business as Usual" on this, in fact, very "Hot" Issue...


But, Today, "Eurofora"s  above mentioned, Pioneer Factual Analysis, pertinent Data Gathering, overall Graphics, and main Conclusions, naturally can Help Support, even Further, at least the Main Points Now made by mainstream German Media "Die Welt", in Response to the Latest Turkish Threat that Ankara would entirely Stop that Controversial EU-Turkey Deal, if Europe didn't Yield to an Ultimatum to Give an UnPopular (both among EU Citizens and EU Parliament's MEPs, as several Polls and Debates have clearly revealed) "Visa-Free" status to 80 Millions of Turks, that would Allow them to Enter and Stay Into the EU, whenever they like and without previous Controls, during about 6 Months Each Year, Starting some Day from the Beginning of October 2016, according to a Demand initialy made "mezzo voce" by Turkish President Erdogan, and now Stressed by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglou, reportedly at an INTW at the Austrian Newpaper "Kurrier", etc.


Indeed, what "Die Welt'"s main, Front-Page Top Article, Replies, Today, to that "New Provocation" from Ankara, as it calls it, (Participating to the quasi-General Reaction adopted also by several Other mainstream EU Media, meanwhile), under the explicit Heading : - "Turkey has to Loose More than the EU" (in case of Clash), is the Following, (according to a Fast Translation from the Original Text in German, over to English) :


 - EU had adopted that Controversial (and Costly : some 8 Billions € in Full Grants to Turkey, during 2016-2018) Deal, mainly "Because it had Internal Problems whith that Refugee Crisis, and was (then) Unable to Effectively Protect its (EU) External Borders", so that this "Blackmail" - as a Top Polish Newspaper had immediately Called  it, and EPP ChristianDemocrat Party President, former Longt-Time Strasbourg Top MEP, Joseph Daul had Acknowledged, in a March 2016 Meeting in Strasbourg : See also relevant, then, Daul's Statements to "Eurofora", at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eppheaddauloneuexternalborders.html -  "Agreement with Ankara, Seemed to be a Pragmatic Way out".


- But, "Meanwhile, the Europeans had to Learn that the Deal itself is a Problem with "Explosive" Force. Because Ankara is using the Instrument to Threaten and Blackmail". That's Why "the Climate between Turkey and the EU is Poisoned for a Long Time" nowadays, "Die Welt" resumes.


+ "The Threat of Turkish foreign Minister Cavusoglu to terminate the agreements, If the required Visa-Free status for Turks is not introduced until October, represents a New Provocation", the Top German Media points out in Reply.


- "Because, according to the agreed terms and conditions that apply for such liberalisation, it depends upon Ankara", (i.e. if Turkey Fils the Gap of certein Human Rights/Democratic Reforms). But, "in view of the steady Dismantling of fundamental Democratic rights in the Last few Weeks, Visa facilitation has become Distant", "Welt" inevitably observes.


- Already, "Erdogan, even before the failed coup attempt two weeks ago, was Not willing to loosen the Anti-Terror Laws in his country, as demanded by the EU", (NDLR : in order to Protect Freedom of Expression, and mainly, Press Freedom), "so the Chances that he might do that Now, are at Zero". However, "Brussels canNot give in at this point", the mainstream German Media stresses. Therefore, "that Ultimatum makes it once more clear that, at present, in Turkey, Other values are considered, than those which are applied in Europe".

=> Under the Heading : "The Closure of the Balkan Route is Crucial", (as "Eurofora had already Warned and Proved, already 4 Months Earlier : Comp. Supra), "Die Welt" goes on to attest, Today, that :


- "However, Brussels (EU) and Berlin can (now) Respond .. to the New Threats". Because "the Flow of Refugees is, Today, much Smaller, than it was even a few Months Ago". "But, this Development, is Not Due to the Turkey Deal", "Welt" agrees, at last, with "Eurofora".


- Simply Because, in Fact, it's "rather the Closing of the Balkan Routes, through Countries such as FYROMacedonia, Hungary, and Austria, (as well as Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, etc), which Keeps Refugees from entering into the EU through Turkey. Since it is No Longer Possible (for most of them) to Travel to Germany, and other Sought-after (EU) Targets", it Explains.


- So that, in addition, it's also "Greece" which, normaly, should "have much Less Refugees" still coming irregularly from Turkey", as, indeed, it's until recently tthe case, "Because, in that (Financial) Crisis-stricken (EU + €urozone Member) Country, Asylum Seekers might Not be Better than in Turkey", from the current Economic point of view, "Welt", perhaps a bit exagerating, argues in substance.


+ Also Because, Meanwhile, "EU Pays, as Agreed, a Lot of Money, in order to Support Turkey in the Care-taking of Refugees", (about 8 Billions € earmarked for that purpose, in Full Grants, between 2016-2018).


=> Therefore, "Ankara has, thus, Much to Loose", in case of an EU - Turkey clash. So that, "Despite all those Threats" by Turkish Officials, in Fact, Turkish President "Erdogan will Not Risk a Clash with Europe, "if that (Controversial and UnPopular) Visa-Free" status for 80 Millions of Turks, "Never happens", the mainstream German Top Media logically concludes.

 

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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