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

Written by ACM
lunedì, 01 agosto 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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("DraftNews", as already send to "Eurofora"s Subscribers/Donors, earlier. A more accurate, full Final Version, might be published asap).


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The official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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