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news UN Cyprus Talks' Setback: TextBook case against Abandoning Human Rights to Political bargaining.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 | ACM
UN Cyprus Talks' Setback: TextBook case against Abandoning Human Rights to Political bargaining. *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A sudden and strange Break-Down of UN sponsored Top Level InterCommunal Talks on the complex but Important, long overdue issue of Cyprus' ReUnification, still...
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news ECHR President Raimondi+ to EF on Cyprus' Refugees Judgements Implementation : "Trust" CoE to move
Monday, 21 November 2016 | ACM
ECHR President Raimondi+ to EF on Cyprus' Refugees Judgements Implementation : *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- European Court of Human Rights' new President, Guido Raimondi, speaking to "Eurofora" in the CoE, almost at the Same Time that a Final Push was...
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news BioEthics = a Win Factor in France ? Mystery of Unexpected Gain in Center-Right's Primary by Fillon
Sunday, 20 November 2016 | ACM
BioEthics = a Win Factor in France ? Mystery of Unexpected Gain in Center-Right's Primary by Fillon  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Unexpected, Strong Win at French Center-Right's Primaries, (widely expected to determlne the Next President of the Republic for the 2017-2022 period), by former...
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news Paris ISIS Terror lets Open Questions as Bataclan staffer Bullies Survivor Critic of Security gaps
Sunday, 13 November 2016 | ACM
Paris ISIS Terror lets Open Questions as Bataclan staffer Bullies Survivor Critic of Security gaps *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A whole Year after the 13 November 2015 Mass Killings in Paris, while it remains still an Unsolved Mystery, how 3 or 4 Islamic Terrorists entered with Heavy Arms...
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news USA: Surprise Win of a "European" President + People's Voice on the Web versus Establishment's Media
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 | ACM
USA: Surprise Win of a *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- From the nevralgic Viewpoint of the PanEuropean CoE (47 Member States, Russia included) Headquarters City of Strasbourg, (a Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law...
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news Sarkozy on ISIL Terror +SocioCultural Integration: Authority+Humanism. Calls People for Clear Change
Friday, 04 November 2016 | ACM
Sarkozy on ISIL Terror +SocioCultural Integration: Authority+Humanism. Calls People for Clear Change *Belfort/People's Home - Resistance Square/Angelo Marcopolo/- From the Beginning to the End, the Alfa and Omega of embattled Nicolas Sarkozy's message, this Evening, to the French People, at...
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news Iceland 2016 Election: Voters strengthen a Right course, but also Open brand New Pathways
Saturday, 29 October 2016 | ACM
Iceland 2016 Election: Voters strengthen a Right course, but also Open brand New Pathways  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Established Parties Fall Down, with the Only Exception of the Right, (which even ameliorates a bit its results), but with a Collapse of Socialist and Center-Left...
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news At least 1/3 of MEPs Lean on Stopping Turkey's EU bid Now ?! (incl. some of the Best in All Groups)
Thursday, 27 October 2016 | ACM
At least 1/3 of MEPs Lean on Stopping Turkey's EU bid Now ?! (incl. some of the Best in All Groups) *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Votes Today revealed a Surprise: At least 1 out of 3 MEPs seem to already Support or Hesitate for an immediate and clear Full Stop Now of...
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news EUParliament Secretary General Welle to EF: Citizens-MEPs Debates before Decisions, on Study 1.2017+
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 | ACM
EUParliament Secretary General Welle to EF: Citizens-MEPs Debates before Decisions, on Study 1.2017+ *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Pioneer Ideas for EU Citizens - MEPs' interaction thanks to New Information/Communication Technologies are due to be Reviewed by EU Parliament from...
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news Top British MEP Tannock to EF: support for Sarkozy Ambition to Attract the UK in a Future, "New EU"
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 | ACM
Top British MEP Tannock to EF: support for Sarkozy Ambition to Attract the UK in a Future, *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/-  Experienced British mainstream MEP of the Governing Conservative Party, from London, former Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the ChristianDemocrat/EPP...
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news EU Parliament v-President Tajani to EF: New Humanism really Important v. Radicalisation/ISIL Terror
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 | ACM
EU Parliament v-President Tajani to EF: New Humanism really Important v. Radicalisation/ISIL Terror *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced former EU Commissioner and currently EU Parliament's vice-President, Italian ChristianDemocrat/EPP long-time MEP, Antonio Tajani, speaking...
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news Center-Right Coalition versus Same Sex Marriage marks Big Electoral Win at Lithuania (EU)
Sunday, 23 October 2016 | ACM
Center-Right Coalition versus Same Sex Marriage marks Big Electoral Win at Lithuania (EU)   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While Popular Mass Demonstrations for BioEthical Values (such as Opposal to "Same Sex Marriage" and/or Adoption of Children by Homosexual couples,...
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news Eco-Fin. Minister Sapin (France) to Eurofora : Hopes for €uroArea Treaty Boost ?!
Friday, 21 October 2016 | ACM
Eco-Fin. Minister Sapin (France) to Eurofora : Hopes for €uroArea Treaty Boost ?! *Strasbourg/Congres + Exhibition Centre PMC/Angelo Marcopolo/- While uncertainties due to BREXIT would, hopefuly, become lesser, after Today's EU Summit in Brussels with new British Prime...
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news EU+COE Experts to EF: PanEuropean Developments on Citizens Participation to Public Decision Making ?
Friday, 21 October 2016 | ACM
EU+COE Experts to EF: PanEuropean Developments on Citizens Participation to Public Decision Making ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- One among the most Important Issues, both in People's everyday Life, and in the Scientific Theory of Public Power and Democracy in Contemporary Societies, that...
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news Refugee Family's Young Girl speaks out on Turkish Attacks v. Cyprus in CoE Local Democracy Debate
Thursday, 20 October 2016 | ACM
Refugee Family's Young Girl speaks out on Turkish Attacks v. Cyprus in CoE Local Democracy Debate *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A fragile Young Girl of a Refugee Family from the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, illegaly held by Ankara's Military since the 1974 Invasion until now (despite...
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news New CLRAE President Mosler-Tornstrom to EF: No Ghetto+Radicalisation. Digital+Education in 2017-2022
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 | ACM
New CLRAE President Mosler-Tornstrom to EF: No Ghetto+Radicalisation. Digital+Education in 2017-2022  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A firm "No" to more Ghettos and Radicalisation in European Cities, coupled to a Strong Wish for Education and Digital Democracy, for the Next 4 Years of...
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news CoE Assembly decides Debate + Vote on Aleppo at its November Session in Cyprus
Friday, 14 October 2016 | ACM
CoE Assembly decides Debate + Vote on Aleppo at its November Session in Cyprus *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The PanEuropean, 47-Member Countries strong CoE's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has just Decided, this Friday Morning/Noon in Strasbourg, to Hold a Topical...
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news CoE: OSCE Chair, German MFA Steinmeier on Minsk Peace process for Ukraine eve of EU Summit on Russia
Thursday, 13 October 2016 | ACM
CoE: OSCE Chair, German MFA Steinmeier on Minsk Peace process for Ukraine eve of EU Summit on Russia *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-  CoE has an Important Role to play, particularly on East-West Dialogue","including Parliamentarian", stressed on  occasion of Russia, German Foreign...
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news CoE MEPs Slam Worse Mass Oppression in Turkey, eye Credentials+Monitoring on 11.2016 or 1.2017 ?
Thursday, 13 October 2016 | ACM
CoE MEPs Slam Worse Mass Oppression in Turkey, eye Credentials+Monitoring on 11.2016 or 1.2017 ?    *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- In the Biggest public Debate held until now in European/International Institutions on that strange, 6 Hours-long "Coup Attempt" in Turkey and...
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news Turkish MFA at the CoE : Lausanne Peace Treaty = "Disadvantage" ?...
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 | ACM
Turkish MFA at the CoE  : Lausanne Peace Treaty = *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Surprisingly evoking "Freedom of Expression", Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, indirectly but clearly, indicated Ankara's recent Dislike of...
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news Cavusoglu Links VISA free for 80 Millions Turks with Migrants/Refugees' Deal
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 | ACM
Cavusoglu Links VISA free for 80 Millions Turks with Migrants/Refugees' Deal *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu linked 2 Differend, but Both Controversial and UnPopular Issues, that of granding a "VISA-Free" Status to 80...
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news CoE Assembly clearly + twice Rejects Attempt to Stop Banning any Surrogacy
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 | ACM
CoE Assembly clearly + twice Rejects Attempt to Stop Banning any Surrogacy *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Crystal-Clear Majority of MEPs, in PanEuropean CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, Twice Rejected, Today, a Controversial Attempt to Stop Banning the UnPopular...
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news Hollande: Support Border Checks by Balkans Countries (which Stoped Mass Migrants Tsunami via Turkey)
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 | ACM
Hollande: Support Border Checks by Balkans Countries (which Stoped Mass Migrants Tsunami via Turkey)  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- Replying to a Question raised by the Biggest Group of MEPs at CoE's PanEuropean Parliamentary Assembly, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, French President...
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news 2016 Vaklav Havel Human Rights CoE Prize Winner Murad slams Inaction against ISIS Terror + Impunity
Monday, 10 October 2016 | ACM
2016 Vaklav Havel Human Rights CoE Prize Winner Murad slams Inaction against ISIS Terror + Impunity *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 2016 Winner of the prestigious "Vaklav Havel" Human Rights Prize, awarded at the PanEuropean, 47-Member Countries-strong CoE, the former ISIS'...
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news Venice Commission President Buquicchio to EF: Turkey November Visit = Ready for PACE 1.2017 Session
Monday, 10 October 2016 | ACM
Venice Commission President Buquicchio to EF: Turkey November Visit = Ready for PACE 1.2017 Session *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelob Marcopolo/- Experienced, long-time President of PanEuropean CoE's "Democracy through Law" Watchdog, known as "Venice Commission", Gianni Buquicchio...
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news CoE: European Judges Associations denounce atrocious Mass Oppression of Judges in Turkey
Monday, 10 October 2016 | ACM
CoE: European Judges Associations denounce atrocious Mass Oppression of Judges in Turkey *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The most Important European Associations of Judges, gathered Together on the sidelines of CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) Autumn 2016 Plenary Session in...
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news CoE Assembly CEO Sawicki to EF: More EU-CoE cooperation on Human Rights + particularly on Turkey ?
Friday, 07 October 2016 | ACM
CoE Assembly CEO Sawicki to EF: More EU-CoE cooperation on Human Rights + particularly on Turkey ?  *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU - CoE Cooperation on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, continues further and intensifies, particularly on Turkey, after the latest EU-27 Summit at...
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news About 200 MEPs denounce Arms Smuggling and Turkey links to Terrorism in Syria
Thursday, 06 October 2016 | ACM
About 200 MEPs denounce Arms Smuggling and Turkey links to Terrorism in Syria *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- An unexpectedly Important Number of MEPs Voted for "Spicy" Amendments to a Topical Resolution on recent developments in Syria, in order to Slam...
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news Strasbourg MEP Sander to Eurofora : EU Citizens' Voice must be Heard here before Final Decisions
Thursday, 06 October 2016 | ACM
Strasbourg MEP Sander to Eurofora : EU Citizens' Voice must be Heard here before Final Decisions   *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The main points of "Eurofora"s project were more or less Endorsed by mainstream Young Strasbourg's MEP Anne Sander, a...
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news EU Parliament's "Anti-Roaming" MEP Ruebig to Eurofora : After Europe in 2017, Worldwide ?!..
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 | ACM
EU Parliament's .*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Mainstream, Long-Time MEP Paul Ruebig of Austria, from the Governing Party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, speaking to "Eurofora", confirmed that...
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news Bio-Ethics : CoE + EU to examine "Surrogate Mothers" controversy ?
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 | ACM
Bio-Ethics : CoE + EU to examine *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- The experienced President of EU Parliament's EPP Working Group on BioEthics, Miroslav Mikolasik, a mainstream MEP from Slovakia (current EU Chair for...
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news Top MEP Lamassoure to EF : Bratislava EU Summit understood that Citizens want concrete Action
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 | ACM
Top MEP Lamassoure to EF : Bratislava EU Summit understood that Citizens want concrete Action   *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, Long-Time MEP, and former EU Affairs Minister, Alain Lamassoure from France, who served also Many Times as President of EU Parliament's...
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news ArchBishop Minnerath to EF+: All Christians+ United in front of ISIL Terrorism + other Challenges !?
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 | ACM
ArchBishop Minnerath to EF+: All Christians+ United in front of ISIL Terrorism + other Challenges !? *Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New phenomenon, of an almost "Total Solidarity" between various Christian Minorities of the Middle East area, has practicaly United recently,...
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news Sarkozy : No Muzzled Debates, also on ReFounding Europe anew !
Monday, 03 October 2016 | ACM
Sarkozy : No Muzzled Debates, also on ReFounding Europe anew !   *Reichstett/Angelo Marcopolo/- Amidst the ReVitalizing Oxygen of Green Landscapes at the beautiful Alsacian Village of Reichstett near Strasbourg, looking at the Direction of EU Parliament and CoE...
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news Hungary: Victor Orban gets in Popular Referendum More Registered Voters than EU + USA Leaders !
Sunday, 02 October 2016 | ACM
Hungary: Victor Orban gets in Popular Referendum More Registered Voters than EU + USA Leaders ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- At the Eve of an important forthcoming EU Brussels Summit, the embattled Prime Minister of Hungary, Victor Orban, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP Political Leader who is...
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news EU Core Regions Franco-German Leaders Kretschman+Richert eye Science+Ethics, Reply to Eurofora shows
Friday, 30 September 2016 | ACM
EU Core Regions Franco-German Leaders Kretschman+Richert eye Science+Ethics, Reply to Eurofora shows  *Strasbourg/Great East Region HQ/Angelo Marcopolo/- Cooperation between ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Greens" can Advance Well, f.ex. in Important and Ambitious Science/Technology and...
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news French Regions Head Richert to EF:RoF New King coronated at Reims-No Digital Gap-Paris Decision asap
Thursday, 29 September 2016 | ACM
French Regions Head Richert to EF:RoF New King coronated at Reims-No Digital Gap-Paris Decision asap *Reims/Convention Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced New President of French Regions' union, and recently Elected Head of Strasbourg's New "Great East" Region, which now Extends...
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news Prime Minister Valls to EF: New Look on Strasbourg High-Tech Projects after Regional Changes ?
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | ACM
Prime Minister Valls to EF: New Look on Strasbourg High-Tech Projects after Regional Changes ? *Reims/RoF Annual Congress - Tau Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- Final Decisions have not yet been taken, on Crucial, Long-Term, Strategic Choices concerning Funds for High-Tech Projects in Strasbourg...
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news 1st Regions of France annual Convention : Will a New 2017 "King" be consecrated at Historic Reims ?
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 | ACM
1st Regions of France annual Convention : Will a New 2017 *Reims Cathedral-Tau Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- Between 2 Young Top French Politicians, current Prime Minister Manuel Valls (a Socialist ally of Hollande, of Spanish origin, Married to a Jewish Wife),...
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news French President Hollande PressCom Head Ripert-Landler to EF: Berlin Summit =Step 1 after Bratislava
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 | ACM
French President Hollande PressCom Head Ripert-Landler to EF: Berlin Summit =Step 1 after Bratislava  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Tomorrow, Wednesday 28 September 2016's exceptional Berlin Summit, hosted by German Chancelor Angie Merkel, with French President Francois Hollande and EU...
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news CoE:Mazochism v. Record-High Turkish Contempt of ECHR Judgements on Cyprus Refugees+Missing persons?
Friday, 23 September 2016 | ACM
CoE:Mazochism v. Record-High Turkish Contempt of ECHR Judgements on Cyprus Refugees+Missing persons? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Are some pushing Europe Back on the old "Cold War" Era,  before the Fall of Berlin's Wall and the subsequent ReUnification of Europe, when ECHR's...
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news Media+Culture CEO Pflimlin to EF: WebNews can Boost Democratic Debate +EU has Digital Potential, but
Thursday, 22 September 2016 | ACM
Media+Culture CEO Pflimlin to EF: WebNews can Boost Democratic Debate +EU has Digital Potential, but  *Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Nowadays, "we must Advance Further" on WebNews Democratic Debates in Europe, which has, indeed, an important "Potential" also for the...
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news International Human Rights Institute Head, f. ECHR President, Costa to EF on PostHumanism +Surrogacy
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 | ACM
International Human Rights Institute Head, f. ECHR President, Costa to EF on PostHumanism +Surrogacy   *Strasbourg/BNU/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced, Long-Time former President of ECHR, and currently President of the prestigious International Institute for Human Rights "René Cassin",...
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news Bratislava EU-27 Summit Conclusions: Focus on Citizens' expectations, Franco-German duo, and More...
Friday, 16 September 2016 | ACM
Bratislava EU-27 Summit Conclusions: Focus on Citizens' expectations, Franco-German duo, and More...   *Bratislava/ 1st EU-27 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- After a prolonged infight on their Final Conclusions, EU Heads of State/Government finaly Agreed to leave the Hilltop at Bratislava's...
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news Prime Minister Orban (Hungary) to EF: Yes to European Referendum, but Better many National Referenda
Friday, 16 September 2016 | ACM
Prime Minister Orban (Hungary) to EF: Yes to European Referendum, but Better many National Referenda *Bratislava/1st EU 27 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Reacting to Socialist MEP and currently EU Parliament's President, Martin Schulz's rejection of a National Referendum Critical to some EU...
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news Cyprus President Anastassiades to EF (before France visit + CoE chair): Yes to give EUCitizens a Say
Friday, 16 September 2016 | ACM
Cyprus President Anastassiades to EF (before France visit + CoE chair): Yes to give EUCitizens a Say *Bratislava/1st EU 27 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leader,  succesful President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastassiades, who has recently Won both Presidential, European and...
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news EUParliament President Schulz to EF: OK to Citizens say before Decision, No National Referenda But..
Friday, 16 September 2016 | ACM
EUParliament President Schulz to EF: OK to Citizens say before Decision, No National Referenda But..  *Bratislava EU27 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament President, Martin Schulz, (an Experienced German Socialist MEP), Replying to an "Eurofora" Question, during his Press Conference at...
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news Active Bratislava Evening+Morning: Will Europe's HeartLand Start an EU-Renaissance Move ?
Thursday, 15 September 2016 | ACM
Active Bratislava Evening+Morning: Will Europe's HeartLand Start an EU-Renaissance Move ? *Bratislava/1st EU-27 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Various last-minute, Intense, but "Informal", both Evening "Diners", ToNight,  and Early Morning "Meetings", Tomorrow, as...
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news Juncker Appeals to EU Member States+Citizens, proposes Measures, to Build a Better Europe
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 | ACM
Juncker Appeals to EU Member States+Citizens, proposes Measures, to Build a  Better Europe  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- In a carefuly Prepared, but Unusual Move, the New EU Commission's President, Experienced Long-Time former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and f. Chairman of...
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news Tusk's Dramatic Letter, eve of Exceptional Bratislava EU Summit, urges Solid Basics
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 | ACM
Tusk's Dramatic Letter, eve of Exceptional Bratislava EU Summit, urges Solid Basics   *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Just 1 Day before a "State of the Union" Public Debate at EU Parliament's full Plenary Session in Strasbourg, with one among the most Experienced...
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news EU Enlargement+Neighborhoud Commissioner Hahn: "No Date" for controversial 80 Million Turks VISA Row
Monday, 12 September 2016 | ACM
EU Enlargement+Neighborhoud Commissioner Hahn:  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Committee, chaired by Experienced ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Elmar Brok (Comp. several Brok's Statements to...
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news UN Rapporteur on Privacy, Cannataci to EF on Issues for 2016 UN General Assembly+Heads of State/Gov.
Friday, 09 September 2016 | ACM
UN Rapporteur on Privacy, Cannataci to EF on Issues for 2016 UN General Assembly+Heads of State/Gov. *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- 3 Years After Snowden's revelations on Mass Surveillance at the Internet, SmartPhones, etc, UNO's new Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, Professor...
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news OSCE Representative on Media Freedom, Mijatovic to EF: All Web-News Actors must be Protected
Friday, 09 September 2016 | ACM
OSCE Representative on Media Freedom, Mijatovic to EF: All Web-News Actors must be Protected   *Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/-Speaking to "Eurofora" on the sidelines of an Exceptional CoE-OSCE Joint Conference on Internet Freedom and Democratic Security, OSCE's...
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news German MV Federated State Vote Results: Right's Division change People's Majority in MPs' Minority !
Sunday, 04 September 2016 | ACM
German MV Federated State Vote Results: Right's Division change People's Majority in MPs' Minority ! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Today's Final Results at the key German Federated State of Mecklenburg-Voprommern, Chancelor Angie Merkel's cradle, (where G7 Heads of State/Government Summit...
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news French Prime Minister Valls to EF+: Review Crucial Choices due on Innovation Funds + Strasbourg
Saturday, 03 September 2016 | ACM
French Prime Minister Valls to EF+: Review Crucial Choices due on Innovation Funds + Strasbourg *Strasbourg/International Space University/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking after an Exceptional Meeting with Public and Private Scientific and Technological Innovation Actors, at the International Space...
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news EUROCORPS Commander Ramirez to Eurofora, as Post-BREXIT EU eyes Defense policy: Ready to go !
Friday, 02 September 2016 | ACM
 EUROCORPS Commander Ramirez to Eurofora, as Post-BREXIT EU eyes Defense policy: Ready to go !  *Strasbourg/PMC/Angelo Marcopolo/- While preparations are currently Intensifying to the forthcoming Bratislava EU-27 Heads of State/Government Summit, the 1st without the UK and Focused on the...
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news UNESCO Head backs Eurofora view on Web Editor's Journalist status + Murder Enquiry: Do Carmo case
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 | ACM
UNESCO Head backs Eurofora view on Web Editor's Journalist status + Murder Enquiry: Do Carmo case *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A World-Famous WhistleBlower Edward Snowden's reference to "Press Freedom"'s links, (that he Personaly Supports), alerted "Eurofora" about...
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news Tunisia Consul Trabelsi to EF: Authenticity+Peace in Constitution-fueled 2016 EuroFair Honored Guest
Thursday, 25 August 2016 | ACM
Tunisia Consul Trabelsi to EF: Authenticity+Peace in Constitution-fueled 2016 EuroFair Honored Guest *Strasbourg/Palace of Music and Congresses/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 2015 NOBEL Peace Prize award Winner Country, Tunisia, who is Guest of Honour at 2016 "Euro-Fair", due to be Inaugurated by...
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news Strasbourg EU/World relations Head Rafik-Elmrini to EF on Global Business Center facing EUParliament
Thursday, 25 August 2016 | ACM
Strasbourg EU/World relations Head Rafik-Elmrini to EF on Global Business Center facing EUParliament *Strasbourg/Palace of Music+Congresses/Angelo Marcopolo/- The projected International Business Center, located right in front of EU Parliament's building for its Monthly Full Plenary Sessions in...
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news EuroFair Invention "Lepine" Competition President Dorey to EF: Humanitarian DRONE near EU Parliament
Thursday, 25 August 2016 | ACM
EuroFair Invention *Strasbourg/Palace of Music and Congresses/Angelo Marcopolo/- A new DRONE will be soon right in front of EU Parliament's Building in Strasbourg, just before its forthcoming Plenary Session of...
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news Globaly Growing on-line Cyber-Attacks on Media and Journalists, reach also Eurofora
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 | ACM
Globaly Growing on-line Cyber-Attacks on Media and Journalists, reach also Eurofora *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While PanEuropean CoE prepares a Landmark International Conference on its "Cyber-Crime" Convention of Budapest, later this Autumn, between the Estonian and...
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news Less than 5% of New Irregular Migrants "Returned" to Turkey via Costly EU Deal Latest Figures reveal
Thursday, 18 August 2016 | ACM
Less than 5% of New Irregular Migrants  *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- According to the Latest Official Press Anouncements, only 14 Irregular Migrants were Returned Back to Turkey, at the Same Time that More than ...278 New Arrivals of...
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news Crimea clash : GeoPolitical Conflict movers stage Islamic Extremism Terror attempts as Cover-up ?!
Friday, 12 August 2016 | ACM
Crimea clash : GeoPolitical Conflict movers stage Islamic Extremism Terror attempts as Cover-up ?! *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While a sober Statement by the Only European Organisation where Both Russia and Ukraine are Members : Strasbourg's CoE, (currently Chaired by Estonia), limited...
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news London Police Absent at Tourist Hotspot Mass Stabbing => 1 Woman Killed +6 Wounded by Muslim Somali
Thursday, 04 August 2016 | ACM
London Police Absent at Tourist Hotspot Mass Stabbing => 1 Woman Killed +6 Wounded by Muslim Somali *Strasbourg/(UpDated)/- 'Londonistan"s (as USA famous News aggregator "Drudge report" notoriously nicknamed it recently: See Infra) New Mayor, Sadiq Khan, was reportedly Holidaying...
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news German "Die Welt" adopts Eurofora view on UnPopular+Useless Turkey Migrants Deal after Ankara Threat
Monday, 01 August 2016 | ACM
German *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...
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news Priest Murder in Church by Islamic Terror: New Security Measures were just Taken=> Attack Foreseen ?
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 | ACM
Priest Murder in Church by Islamic Terror: New Security Measures were just Taken=> Attack Foreseen ? *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Unprecedented, cold-blood Murder of a Christian Priest inside a Church in France, at an Islamic Terrorist Attack during Mass, which took also 5 Hostages, Wounding...
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news Topical aspects of CoE's 22 July 2016 "No Hate" Web Event : Terror versus Humanity, and Europeans
Friday, 22 July 2016 | ACM
Topical aspects of CoE's 22 July 2016 *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Eurofora"'s Viewpoint on the Most Topical aspects of CoE's 22 July 2016 "No Hate" PanEuropean Web Event, at the 5th Anniversary of the...
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news After Islamic Terror in France, Turks crash Secular Coup, Lynch/Oppress Rebels,Judges,Teachers,Press
Saturday, 16 July 2016 | ACM
After Islamic Terror in France, Turks crash Secular Coup, Lynch/Oppress Rebels,Judges,Teachers,Press *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(UpDated)/- Immediately after French President Hollande denounced "Islamic Terrorism"'s "Threats", facing the Massacre of 84 Civilian People at...
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news Hollande:"Islamic Terrorism Threatens France".MEP: Truck Massacre at Nice had Precedents -incl. May!
Friday, 15 July 2016 | ACM
Hollande: *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(UpDated)/- Contrary to claims of being a "New" Modus Operanti for Killing People, in fact, the Cowardish Truck Massacre of 84 Civilians (Women+Children...
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news Sarkozy: Europeans United by Culture,Civilisation+Geography. Division may Destroy EU Civilisation ?
Saturday, 09 July 2016 | ACM
Sarkozy: Europeans United by Culture,Civilisation+Geography. Division may Destroy EU Civilisation ? *Brumath/Angelo Marcopolo/- In Statements made shortly after "BREXIT", near Strasbourg's EU/CoE Institutions' Headquarters, Experienced former French President, and currently New...
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news EUCommissioners Mogherini+Bulc Debate in EUParliament China Strategy + Personal Data flows : "G-3" ?
Thursday, 07 July 2016 | ACM
EUCommissioners Mogherini+Bulc Debate in EUParliament China Strategy + Personal Data flows : *Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking in EU Parliament in Strasbourg at the Eve of the Annual 2016 EU - China Summit, Next Week at Beijing (12-13 July), EU Commissioners Federica Mogherini,...
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news EUParliament Votes EU External Border-Guard:+Towards Endorsing Greece Neighbouring Countries Checks?
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 | ACM
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CoE Local/Regional Democracy Watchdog's Chief Frecon to Eurofora on Ukraine Summit: Boost Dialogue !

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- PanEuropean CoE's Watchdog on Local/Regional Democracy's President, experienced Senator Jean-Claude Frecon, from the Governing Socialist Party in France, speaking to "EuroFora" on the forthcoming Local/Regional Elections in Ukraine on October 2015, which are expected to be Crucial for the Peace process according to the Minsk Agreements, that a Quadrilateral Summit between the Leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are due to thoroughly Examine in a Summit in Paris on Friday, endorsed the view that, if a Postponement of those Elections in the Autonomist Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk might Help to Start and Develop a real Dialogue between all sides involoved, on the concrete details of the Future Political Solution to the Conflict, then, that Proposal of Compromise reportedly made Recently by Representatives of those areas, might, indeed, become Helpful.

 


    => In fact, what is Essential to try to obtain in the forthcoming Summit for Ukraine, is to Boost a Dialogue among all sides involved, according to the Minsk Agreements, on the main oustanding issues, particularly concerning the imminent Local/Regional Elections, the Status of the DeCentralisation in the Donetsk/Luhansk Regions held by Autonomists, etc, he stressed to Reply to an "Eurofora" Question in Conclusion, (See Infra).

      - "We (CLRAE) have already said that a kind of (Local/regional) Autonomy for those areas could be a Good Solution, in Ukraine as elsewhere, but, naturally, in the Framework of the Country's Territorial Integrity", President Frecon stressed from the Outset, as a matter of Principle.


    -"This was inscribed (recently) in the Ukranian Legislation, even if some sectors of the Extreme Right, don't like it at all". CLRAE's Head observed, concerning some Troubles reportedly provoked after the Vote of a relevant Draft Law by the Ukranian Parliament, at a 1st Lecture, that President Poroshenko has strongly Condemned.  


    - "But what do they want, in fact : Return Back to the War ?", Jean-Claude Frecon wondered, reminding the Tragic Deadly and Destructive Ukranian Conflict which has stroke since February 2014 that formerly Peaceful European Country, provoking, according to Figures published at the Beginning of September 2015 by UNO's High Commissioner on Human Rights, at nearby Geneva, More than 8.000 Dead, and 17.810 Wounded Victims, many among them being simple Civilian People.


    - "In order to Avoid War, trying to Help People Live Together, and start some Dialogue between them, Hoping that this Dialogue will be Conclusive" for the completion of a Political Solution, "it's simply Better to tell them (i.e. to the Donetsk/Luhansk Autonomists) that you Remain inside the Ukranian Country, but we  (Kiev's Central Government) give you some Autonomy", he resumed in substance.


    - At any case, "we, neither inside the CLRAE, nor in the Entire CoE, we are Not in favor of saying that, Today we have 47 Member Countries, but in the Future we might have, perhaps more than 50 or even 100 ! No, we (CoE) are Not at all for such a thing", he clearly underlined, adiopting a Critical stance vis a vis Various  recent Trends, mutatis-mutandis, also in some Other European Countries, such as, f.ex. in UK's Scotland, Spain's Catalognia, etc., where Popular Referendums for Independence, or not, have been notoriously asked and voted, (however without obtaining yet any Majority of Votes in Neither among them)..


    - Thus, "F.ex., among others, for Catalonia, it was said in substance that you are part of the Country (Spain), but you can Speak the Catalonian Language too". Also in Ukraine, "even if the Ukranian remains the Official Language of the Country, neverteless, in the Regions where the Large Majority of the Population are Russian-Speakers, they are told that they can Continue to use Both Languages, which, by the way, are Not so Differend between them....", he noted.


    >>> Questioned by "EuroFora" about a Recent Proposal of Compromise, reportedly made earlier this Month, by Representatives of the Donetsk/Luhansk Autonomists, to eventualy Postpone for later-on, (f.ex. for February 2016), the Local/Regional Elections due to be held in that area, as also throughout the rest of Ukraine on October 2015, but apparently strongly Contested by Kiev's Central Government, which claims that the Conditions required for such an Election would Not yet exist, or not entirely fulfilled in the pro-Autonomists' areas, CLRAE's Head appeared quite Positive, but under one Key Condition ;


    >>> - "If we can Hope that a certain Dialogue could be established, then, we have to Try that !", PanEuropean CoE's Watchdog for Local/Regional Democracy's experienced Head clearly advised, in reply to the above-mentioned "EuroFora"s Question.


      - "F.ex., if they tell us that we need some Weeks or Months more, in order to hold a Dialogue, then, I think, that Naturally, this should be accepted", he resumed.


     - "But we don't know yet" if it will work, or not. "So, what I'm advising, in substance, is, despite everything, to put, at least, a little of water in the wine", (typical French expression calling for Moderation),  "Even if we didn't obtain something very Big" (in the key promise for a process of DeCentralisation of Power, in exchange of some other concessions from the Autonomists), "at least, we obtained Some Concessions". And, in general, in this as also in Other cases, "you never know if, what Exists Today, might Not Remain for Ever", he Warned all involved.


    + Meanwhile, "the CLRAE, which will hold its Next Plenary Session" in Strasbourg "in 3 Weeks" Time,is due to "Send a Team of about 30 Observers" for the forthcoming Local/Regional Elections in Ukraine, "and there are 10 People more, comming from the (CoE's) Parliamentary Assembly, who Asked to come Together with us", anounced to "EuroFora" the President of the PanEuropean Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE). "Because we have a crystal-clear legal Mandate for that", he concluded.


    => Finally, expressing the Wish of PanEuropean CoE's Competent body for Local/Regional DeCentralisation and Democracy, from the forthcoming Quadrilateral Summit on Ukraine, scheduled for Friday, President Frecon stressed that, - "What We (CLRAE) want, First of all, is that they all Sit around the Same Table" for Peace Talks, as he pointed out.


    - "So, at least the Russians and the current Ukranians Government should be there", together with France and Germany. And he acknowledged that, according to the Minsk Agreements, a "Dialogue" on  certain Crucial Key points, must include also Representatives of all sides, i.e. also or the Donetsk/Luhansk areas held by Autonomists, (Comp. Supra).

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    - "Naturally, Yes. But we know that this will be Difficult. That's why, even if we might not obtain, right from the Start, a Full Negotiation, but, at least, a kind of Partial Negotiation, then, it could be OK for us", i.e. for the PanEuropean Organisation of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, i.e. the CoE, President Jean-Claude Frecon concluded in fine, as thing stand Today.

 

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EU Vote : Strasbourg's Daul wins 3 landslides, guiding EPP in larger than expected European victory

Written by ACM
Sunday, 07 June 2009

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Guiding the largest Group of MEPs to a bigger than expected pan-European victory over exhausted or fragmented competitors, overcoming even the results of a scheduled split, and winning brillant scores at his home town : Strasbourg, region : Alsace, and country : France, Joseph Daul, the President of the European People's Party EPP/ChristianDemocrats, succeeded also to be both present in Brussels and Strasbourg at the same time, thanks to a duplex connexion...

Daul's EPP list got some 28%, clearly distancing PS' 23% in Strasbourg, despite a recently elected Socialist Mayor. More than 29%, compared to PS' less than 17%, in his Constituency : East. Some 33%, (i.e. almost double than "Greens"' 17% who follow), in his Region, Alsace. And his National Party : UMP clearly won in France with 28%, the PS following with only 16%, (equal to "Greens")..

More important, Daul's EPP Group inside EU Parliament, with some 265 MEPs kept a solid 1st place, much Higher than all other Groups, and even augmented its lead over Socialists, who lose many MEPs, falling down to some 160 MEPs only. Thus, he managed to succesfully overcome a scheduled split by British Conservatives and a few others who were added to various Independents at his right : About 90 MEPS searching an attachment. Most of them have already said that they would often vote together, according to selective agreements with the EPP Group.

In fact, it's Daul Group's Solidity, added to EPP candidate MEPs' gains in several EU Countries, which makes of the EPP a kind of "Center of Gravity" in the new EU Parliament (2009-2014), around which, various, more or less close circles of much smaller Groups can float, according to punctual or structural deals.

Many variations become, thus, possible : After losing more than 100 MEPs EU-wide, Socialists, with only 160 MEPs, cannot rely on a tiny (+6) augmentation of the small "Green" group (with only some 51 MEPs), nor on the diminished, 30 MEPs EuroLeft group, to challenge EU Parliament's powers wihout the EPP. But Liberals, despite losing some -20 MEPs, could, theoretically, add their remaining 80 MEPs to EPP's 265 MEPs or so, to get an absolute Majority. Unless EPP's 265-MEPs strong Group succeeds to attract at least some 70 MEPs from Small Groups as UEN, Ind/Dem and various others or Independents, which total more than 145 MEPs in all, to form another Majority, at the center-right..

Wisely, Daul has resisted to Journalists' questions in Strasbourg on who will be the next EU Parliament's President, (while also avoiding questions on EU Commission before June 7), arguying that "we must first see what the final outcome of the (June 2009) Elections will be".

Speculations focused on a choice between an agreement with Socialist Group's leader, Martin Schultz of Germany for a rotating presidency, as previously, or with Liberal Group's leader, Graham Watson from the UK. But other last-minute possibilities cannot be excluded.

If Cameron, the British Conservative party's leader, hadn't been pushed by some to try to make a small split Group out of the EPP (as in a remote Past), then, his MEPs would be Members of a most influential Group in EU Parliament, close to an Absolute Majority (EPP having, in this case, some 360 MEPs out of a total of 736)..

Schultz's confirmation, earlier to "EuroFora", that the PS would like to keep a "technical agreement" of the past with the EPP, (on a rotating chairmanship), wasn't a surprise. EU sources indicated that for the first 2,5 years, among EPP candidates might be vice-presidents Mario Mauro (Italy) or Poland's Buzek, etc., followed by PS' turn.

Watson is focusing on Political aspects :  Contrary to usual talk, now, (particurly if Lisbon Treaty enters soon into force), "it's not so much who will be the President of EU Commission, (i.e. Baroso or someone else) which matters. Because EU needs Political leadership from EU Council (i.e. National Governments) and/or EU Parliament", he told "EuroFora". 

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(See related Newstories on EU Elections at "EuroFora.net")

EU Commissioners Kuneva, Reding + Orban to "EuroFora" : "Enormous Potential to boom on-line !"

Written by ACM
Thursday, 07 May 2009

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EU has an "enormous Potential" for on-line Media, and EU intends to make it "boom" by "targetting the whole (European) on-line Market, and not just a segment", in order to "sell better for consumers and businesses" by facilitating EU Citizens' access through the promotion of their Rights,  Multi-linguism, etc. including by facing the challenge of Better Networks and Technologic Innovations, replied in substance EU Commissioners Meglena Kuneva, Viviane Reding and Leonard Orban, to "EuroFora"'s questions.

Observing that "some previous attempts to create On-line Media, even in Big EU Countries, did not work enough for the moment, at least not as in the USA" etc., "EuroFora" asked EU Commissioners about their views on the new perspectives opened now, thanks also to "EU efforts to help", "for the developpement of new On-line Media, on the entire EU-level".

-  "The EU On-line Market has an enormous potential, that we don't utilize enough", replied from the outset Reding

- "We (EU) want to bring this Market to a Boom", EU Commissioner on Information Society and Media stressed in her reply to "EuroFora"'s question on the development of new European On-line Media.

F.ex. about 50% of EU households already have a broadmand access, but less than ...7% of them use it to buy on the Internet, so that the current 106 Billion € on-line EU market income, even if huge, in fact doesn't represent but only a small fraction of what is possible in the EU, Reding observed.

"That's why we have to inform both businesses and users", she concluded in reply.

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EU Commissioner for Consumers' protection, Meglena Kuneva, also replied positively to "EuroFora"'s question on the current prospects for the development of On-line Media ;

- "It fits", Because "we (EU) are targetting the whole single on-line market" throughout all Europe. "As you can see, this is in the framework of our efforts : " "Digital Agenda for the entire On-line Market", as it's quite right written on screen".

 - So, "this is, indeed, our purpose  : To sell better to the On-line Market, both for Consumers and for Businesses", EU Commisioner Kuneva concluded in her reply to "EuroFora"'s question.

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Statistics reveal that, until now, the main obstacle was the lack of "Trust" by consumers to trans-border transactions on-line, mainly because they were afraid that the good they bought might not be as shown in the screen, or not delivered at all, as she said earlier. But, even if Kuneva added to "EuroFora" that "we are not targetting one or another segment of the on-line market,...so that she "wouldn't outline just one sector", in fact, this problem should normally not affect the on-line Media : Because there, the "delivery" is made not physically, at a later Date, but immediately on-line. (Fex. simply by opening access to part or all the content of "News", interactive exchanges, etc).

Reding and Kuneva had just presentented in a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg the "EYouGuide", a Practical, easy to read and use, EU Guide to Citizens' Rights in order to "Trust" as tranOn-line consumers at the Internet, available both in Leaflets and at : ec.europa.eu/eyouguide

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EU Commissioner for MultiLingualism, Leonard Orban, obviously was also Key-person for another main original characteristic behind "EuroFora" project, and any on-line Media that would target the entire EU, including also interactive content for its Readers with "Forums", etc.: The inevitable use of many Languages at the same time in parallel :

Questioned later by "EuroFora" on that precise point, EU Commissioner Orban said that "the challenge is huge, because EU has 23 official Languages to manage", and already the need for qualified interpretators is felt, particularly in many specialized fields, for qualified persons able to master even a scientific or legal terminology. Paradoxically, there is a problem for English speaking interpretors, but also others, since we face also the Competition of a Global Market, including fex. Afrika, Asia, etc.

- But Orban revealed to "EuroFora" that, recently, he had "brought together Scientists, Researchers, the Industry, Businesses, Experts, Politicians, Administrations, NGOs, etc. in order to find out all together what are the needs and the possibilities for the developpement of efficient New Technologies able to do Automatic Translations", including on-line.

Accurately multiply each sentence's automatic translation in 23 languages, as EU has to do, is obviously an immense task.

-"But we hope to arrive to an acceptable average level, mainly through Innovative technologies and organisation, in the following 5 Years", EU Commissioner Orban concluded to "EuroFora".

"EuroFora"'s members, users and readers would certainly urge EU Commission to try to do even better, and mainly faster, (even if it starts, at the beginning, at least in the main 3 or 5 EU Languages, to be followed later on by all the others). Because the practical needs for an easy, simple and efficient, on-line automatic translation is obviously vital for the free and good communication between EU Citizens, as well as for the development of a common European consciousnes.

EU echoes Sarkozy proposal for a common Economic + Security area for Turkey (+Russia), no accession

Written by ACM
Thursday, 07 May 2009
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    EU Rapporteur on Enlargment Strategy, maistream German MEP Elmar Brok, speaking to "EuroFora", welcomed the proposal made earlier this week by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the EU to"start Now Talks with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", instead of full Accession, at a period when Ankara looks more and more unfit and/or unwilling to respect EU conditions.

    - "For Europe to have strong Political will, it must stop dilutiing itself in an endless Enlargement. It must have borders...Diversities enrich, on the condition that they don't undermine European Cohesion, and don't weaken EU Unity", Sarkozy stressed.
    
    - "Countries like Turkey share a part of common destiny with Europe, with which they have a vocation to build a Privileged Relation, to be closely associated, but not to become Member of the EU"  : "Noone respects his friends by telling them lies. Noone respects his friends by making them promises that will be never kept", he added.

    That's why "we'd better start, from now, negotiating with Turkey to create a common Economic and Security area", Sarkozy proposed.

Significantly, the French President was repeatedly and largely applauded by EU citizens, 3 times, when he made the Turkey point, (strategically placed between Europe's "Political Will" and its cultural heritage, historically open to mutually enriching dialogue with all the World, but never diluted).

    - "We could propose such a great ambition also to Russia, which must not be percieved as an Adversary of Europe, but as a Partner. Thus, we'd create a wide area, of more than 800 Million inhabitants, sharing the same Security, the same Prosperity", he concluded.

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    Sarkozy's move was anounced at the eve of a Franco-German Top meeting with Chancellor Angie Merkel in Berlin on Sunday, to jointly launch the EU Elections campain, after an EU Summit at nearby Prague, to launch a new kind of relations, called "Eastern Partnership", with neighboring countries such as Urkaine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, etc, (to which Russia, reportedly, is not - and does not want to be - included).

    As for Ukraine, which has already expressed her wish to join the EU in future, "Kiev will have a special place, and a very important role to play", replied earlier this week in Strasbourg, to an "EuroFora" question EU Chairman in office , Czech vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra.

    - "This direction is more Realistic for Turkey than Accession negotiations", reacted immediately EU Parliament's Rapporteur for Enlargment Strategy, mainstream German MEP Elmar Brok, commenting Sarkozy's idea for "EuroFora"

     Particularly "as far as it concerns the respect of EU Rules by both sides", he added, hinting at Turkey's now obvious inability and/or unwillingness to abide with EU Acquis, EU Commitments (fex. on Cyprus, etc), and European Democracy/Human Rights rules. (Comp. infra).

    Brok added that, in his view, a similar proposal might be made also to Ukraine and other neighbouring Countries, regardless if they have, or not, a "European vocation". This would not necessarily mean that there couldn't be any accession prospects at all." for all the countries that might be included in this area, according to Brok.  But it's preferable, particularly for Turkey, "because it's a more Realistic approach than full Membership".

    On this point, Sarkozy's proposal, (which he'll share with German Chancellor Merkel), seems more crystal-clear.

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    - "Turkey does not fullfil EU Criteria, and will never fullfil EU Criteria" on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. "Some have been lying to Ankara, but we must tell the Truth, and have honest and close relations with her", said meanwhile to "EuroFora" on the same issue also the President of EU Parliament's largest Group of MEPs (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), Joseph Daul.
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"Hot" Debate at EU Parliament reveals CHANGE of mood towards "Suspension" of EU - Tukey talks.
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    Earlier this week, many MEPs, and even some of those who were previously in favor of Turkey's controversial EU bid, strongly criticized the persistance and even aggravation of serious Human Rights violations in the country, that ECHR continues to "unanimously" condemn ":

      - "After winning a big victory in the latest Local Elections, the pro-Kurdish party DTP almost doubled its Elected Mayors from 52 to 98", but afterwards "more than 400 politicians were thrown to Prison and prosecuted" by the Turkish Authorities, denounced on behalf of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group, Belgian MEP Frieda Brepoels.

     At the same time, "more than 1.500 Children are closed in Turkish Prisons", she added. "What will the EU Commission do" against these facts ?

- "Turkey appears to be at greater Distance away from Copenhagen Criteria after 4 Years of accession Negotiations, than when they started !", denounced on behalf of the Liberal Group, German MEP Alexander Lambsdorf.    

"On the central issue of Press Freedom, Critical Journalists face obstacles for their accreditation, others are prosecuted, condemned, fined and/or jailed, Media blocked or closed", he denounced.   

 - "EU Made 2 grave Mistakes with Turkey : To start accession negotiations, and to continue them", despite everything, criticized Dutch MEP Bastian Belder, on behalf of the Ind/Dem group.

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EU's Almunia to EuroFora on Eco Stimulus plans, before London G-Summit : Keep the Rules or Opt-out !

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
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    EU Commissioner on Economy and Finance, Joachin Almunia, replying to 3 "EuroFora" questions in Strasbourg before next week's London Global Summit, made it clear that all EU Member States must, more or less, respect EU Rules on the Monetary Stability Pact when they draft their Economic Stimulus policies, unless they want to "Opt-out" of EuroZone, as the UK has already done...

  Several EU Countries must correct imbalances in rather strict Time deadlines, and this is not an  "impossible task", but "a very possible and attainable task", as Almunia told us. But it's only the UK which could practically ignore EU's calls, "because of the Opt-out they have"....                                                                                                                                           

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       The issue got a larger, EU-wide and even Global Political dimension, one day later at EU Parliament, when USA's new President, Barack Obama's call on Europe to augment Spending against the Economic Crisis at the eve of G-20 Summit, was considered by some EU officials, (as EU chair, Czech Prime Minister Topolanek or EU Commission's President Baroso, etc), as partly deviant to Euro-Zone rules of the EU, whose priority now seems to be a new, multi-polar agreement on the Regulation of World's Financial Markets, to avoid similar abuses and crisis in the Future.  

 Even if he appeared as partly sparing for the moment some of EU's driving forces, as France or the UK, Spain, etc, who got more Time than others, Almunia stressed that, as a matter of principle, all EU Member States should comply with the same rules, applied according to the particular situation of each one of them.


        The results of EU Commission''s check on 5 EU Countries : France, the UK, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Cyprus, gave, at first, an impression to some that a "difference" was made "between EU Countries", as an Italian journalist said.

        F.ex. paradoxically, Greece seems to have, in comparison, some better indicators than other EU Countries checked this week :

    * Deficit in Greece, after reaching 3,7% of GDP in 2007, is estimated at 3,7% in 2008, over 3% in 2009, and exceeding 4% in 2010, according to EU Commission's forecast, (while the Greek Government tabled on just 3,2%). Only Cyprus does better, with a lower deficit than the threshhold of 3%.

    France comes next, whose deficit aims for 2009 and 2010 were revised upwards at 5,6% and 5,2%. In Spain, it's expected to arrive at 6,2% in 2009 and 5,7% in 2010.

    But in the UK, Deficit estimates mount at ..9,5% in 2009/10. In Ireland, the deficit already reached 6,3% in 2008, and is expected to rise up to 11% in 2009, and 13% in 2010 !

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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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