60 Candles for Europe…


 

…and then?!

On 25 March EU will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome. On that day, to celebrate together the beginning of a long journey at the Orazi and Curiazi Hall of the Capitol, the very place where the Treaties were signed in 1957. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the state of the European Union and the future of the integration process.

First, this will be an opportunity to celebrate European history together and take stock of sixty years of integration. It is no secret that the historical moment we are facing requires deeper and more solid reflection on the challenges for the Union in the short and medium term: we refer to internal and external security (with particular reference to migration), to growth and employment and to social development. After the celebratory session, we intend to adopt a political declaration reaffirming the validity of the European integration project, and setting out a joint vision for the years to come.

The leaders of 27 member states and of EU institutions will adopt a political declaration in Rome, reaffirming their commitment to continue to work together within the European Union. The declaration will look back at achievements over the last 60 years, set out a number challenges and offer a joint vision for the years to come. Leaders are expected to commit themselves to a ‘Rome Agenda’ pledging to work for
1) a safe and secure Europe,
2) a prosperous and sustainable Europe,
3) a social Europe,
4) a stronger Europe on the global scene.

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From Winter Icy Turn to Spring Warming?


 

EU – Turkey Relations : On the agenda of the EP April Session

MEPs will discuss the state of play in Turkey, in particular the upcoming referendum, during the April plenary in Strasbourg.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs calls on the Committee on International Trade, as the committee responsible, to incorporate 11 suggestions into its motion for a resolution inter alia;

The modernisation and effective implementation of the Customs Union will further strengthen the already strong economic ties between Turkey and the European Union and will keep Turkey economically anchored to the EU;

Contribute to both sides engaging in a positive reform agenda while mitigating political tensions with Ankara on the deteriorating situation of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the country;

Because; democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms; EU-Turkey trade relations are and must remain based on mutual respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; Include a clause on human rights and fundamental freedoms in the upgraded C U making them a key conditionality;

The C U can only reach its full potential if Turkey fully implements the Additional Protocol vis-à-vis all Member States; Turkey continue not to open Turkish ports to Cypriot vessels and failed to apply to Cyprus the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement;

The C U cannot be considered a direct or indirect replacement of accession talks;

Upgraded Customs Union could help Turkey to overcome the challenges it faces, and contribute to stabilising Turkey and providing growth for its citizens, if the necessary reforms are made by the government and Turkey returns to the path of democracy and the restoration of the rule of law;

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Protecting children affected by the refugee crisis…


 

Main challenges for migrant and refugee children in Europe

The fields raise serious concern:

Identification and age assessment

Registration and guardianship

Adequate reception conditions including preventing and responding effectively to disappearances

Alternatives to detention for families and suitable alternative care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children

Accurate information, quality legal aid and access to child-friendly procedures

Preventing and responding to violence, trafficking and exploitation

Education and integration measures

Access to health services

Relocation and resettlement

Family reunification

Statelessness

Transition to adulthood

The [SRSG,]carried out four fact-finding missions to Greece and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, northern France (Calais and Grande-Synthe) and Italy.

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One Year Later : Quo Vadis EU-Turkey Deal?


 

Can it be maintained?

EU-Turkey statement on refugees, providing a summary of the current situation. The answer to the question of whether it can, inter alia depends on:
Domestic issues in Turkey and the further deterioration of the country’s safety conditions.
The possibility of serious social unrest between Turks and Syrians.
The Turkish government’s reaction to unfulfilled promises.
Mostly on the current state of the relations between the EU and Turkey.

All these points are vital for the deal to remain on track and they largely depend on domestic conditions in Turkey and Greece, the two key countries involved in the deal, in addition to on the relations between Turkey and the EU. Even if the deal survives for a while more, outsourcing the problem can never be a permanent or long-term solution.

EU-Turkey statement should merely be considered a stop-gap measure that must be replaced with a more stable and longer-term strategy. However, facing one of the most critical electoral years in the EU’s history, it is unrealistic to expect a fair assessment of the current situation.

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OY!LATMA


 

Halkın sömürüldüğü «irrasyonel demokrasi»den, rasyonelliğe dönüşüme ne dersiniz?

İnsanların çok azı düşünür, pek çoğu hissetmeyi düşünce sanır. Hissedenlerin sayısı arttıkça, düşünenlerin sayısı azalır. Düşünmek; kılı kırk yarma çabasıdır. yorucudur, kuşku uyandırıcıdır. Oysa inanmak; rahatlatıcıdır, güven vericidir.

Ne var ki inanmak; okumadan, gözü kapalı imzalamak, onaylamaktır. Görmeden görmüş, işitmeden işitmiş gibi olmaktır. Sorumluluktan kurtulmak değil, yağmurdan kaçarken doluya tutulmaktır.Vebali ertelemektir.

Gelelim, tıp bilgisinden yoksun hasta çoğunluğuna teşhis koydurup onlardan yetki alarak, tedaviye kalkma önerisine, diğer deyişi ile; Rasyonel Demokrasi tesisine…

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İçimizdeki «Şeytanlar… »


 

Uyma şeytanın sözlerine düşersin cehennemin közlerine!

Aman Tanrım, Cehennem boşalmış, ne kadar iblis varsa referandum kampanyasında görevlendirilmiş – Anonim; Şeytan, ona uymamız için yalvarıyor, peki biz çok iyi insanlar olduğumuzdan mı onu kıramıyoruz! – Aldous Huxley; Kimi vakit hâlimize Melekler imrenir; gün gelir bakınca hâlimize, Şeytan bile iğrenir – Mevlâna; İblisin iki adı vardır; biri Şeytan, öteki yalan – Victor Hugo: Basma cahilin izine; uyma Şeytanın sözüne – Ruhsati; İblis, en büyük kötülüğü yapacağı an, Tanrıyı kullanır, işleteceği günâha ilahi nitelik kazandırır – W.Shakespeare; Kin, nefret ve zorbalık İblisi dışlamaz, tersine içinize iter – Alexis Kivi; Şeytan yalancıdır; akılları karıştırmak için yalan söyler; saldırma zamanı gelince de yalanları gerçekle karıştırır, kafaları iyice bulandırır. Saldırı psikolojiktir – Anonim; Başa giyilen sarığın altı boşsa – beyinsizse – sarık Şeytanınkidir – Sufyan Es-Sevri…

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«İnsanlık Mahallesi»nde, Kahveler dopdolu…


 

…Çaresizlik!

Sigara dumanı izmarit ve adam dolu kahveler…
Masa sandalye faraş
Ve yavaş yavaş tükenen insanlarla dolu kahveler…
Millet kahvede.
Millet aç.
Açlarını doyurmak için tüketmiş kendini koca bir Millet…
O ne menem bir acıdır açlık acısı
Bilemezsiniz!
Yıl yıl ay ay saat saat kabaran bir acıdır o.
Onu sen açlara sor, kendine sor…
Açlığın suratımızda şaklayan kırbacıdır o…
Devlet eziği, dışlanmış,
Gömügömüverirler hırsızlar:
Aydını…
Aydınlığı…
Işığı…
Sanatı…
İnsanlığı kendi zindanlarına…
Ama ne gam?
Güne çıra olmadan inse de akşam:
Doğacak elbette iki binli yılların şafağına bir güneş gibi…
Zengin yalnızlığında unutulmuş
Bu yoksul,
Bu çaresiz, olan…

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