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Newropeans supports the petition 'No to Tony Blair as President of the European Union'

by franck biancheri Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 06:33:55 AM EST

Newropeans invites all its members and supporters to sign the petition 'No to Tony Blair as President of the European Union' which has been initiated by 'The European Tribune'.

Newropeans believes that it is a very healthy sign for European democracy that European citizens feel the need to express their opinions on the choices of future key EU leaders.

At the same time, we fully agree to the criticims that the petition's initiators express about Tony Blair. He in no way reflects European values and does not embody the European spirit.  The role of the future president is to drive European policies and represent the EU in the world.
Blair's past political career on various occasions put him into straight opposition of European values. It gives him no legitimacy to take this prominent position.

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[editor's note, by Migeru] Fold inserted here for the front page.
If the Lisbon Treaty enters into force, the future EU President will be nominated in an intransparent and undemocratic way, namely a horse-trading process between the heads of state and government. In its electoral programme for the European Elections of June 2009, Newropeans makes new suggestions how to select the future political leader of the EU and how the EU executive can be nominated in a way that it enjoys full democratic legitimacy among the European citizens and is capable of efficient and transparent trans-European action. Newropeans furthermore wants the European executive to be fully accountable for all of its activities, which will not be the case with the Lisbon Treaty.
Read our proposal here.

Newropeans is the first trans-European Political party participating in the European elections. Newropeans is a reform party with a 10/15 year focus and wants to strengthen European democracy.

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Franck is the President of Newropeans, and I'm quite pleased to see Newropeans support this petition.

I have edited the text to make the links clickable in the text.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 05:45:15 AM EST
Why a "margouillat" on the logo ? (just curious)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 05:48:40 AM EST
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The salamander is a symbol of the `Renaissance'. Renaissance is an important historical reference for us - a period marking the transition from medieval to modern times, a humanistic movement reviving intellectual, artistic, philosophical achievements which spread throughout Europe.


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 05:51:22 AM EST
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Thank you... I missed that one !
So it's a salamander the "margouillat"'s noble cousin :-)
I saw it "tagged" in several places in Germany and was wondering why...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 06:10:38 AM EST
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Was just about to suggest the same edit.

I have to read the Newropean 16 proposals in depth, but it is good to see these movements growing.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 05:49:41 AM EST
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thank you all for your kind words.
Here are some factual elements given by our members operating Newropeans'e-systems.
This communiqué has been already directly sent to more than 25.000 European citizens, in 12 languages.
I hope that it will help your initiative to succeed.
best regards
Franck
by franck biancheri (president@newropeans.eu) on Fri Feb 15th, 2008 at 04:37:25 AM EST
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Awesome. Thank you, Franck, thank you, Newropeans!
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 06:11:47 AM EST
Welcome to European Tribune, Franck!

Thanks for your support!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 06:42:57 AM EST
Frank, nice to see you around, I hope this may be a first post of many.

I like Tony Blair, he as an European conscience, which is an important quality in an Englishman. I believe he had an important role in the success of the Treaty of Lisbon.

I dislike his politics. The Third Way was nothing more than Liberalism wrapped up in rosy paper.

I'm against Blair's nomination for President of the Council because of his actions on the invasion of Iraq. At that time he clearly took an anglo-centric path against the common European good. Showing short memory now would be a wrong sign from the EU citizens.

luis_de_sousa@mastodon.social

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 09:21:08 AM EST
Hi, I don't like Tony Blair. But we two, you and I, will be friends.

It's Vincit omnia veritas.

by PerCLupi on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 10:06:00 AM EST
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Welcome to European Tribune, PerCLupi! I hope this the first of many coments...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 01:41:05 PM EST
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Welcome to ET, PerCLupi!

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 01:42:16 PM EST
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To Melanchton, too.
Thanks. I do not know whether I will have something to comment on. But it is "the beginning of a great friendship."
And I wonder: In what world we live in when there are many signatories stopblair, they have to sign as "anonymous"? Are we in a world where people live with fear?
Why do you know I am a new member?
by PerCLupi on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:34:40 PM EST
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We have an official new member welcoming committee!

It's easy enough, your user number is visible, and your comments are also visible to all through your profile page. So, melanchton and metivision could see that this was your first comment.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:39:57 PM EST
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We have an official new member welcoming committee!

Really, nanne? That's wonderful!
I knew you alls. But not as an user.

by PerCLupi on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 04:06:59 PM EST
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No, it is not official. But we do make a point of welcoming new users when we notice them.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 04:09:27 PM EST
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Hi, Migeru! It's no official because I don't have flowers.
by PerCLupi on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 04:19:07 PM EST
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are not really anonymous - they had to provide a name and email, but chose not to have their name displayed on the public list.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:47:57 PM EST
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Thanks, Jerôme. But the question is the same. I know you.
by PerCLupi on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:55:17 PM EST
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Welcome, Franck.

I've been following LEAP for some time. It is well based and bold, two qualities which are hard to combine.
It is a great pleasure to see you here.

by findmeaDoorIntoSummer on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 02:27:50 PM EST
The petition against Blair as a EU president was the original reason why I came to eurotrib.
Has anybody an idea how realistic this is? I mean how concrete any plans are?
As far as I know Angela Merkel's favourit is Jean Claude Juncker and Sarkozy's choice would be Blair, but does anybody know who is favoured e.g. by the Italians, the Spaniards, or the Polonians.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:22:20 PM EST
There's basically no knowing. If Brown also decides to back Blair and Merkel can be convinced, it will come down to someone being willing to stand strong and veto him.

There are elections in Spain (march) and Italy (april) before this will be decided, and if the right wins, Blair's chances will shoot up.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:34:27 PM EST
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And Fini's favorite is Aznar. Any less of a photo of the Azores. As a matter of principle. And principles.
The world goes wrong. But they have made that he is worse. What they have introduced is not bad, is perverse.
by PerCLupi on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 03:49:33 PM EST
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is here:

http://www.newropeans.eu/spip.php?article1038&lang=en


In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 12th, 2008 at 05:33:05 PM EST
Thank you for your support, Franck.

I think the petition is a good thing, but I don't think it's "a good sign", at least not for the reason you state.European Tribune - Newropeans supports the petition 'No to Tony Blair as President of the European Union'

Newropeans believes that it is a very healthy sign for European democracy that European citizens feel the need to express their opinions on the choices of future key EU leaders.
It is a good thing that European citizens reach across borders and express their opinions on the future direction of the European Union. It is, however, a bad sign that we feel we can't trust our governments to make the right choice (or, at least, not to make a disastrous choice) when defining the position of the Council President and appointing its first holder.

That is worrying, and because the Council President appointment is entirely up to the Council with no "checks and balances" from the Commission or the Parliament all we have left is to rouse public opinion to give our governments pause. Not exactly a good thing, though a good thing may come out of it if we manage to engage more European citizens in the nascent European Public sphere.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 15th, 2008 at 04:43:03 AM EST
I fully agree with you. That's exactly why we are building Newropeans. -)
kind regards.
Franck
by franck biancheri (president@newropeans.eu) on Sat Feb 16th, 2008 at 04:47:59 AM EST
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