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German Defense minister and Belgium ostracized PM to lead EU

The globalist Belgian Prime minister  who caused meltdown of his government over illegal migration issue, has been selected by the EU leaders to become its next Council president.

Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, has been proposed to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission president.

 

Belgium government turmoil over Migrant Compact

Belgium Interior Minister Jan Jambon of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) confirmed on Sunday (9/12/2018) that he, along with the party’s other ministers would resign over disagreement with Prime minister Charles Michel over signature of Global Comapact on migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, at UN-led conference scheduled for Monday, December 10.

It’s clear,” he told to RTBF, following hours of uncertainty.

The decision means Charles Michel will lead a minority government for the five months before parliamentary elections scheduled for late May.

He will now have to appoint ministers to replace those held by the N-VA — which had been the largest of the coalition’s four parties — including the interior, finance, defence and migration portfolios.

In power for four years, the coalition has often been riven over the N-VA’s anti-migration positions.

Party leader Bart De Wever issued an ultimatum to Michel on  Saturday night, suggesting the N-VA would leave the coalition if the Prime minister flew to a UN conference in Marrakesh on Sunday to endorse the pact.

Michel stood firm, saying he would represent Belgium in Marrakesh as the “head of state of a responsible coalition”.

A ‘last attempt’ cabinet meeting was held late Saturday, but failed to overcome the differences between the parties.

The non-binding UN accord, which would promote a common global approach to migrant flows, has become notorious  for European anti-immigration parties.

It was initially supported by all four parties in Belgium‘s coalition, but the N-VA changed its position in late October.

The crisis had been going on for several weeks before bursting into the open when Prime minister Michel, a Liberal, turned to parliament after failing to unite his government behind the pact.

The N-VA and the far-right Vlaams Belang party voted against the accord.

The draft UN pact lays down 23 objectives, claiming to open up legal migration and better management of a global flow of 250 million people in need.

The United States refused the talks on the pact last year, joined by a number of European countries like  Hungary, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Australia, and Croatia.

Coburn: PM Michel spoke in ‘unfortunate’ time

David COBURN MEP (UK, UKIP) comments of #FutrureofEurope debate with Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, and massive failure of MEPs to show up at Brussels hemicycle.

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Michel listed three imperatives: fostering prosperity, delivering security and protecting fundamental values. The UKIP group criticized the position of PM, pointing out that he avoided to mention the major EU ‘accident’ of Brexit, and rising euroscepticism. The disappointed citizens vote for parties defending nation-state idea, turning away from globalist pan-European structures. The UKIP vows the UK is not the last member to leave the Union, but a first one in a process of the dismantling of obsolete, bureaucratic construction.

Michel: ‘multi-speed’ Europe means ‘avantguard’

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel debated the future of Europe with MEPs and and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday, May 3.

“I want a strong Europe that acts where it can add real value“, Michel said,  calling on the EU to “persuade with an ideal and concrete results… European, national, regional and local democracies must complement and reinforce each other“.

Michel listed three imperatives: fostering prosperity, delivering security and protecting fundamental values. Putting our public finances in order, delivering economic and social reforms, taking security measures and promoting peace are an endless battle to serve the European ideal and European citizens, he stressed, calling for a “culture of results” and efforts to ”release the exceptional potential of our continent”.

The EU “can be the motor of a reinvigorated multilateralism that takes the great challenges facing humanity: peace and security, development and global warming”, he added.

Michel also defended the idea of ‘multi-speed’ Europe, defining it as chance to accelerate, and take initiatives: “the major achievements are often a fruit of avantgarde’, he claimed.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani stressed the importance of these debates with European leaders, which ”enable us to look ahead at what we can do together: member states, Commission and European Parliament.

A few of Parliament’s group leaders praised Michel’s commitment to a strong Europe that delivers  added value to citizens, referring to the city of Brussels not only as the capital of Belgium, but also as the heart of the Europe.

Others used the country’s war-torn past to explain why the Belgian people have developed a “passion” for the European project, and cited Belgium’s federal structure as evidence that a strong Europe not only needs strong nations, but also prosperous regions. Michel confirmed the “loyalty” of his country to NATO, but also to the European defence “within” the Alliance.

MEPs also underlined the need for more European solutions to combat tax evasion, strengthen EU’s external borders and boost European defence.

The next European head of government to discuss the future of Europe with MEPs will be Xavier Bettel, Prime minister of Luxembourg, on 30 May in Strasbourg.

 

Michel talks to Trump without taboo

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel (Reformist Movement party) has had talks with the US President Donald Trump for over an hour in Brussels Royal palace. Afterwards, the Prime Minister refered to a “warm encounter”, without taboos . “We did not speak a diplomatic language,” said the Prime Minister.
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Michel emphasized in the conversation, inter alia, the importance that Belgium attached to NATO. “We made it clear that the NATO is not an outdated organization,” Michel said, referring to statements made by Trump during the election campaign. (Belgium hosts headquarters of the Alliance since the organisation moved out from headquarters in France in Versailles and Fontainebleau on 1 April 1967). Migrant crisis, relations with Russia, and counterterrorism were the major international issues discussed.
Although not the biggest of Kingdoms, Belgium is a big investor in the US economy: it is on the 13th place, ahead of China, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile Belgium is also a big importer of the US goods: the fourth in Europe, and 10th in the world. One more significant issue was discussed: a mutual employment.

Benelux attempts to make up with V4

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The Benelux countries – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – invited Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia for talks in the Netherlands on the future of the European Union, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at press conference after the Informal Summit of the EU in Brussels.

The Dutch meeting between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ states will take place ahead of the  historical meeting in Rome on March 25 to celebrate the EU’s 60th anniversary and  discuss a new concept of the EU. A few scenarios have been proposed in White paper presented by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, with the winning at the moment ‘multi-speed’ Europe, proposing different levels and intensity of integration processes among the member-states. An issue Juncker claimed was on the agenda since the times he “entered the European politics”.

The trio of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Rutte told reporters they initiated the meeting of  the Benelux countries to engage in a action to play a positive role in shaping the future of the EU.

“We have decided to invite the members of the Visegrad (V4) countries to come to the Netherlands to have a meeting jointly with the Benelux and later this year we will also have a meeting with the three Baltic countries, also to discuss the future of the European Union,” Rutte said, commenting of the invitation of the V4: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

The Benelux invitation follows a standing conflict between Polish government and the other 27 leaders of the EU over the re-appointment of incumbent Donald Tusk for the second term as the EU Council president, which Warsaw  opposed, motivating by Tusk failure to keep impartiality,  actively supporting the opposition, using his high status.

As a result of the opposition the official Summit conclusions were not signed by Polish Prime Minister Beata Shidlo in an asymmetrical answer to the neglect to Polish concerns. The snubbing that might cost  a lot to the EU projet, already suffering from the rise of eurosceptic parties, blaming the EU to abandoning the citizens for all kind of “other” interests.

 

 

Pence to visit Brussels in February

The Prime Minister Charles Michel, confirmed this week that the US Vice-President Mike Pence will come to Brussels this month.
The two men will meet on Sunday February 19th, over a working dinner given over to the bilateral relationship between Belgium and the US, as much as the institutions in Europe.
On Thursday, the White House announced the first visit to Europe of the Vice-President.

He will also be going to Germany to the 53rd Security Conference in Munich, taking place from February 17th to February 19th, before meeting the leaders of the European institutions on Monday February 20th.  “We have worked through diplomatic channels in an intense and discreet manner”, – PM Michel said.