vendredi 23 novembre 2007
jeudi 22 novembre 2007
12.00 - Meetings with Qadora Fares and Mohamed Horami, members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and close associates from Marwan Barghouti
14.00 - Debate with young Palestinians from the Young Palestinian Forum for Cooperation
mercredi 21 novembre 2007
10.00 - Discussion meeting with students for European studies at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva (organised by Dr Sharon Pardo and Michal Eskenazy)
12.00 Lunch with the Centre for the study of European politics and society
13.00 - Taxi drive-back to Tel-Aviv
16.00 - Visit to the Reut Institute : policy planning think-tank
18.30 - Participation to a conference on the possible outcomes of the Annaopolis Peace Summit (Geneva Initiative)
mardi 20 novembre 2007
We do what they are not doing. The lack - and the urgency - of a real European policy for the Middle East is quite evident, and underlined by every independent observer.
The US-led peace process has failed, and Europe needs to assume its role in its neighbourhoods, but today's EU doesn't react: that's why Newropeans already launches a series of meetings and initiatives in Israel and Palestine, starting with this week's first steps by Franck Biancheri, Newropeans' President.
The next generation of European leaders is already preparing the ground for a new, strong political presence of the European Union in the Middle East
On Tuesday, November 20th Biancheri met with Arab and Jewish students in Jerusalem, he took part at the opening of the “Crossing Borders Club” (http://www.crossingborder.org) at the Hebrew University, he had long and intense discussions with Labour and Kadima MPs.
On Wednesday, he travels to Beer Shiva, and back in Tel Aviv he explains Newropeans' point of view on the Annapolis Peace Summit and its possible outcomes; on Thursday, he'll have several meetings in Ramallah, with members of the Palestinian Legislative Council namely; on Friday, again meetings, conferences, debates in Tel Aviv...
Biancheri's return to Europe is scheduled for Saturday morning, just one week ahead of an important Newropeans' Executive Committee meeting (followed by the Agora) in Madrid, where the party's next steps have to be decided.
Franck Biancheri, who 20 years ago founded Aegee (the first Europe-wide student's network) and saved the Erasmus program from a premature death, knows very well that the peaceful future of this region is in the hands of its young generations: that's why, during his trip, he gives a particular attention to students and their networks.
Newropeans (http://www.newropeans.eu) is the first ever trans-European party without any national base, it's not left nor right, it is a completely new type of organization. It's a time-limited party: once the proposed reforms will be done and European union will become more democratic, the party will dissolve, leaving the new democratic arena to other competitors.
Newropeans programme: http://www.newropeans.eu/spip.php?article=22&lang=en
Newropeans' EU foreign policy: http://www.newropeans.eu/article.php3?id_article=890&lang=en
Newropeans in the Middle East: http://newropeans-nipi.blogspot.com/
(the same blog in French) : http://newropeans-nipi-fr.blogspot.com/
11.00 - Political meeting with MK Yahanan Plesner (Kadima)
Tour of Knesset
14.00 - Discussion meeting with Jewish and Arab students, opening of the Crossing Borders club at the Hebrew University
16.00 - ERASMUS meeting with Prof.Haim Rabinovitch, Rector of the Hebrew University
17.45 - Meeting with MK Ephraim Sneh (Travailliste), Member, Foreign affairs & Defence Committee
It is time for the Europeans as well as for the Israelis and the Palestinians to aknowledge four facts:
. first that the peace process under US leadership has failed,
. second that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is directly affecting the neighbourhood of the EU,
. third that the EU has to use more effectively its growing economical, monetary and cultural influence in the region,
. fourth that the European Union experience in terms of integration of diverse cultures; religions an nationalities, if brought with modesty and under control of both Israelis and Palestinians civil societies, can be relevant for shaping up long term solutions.
The Newropeans are the 'sabras' of the EU, born after the Treaty of Rome, in an already existing united Europe. It may come with no surprise too many that they therefore develop a very innovative vision of the role of the EU in the world; an first of all in this region which is at the same time very closed to the EU geographically and historically, and, due to its current divisions, very far from the EU's vision of relations between people.
For my third trip to the region, I am certain that I will learn a lot from the meetings and conferences prepared by the the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation an their Palestinian partners. These organizations and their members perfectly embody what we believe, in Newropeans, to be the best 'future builders' for the region. With their support and the inputs from all those who have accepted to discuss with me during this trip, I hope to help Newropeans define and adopt by Spring 2008 a very clear strategy for the EU in this region, for the next 20 years. One thing is certain, this outcome will be largely translated, circulated and discussed throughout the 27 Member states, during the Newropeans campaign for the June 2009 elections to the European Parliament.
Franck Biancheri (President of Newropeans) - Paris, November 18, 2007