Francis Tells European Union To Increase Its Worldly Importance

Francis Tells European Union To Increase Its Worldly Importance

Pope Francis invited again the anti-Catholic journalist and pro-abortion activist Eugenio Scalfari (93) for an interview. The full interview, published in the anticlerical La Repubblica, is accessible only for subscribers. It seems that Francis spoke exclusively about politics. Among others he recommends, that the European Union becomes as quickly as possible a federal state, because “otherwise it will not be of any importance in the world.”

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  1. [Google English translation of what you get can get from La Repubblica before you have to put a coin in the slot for the rest]

    Scalfari interview with Francis: “My cry at the G20 on migrants”

    I talk to the Pope in Santa Marta: “I fear the danger of dangerous alliances between the Powers. We, you know, we are the main and unfortunately growing problem in today’s world, that of the poor, the weak, excluding “

    08 July 2017

    Last Thursday I received a phone call from Pope Francis. It was around noon and I was at the newspaper when my phone rang and a voice greeted me: it was her Holiness. I recognized it right away. “Could he come today, at four o’clock?” I will definitely be there.

    I rushed home and at three and three quarters I was in the small Santa Marta lounge. The Pope came a minute later. We embraced and then, sitting face to face, we began to exchange ideas, feelings, analysis of what is happening in the Church and then in the world.

    Pope Francis told me he was very worried about the summit of the “G20”. “I fear there are very dangerous alliances between Powers who have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Russia and Assad in the Syria War.” What is the danger of these covenants, Holiness? “The danger concerns immigration. We, you know, are the main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today, that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, of whom the emigrants are part. Are countries where the majority of the poor do not come from the migratory currents but from the social calamities of the country, others have few poor local but fear the invasion of migrants, which is why the G20 worries me. ”

    Do you think, Holiness, that in global society like the one in which we live the mobility of the peoples are increasing, poor or not as poor as they are? “Do not let the illusions: the poor peoples have as attractive the continents and countries of ancient wealth, especially Europe.” I too have thought of this issue several times and came to the conclusion that not only, but also for this reason, Europe must assume a federal structure as soon as possible. The laws and political behaviors that derive from it are decided by the federal government and the federal parliament, not from the individual confederate countries. She has repeatedly raised this issue several times, even when she spoke to the European Parliament. “It’s true, I’ve raised it several times.” And he has received many applause and even ovations. “Yes, that is so, but unfortunately it means very little, they will do so if they realize a truth: or Europe It becomes a federal community or it will not count anything in the world. “

  2. [More about/from the interview]

    Pope Francis warns of ‘dangerous alliances’ among G20 powers

    Pope Francis warned leaders of the world’s top 20 economies meeting in Hamburg against forming dangerous and distorting alliances that could harm the poor and migrants, in an article in Italian daily La Repubblica on Saturday

    By: Reuters | Published: July 8, 2017

    Pope Francis warned leaders of the world’s top 20 economies meeting in Hamburg against forming dangerous and distorting alliances that could harm the poor and migrants, in an article in Italian daily La Repubblica on Saturday.”The G20 worries me, it hits migrants in countries in half of the world and it hits them even more as time goes by,” the Pope was quoted as saying in a conversation with the paper’s founder Eugenio Scalfari. Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, said he was afraid of “very dangerous alliances among (foreign) powers that have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, (Vladimir) Putin and (Bashar al-)Assad in the war in Syria.”
    He said the greatest danger concerned immigration, with “the poor, the weak, the excluded and the marginalized” juxtaposed with “those who… fear the invasion of migrants”.European Union states are at odds over how to cope with a huge influx of migrants, much-fleeing war and poverty in countries Syria, Afghanistan and other countries.

    On top of resolving the differences over trade and climate change Angela Merkel, chancellor of G20 host nation Germany, is expected to lead discussions on this issue.Pope Francis was also quoted as saying Europe should adopt a federal structure as soon as possible or “it won’t count for anything in the world”In May the 79-year old Argentine urged Europe not to see migrants as criminals.

  3. Francis: “Pope Francis warned leaders of the world’s top 20 economies meeting in Hamburg against forming dangerous and distorting alliances that could harm the poor and migrants.”

    How about “alliances with the Devil, the father of lies”, you bonehead?

  4. As more of the interview becomes available in English, it gets worse; for example, from CNS (C for “Conservative” not “Catholic”):

    Pope Francis Says America Has ‘a Distorted Vision of the World’

    ( / July 8, 2017 – Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday that the United States of America—and Russia, China and North Korea—have “a distorted vision of the world”–(“una visione distorta del mondo,” as reported in Italian by La Repubblica).

    The pope made the observation in an interview with La Repubblica reporter Eugenio Scalfari.

    “Last Thursday, I got a call from Pope Francis,” Scalfari reported. “It was about noon, and I was at the newspaper when my phone rang.”

    He said the pope wanted to see him at four that afternoon, according to a Google translation of the Italian report.

    “Pope Francis told me to be very concerned about the meeting of the G20.” Scalfari wrote.

    “I am afraid there are very dangerous alliances between powers who have a distorted view of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Russia and Assad in the war in Syria,” the pope said.

    As printed in Italian in La Repubblica, the pope said: “Temo che ci siano alleanze assai pericolose tra Potenze che hanno una visione distorta del mondo: America e Russia, Cina e Corea del Nord, Russia e Assad nella guerra di Siria.”

    As translated into English by Agence France Presse, which picked up the story, Pope Francis told La Repubblica: “I worry about very dangerous alliances between powers which have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Syria’s Bashar al-) Assad over the war in Syria.”

    “The danger concerns immigration,” the pope continued to La Repubblica, as translated by AFP. “Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants.”

    “This is why the G20 worries me: It mainly hits immigrants,” Pope Francis said, according to AFP.

    In the same interview, according to La Repubblica, Pope Francis said that Europe must take on a “federal structure.”

    “I also thought many times to this problem and came to the conclusion that, not only but also for this reason, Europe must take as soon as possible a federal structure,” the pope said, according to the Google translation of the La Repubblica article.

  5. This is all about big, bad, nationalist-populist Donald Trump. Pinko pope recommends forming a European Soviet Socialist Republic, i.e., European countries hand over their sovereignty to the EU.

    In Victory For Merkel, G20 Reach Compromise On Trade But Trump Holds Out On Climate

    World leaders meeting at the G-20 summit in Germany have agreed on almost every aspect of the joint communique, where in a victory for Merkel they vowed to fight protectionism and secure fair trade seeking to defuse President Donald Trump’s threats of unilateral measures the WSJ reported; they have so far failed, however, on a compromise position in the section on climate where the United States is pushing for a reference to fossil fuels, European Union officials said according to Reuters.

    In the end it was “all against Trump”: as the WSJ puts it, “securing Mr. Trump’s support for the G-20 communiqué, to be released later Saturday, as the president threatens to undermine the international order with his “America First” policies, is emerging as a rallying cry as the two-day gathering in Germany draws to a close.”

    For the head of the global diplomatic “resistance” against Trump and the so-called new “leader of the free world” Angela Merkel, the summit was an opportunity to show off her diplomatic skills ahead of a federal election in September, when she is seeking a fourth term in office. She treated the leaders to a concert at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie on Friday night, where they listened to Beethoven while their aides began their all night slog to work out a consensus on trade that had eluded the leaders.

    The communique comes after weeks of fears that Merkel, this year’s G20 president, might fail to achieve an agreement in the face of the disputes generated by Donald Trump by his criticisms of free trade and international cooperation and, especially, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord, which the other 19 G-20 states support.

    The consensus statement was drafted after “marathon meetings” resulted in compromises on deploying defensive measures for balanced trade and a recognition of the U.S.’s split from the other G-20 members on climate change. The officials said aides had worked until 2 a.m. to finalize the G-20 communique, overcoming differences on trade after U.S. officials agreed to language on fighting protectionism.

    The G-20 agreement also follows days of continuous effort trying to reconcile disputes between the US and other nations while also taking account of the German Chancellor’s pledge to make clear important differences. According to the FT, the result will allow Merkel to claim a success even though the meeting has been overshadowed by violent anti-G20 demonstrations in Hamburg, and where the spotlight was on the first meeting between Trump and Putin.

    Another official from a European delegation said the talks had shown that a new international consensus on economic issues could be slowly rebuilt despite the challenges thrown by Mr. Trump’s election.

    “All things considered, my impression is that we’re getting back in small steps in many areas to a greater degree of business as usual,” the official said. The U.S. wasn’t alone in having different views on trade, the official added, pointing at the consensus on securing a level playing field as a common stance forged at the summit.

    According to the FT, Berlin is also highlighting the opportunities given for bilateral meetings among world leaders, including the first face-to-face encounter between Mr Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, which the two men described as “constructive”.

    In addition to agreements over trade and migration, the communique includes commitments to address global overcapacity in steel, which could help defuse growing tension in the sector: the US has been considering sanctions against rival producers and the EU is preparing to retaliate, raising risks of a trade war.

    With the final statement almost nailed down, the summit marked a diplomatic success for Merkel as she finessed differences with U.S. President Donald Trump, who arrived at the two-day summit isolated on a host of issues, and who was far more focused on his meeting with Putin. Even so he made a point of congratulating Merkel for her hosting: “You have been amazing and you have done a fantastic job. Thank you very much chancellor,” Trump said.

    Meanwhile, Trump on Friday said he found chemistry in his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two presidents discussed alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election but agreed to focus on future ties rather than dwell on the past, a result that was sharply criticized by leading Democrats in Congress.

    * * *

    Trump’s bromance with Putin aside, on Saturday, the G-20 was delighted that Trump did not destroy any chance for a compromise.

    “We have a G20 communique, not a G19 communique,” an EU official said quoted by Reuters. “The outcome is good. We have a communique. There is one issue left, which is on climate, but I am hopeful we can find a compromise,” he added, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have all the fundamentals.”

    Well almost: climate change policy proved a sticking point, with the United States pressing for inclusion of wording about which other countries had reservations. That passage read: “… the United States of America will endeavor to work closely with other partners to help their access to and use of fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently …”

    The climate section took note of Trump’s decision last month to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord aimed at combating climate change, and reaffirmed the commitment of the other 19 members to the agreement.

    According to Bloomberg, all G-20 members except for the U.S. said Paris accord on climate change is “irreversible,” as per the expected final statement,

    “The United States of America announced it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs”

    “The United States of America states it will endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally-determined contributions.”

    “The Leaders of the other G-20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible”

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