The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 2001 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WORLD TUESDAY. MAY 1, 2001 A3 • EUROPEAN UNION Is EU on road to 'superstate?' Germans want to debate chancellor's proposals for EU ByTONYCZUCZKA The Associated Press BERLIN — Top German officials called Monday for a debate on the chancellor's sweeping proposals to redefine the powers of the European Union, while some EU governments warned of a European "super­ state." German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's plan, revealed over the weekend, aims to tie European institutions closer together and deepen democracy in the 15-nation EU before new members join, mainly ex-communist East European countries. The proposals would create a stronger EU executive, give the elected European Parliament more powers and relegate national government leaders to a second legislative chamber.' German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, who proposed moving toward a United States of Europe last year, said the aim is to "overcome the union's democracy deficit." "What is the right balance between nation and Europe, how much diversity do we want and how much unity do we need?" he said in a speech in Dublin, Ire- p,e^upn land, "This is FISCHER the core of the debate we must hold now." He called for the head of the executive EU Commission to be determined by a union-wide vote. But reactions from other European leaders were mixed. In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said the proposals contain "some ideas we agree with, others we don't." Blair has argued against German ideas for a federal Europe that are unpopular in Britain, though Schroeder's plan avoids explicitly demanding a European government. EU blueprint The blueprint, contained in a draft policy document for a fall conference of Germany's governing Social Democrats, would give "full budgetary powers" to European lawmakers who are elected by EU citizens. The EU also needs "a strong European executive" and tighter coordination on foreign policy, law enforcement and immigration policy, according to the document. Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, reacting to the German initiative, warned Monday against a "European superstate" — a specter also raised by France and Britain, who prefer a club of independent nations. In Denmark, Glaus Larsen- Jensen of the governing Social Democrats said trying to turn the EU Commission into a "European government" would be a "wrong step." Schroeder took into account this wariness, especially in small European countries, of a United States of Europe under strong German influence, saying a creeping transfer of powers from national governments to the EU bureaucracy must be reversed. Italy reacted positively to Schroeder's proposals. "We consider Schroeder's proposal of research for the institutional reforms to the European Union to be important and to serve a double purpose: to reduce the democratic deficit on the one hand and on the other to work for an EU which would be a true political individual in terms of the global scene," said Umberto Ranieri, undersecretary in the Italian Foreign Ministry T BENIN Suspicions of child trafficking confirmed By The Associated Press COTONOU, Benin - Children taken from a suspected slave ship confirmed suspicions the vessel was involved in child trafficking, officials said Monday The government, UNICEF and an aid group stopped short, however, of alleging in a joint statement that any of the 43 children and young adults aboard the Nigerian- registered MV Etireno when it docked in Benin on April 17 were destined for slavery. Five children told authorities they were headed to Babon and their parents were paid around $14 before their departure, said the group's representative in Benin, Alfonso Gonzalez Jaggli. Eight said they were traveling with a person they did not know. "It is confirmed that the adventure of the Etireno ship enters effectively in the category of a regional traffic in minors and a clandestine workers' network," the statement said. The three signatories "vigorously denounce this practice." The Etireno grabbed, world headlines when Benin's government, citing officials in Cameroon, said a ship loaded with child slaves had been turned away from two African ports and was headed back to the commercial capital, Cotonou. After days of searching, a ferry marked as the Etireno pulled into port with a load of exhausted and frightened men, women and children. BRIEFLY U.S. to investigate shooting in Peru LIMA, Peru — An American delegation is in Lima to investigate the downing of a missionary plane by a Peruvian air force jet that killed a U.S. woman and her baby, the U.S. Embassy reported Monday The delegation, headed by Assistant Secretary of State Rand Beers, arrived Sunday, and was expected to begin meeting with Peruvian officials Monday Besides Beers, who heads the State Department's counter-narcotics bureau, the delegation included officials from the Defense Department, the CIA and U.S. Interdiction Coordinator's Office, which reports directly to the White House's director of national drug control policy Missionary Veronica "Roni" Bowers, 35, and her 7-month- old daughter were kiUed April 20 when a Peruvian jet opened fire on their single-engine Cessna after mistaking it for a drug-smuggling flight. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS'LOTIONS'MAGAZINES 11 am - 9 pm Mon. - Sat • 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901W. Gnidd • Salini • (785) 823-1339 Vieques protesters can't halt maneuvers VIEQUES, Puerto Rico— A U.S. Navy cruiser and fighter jet blasted a firing range Monday in military exercises that were delayed for hours as officials scoured the area for protesters putting themselves in the line of fire. Lt. Jeff Gordon, a Navy spokesman, said no protesters were found on the range on Puerto Rico's Vieques island and that, once the all-clear was given, maneuvers began at 1 p.m., four hours after their planned start. A protest leader, however, said some activists might still be on the range. Between 40 and 60 protesters infiltrated the fenced-off training ground earlier Monday Robert Rabin said. The delay was caused in part because of reports that some protesters had buried themselves in the 900-acre firing range, which is littered with unexploded bombs and shells from six decades of live-fire exercises despite periodic cleanups. "This is incredibly dangerous," said Roberto Nelson, another Navy spokesman. But Gordon said no buried protesters were found, and Rabin said there were no reports that any of the protesters who entered the range Monday had buried themselves. Estrada bacl(ers seeic new leader's ouster MANILA, Philippines — Backers of ousted President Joseph Estrada ignored warning shots and tear gas as they marched on the presidential palace early Tuesday, demanding his successor resign. The protest came hours after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said a coup threat against her government died from lack of support. Estrada's backers have staged nonstop protests since he was arrested April 25 on corruption allegations. After spending time in a jail cell, he has been undergoing medical tests at a hospital. There were unconfirmed reports Estrada was being moved from the hospital today From Wire Service Reports E. 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