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Macron for a "3rd Way" in Europe, where Pluralist Controversy in Joint Debates is essential

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 01 October 2019
 
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- French President Emmanuel Macron, who currently Chairs the PanEuropean, 47 Member States-strong CoE (including Russia) for the period from May to November 2019, speaking at its Parliamentary Assembly, which represents about 850 Millions of People, today in Strasbourg, strogly Pleaded for a kind of "3rd Way" between Human Rights and New Challenges faced Nowadays, while also stressing, in substance, that Pluralist Controversy in Joint Debates is an Essential characteristique of Modern Europe, (a Key point, even closer to "Eurofora"s Project).

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- We are currently living at an Era of Big "Ethical Tension", he stressed.

- In particular, Human Rights are Facing "New Challenges", and we must Find a Way to Overcome them succesfully, while also SafeGuarding our Democracy and Values, he warned.

 - This concerns a Wide and Variable Spectrum, going from Terrorism, to the Internet, or Artificial Intelligence, etc., Macron pointed out.

- F.ex., Terrorists want to demolish our Democracy, and we must Find a Way to Defend it Efficiently.

+ Moreover, "Fake News" and/or Mass Media's Manipulation, undermines Free Speech and Pluralistic Public Debates, that we must Protect in an intelligent way, he added.

- Mutatis-mutandis, Simillar Dillemas are Nowadays appearing in Emerging New Technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, which should be adequately regulated.

- In Fact, we are Not so much Facing a "Legal" Problem, since the Main Human Rights Principles are already there. But rather "a Political Issue", "in the Noble sens of that word", about How to Adapt and Apply them in Nowadays real Society, Macron found.

+ At the Same Time, it's important to clearly understand that "Controversy", even when it "persists", is Not an Ennemy, but, in fact, part of the Essence of Democracy and Rule of Law in Europe, whose own "Identity" is also Founded on "Multi-Lingual" and Pluralistic Public Debates", the French President concluded, in front of a Numerous Audience.

 

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