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Media+Culture CEO Pflimlin to EF: WebNews can Boost Democratic Debate +EU has Digital Potential, but

Written by ACM
Thursday, 22 September 2016
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*Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- Nowadays, "we must Advance Further" on WebNews Democratic Debates in Europe, which has, indeed, an important "Potential" also for the Internet, but also to Face a Big Global Competition, mainly from some US-based Multinational Companies. So that, Today, some good European "Initiatives" are Needed, replied, in substance, to a Double relevant Question of "Eurofora", the Experienced long-time f. CEO of "France-Televisions" Big Media Conglomerate and mainstream Newspapers, recently apointed State Counselor on Social Legislation Issues, President Rémy Pflimlin,

by a Symbolic Coincidence just a few Hours before an Exceptional Quality Artistic Event at the official Opening of the Internationaly known 2016 "Musica" Festival in Strasbourg (that he Chairs since 30 Years), with a Unique representation of World Famous Stanley Kubrick's Mystic Science Fiction film "Space Odyssey" (1968), notoriously Focused on Humanity's Past and mainly Future, whose landmark Musical pieces are now played "Live" by a Big Orchestra, at the recently reNovated "Music and Congresses Palace", later this Evening, in the presence of New French Minister of Culture, Mrs Azouley, and various other French and/or more widely European a.o. Officials, (See Infra).


- "Eurofora"'s Double Question had pointed at the 2 main Characteristics with which Pflimlin had presented Strasbourg's Annual "Musica" Festival, i.e. Historic Cultural Heritage and Modern Creation, in order to evoke Europe's Potential at the Internet Today, First at as far as Web's New Possibities to Boost Democratic Public Debates, also at a European level area, including around Media's Press work in Topical Dialogue with interested EU Citizens, in Addition to Web Forums, but also on Digital Economy as such, given, in particular, several Concrete Examples, concerning Both Hardware and Software. (F.ex. going from the 1st SmartPhone in History : made by Finland's "Nokia", as well as Mobile Phone's "Chip", invented in France, etc., up to Browsers, such as "Opera", "Vivaldi", "Quzilla" etc, Search Engines as "AllTheWeb" -bought by USA's "Yahoo" -, "Qwant", etc, Communication Tools as "Skype", created by Skandinavians - also bought by a USA Company - France's "LinPhone" - selected by German mainstream Media "Die Welt" since 2013 - but even Russia's "Telegraph" or Iceland's new "Unseen Messenger",  Operation Systems as "Linux"' various offsprings, initialy launched from Finland, "CMS" such as Germany's "Typo3", France's "2Evolution" and "SPIP", or Greece's "Elxis", etc, AudioVisual applications such as "VLC" from France, etc). All this, naturaly, Added to a particulary "Rich" Content, given also Europe's Long, Diverse, but Converging Cultural Heritage, as well as, more Recently "Boillant" Political Exchanges. Instead of risking to be, eventualy, Pessimistic, f.ex. by leaning to speculate that, perhaps, it might already be "Too Late" for Europe to Catch Up in that domain of action, or abstractly "Optimistic" only in Vague terms, i.e. threatened to miss an Historic Opportunity and Vital Need for Europe to "simply" become, at least Today, seriously and Resolutely "Voluntaristic" and Start, at last, to Make Good "Use of that Potential", in such a Globaly Crucial, Strategic Area.

 

- "On your First Question, You are a Thousand Times Right : I.e., I have spoken about the Emerging Social Networks. What appears to be, Today, of a Fundamental Importance, is to be Able to Create everywhere New Areas ... for Public Debate", President Rémy Pflimlin sharply Replied to "Eurofora"s abobe-mentioned Double Query.

- "And to Say, thanks to Digital Technologies, to Social Neworks and Other (Modern) outlets that we can Create : <<So, Let's Debate !>>


 - "You know, when we have, f.ex. a Website as that of "FranceTV-Info", which is (nowadays) the 3rd WebNews site (in France) just after that of "Figaro" (mainstream, Large-circulation Newspaper, near to that of its main competitor "Le Monde"), "we have Created such Areas where People could react" vis a vis published NewsArticles, on various Topical Issues, etc. "And this Worked Fine, Immediately !", he went on to add, as a matter of concrete example for a French-Speaking public.


=> -  "But, now, we must Advance much Further", Rémy Pflimlin Urged Today, going-on in his Reply to "Eurofora"s 1st Question about WebNews Citizens Debates on Decisions about Topical Issues, (Comp. Supra). "And, I think that, claim, Tomorrow, that the Democratic Expression won't exist but only around an old Mig-Mar (as just a National Parliament, or a Prince's Court, etc), would be false, he Warned.


- In fact, "it's around a Final Deal that will lay the Key Elements" for Democratic Debates in Future : F.ex.,  - "I let you (EU Citizens) Speak in a Debate, in Exchange of an Informed Opinion, Democratically expressed", he suggested in this regard.

Pflimlin considers, by the way, that "the Most Important" recent Development about NewsMedia "is the Digital Revolution", which unfolded "with an Incredible Speed", and "was rapidly Adopted by (Internet) Users". Even if, until now, "the Real Problem" about "WebMedia" is "how, the News-Content, which is at the Heart of their Added Value, could transform these New Technologies into an Economicaly Sustainable Model" : "Something that Nobody (in the World) didn't manage to Find yet", as he noted earlier.


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+ "As for ("Eurofora"s 2nd Question on) the Digital (Society), I am Not Pessimistic at all", about Europe's Potential, Pflimlin Agreed, (Comp. Supra).


- "But, what I'm saying is, Simply, that we'll have to Face also some American Giants, which are currently in the process of taking some Incredible Positions" accross the Global Economy, he pointed out.


 - F.ex., "just have a Look on what is Going-on, Today, in the Field of Health, which is Developing Fast, or those Cars withOut Driver, etc., he HighLighted, citting, inter alia, some Recently notorious "Google" and/or "Apple" New Projects.


- "Now, its True that there are in Europe, several People who can Create things, there are various Inventions and/or Initiatives wich can work well, etc", he observed.


 >>> - "But, when it comes to Situate outselves (EU+) at a Global Scale, we Must Achieve, around what we (Europe) are, our Culture, our Know-How, our Peuple, to capture this Digital World, and Take certain Initiatives", Pflimlin positively Urged.


 - "There isn't any reason for us to fail doing so. However, once again, in Today's Global Competition, there are some Incredible Moves recently unfolding", he Warned anew.


- "Naturally, Europe currently Tries to Defend itself" : F.ex., "what is Going on Today, about EU Commission trying to say to some MultiNational Companies that they must Pay their Taxes", etc. As well as "what is going on (even) inside the USA" themselves, "with Anti-Trust taking action about "Google" and/or "Apple", etc, "we can clearly see that Societies are currently Wondering" about what they should better do, he observed.


=> "In Consequence, we (EU) Must Support some good Initiatives", President Rémy Pflimlin concluded his Reply to "Eurofora"s 2nd Question, (Comp. Supra).


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"Digital" Economy and Society was also at the Focus of the latest, Exceptional EU-27 Heads of State/Government's Post-BREXIT Summit lastweek at Bratislava, which clearly mentioned that in its Official Conclusions, together with a Timely Call to "Focus on (EU) Citizens' Expectations", (See, among others, also at relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from Bratislava, f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/bratislavasummitoutcome.html).


German Chancelor Angie Merkel, had already kick-Started, as Early as since a landmark "Post-Snowden" October 2013 EU Brussels Summit, ( Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that 10/2013 EU Brussels' Summit, inter alia, also f.ex., at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/merkelandeuonobamawebspying.html +http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eusummitandwebspyingplusblockade.html), i.e. when she had just marked an Exceptionaly Strong Political Win at the latest National Elections with almost 40%, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewReport from her "Debut" in that Electoral Campaign at Ludwigshafen : ....), while also being, then, Exceptionaly Autonomous at the Head of the Government, before making inevitable Concessions at certain Coalition attempts with Other Parties, later-on that year, which Coincided with an, astonishingly, much Lesser Franco-German involvement on Internet issues, after also some Other Developments, including Top Officials' Visits to US President Obama's North American Washington DC, etc, as "Eurofora" was surprized to find at the subsequent, December 2013 EU Brussels' Summit. Comp. f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/brokonusareportaboutnsa.html + ...).


Significanty, however, Germany's 2009-2019 EU Commissioner Günter Oettinger, from nearby Baden-Wurttemberg Region, (Comp. various Oettinger's Replies to "Eurofora"'s Questions, already as early as since 2009+, f.ex. at : ..... + ... + ...), passed from Energy to Digital Economy since 2014. Relevant seems also to be, inter alia, the last-minute initiative taken by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, to take, Together with him, during an Exceptionaly Important Meeting, recently in Strasbourg, the Minister for Innovation and Internet, Axelle Lemaire, (Comp. Minister A.Lemaire's Statements to "Eurofora", f.ex. at : ...), at the International Space University, with a Group of Universitarians and High-Tech Companies CEOs, etc., shortly before some Important, Long-term Decisions on Funding High-Tech Research and Technological Innovation, Strategic Projects in Strasbourg's region, at the Borders of 5 European Countries: France - Germany - Switzerland - Luxembourg - Belgium, (See "Eurofora"s NewsReport from that event, at : ....).


While Experienced President of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Political Parties, HeadQuartered in Brussels, former EU Parliament EPP Group of MEPs' Chairman, Joseph Daul from Strasbourg, has Recently anounced, at an Earlier Conference at Strasbourg's University/European Doctoral..., his Intention to Incite, Next Year, the New French President, who shall emerge from the forthcoming Presidential Elections of April-May 2017, to launch a brand-New Initiative (most likely Franco-German+) "on Internet Communications", apparently SmartPhones and relevant High-Tech Phone Networks, including Both Hardware and Software, as well as Communication Lines.


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Pflimlin was speaking during a Working Press-Lunch, organized by Strasbourg-Europe's Press Club, (the Same Day that Internationaly Famous "Musica" Festival is officialy Inaugurated by Minister of Culture,  Azoulay, with an Original Music Orchestra-accompanied Version of Stanley Kubrick's "Space Odyssey" spectacular Film , in the recently reNovated "PMC" Mega-Building, later this Evening, concerning an Annual Event which epreads from September up to October 2016), at the popular and Historic "Ancienne Douane" Building, which, in addition to a Multi-Modal Restaurant and Meeting Rooms' Company (often used also for CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's Political Groups' gatherings, and, recently, for Journalists Covering Strasbourg's Franco-German-EU Parliament Summit between Presidents Schulz and Hollande with Chancelor Merkel, on February 2016 : Comp. f.ex. ....), Hosts both a Classic Art Museum and a New Digital Audio-Visual start-up Business outlet, etc.


Rémy Pflimlin is also Nephew of Historic former Prime Minister of France, f. President of EU Parliament and CoE's PanEuropean Assembly, as well as f. Long-time Mayor of Strasbourg, Pierre Pflimlin, a De Gaulle-friendly ChristianDemocrat/EPP Politician whom "Eurofora" had a Chance to meet at his Landmark 1997 Speech on Europe's Future, when he was Aged 90 y.o. (but looking More Active, Energetic and Motivated than a Young Man) at a CoE's Hemicycle full of interesting People. He passed away around 1999-2000, but a Statue of him, Welcoming European Visitors wih a smile, stands at the Splendid "Orangerie" Gardens (reportedly build by Napoleon) right in front of PanEuropean CoE's main Building, at Strasbourg's "European Quarter", while the Biggest, and recently entirely ReNovated Music, Exhibition Centre and Congresses Palace (PMC), whose New Look has just been officialy inaugurated Last Week, still bears his Name. For Hand-written Dedicacies to "Eurofora"'s co-Founder, by Experienced Long-Time Chief Editor of Strasbourg's main Newspaper "DNA", Alain Howiller, and EU Parliament's 1st Press Director, Paul Collowald, of a recent Book which published certain Key Original Extracts from that Landmark Pflimlin Speech, pleading for a Re-Launch of Europe, this time "based on Spirit", i.e. mainly on Moral and Cultural Values, see, f.ex., "Eurofora"s NewsReport on "Pflimlin : Honouring the Memory of the Man who Wanted to Build Europe on the Mountains, based on Spirit" : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/pflimlin.html).


Topicaly, Remy Pflimlin expressed Today, speaking with Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora", his regret for the Fact that, at least until Now, both French and all-Europe public Debates at the Political Fora don't yet refer, vigorously enough, to "Culture"s potential Role in nowadays Society, contrary to what was done in an Historic Past, (f.ex. with De Gaulle's World Famous Culture Minister and Writer, André Malraux, as well as with former French Prime Minister, EU Parliament's and CoE Assembly's President, as well as Mayor of Strasbourg, Pierre Pflimlin's above mentioned landmark CoE Speech : Comp^. Supra).


The additional Fact that this Move came right at the precise Moment (i.e. just after a Crucial 1st EU-27 Heads of State/Governments' Post-BREXIT Summit at Bratislava, due to Focus on EU's most Urgent Measures to Face the Biggest Challenges of Nowadays, and to prepare a RoadMap for Re-Launching anew a fresh, Top Political Debate on Europe's Future -due to be more Concretely Shaped on Spring 1997, on the occasion of an Exceptional EU 60th Anniverasry Summit scheduled in Rome, as EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker has just anounced at EU Parliament in Strasbourg last week, (Comp., f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/junckercallsstatesandcitizenstobuildtogetherabettereurope.html + ....) - obviously, deserves to be noticed.


As for this year's "Musica" Festival in Strasbourg, September-October 2016, Pflimlin mentioned, inter alia, also Stanley Kubrick's "Space Odyssey" World-Famous Science Fiction film, which is Now due to be Played, for the 1st Time, Together with a Series of Big Orchestra "Live" Music, interpreting, f.ex. Strauss' "Blue Danube valse", "Also Sprach Zarathustra", and Ligeti's "Requiem", "Lux Aeterna", etc, in Cooperation with USA's "Warner Bross" and UK's "British Film Institut", as well as German Bavaria's "Munchener KammerOrchestrer" at the Historic, over-Millenary Strasbourg's Cathedral, playing an Orignal Music and Historic Religious Text Creation, artfuly Combining 2 Composer's works, from Italy and France, (one initialy presented as "Disputatio" at Berlin's 2014 Festival, based on a Text by an English Theologian of the 8th Century), confronted to a "Requiem" by French Composer Duruflé at the immediate 2nd World War's Aftermath.


By a Coincidence, partly Rectifying with a Kind Smile an initial Mention, by a Collegue Journalist, of the Long Experience that that Rémy Pflimlin has got also as Chairman of that Annual Modern "Musica" Festival in Strasbourg "for more than 15 Years", he obseved that, "in Fact, it's More than the Double : i.e. 30 Years now" that he is Working on that Event, "Starting already as early as from the Beginning of the 1980ies", which Matches also "Eurofora" co-Founders' meeting with his Wife, while PhD Students in Law at Strasbourg's University, Marriage and Birth in Strasbourg of our Son, currently a French ExPat. working as Natural Science Professor abroad, who, however, didn't yet found a Chance to personaly hear "Musica"-supported, Original Creations until now, as a Young Adult, (except, perhaps, when he was still just a Human Embryo in his Mother's Womb) !


International Competition to Europe, in nowadays Global Economy, as Rémy Pflimlin warned on the occasion of another Topical Issue (Comp. Supra), is, indeed, quite Strong, but it's Not Only purely American...

 

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Sarkozy and Merkel : June 2009 solution to May 2005 "NO" ?

 - Will French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel live up from June 2009 to their obvious Historic European mission to revitalize, and re-launch the "European Dream", after the series of 3 "NO" since May 2005 in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, by renewing, and changing the EU with fresh stimulus, big horizons, and values attractive for EU Citizens ?

Whatever views anyone might have, it's a Fact that, recently, EU's political spectrum didn't produce other more charismatic and popular EU leaders than Merkel and Sarkozy, starting from September 2005 and May 2007, respectively.

This trend was confirmed, in one way or another, both during the German EU presidency in 2007 (shared by Merkel with the SPD), and mainly during the French EU Presidency in 2008, (with Sarkozy "free" to move).


The positive 2009 EU Polls are a natural consequence :

- Both with 72% Sarkozy and Merkel are considered by EU Citizens to be "the most Influential" leaders in Europe, by far.

- They are the only EU political leaders to attract a Majority of "Positive" views by EU Citizens, (Merkel over 60%, Sarkozy over 50%, particularly in the continent).

- 60% of EU Citizens find the 2008 French EU Presidency "Good", (and the satisfaction grows up to 67,5% in continental Europe).

The Poll was made by "OpinionWay" in big EU countries as Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, (with the only exception of France), from 26 to 28 May 2009.

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But the most important is that both Franco-German leaders seem willing to, at last, really start serious business on EU's indispensable renovation and Renaissance from 2009 : Year of crucial EU and German Elections.

Therefore, this time, the joint European move by Sarkozy and Merkel, which just published a common Franco-German Manifesto, aims to stimulate aspirations and action not only in their respective countries, but also in many other EU "partners", as they say.

Both on EU economy, social values and scientifico-technologic research, as well as on Turkey's controversial EU bid, obviously incompatible with a popular Political Europe, whose Citizens can find a collective Identity and popular Values, they have already started to magnetize various growing voices accross the European landscape :

"Today, more than ever, it' time for action", they stress from the outset.

Facing "an unprecedented Global financial and economic Crisis", "Europeans must get resolutely involved if they want for the World which is being built to meet their Values of Liberty, Solidarity and Justice".

"That's what we want" and "propose to our Partners" :

* "A strong Europe, able to protect us" :

- "We refuse a Bureaucratic EU, which mecanically applies burdensome rules and is afraid of change. We want a European Union which listens what Citizens have to say, which innovates, stimulates".

- "We want a strong and united EU in the World, while also respecting its Member States' Diversity", which "brings Courageous Replies to the Questions of our Times, ensuring our Prosperity :  

This implies to "favor Research and Innovation", "Economic Coordination", to "develop real Policies on Immigrationn, Energy, Defence, and modernise  common policies, particularly Agriculture".

*  "EU must bring immediate replies to the Global Crisis".

- "Lawless liberalism failed". "The Model we want is that of a Responsible Market Economy, which favors Enterpreneurs and Workers, above Speculators ;  Long-term Investment, over immediate profiits".

- "We appeal upon the EU to take, from June, the first decisions to ensure a real European Regulation of Financial Markets, based on coordination and cooperation". "On speculative funds, on fiscal heavens, CEO's and financial operators' earnings, EU must give the example".

- "We call to change the rules of accounts, which are important for our Economy's revival : The competent normative authorities must take action". "The issue of a sufficient Credit offer is of central importance for our Economy". "We don't accept that, during this Financial Crisis, the European Banks' capacity to lend money might be unjustly reduced by Capital's requirements and accountant's rules

* "During the German and French Presidencies, EU has resoçlutely prepared itself for the fight against Global Warming... EU is the 1st and only area in the World to have adopted a package of ambitious and legally binding rules to comply with International Aims"

- "We have now to convince our Friends and Partners, to get involved, in order to atteint, next December at Copenhagen, a Global Agreement worthy of whay is at stake. Our closer ally, the US, but also other big industrial countries, must commit themselves with the same force as the Europeans".

"Green Growth is a Chance ... and an opportunity to create jobs turned towards the Future. Europe must be a leader".

- But, at the same time, we must ensure that our companies remain competitive in the World. The ambitious European involvements on Climat must not lead into a position where EU industry might become a Victim of Unfair Competition. Climat protection and Competitvity must go together. If our International partners refuse to associate themselves to our efforts, we are determined to take measures to protect European Industry"

* "Europe must be more ambitious for its Industry" : "It must favor the emergence of strong European enterprises at a Global level".

- "As long as an International mechanism" to "monitor Public Aids at WTO level, and hinder 3rd Countries to give abusive subsidies to their enterprises, provoking unfair competition", is "not yet set up, we must consider Transitory European Solutions".

* "The current Public Debt is too heavy... We must head anew towards sound public finance, as soon as we'd have passed the crucial stage in this crisis".
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* Last, but not least :  "Europe must play a top-level role in the World"

- "For that purpose,  it needs efficient Institutions. That's why we need Lisbon Treaty". "The 27 Member States decided, last December (2008) that the Treaty should enter into force before the end of this year (2009)". To obtain that, June EU Council must agree "on the Guarantees for Ireland".

- But, "to be able to act, EU needs Borders. An Enlargment without Limits is not possible", Sarkozy and Merkel stressed in an obvious reference to Turkey, etc.

- "In order to be strong, Europe must assume its Values and its Identity". "Human Rights .. are at the basis of our commitment for a Peaceful Development accross the World".

- "For that purpose, we shall strengthen our common Defence and Security policy".
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* "We are ready to contribute to activate the EU towards the realisation of these aims, with our EU Partners".

"In order to succeed", Europe  "needs the active involvment of all, starting by Citizens themselves. That's why the June 7 rendez-vous is important", and "we are calling all Europeans to vote".

"We are convinced that, if Europe wants, Europe can", they conclude.
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Precisely : - What can better forge "Europe's Will" than a "European Consciousness" emerging from political, democratic struggles to face Global Challenges, and open big New Horizons, including by crystal-clear Public Debates, with active EU Citizens' involvement, before the most important EU Decisions affecting People's lives ?

Precisely what "EuroFora"s project warns since 1997-2007, and unprecedented Majority Abstentions, since 1999-2004, added to 3 "NO" to EU Referenda in 2005 and 2007, proved meanwhile..

Let's hope that the Time wasted by some scandalous anti-European and anti-Democratic obstacles of the Past, will stimulate faster, simplified but substantial and persistent, efficient action.-

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