MARKETS AND DEMOCRACY: “WORLD FORUM” TO BE PRESENTED IN STRASBOURG
Universal values; global challenges and regional realities; the relation between markets and democracy; the development of democracy after the Arab Spring; the relation between democracy and religion; democracy and internet; democracy and globalisation. These are the main topics for discussion at the “World Forum for Democracy” scheduled for 5 to 11 October in Strasburg. The event is organised by the Council of Europe (CoE), the Regional Councils of Alsace and the Lower-Rhine, and the City of Strasbourg. “Bridging the gap - Democracy: between old models and new realities” is the theme of the Forum that will bring together – a statement explains – experts and “global leaders to identify democratic responses to the economic, social and political challenges which affect our societies today” so that “democracies can satisfy the expectations of citizens and adapt to their different values and traditions”. The event will be presented at a press conference in Strasbourg on 25 June (Palais de l’Europe – 2pm) by CoE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland; Laurent Dominati, Permanent Representative of France to the CoE; Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg; Philippe Richert, President of the Regional Council of Alsace; and Guy-Dominique Kennel, President of the Lower-Rhine Council.