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Altmaier in Paris : French and German intelligence

According to the concessions of the President of Emmanuel Macron to the protest movement of the "yellow West" France can comply with the well as planned, the European deficit limit of three percent of economic output. During his visit to Paris, the German Economics Minister, Peter Altmaier (CDU), was asked on Tuesday what he thinks. "There is now no clarity," said Altmaier, "we are discussing here are not hypothetical questions". Instead, he said, with companies from both countries on a project that is still relatively hypothetical, the "AI-Airbus". So Altmaier like to call his Vision of a Europe-wide cooperation of companies in the field of Artificial intelligence (AI). To offer to the market leaders from the US and the emerging companies from China Paroli, need it is such a joining of forces. But how does such a cooperation could look like and which companies have an interest, must be explored. The talks in Paris were a first step.

new edition of the German-French digital summit required

More could be done on a German-French digital summit, Tobias Kollmann, Professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Duisburg-Essen. "A new German-French digital summit could be the runway for a KI-Airbus," says Kollmann. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Young Digital economy at the Ministry of economic Affairs (BJDW). In this role, he has now written together with the Head of the French counterpart, the Conseil National du Numérique (CNNum) a letter to Altmaier and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire. "Europe needs a new digital Impulse from Germany and France", is overwritten with the Text. The core claim of the new edition of the joint English-French digital conference, which took place in Paris in 2015 and 2016 in Berlin.

"The axis Berlin-Paris is for the digital single market is hugely important," says Kollmann. Both countries should therefore promote at European level a common digital Agenda. The importance of the digitization is recognized in Europe, - stated in the Letter from the Advisory bodies to the Minister. However, about international competition, there are a number of questions: From the data usage for Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, and Big Data to the question of how the digital world topics in Europe the market leader in the future.

Kollmann called the AI strategy is an example of how closely to cooperate. Although I will always talk about it again, especially with a view to a German-French AI centre. "But first, there are two AI strategies, which are hardly linked, and at the moment everyone is trying to lure professors in the country," says Kollmann.

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In the letter to the Minister, but it is also a great Vision: "Perhaps the digitization is one of the strongest arguments for the revival of the European idea," it says. Similarly, it also looks Altmaier. "We are aware of our responsibility for Europe", said the CDU-politician in Paris. You should this great peace and prosperity project of nationalists and populists broken. "The time Sunday is over talk, now it comes to concrete cooperation projects," said Altmaier. As was spoken in Paris with counterparts from France and Poland about the projects of the battery cell manufacturing in Europe. At the beginning of 2019 should come in addition, a new Elysée Treaty.

France leads digital tax

But how difficult cooperation is, the dispute over the taxation of technology companies. France leads in the new year alone in a digital expensive. The control will 1. January and the Treasury in 2019, approximately 500 million euros to contribute, said economy Minister Bruno Le Maire in Paris on Monday. Altmaier said on the subject, he was convinced that Germany and France could be up for the summer on a digital tax to communicate. EU economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that the European digital tax was still on the table. Further talks were necessary.

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