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How strong are Europe’s checks and balances when it comes to populism?

How strong are Europe’s checks and balances when it comes to populism?

Democracy

Is populism a threat to democracy? What is it, and what do our societies need to do about it?

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Islamophobia in Europe after terror attacks

Islamophobia in Europe after terror attacks

Terrorism

Interview with Dr. Qanta Ahmed

27'20''

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Protecting Democracy in the Digital Age

Protecting Democracy in the Digital Age

Democracy

Interview with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

4'10"

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The dangers of populism

The dangers of populism

Democracy

Interview with Jan-Werner Müller

10'50"

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Faro Action Plan

Faro Action Plan

Culture

Putting the Faro Convention principles into practice

2'20"

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Once upon a time – Local Democracy!

Once upon a time – Local Democracy!

Democracy

Local government responds better to local needs

3'38"

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Council of Europe cultural routes

Council of Europe cultural routes

Culture

Discovering Europe's past through tourism

1'50"

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Unwarranted interference with journalists

Unwarranted interference with journalists

Media Freedom

New survey on threats to media freedom in Europe

2'08"

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Domestic violence against women

Domestic violence against women

Domestic violence and violence against women

Istanbul convention

1'16''

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Combatting sexual abuse of children through education

Combatting sexual abuse of children through education

Children’s Rights

“Tell someone you can trust”

2'31''

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Interviews
Interview with Professor Marilyn Clark
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Journalists under pressure: survey on unwarranted interference
14 April 2017
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Is populism a threat to democracy? What is it, and what do our societies need to do about it?
20 April 2017
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Protecting Democracy in the Digital Age
4'10"Watch now
Interview with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger
03 April 2017
Council of Europe Strasbourg
DisABILITY - Helping to turn Disability into Ability
2'40"Watch now
Philippe Croizon: disability role model
23 March 2017
Council of Europe Dublin
The dangers of populism
10'50"Watch now
Interview with Jan-Werner Müller
28 February 2017
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Interview with Feo Aladag
5'21''Watch now
Austrian film director, screenwriter and producer Feo Aladag visiting the Council of Europe where she discusses her award-winning film “When we leave” (2010) with the Human Rights Channel.
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Internet censorship & Internet governance
6'54''Watch now
Interview with Patrick Penninckx, head of Information Society, Council of Europe
8 June 2016
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Discrimination & intolerance: the worrying trends
9'20''Watch now
Interview with Christian Ahlund, ECRI Chair
26 May 2016
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Privacy: the Belgian viewpoint
4'00''Watch now
Interview with Philippe de Backer, Secretary of State in Belgium
23 May 2016
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Justice - the challenges facing Europe
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Interview with Christiane Taubira, former Minister of Justice of France
12 May 2016
Council of Europe Strasbourg
Secretary of the Venice Commission comments on its recent opinions on Poland, Russia, France and Turkey
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Interview with Thomas Markert
15 March 2016
Council of Europe Strasbourg
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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

In many European countries journalists are under pressure, facing a variety of threats from governments, bosses and advertisers. The Council of Europe is marking World Press Freedom Day by underlining its support for independent journalism, free from unwarranted influence whatever the source.

Go to the dedicated page "World Press Freedom Day"

 

 

 

END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Take action to End Violence Against Women and mark 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Everyone has a role. What’s yours?

Go to the dedicated page "End violence against women"

 

 

 

Media self-censorship: the greatest threat to democracy?

“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”. Replace “writer” with “journalist” and you add contemporary relevance to this quotation from the American novelist Kurt Vonnegut. Judging by a recent Council of Europe survey, there are thousands of journalists all over Europe who censor themselves out of fear. Mostly it is fear generated by potential or real unwarranted interference by the state that motivates members of a supposedly noble profession that normally prides itself on speaking truth to power to shackle their reporting within self-imposed limits. How widespread is this problem, how damaging is it to the democratic process and what can be done to combat it? 

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Sexual abuse of children

Sexual abuse of children

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Hate Speech

Hate Speech

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Tolerance for diversity among Europeans

Tolerance for diversity among Europeans

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