The Directorate of Policy Planning's (DPP)'s mission is to provide Council of Europe major actors with conceptual and strategic analyses about relevant political and societal developments in Europe and beyond in order to enhance the Organisation’s ability to anticipate major trends and challenges facing member states and to offer coherent short- and long-term responses.

 

Its activities are based on research and on topical exchanges with internal and external networks, with the objective to enhance the Organisation’s ability to anticipate major trends and challenges facing member states and to offer coherent short- and long-term responses within its statutory mandate. They include:

SG 2017 Annual Report SG 2017 Annual Report

'Populism - How strong are Europe’s checks and balances?'

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In his 4th Report, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbiorn Jagland assesses the health of the 5 building blocks of democratic security in Europe, in the context of growing populism.

Latest debates on Democratic Security

Claire Wardle on 'A close Look at the Disinformation Ecosystem'. 4 July - Watch video of the debate.

Matthew Feldman on 'Alt-right, far-right, near right: mainstreaming extremes', Strasbourg, 28 April 2017  - Watch video of the debate & interview for Council of Europe TV Journal.
 
Chairman of Munich Conference on Security, Amb. W. Ischinger, on 'Protecting democracy in the digital age' - Strasbourg, 30 March 2017  - Watch video
 

Jan-Werner Müller on : ‘How populism Endangers Democracy and How to Fight it? video of the debate

Ahmet Insel on ‘Security antinomies: state Security, human security and democratic security’ Video of debate

Natan Sznaider on: 'The memory of evil - Cosmopolitism and European project' - videos of  debate and of interview for Council of Europe journal

David Lyon on 'Surveillance Rights and Freedoms in a World of Digital Devices' - 20 June: videos of  debate and of interview for Council of Europe journal

Rama Yade on 'Human rights and realpolitik: a dialogue of the deaf?’ - 16 June: Video of debate and interview for Council of Europe journal

Christiane Taubira on 'Independence and Efficiency of the judiciary' - 12 May: Video of debate and Interview for Council of Europe TV journal