Democracy is the “only way” to protect freedom and ensure security in Europe
Article by the Council of Europe’s Director General of Democracy, Snežana Samardžić-Marković
Judging from the headlines, Europe appears to be lurching from one crisis to another: economic, geopolitical, technological, military. The gut reaction of many politicians is to build more walls around, and within, “fortress Europe” and give greater powers to the security services.
But that is not the whole answer. We must avoid knee-jerk reactions. Walls create division and conflict. And we have seen a few examples of what the secret services can do beneath the cloak of “national security”: from mass surveillance, to extraordinary renditions, extra judicial executions and torture of “suspects” imprisoned without charge. ...
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