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The Schools of Political Studies at the 2nd World Forum
This year again, the Council of Europe schools of
political studies participated in the World Forum
for Democracy, whose second session took take place
on 23 - 29 November.
A specific programme of events had also been organised
for them in the margins of the Forum, including the meeting
of the Schools' Directors on 27 November.
to the Plenary session dedicated to the Schools at the World
specific programme of events.
World Forum web site
: No 2 now issued !
The second issue of our
(November 2013) is now issued.
Debate on European Identity with Daniel Cohn-Bendit on "Quo
vadis Europa ?",
18 November 2013, Council of Europe, Strasbourg
a recent article Daniel Cohn-Bendit argued that “the time is
ripe for a transnational, trans-generational, trans-partisan,
grass-roots and crowd-funded movement to take European
integration to the next level”. He suggests that Europe has
a role to play as one of the global leaders, but to achieve
this, Europe needs a paradigm shift based on the abandonment of
national sovereignty and a move away from state-nation
Is Europe ready to undertake these kinds of reforms and
do European institutions have enough legitimacy to do so?
What are the limits of European integration and what
responsibilities would national states have in a transnational
Could European identity one day substitute
These and other questions were addressed by Daniel
COHN-BENDIT who introduced the sixth European Identity Debate
with a presentation that was followed by a lively discussion
with a very numerous audience.
Text of speech (French version - English version to
Debates on European identity
"Divided by a Common Heritage: Human Rights in
Europe and the United States"
Joint Council of Europe -
Harvard University Conference, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA/USA, 23 September 2013
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein
The United States of America and Europe have long
considered themselves to be allies in the fight for domestic
and international human rights. However, these two
continents interpret certain key human rights issues in
different ways and there is a need for a meaningful
dialogue. Therefore, the Council of Europe and Harvard
University have agreed to co-organise a two-part conference
series, first in Cambridge, on 23 September 2013, and then
in Strasbourg, in the first half of 2014. This conference
series is aimed at exposing participants to viewpoints
different from those they already possess, and thereby
facilitate a greater understanding on the similarity and
dissimilarity in human rights perspectives, practices and
standards across the Atlantic.
conference was composed of three panels:
Panel 1: Does Context Matter? How and Why Europe and the
US Differ on Human Rights ?
Panel 2: Cyberspace: Terra Incognita for Human Rights?
European and US Experiences
Panel 3: Overcoming Intolerance: Addressing Racial and
Ethnic Discrimination in the US and Europe
conference at Harvard Law School gathered a variety of
high-level American and European speakers. It was attended
by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe who gave a
speech on “Is There a Crisis of Values in the Western
World?”. Panelists included leading Harvard academics and
European scholars and practitioners. The topics to be
addressed at the second conference in Strasbourg will
include: Penal System, Living Together: Asylum and
immigration, Social Protection Systems.
Programme of the
Inauguration of the Visegrád School of Political
Studies, Warsaw, 18 September
Visegrád School of Political Studies was inaugurated on
Wednesday 18 September 2013 in Warsaw, (Poland), in presence of
two guests of honour: Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of
the Council of Europe, and Radosław Sikorski, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
inauguration was followed by the first seminar of the School.
Fourth Debate on European Identity with President Martti Ahtisaari
‘Europe is stronger than you think – if we reinvent ourselves’
Many say that Europe is having an existential crisis. For sure, the challenges
are severe - and they are not only economic, but also deeply political.
In times of crisis, we must not only consider the weaknesses of Europe
but also highlight those qualities that made it strong. We have to be
able to reinvent Europe.
What are the strong attributes of Europe? How to keep the
European dream alive? Can European politicians act together to build a
common future? What vision for the Europe of tomorrow?
Those were the key issues Mr. AHTISAARI, former
President of Finland addressed in his
presentation, followed by a discussion with a very numerous audience.
More on Debates on European identity
Meetings of the Directors of the Schools of
The Directors of the Schools
of Political Studies met on 13-14 June 2013 in Strasbourg for
one of their regular meetings. This provided an opportunity to
discuss recent developments in the Network, future activities of
the Schools and their participation in the
World Forum for Democracy, which will be held in Strasbourg
from 27 to 29 November 2013.
20th anniversary of the Moscow School of Civic Education
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Moscow
School of Civic Education organised on 25-27 April 2013 in
Golitsyno near Moscow the seminar "Moscow School: 20 years". 20
years ago, on 4 April 1993, the Moscow School of Civic Education
held its first seminar on "Politics, economics and national
relationships". For the past two decades, the School has
contributed to the objective of transforming Russia into a truly
open and democratic civil society which functions effectively.
Open-ended Debate Series
third conference of the series was introduced on 23
Professor Peter Singer, an Australian moral
philosopher, Professor at Princeton University, on 'The rights of animals and human obligations'.
Audio recording -Video
Open-ended Debate Series
second conference of the series was
introduced on 14 February by
Breton, a laureate of the Institut de France, University
Professor at the University Centre of Media Studies,
University of Strasbourg. Professor Breton addressed the
theme ‘The City by the Yardstick of great Anthropological
Changes’. He started his presentation from a recognition
that the invention of the city is perhaps at the exact
intersection of three major anthropological changes in the
history of humankind. The first concerns the shift from the
tool to the machine, the second the transition from
traditional societies to individualistic societies. And
finally, the third change concerns the establishment of a
process of de-legitimisation of violence and civilising of
behaviour. The presentation was followed by a lively
discussion with the audience.
had been introduced in November 2012 by
Weede on 'Human Rights, Economic Freedom and State
The Moscow School of
Civic Education celebrates its 20th anniversary
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the
Moscow School of Civic Education organised on 25-27 April
2013 in Golitsyno near Moscow the seminar "Moscow School: 20
years". 20 years ago, on 4 April 1993, the Moscow
School of Civic Education held its first seminar on
"Politics, economics and national relationships". For the
past two decades, the School has contributed to the
objective of transforming Russia into a truly open and
democratic civil society which functions effectively.
The School’s seminars, which focus on the most important
and complex problems of modern times, offer young leaders a
unique platform for open debates and free-thinking. To
celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Moscow School of
Political Studies invited its Alumni from all over Russia to
the above mentioned seminar. The connection between power
and society, power and personality as well as the question
of morality in politics will be the key topics of the event.
The School’s Alumni will debate with prominent national and
President of the European Association of Schools of
Political Studies of the Council of Europe, delivere a
speech on "Power, Personality and Political Institutions".
For more information and the programme, please visit the
website of the Moscow School.
by Secretary General
of Political Studies - Launching conference
The inauguration of the School of Political
Studies of Morocco took place on 14 March
2013 in Rabat and was followed by a conference on
the theme “Challenges and limits of deliberative democracy”.
The inauguration of the Tunisian School of Politics
had taken place on 8 January 2013 in Tunis.
Both Schools are being set up in the framework of the
Council of Europe new neighbourhood policy.
of the Tunisian School of Politics had taken
place on 8 January 2013 in Tunis, in the presence of the
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who
on this occasion. The inauguration was preceded by the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding about the Council
of Europe’s presence in Tunisia by the Council of Europe and
the Tunisian authorities.
Both Schools are being set up in the framework of the
Council of Europe new neighbourhood policy. Independent NGOs
like the sixteen existing Schools in Central and Eastern
Europe, the new Schools’ objective will be to train new
generations of political, economic, social and cultural
leaders. Through annual series of seminars related to
democracy, human rights and the rule of law, the new Schools
will make a concrete contribution to the ongoing
transitional processes in their countries.
Julian Popov was
appointed Minister of Environment and Water
On 13 March 2013 Julian Popov was appointed Minister of
Environment and Water in the Caretaker government of
Bulgaria. Mr Popov, Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian
School of Politics, is a renowned expert and journalist, who
published numerous articles in Bulgarian and European media
on European policy, EU enlargement, energy, sustainable
development and low carbon economy. For almost twenty years,
Mr Popov has been working as an advisor in institutional
development, public relations and educational policy for a
number of prestigious organisations such as European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission,
the British Open University and the European Association of
Distance Learning Universities. Mr Popov’s recent projects
have included work on a “Quality and impact assessment
manual for the Schools of Political Studies”, aiming to
facilitate knowledge sharing on training methods between
Schools and to enhance their capacity to build new
Think tanks meeting
On Tuesday 4 December 2012, Secretary General Thorbjørn
Jagland hosted a
meeting of directors and representatives from 27 major
European think tanks in Strasbourg. The
meeting was part of the Council’s efforts to enhance its
impact by strengthening the collaboration with all relevant
actors having a role in broad conceptual and political
debates. Think tanks have become important actors in many
policy fields and can provide access to new ideas and