New Secretary General

Today Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) starts her five-year term as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. She is only the second woman after Catherine Lalumière (France, 1989-1994) to hold this position in the history of Europe’s oldest and largest intergovernmental organisation, founded 70 years ago to protect and promote the three core values: human…

10 years Europe’s Human Rights Watchdog

When I checked the internet in 2005 for information on the Council of Europe within the framework of a research project, I was in for a surprise: There was very little info available in English & French (and virtually none in German) on Europe’s oldest and largest intergovernmental human rights organisation! Of course, to a…

Quiz: Champ or chimp?

Are you comfortably committed to the European Committee – or do you need counselling on the Council of Europe and the European Council? Test yourself and find out if you can follow a discussion on “foreign” judges or if your knowledge makes you fit for the regular’s table at best. Twice the number of questions…

“Ida” wins Academy Award

Once again, a film supported by Eurimages – the Council of Europe’s film fund – wins an Academy Award for best foreign language film. In this Polish-Danish co-production in black and white, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski tells a story of religion, ideology and persecution: Anna, an orphan, lives in Poland in the Sixties and is…

Morocco and the Council of Europe

All though Morocco is not a member state of the Council of Europe, it is connected to Europe’s chief organisation for the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a number of ways: Morocco was the first country to be accepted by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly as „Partner for…

Octopus against Cybercrime

Typewriting? Sending telegrams? Developing pictures? All of these belong to the past. Today, thanks to computers and the internet, things have become easier and life more comfortable for all of us. There are, however, always people who spoil the fun for us regular citizens: Criminals, who use IT to forge, lie and cheat without regard…