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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…