Monday, 24 April 2017
State of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances?
Increasing numbers of Europeans faced with austerity, unemployment and inequality are seeing globalisation as a threat and are tempted by populist parties. To address this trend, it is vital that social rights such as employment, health and education be respected within inclusive societies. Citizens must also be fully confident about their national and European institutions. They require independent and impartial justice, effective parliaments and pluralistic media.
The new report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe State of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances? assesses the functioning of institutions and of societies across the 47 countries of the Organisation in the current political and social context. The report also explains how responsible political players can work together to challenge populism and to foster safe and stable states.