Challenges for 21st Century European Society: Combining Diversity and Freedom
Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General, Council of Europe
Timothy Garton Ash, Member of the Eminent Persons Group, Council of Europe
Chair: Maurice Fraser, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Thorbjorn Jagland and Timothy Garton Ash will expand on issues raised in the recent Special Report on Diversity and Freedom in 21st Century Europe. This report, commissioned by the Council of Europe from a group of Eminent Persons chaired by Joschka Fischer, proposes guiding principles for combining rights and responsibilities for minority groups, as well as for the established populations in the Council's member states. It aims to 'minimise compulsion and maximise persuasion' in ensuring internal security and social peace in wider Europe.