The secretary general of the Council of Europe, the depositary of the European Convention of Human Rights,addresses the key challenges facing human rights, democracy and the rule of law across the European continent.

16 October 2015


Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General, Council of Europe


He explains why he believes ‘democratic security’ should be the guiding mantra for Europe’s leaders, arguing for a stronger, shared commitment to democratic norms as the basis of peace and stability. The secretary general sets out his views on Europe’s biggest security dilemmas, from the fight against violent extremism to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. He also addresses international challenges facing European states and discusses pan-European cooperation.