PDF - State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law (2017)
Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances?
This is the fourth annual report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. As with previous reports, the five chapters look at the key building blocks of democratic security: efficient, impartial and independent judiciaries; freedom of expression; freedom of assembly and freedom of association; democratic institutions; and inclusive societies.
The report’s analysis of Council of Europe member states’ strengths and weaknesses in these areas can be used to assess their resilience to the challenges posed by populism.
WHAT IS POPULISM?
GUIDE TO THE REPORT
PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
CHAPTER 1 – EFFICIENT, IMPARTIAL AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIARIES
Efficiency of court proceedings
Enforcement of court decisions
Legality and legal certainty
Access to legal aid
CHAPTER 2 – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Legal guarantees for freedom of expression
Protection of journalists and other media actors
Media pluralism and diversity
Freedom of expression on the internet
CHAPTER 3 – FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
Freedom of assembly
Freedom of association
CHAPTER 4 – DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
Free and fair elections
Functioning of democratic institutions
CHAPTER 5 – INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES
Non-discrimination and integration policies
Access to rights and integration of refugees and migrants
Education and culture for democracy
Engaging young people