Opinion: Corruption charges have Council of Europe teetering on the brink of irrelevance


When individual members would rather illegally accept money and gifts instead of fighting corruption, there’s no need for the Council of Europe anymore, says DW’s Max Hofmann.

  • Max Hofmann
  • DW

Officially, the Council of Europe is meant to safeguard democracy and the rule of law.

Council of Europe 1a building LLLL good photoGiven that mission, many people are already asking why countries such as Russia and Turkey even have a seat at the table.

Most observers in Strasbourg say it would be pointless to throw them out, as the institution would then have zero influence on Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectively the…

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