'The voice of reason must come from Parliaments', Thorbjørn Jagland tells Speakers

Calling on national Parliaments to counteract rising populism across European societies, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland said ‘It is worrying to see the mainstream in politics increasingly imitating the margins.

What was perhaps extreme five years ago is now considered acceptable’. He urged ‘The voice of reason must come from Parliaments. When debates become hysterical, national parliaments should be a source of reasoned debate, based on facts.”