Council of Europe chief says far-right rise risks return of ‘the wild state’

Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

STRASBOURG, France: The rise of far-right parties in several countries is pulling Europe towards a “wild state”, but the outgoing head of the Council of Europe said on Friday she did not believe Britain and France would leave the body after looming elections.

Marija Pejcinovic Buric, who will stand down as secretary general of the rights body in September, said that despite criticism of the 46-nation institution by British and French right wingers, Europe had no alternative to taking a “multilateral” path to solve its problems.

“We see very well in Europe and around the world that there are nationalist extremists, populists and anti-rights movements who are pulling the world, or Europe, into a wild state,” the former Croatian foreign minister told reporters.