Foreign Minister Mass met the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Berlin on 15 November. They held discussions on how its members can make the institution even more effective.
On Tuesday, the Council of Europe arrived at a compromise which enables Russia to remain a member. This is good news, especially for civil society in Russia.
The Council of Europe protects human rights activists in Russia. Foreign Minister Maas is working to ensure that Moscow does not leave the Organisation.
A bastion of human rights from Vladivostok to Lisbon: the Council of Europe is turning 70. What makes the organisation, which is independent of the EU, so special?
The Council of Europe protects human rights in 47 countries. However, a dispute with Russia could weaken the organisation dramatically. Foreign Minister Maas is working to find a solution.