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Jagland: Europe must practice what it preaches on multi-culturalism

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has challenged Europe to practice what it preaches in its relations with neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean region.

In his 9 September speech to the Bled Strategic Forum, Jagland expressed his fear that neighbours might not heed Europe’s calls for more tolerant and inclusive politics, if it could not cope with its own multicultural societies.

“How can we expect our neighbours to follow the European liberal and tolerant model if we cannot cope with the issue of interculturalism ourselves?” he asked.

The Secretary General was in Slovenia to address the theme ‘The Search for a New World Order in the Mediterranean.’ He highlighted the Council of Europe’s ‘Neighbourhood Policy’ as an approach based on respect and consistency and said if such a new world order existed, it should be built on “equity, justice and respect.”

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