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The OSCE marks 40 years since the Helsinki Final Act: Its principles are more valid than ever

24 July 2015

The OSCE marks 40 years since the Helsinki Final Act: Its principles are more valid than ever

Forty years after world leaders from Vancouver to Vladivostok signed up to the ten principles of the Helsinki Final Act, in this CEPS Essay Erwan Fouéré considers the historic significance of the agreement that laid the foundations for today’s Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The author concludes with a number of recommendations that recall the principles of the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 and argues that, if participating states are willing to uphold them, these principles have even greater relevance today for the resolution of Europe’s complex and protracted conflicts.  

Erwan Fouéré is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS. 


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The OSCE marks 40 years since the Helsinki Final Act: Its principles are more valid than ever
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