Monday, 28 July 2008

In memoriam: Lord Russell-Johnston

Yesterday, Scottish Liberal Democrat and former Member of Parliament Lord Russel-Johnston died, one day before his 76th birthday.

Lord Russel-Johnston was a committed European and worked both in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as well as the PA of the Western European Union. From 1999-2002 he was the President of PACE and remained one of the most active and visible members of this most important transnational parliamentary body: If you were following the work of the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly, you did not get around Lord Russel-Johnston.

Europe has lost another great mind.

(Please also read Jonathan Fryer's article, who has known Russel-Johnston personally.)