Manuel Valls has announced a 735 million euro plan to bolster France's defences against terrorism over the next three years. The French government says this unplanned expenditure will not threaten their agreement with Brussels to reduce the national deficit. EurActiv France reports.
The European Union should consider forcing Internet firms to help security services tap into coded emails and calls as part of a new strategy to combat militant attacks, the EU counter-terrorism coordinator says.
European Union foreign ministers on Monday discussed setting up a new network of European security agents abroad, as they sought a united response to the threat from militant Islamists following the attacks in Paris on 7 January.
European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday (19 January) agreed that they need to engage in more dialogue with Europe’s neighbouring Islamic countries to deal with extremism, whilst simultaneously rebutting the Russian news narrative in Eastern Europe.
European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today (19 January) will pave the way for concrete measures to prevent online platforms seducing impressionable Muslims with a “glamorous narrative”, officials and diplomats said last week.
EU member states have reacted in different ways to the security threat highlighted by the Paris terrorist attacks, pointing to how difficult it would be to put in place a common European response to the challenge. The EurActiv network reports.
Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday (15 January) against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale".