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Freedom of thought 29-09-2017

The importance of prevention for security policies

“Think globally - act locally”. This well-known motto, originally coined to highlight the impact of environmental policies, urges us to take a holistic view on the global impact of local action. It can also be applied to preventive approaches to security policies, writes Antje Niewisch-Lennartz.

Juncker: Death penalty in Turkey would mean end to EU accession talks

The European Union should continue accession negotiations with Turkey but a reintroduction of the death penalty would clearly put an end to the process, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (31 May).

Freedom of thought 04-04-2017

EU envoy on religious freedom: ‘Indifference, ignorance and fear’ are terror’s greatest allies

To mark his first anniversary in the role as the EU’s inaugural Special Envoy for the Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the EU, EURACTIV.com interviewed Ján Figeľ about the headscarf ban, Islamist terrorism and growing up Catholic in a communist state.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

Erdogan tells Merkel to abandon ‘Islamist terror’ phrase

Ahead of today’s EU summit in Malta (3 February), German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lectured her not to use the expression “Islamist terror."

Dutch MPs approve partial ban on burka

Dutch MPs yesterday (29 November) voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burka from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country.

Enlargement 28-04-2016

Turkey to seek ‘liberal interpretation’ of secularism in new constitution

Turkey's new constitution will retain secularism as a principle, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday (27 April), playing down comments from the parliamentary speaker who caused a public uproar by calling for a religious national charter.

Enlargement 27-04-2016

Turks protest Islamisation push

Turkish police yesterday (26 April) fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.

Security 01-04-2016

Molenbeek mayor: ‘Poverty is no excuse for radicalism’

The Brussels commune of Molenbeek has made international news over the last few months because of its ties to terrorism. Its mayor, Françoise Schepmans, spoke to EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel about the area, ghettoisation and family reunification. Françoise Schepmans is the mayor of the Brussels commune of Molenbeek, having assumed office in December 2012. Schepmans spoke …

Central Europe 22-02-2016

Bulgaria expels Turkish diplomat for conducting Islamist activity

Bulgaria has declared a Turkish diplomat working at the Consulate General in Burgas persona non-grata, the Bulgarian press reported yesterday (21 February).

Development Policy 19-02-2016

EU confident in Burkina Faso

Despite the terrorist attacks carried out in its capital at the beginning of the year, EU Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, confidently looked to the future of Burkina Faso during a visit to the West African nation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Med & South 18-11-2015

Remember Paris!

If being European is not able to inspire, then it is only right that Europe is occupied by a culture which can, writes Žiga Turk.

Paris attacks give EU leaders excuse to get tough on refugees

Reports of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night's attacks may change attitudes towards migrants across Europe. The EURACTIV network reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-09-2015

Germany wary of radicalisation of incoming refugees

The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has warned against the radicalisation of refugees by Islamists in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Development Policy 22-04-2015

EU-African summit focuses on migration

Meeting on 22 April, the executive leaders of the European Union and the African Union focused on the issue of how to deal with migration from the Africa to Europe.

Global Europe 31-03-2015

Turkey, Saudi Arabia strive for Sunni leadership

The regional environment will likely push Ankara into a more confrontational stance regarding Tehran, as Turkey vies for a leading role in the Sunni world, writes global intelligence company Stratfor.

Med & South 30-03-2015

EU leaders march in Tunis in solidarity against Islamist militants

World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians Sunday (29 March) to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack.

Global Europe 03-02-2015

Analyst: Blaming Western interventionism for all evil is far-fetched

When the West intervened in Libya, it later turned into chaos. When the West did not intervene in Syria, it turned into chaos as well. Therefore, it is hard to draw a definitive conclusion whether it is good or bad to intervene, Justin Vaïsse, director of the Policy Planning staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.

Charlie Hebdo: There is grief, but will there be a debate?

Today, it is necessary to bravely ask the question about how to increase security in Europe, even if certain issues look controversial, writes Micha? Boni.

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Parliament holds minute of silence for Charlie Hebdo victims

EU lawmakers gathered outside the European Parliament on Thursday to hold one minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the attack on the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

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Languages & Culture 08-01-2015

EU leaders condemn ‘barbaric’ terrorist attack in France

EU leaders condemned on Wednesday the terrorist attack on the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, calling it an “act of barbarism.”

Global Europe 15-12-2014

EU condemns Turkish raids on media

Turkish police raids on media outlets are incompatible with media freedom and run counter to European values, the European Union said in an unusually strongly worded statement yesterday (15 December).

Global Europe 12-12-2014

Does the EU want to bring Russia and Turkey into the Western Balkans?

As there are no signs that the EU economy will revitalize soon and lift with it the Western Balkans, the region is looking for new business partners, writes Dušan Relji?.

Erdogan and his wife Emine at a meeting where he is named as AKP candidate for the country's first direct presidential election [Reuters]
Languages & Culture 25-11-2014

Erdo?an: Gender equality is contrary to nature

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an told a meeting on women's rights yesterday (24 November) that gender equality was contrary to nature and said feminists did not recognise the value of motherhood.

Enlargement 22-07-2014

Dozens in Turkey detained over alleged wiretapping

Dozens of high-ranking police officers were detained in Turkey today (22 July) accused of involvement in spying and illegal wire-tapping during an investigation into corruption in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's inner circle, CNN Turk said.