About: counter terrorism

Global Europe 28-09-2018

Closer links to EU will help fight extremism in the Western Balkans – experts

Closer ties to the West are the most effective tool to counter jihadism and Islamic radicalisation in the Western Balkans, experts told a conference in Brussels this week. Meanwhile, concerns about returning foreign terrorist fighters remain.
Enlargement 03-05-2018

Defeating extremism in the Balkans

As a region deeply connected to the EU, the Western Balkans should no longer be forgotten. With Austria’s upcoming presidency of the EU, it is high time to reboot the region’s economic development and its integration into the Union, as well as recognise its progress in countering terrorism, writes Peter R. Neumann.

Terrorist threat still looms over Europe, Europol expert warns

The threat of terrorism “has not diminished and still persists” in Europe, despite the loss of Islamic State territories in Syria and Iraq, according to the head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism Centre, Manuel Navarrete. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Climate change 15-02-2018

Countering terror doesn’t need to cost the Earth

While the risks of terrorism should not be downplayed, the extensive nature of climate change risks should not be downplayed either. Often times, the impacts are less visible but more significant, argues Janani Vivekananda.  
Defence policy 01-02-2018

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism needs to be aligned with EU

If the EU wishes to defend human rights, and comply with its own counter-terrorism pledges, Pakistan’s incoherent counter-terrorism strategies should be at the top of every joint commission and negotiation, writes Charles Tannock.
Gilles de Kerchove, European Counter-Terrorism Coordinator [Security & Defence Agenda / Flickr]
Politics 28-08-2017

Terrorists can’t access weapons, EU anti-terrorist coordinator says after Spain attacks

The European Union's anti-terrorist coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said that the "modus operandi" of the cell that acted in Catalonia underlines the achievements of law enforcement in Spain and the EU in preventing terrorists from accessing firearms. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Politics 22-08-2017

Spain maintains terrorist alert level, heightens security

Spain has kept its current terrorist alert level unchanged but has moved to heighten security in tourist areas, following the terrorist attacks in Catalunya that killed 15 people and injured about 100 more. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Freedom of thought 23-05-2017

EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech

European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday (23 May) to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms.

EU to tighten guns rules despite concern it will restrict hunters, collectors

European Union governments should agree tighter gun control laws on Friday (10 June) in the wake of Islamist shooting attacks in France and Belgium, despite opposition from some states which say they will hurt only law-abiding enthusiasts.
Euro & Finance 03-05-2016

Terrorism hits economic growth, as Commission unveils spring forecast

Security concerns and the risk of new terrorist attacks are expected to further damage European economies in the next few months, against a backdrop of the weak economic growth seen in the EU over the last years, the European Commission warned in its spring economic forecasts on Tuesday (3 May).

Pittella: The ‘Trumps’ of Europe hamper cooperation on counter-terrorism

The blind illusion of some government that think they can tackle global threats unilaterally must be blamed for the lack of cooperation in Europe to fight terrorism and find a common response to solve the migration crisis, said S&D leader Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Security 10-03-2016

Counter-terrorism should not be a synonym for human rights abuse

As the world continues the fight against terrorism, the powers-that-be have to include civil society in their decision-making process, so that efficient and fair policies can be formulated, writes Claire Fernandez.