About: EU counter-terrorism strategy

British spymaster pleads for EU intelligence cooperation

Britain and the European Union must build a close security partnership after Brexit to foil Islamic State militant attacks and counter Russia's malign attempts to subvert Western democracies, the head of Britain's domestic spy agency said.

Two years after the Brussels attacks, the terrorist threat remains very real

Returning foreign fighters, along with home-grown radicals, are heightening concerns that further attacks could be afoot. Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and Amanda Paul argue there is room to beef-up security measures without creating a “police state” and maintaining respect for individual rights and liberties.
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.
Freedom of thought 17-10-2017

In Europe, a new wave of terrorism driven by social media

The proliferation of extremist content online has led to growing pressure on tech firms. The EU has an opportunity to provide leadership by developing clear standards to decrease the prevalence of extremist propaganda, writes Radek Sikorski.
Brexit 25-08-2017

British MEP ‘very worried’ about post-Brexit security efforts

The chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament said he is “concerned” about Brexit’s effects on the fight against terrorism in the UK and the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Politics 15-06-2017

Pressured in Europe, Facebook details removal of terrorism content

Facebook on Thursday (15 June) offered additional insight on its efforts to remove terrorism content, a response to political pressure in Europe to militant groups using the social network for propaganda and recruiting.
Politics 19-04-2017

France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections

Two men arrested in Marseille on Tuesday (18 April) planned an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday (23 April), authorities said.
Freedom of thought 12-04-2017

Figel reappointed as EU Special Envoy on religious freedom

The EU’s first ever Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU has been reappointed to another 12-month term.
Brexit 31-03-2017

Security is risky card for Britain in Brexit talks, analysts say

From sharing intelligence after terror attacks to pursuing cross-border criminals, security is a potential bargaining chip for Britain in the Brexit negotiations – but one that must be played carefully, analysts say.
Freedom of thought 22-03-2017

EU anti-terror czar: ‘The threat is coming from inside Europe’

A year after the Brussels attacks, Gilles de Kerchove told EURACTIV.com about the fast pace of development of EU security policy, calling for the “systematic use of biometrics” and “batch comparison” of databases in order to boost security in the Schengen area.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Brussels prepares EU-wide scheme for visa-free travel authorisation

The European Commission is preparing a proposal inspired by France and Germany to introduce a “European ESTA” modelled on a US scheme that requires international travellers who do not need a visa to apply online – and pay a 14 dollar fee – before entering the territory, EURACTIV.com can confirm.
Development Policy 24-08-2016

EU foreign policy risks fuelling displacement and terror

While the EU’s foreign policy recognises the importance of promoting peace and stability beyond its borders, it also emphasises the need to align development aid with strategic priorities. This is indicative of a wider risk, writes Kloe Tricot O’Farrell.
Digital 24-08-2016

EU backs Franco-German bid for access to encrypted messages

France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries.
Euro & Finance 19-08-2016

The failure to police the EU’s financial border is a security weakness

Whilst EU leaders and policymakers have struggled to maintain the security of the EU’s external physical border, the financial border is wide open to all. At a time of focus on the funding of EU extremism from third countries this is a worrying weakness, writes Tom Keatinge.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Czechs call on EU to act over Balkan terrorism threat

At least 3,000 EU citizens have left for conflict zones in Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Some received training in Balkan countries, according to a Europol report which has raised alarm in the Czech Republic. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Security 22-06-2016

Man with salt and biscuit ‘suicide belt’ sparks Brussels alert

A man with psychiatric problems who was carrying a fake suicide belt full of salt and biscuits was arrested Tuesday after he triggered a major anti-terror operation at a Brussels shopping mall, prosecutors said.
Europol's new HQ

New European police centre launches to ‘help anti-terror coordination’

EU ministers open talks Monday (25 January) in Amsterdam on ways to save the Schengen passport-free zone from collapse, and tackle the jihadist scourge, as a new counter-terrorism centre in The Hague is launched.
A woman carries a placard with the likeness of Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as thousands of Hungarians protest against perceived corruption at the country's tax authority and lack of wider democratic freedoms, in Budapest, 9 November 2014 [Reuter

Hungary anti-terror spy law breaches privacy: European rights court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (12 January) rapped Hungary over its anti-terror surveillance legislation, saying a 2011 law could be used against "virtually anyone", trampling Hungarians' right to privacy.

Ministers call for boosting intel sharing to thwart ‘Terrorism 2.0’

Ministers demanded greater intelligence sharing to stop extremist groups slipping across borders to carry out attacks, urging concrete commitments at talks Monday to stem dangerous intel lapses.

EU leaders silent on growing risk of an ISIS chemical attack

Plans to address the risk of a terrorist attack with non-conventional weapons are not part of the EU summit on 17-18 December, despite the growing risk of a such an attack by ISIS on European soil, according to analysts and EU institutions.
Arms smuggling

EU’s new ‘Directive on Terrorism’ aims to criminalise preparatory acts

The European Commission adopted on Wednesday (2 December) a package of measures to combat terrorism and arms trafficking, including criminalising travel "for terrorist purposes".
Dimitris Avramopoulos

EU, online firms to launch anti-extremism forum

The European Union announced on Monday (19 October) it will launch in December a forum bringing together Internet firms and law enforcement agencies to combat online extremism.
Transport 25-08-2015

EU to review rail security after foiled Thalys attack

The European Union will review railway security on high-speed international lines after last week's foiled attack in France. But officials warned on Monday (24 August) against overreaction.
Global Europe 01-04-2015

Principles in the firing line? The EU and the death penalty

Inserting counter-terrorism into European Union foreign policy could undermine the EU's stance against the death penalty, warns Iverna McGowan.