About: EU counter-terrorism strategy

The coming spike in European terror

COVID-19 has been a boon to extremist groups across the world. In Europe, leaders need to wake up and tackle the growing threat of terrorism, argues Sofi Heikkinen.

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.
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.
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 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.
Global Europe 23-03-2015

A more even-handed stance toward Turkey and Azerbaijan

Europe's moderate Muslim allies – Turkey and Azerbaijan – might be the key to the fight against terrorism, writes Joshua Noonan.
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Languages & Culture 04-03-2015

The relevance of arts trafficking for international security

Over the past two centuries, abuse of antiquities and fine art has evolved from the “spoils of war” into a method of financing terrorism. Nowadays, both the US and UK are concerned about antiquities trafficking as a source of funding for ISIS, leading to calls for international cooperation to counter the market, writes Erik Nemeth.
Richard Howitt MEP
Global Europe 23-02-2015

Europe and Pakistan: Neither autocracy or theocracy

Whether the Taliban reasserts control within its borders and across them, what happens in Pakistan really matters to Europe and the rest of the world, writes Richard Howitt.
Sajjad Karim MEP

CIA torture exposes UK’s failure to protect its citizens

The CIA rendition scandal laid bare the British government’s failure to live up to its international obligations and protect the basic rights of its citizens, writes Sajjad Karim.