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Politics 02-03-2021

Three in four EU citizens want a more sovereign Europe

The demand for more European sovereignty within the EU is strong despite disparities between countries, according to a study published Tuesday (2 March) by the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in partnership with the Ipsos polling institute. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 26-02-2021

Extremists and terrorists use pandemic to ‘sell’ their messages, Europol chief warns

Extremist groups, left-wing and right-wing, jihadists and radicals, are taking advantage of the vulnerability created by the pandemic in Europe to spread their message of hate on social networks and the internet, the chief of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Catherine De Bolle, has warned.
Global Europe 23-02-2021

Violence against civilians surges in Afghanistan after peace talks: UN report

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday (23 February), calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after weeks of inaction.

NATO to agree larger Iraq training force as violence rises

NATO defence ministers are set to expand the military alliance's training mission in Iraq once the coronavirus pandemic eases, senior officials and diplomats said, potentially cementing a broader role for the Atlantic alliance in the Middle East.
Global Europe 09-02-2021

Turkey’s unlikely westward turn 

Turkey's sudden desire to 'turn a new page' in its western relations comes as a surprise. But what is behind is an apparent change of heart which has to do with the country's deteriorating economy, writes Robert Ellis.
Central Asia 04-02-2021

Kazakhstan repatriates ‘foreign fighters’ from Syria

Kazakhstan has repatriated another group of its nationals who have been in Syria alongside terrorist forces. Unlike some EU countries that are reluctant to take back their nationals, Kazakhstan is making the effort to re-integrate them, but also punish those guilty of terrorism.
Global Europe 04-02-2021

Half of Afghans need humanitarian aid as violence rises: EU commissioner

Half of Afghans need humanitarian aid but rising violence is preventing deliveries, a senior European Union humanitarian official said on Wednesday (3 February), reiterating calls for a ceasefire between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban.
Global Europe 04-02-2021

In first for Europe, Iranian diplomat faces sentencing for terrorism

An Iranian diplomat accused of planning to bomb a meeting of an exiled opposition group is to be sentenced in the first trial of an Iranian official for suspected terrorism in the European Union since Iran's 1979 revolution.
Global Europe 22-01-2021

Islamic State claims Baghdad twin bombing that killed 32, wounded 110

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing that killed 32 people and wounded 110 at a crowded market in central Baghdad on Thursday (21 January).
MEPs involved in penning initiative texts on the Commission's landmark Digital Services Act (DSA) have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the recent storming of the US Capitol in Washington, and say that regulation should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Digital 08-01-2021

Lawmakers call for tougher EU disinformation laws in wake of US riots

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, saying the EU's proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Global Europe 31-12-2020

Twenty-two killed in attack on Aden airport after new Yemen cabinet lands

At least 22 people were killed and dozens wounded in an attack on Aden airport on Wednesday (30 December), moments after a plane landed carrying a newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen.
Global Europe 15-12-2020

US takes Sudan off sponsors of terror blacklist

The United States on Monday (14 December) removed Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist and declared a "fundamental change" in relations, less than two months after the Arab nation pledged to normalise ties with Israel.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

Macron says France will sell arms to Egypt irrespective of rights

French President Emmanuel Macron said he would not condition the sale of weapons to Egypt on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo’s ability to counter terrorism in the region.

Commission says closing EU borders ‘won’t stop’ terror

The EU's top home affairs official on Monday (30 December) said putting up borders within Europe was ineffective against terrorism and would only hurt the bloc's post-Covid economic recovery.

French task force leader: ‘Radicalisation is not an ideology’

"Our brain naturally links radicalisation to a religious ideology such as Islamism," Fadila Leturcq tells EURACTIV France. Before being an ideology, however, "radicalisation is a process that concerns other forms of political radicalisation, as was the case in New Zealand for example," said Leturcq, who co-chairs a radicalisation task force set up by the Institute for Advanced National Defence Studies (IHEDN). EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 27-11-2020

In European first, Iranians face trial over suspected bomb plot

An Iranian diplomat and three other Iranians go on trial in Antwerp for planning to bomb a 2018 meeting of an exiled opposition group, the first time an EU country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism.

Paris train gunman tells court he was looking for ‘US soldiers, people from EU Commission’

The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday (25 November) he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.
Non-discrimination 13-11-2020

Terrorism and Muslim communities: Europe’s ‘right’ battle

In recent weeks, violent terrorist attacks have shocked France and Vienna, after cartoons of Prophet Mohammed were published by French satiric publication Charlie Hebdo to mark the start of the trial for the 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Macron hosts video summit on terror response

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday (10 November) host a video summit about an EU-wide response to recent attacks in Europe blamed on Islamist radicals, his office said.

Eight detained after Vienna attack had previous convictions

Eight of those detained following Monday night's terrorist attack in Vienna had previous convictions, including for terror offences, the Austrian interior minister said Thursday (5 November), as the investigation extended to Switzerland and a second, unnamed country.

France and Germany demand closer EU cooperation in fight against terrorism

Germany and France want the EU to cooperate more closely in the fight against terrorism, particularly when it comes to a more open exchange of intelligence information. However, member states distrust each other. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 04-11-2020

Austria’s Kurz urges EU to do more to fight ‘political Islam’

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the European Union Tuesday (3 November) to do more to fight "political Islam", which he said represented a grave threat to European values.

Gunmen kill four in ‘Islamist terror attack’ in Vienna, manhunt launched

Gunmen attacked six locations in central Vienna starting outside the main synagogue, killing two people and injuring at least 17 in what Austria called a “repulsive terror attack” while hunting one or more assailants on the loose.
Global Europe 30-10-2020

World leaders condemn deadly stabbings in France

World leaders condemned fatal stabbings in the French city of Nice Thursday (29 October) that France called an Islamist terrorist attack.