EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann on France24 – 27 / 12 / 2016

Alexander Ritzmann | France24 (France) |

EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann is interviewed by France24 on the terror attack that hit a Christmas market in the German capital Berlin and the need to strengthen the cooperation between the different security agencies to prevent further attacks from being perpetrated.

“We don’t need more police, we need better police (..) and better cooperation between the different security agencies because, once again, the suspect was known by several security agencies; there was not a lack of data, of information, but a lack of sharing this information.”

This video is in English and can be watched here.

About Alexander Ritzmann

Alexander Ritzmann has worked with EFD since 2007 in various roles and at different times. He was appointed the Executive Director of EFD in 2016. He is also co-chair of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Communication and Narratives (C&N) Working Group and is a Research Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Germany. From September 2012 - December 2015, Alexander worked as Senior Advisor MENA Region and Project Manager for GIZ, the German Development Cooperation, based in Cairo, Egypt. He has also lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, Beirut, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Washington D.C. In 2007 he was a DAAD-Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC. From 2001 - 2006 Alexander was a member of the Berlin State Parliament, overseeing the state police and intelligence agency, focusing on homeland security and data protection issues. He received his Master’s degree in Political Science from the Free University Berlin in 2000.

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