By Amanda Paul and Demir Murat Seyrek Getting EU leaders to agree on a strategy for Turkey is like herding cats. At the forthcoming 19-20 October European Council meeting, EU heads of state and government are expected to kick-off a discussion on the future of EU-Turkey relations, a first step towards developing a new strategy
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The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) organised this Policy Dialogue, in partnership with the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and the European Policy Centre (EPC). Preventing radicalisation in schools is a priority for the EU and its member states. The risk of young people being targeted by radical groups has risen, with schools increasingly on the front-line in the battle to prevent extremism.
The Parliament Magazine (Belgium)March 14, 2017
EFD Senior Councellor John Duhig explains, in an article published by the Parliament Magasine, that “the Brussels prosecutor has just launched an inquiry into the activities of 144 of some 3308 charities and not-for-profit organisations in Molenbeek and neighbouring Koekelberg, Jette, Ganshoren and Berchem-Saint-Agathe, for possible links to violent extremism and terrorism.”
European Policy Centre (Brussels)December 8, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and EPC Policy Analyst Amanda Paul have issued a commentary on the recent developments on EU-Turkey relations.
In this article for Deutsche Welle, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek challenges the EU’s sincerity with regards to addressing the democratic problems Turkey faces and raises the question of why negotiation chapters 23 (judiciary and fundamental rights) and 24 (justice, freedom and security) of the accession talks are currently still blocked.
EUobserver (Brussels)November 16, 2016
In an Op-Ed published by EUobserver, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek and EPC Senior Policy Analyst Amanda Paul suggest a number of reasons why they advise the EU not to suspend talks with Turkey.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)November 1, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek writes for Deutsche Welle on the negotiation process regarding visa liberalisation between Turkey and the EU, after a deadline for the implementation of visa liberalisation has passed at the end of October.
tv diskurs (Germany)October 30, 2016
In this article, EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann highlights that media outlets often involuntarily serve as extended propaganda channels of terrorist organisations.
The Parliament Magazine (Belgium)October 5, 2016
“In a recent report, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies ( ISPI ) analysed some of the key hotbeds of jihadist radicalisation, in a bid to better understand the root-causes, triggers and dynamics of the phenomenon, and to suggest strategies to counter it.”
Democracy Digest (USA)October 4, 2016
EFD’s latest publication, Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation Processes, is mentioned in a blog post by by Democracy Digest.
La Nuova Bussola QuotidianaSeptember 27, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo writes about the assassination of Nahid Hattar, a Jordanian writer charged with offending Islam after allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page.
La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana (Italy)September 7, 2016
In her latest article on the so-called ‘Islamic State’ , EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo explains the differences between Dabiq, the magazine used bu IS to spread their ideology all over the world, and Rumiyah, the latest version of the magazine
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)August 28, 2016
In this contribution for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour and co-chair of the German Green party Cem Özdemir claim that the German government is not prepared to tackle radical Islam. Integrating the refugees in Germany is already a gigantic task and it is time to learn from the mistakes that have been made in the past, they urge.
Il Giornale (Italy)August 26, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Valentina Colombo is mentioned by the well known Italian newspaper Il Giornale.
Grazia (Italia)August 25, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Valentina Colombo writes for the Italian magazine Grazia on the controversial decision of the French authorities to ban ‘burkinis’, the full bathing suit Muslim women wear on the beach if they want to cover their bodies.