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EU introduces new measures to combat ‘low-tech’ terrorism

This article from Deutsche Welle addresses the speech by Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union at the Counter Extremism Project conference, “Building Alliances – Preventing Terror”. EFD president Roberta Bonazzi comments “Additional emphasis needs to be placed on prevention of radicalisation. Within that context it is critical that the EU institutions and member states engage with civil


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Turkey’s education curriculum; Darwin out, Jihad in

This article from Adnrkronos addresses the recent decision by the Turkish government to introduce jihad to the education curriculum.

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek comments on the historic and current problems the Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, face; “It certainly predates AKP but AKP has not done anything to solve this issue either. On the contrary, they have promoted, by all means, Sunni Islam as the main religion of the country.”


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Jihad in the classroom: New curriculum unnerves Turkish minority

This article from Deutsche Presse-Agentur addresses the recent decision by the Turkish government to introduce jihad to the education curriculum.

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek comments on the historic and current problems the Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, face; “It certainly predates AKP but AKP has not done anything to solve this issue either. On the contrary, they have promoted, by all means, Sunni Islam as the main religion of the country.”


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Risk of suspension of EU-Turkey accession talks

This article from Al Arabiya English discusses the possible suspension of the accession talks between Turkey and the EU. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek mentions the substantial polarization of the Turkish population, and underlines the risks of closing the door to the diplomats and civil society sharing the EU funding values and principles.


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Markus Lanz: Expert addresses the connection between religion and terror

This article by Huffington Post discusses EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour’s appearance as a guest on German weekly talkshow Markus Lanz. During the show Mansour discussed the latest Islamist terrorist attacks, saying that “we [Muslims] haven’t asked ourselves the question how such a monster could emerge in our midst.”


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’Generation Allah’: Why we Muslims must ask ourselves some critical questions

In this article for FOCUS Online, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour calls attention to the fact that making young people resilient to extremist narratives must be at the core of addressing Islamist ideology. A precondition for this is the Muslim associations’ participation in a debate about an Islam that is compatible with our democracy and the German basic law, Mansour writes.


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At the table with Ahmad Mansour, ‘deradicaliser’

In this radio interview with hr2-kultur from 31st May, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour discusses the radicalisation of youth in Germany in the light of recent terror attacks. Mansour argues that the problem starts with a rejection of liberal democratic values and not just the actual readiness to use violence.


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’Let’s bomb violence with compassion’


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This Israeli ex-Salafist is one of Europe’s most outspoken critics of radical Islam

In this article, The Times of Israel echoes EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour in his call for Western governments to engage with Muslim youth vulnerable to extremist ideology. Mansour points out that “the challenge to German society is not only to respond to the problems of these young people before the Salafists and Islamists catch them, but also to educate them in a Western attitude that will make them immune to Islamist incitement.”


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