EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed about the radicalisation of young people in Europe and why these individuals are willing to give up the freedom that Western societies provide them.
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed about his projects Heroes and Hayat. He explains how it is important to reach every single young, radicalised person and how this issue is approached within these projects.
Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung. He explains how the early stages of radicalisation convey positive feelings of structure and belonging to young people, while simultaneously evoking negative feelings towards newly built enemy stereotypes.
Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in the Swiss 20 Minuten. He comments on the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13th November 2015 and explains that many proponents of radical Islamism are born and raised within European societies but reject European core values such as democracy, human rights and diversity.
Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in the Austrian Wiener Zeitung. According to Ahmad,interpreting religion from the perspective of exclusivity is often the first step to increasingly move away from the core values of democracy. This process is at the origins of the Islamic radicalisation of young people.
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is featured in the Belgian online newspaper EU Today, commenting on the Turkish general election that was held on 1 November 2015. As highlighted in the article, “in an overview of the outcome of the election” Dr Seyrek states that “Turkish voters ‘chose stability over fundamental rights and freedoms'”.
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is mentioned in the online newspaper CS Monitor regarding the refugee crisis in Turkey and its EU bid: “For the Turkish public, there has been a clear realization after seeing what happened in Syria and Iraq that the Western world is a far more attractive and stable option. There is a real fatigue about the Middle East while public support for EU membership is growing, which is something that politicians in Turkey are very much aware of.”
Ahmad Mansour is interview by German radio station rbb. He explains how the radicalisation of young people is a problem that is worsening and affecting the educational systems as there remains a lack of tangible policy proposals.
According to EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek, the refugee crisis has demonstrated that the meaning of EU-Turkey relations goes beyond the discussions regarding Turkey’s full admission to the European Union. Turkey cannot ignore the EU and the EU cannot ignore Turkey; they are necessary to one another.
The Brussels Times reports on the upcoming elections in Turkey, in which this article discloses that the EU has been urged not to allow its strategic partnership with Turkey regarding Syria to be abused as an election item that could boost the ruling AK party. The warning comes a a time as EU leaders are meeting with Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria, the migrant crisis and the EU and Turkey’s “common fight against terrorism.”
EFD Senior Policy Advisro Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is mentioned in the Polish national daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita, commenting the latest Turkish election results and giving an in-depth analysis of what may happen next in Turkey’s political scenario.
The child and youth protection agency of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia reports on a symposium which was held on 2nd June 2015 on the topic of “Salafism — recruitment strategies and prevention approaches.” At the symposium, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discussed the psychological aspects of Salafism and why it can be appealing to young people.
Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the newly founded “Muslim Forum Germany” (“Muslimisches Forum Deutschland”),which aims to give a voice to humanistically oriented Muslims.
Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in Switzerland’s Aargauer Zeitung on the topic of radicalisation among young Muslims. Ahmad stresses the danger of speaking about radicalisation exclusively in connection with violent jihadists; he states that the topic has to be understood as a broader tendency among young Muslims in “Generation Allah.”
Facetten magazine reports on a panel discussion with Ahmad Mansour which took place at a church in Berlin’s Neukölln district under the title “Islam — between youth culture, religion and politics.” Among the guest speakers were Islamism expert Claudia Dantschke, local Imam Ender Cetin and Member of the Bundestag Erol Özkaraca (SPD).