On 17 May 2017, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), hosted an event on how to address jihadist radicalization through the implementation of alternative and counter-narratives. Throughout the discussion, the panel discussed different opportunities and the challenges for civil society organizations (CSOs) that are working on these issues.
Analysis & Events
Effective counter-terrorism strategies require the participation of a broad range of actors, including civil society. At the core of such strategies is the notion that prevention of radicalisation is one of the key priorities and that effective groups and individuals need to be supported and empowered with a view to building resilience within relevant communities.
IPI (Germany)May 19, 2017
Turkey – a challenge for EU diplomacy, a test for Europe’s democracy and a threat to freedom of the media and freedom of expression. Is this candidate for future EU membership growing more distant?
EFD (Belgium)May 16, 2017
On May 16 2017, EFD hosted an exchange of views on issues concerning the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan. Afghan expert Kamal Dalili, as well as EFD President Roberta Bonazzi discussed the possible scenarios in this volatile region, the implications for Europe in terms of security and the fight against terrorism, as well as the potential for ISIS to join forces with the Taliban.
SkyNews (UK)April 28, 2017
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is interviewed by SkyNews on the consequences of the outcome of the Turkish Constitutional Referendum of April 2017.
Neue Westfälische (Germany)April 11, 2017
This article by Neue Westfälische discusses the development process of EFD’s Practitioner’s Guide to Preventing Radicalisation in School.
Huffington Post (Germany)April 7, 2017
This article by Huffington Post mentions EFD’s latest publication, the Practitioner’s Guide to Preventing Radicalisation in Schools, citing examples of the courses of action recommended to teachers who are faced with intercultural conflict or tensions of religious origin in schools.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)April 5, 2017
This article by Deutsche Welle gives account of the publication of EFD’s Practitioner’s Guide to Preventing Radicalisation in Schools. It highlights the need for engagement with the issues raised in the publication, citing the principal of an elementary school from Berlin Neukölln.
EFD (Berlin)April 5, 2017
EFD´s and CEP´s new Handbook for teachers on integration and radicalization is featured on German TV channel N24, April 4th 2017.
In many EU member states, teachers are increasingly facing challenges of integrating students from different cultural backgrounds. Discussions on issues such as patriarchal structures and traditions, orthodox Islam, Islamism and Salafism are often emotionally charged and can easily overwhelm educators.
On 29th March 2017, EFD hosted a discussion entitled “Fostering Integration, Preventing Radicalisation“ at Hermann-Sander elementary School in Berlin Neukölln.
EFD (Belgium)March 23, 2017
On 22nd of March, the European Policy Centre (EPC), in cooperation with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) hosted a high-level panel discussion on the occasion of EPC-EFD book launch. Commissioner Julian King was present and gave an insightful speech. The European Foundation for Democracy is mentioned in the transcription of his address by the European Commission.
BrusselsMarch 23, 2017
The event presented the final publication of The challenges of jihadist radicalisation in Europe and beyond.
EFD (Brussels)March 23, 2017
On 22nd of March, the European Foundation for Democracy attended the MEP Awards, organised by the Parliament Magazine. The European Foundation for Democracy sponsored the award for the category “Justice and Civil Liberties”.
EFD (Belgium)March 22, 2017
Over the past several months, Europe has found itself on the frontline in the fight against terrorism and jihadist radicalisation. These have become among the most serious threats to European security and the values on which the EU is built. In the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) came together to analyse the rise of jihadist radicalisation in Europe and beyond and develop concrete policy recommendations to tackle the issue head-on. This book, published exactly a year after the 22nd March Brussels attacks, is the result of a series of multi-stakeholder events and workshops and features contributions from leading experts from across Europe.