Late in the evening on 15 July, an attempted coup d’état was initiated in Turkey by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces. Within less than 24 hours, the attempt to overthrow the government had failed, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured in its wake.
Analysis & Events
European ParliamentSeptember 8, 2016
On 8 September, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a public conference in collaboration with the PeaceJam Foundation and Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, MEP, at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Press Club Brussels EuropeSeptember 6, 2016
On 6 September 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed door conference with Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek, EFD Senior Policy Advisor, expert on Turkish politics and foreign policy.
Statement by Elham Manea, Senior Fellow, European Foundation for Democracy and Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Zurich University regarding the UK government’s review of Sharia law in England and Wales. Elham Manea was to testify in London on Wednesday 27th July to the Independent Review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales. With regret and after much consideration she decided not to provide evidence to the Sharia Review Panel meeting.
ISPI, Milan (Italy)July 15, 2016
Building upon the current debate on the origin and nature of jihadist militancy, “Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation processes” outlines a broad spectrum of radicalization factors contributing to the emergence of jihadist hotbeds: poverty, unemployment, lack of job prospects, juvenile delinquency, trafficking and smuggling, socio–political, economic and physical marginalization, the role of Salafist ideology as well as the influence of brotherhood networks.
Brussels (Belgium)June 28, 2016
On June 28, the European Foundation for Democracy, the European Policy Centre, the Counter Extremism Project and the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) hosted a conference entitled: “Jihadist radicalisation in schools, universities, prisons and mosques: What challenges for Europe?”. Guest speakers included: Rupert Sutton, Director of Students Rights (UK); Muhammad Manwar Ali, Imam, Founder and Chief Executive of Muslim educational charity JIMAS (UK); Rodrigo Ballester, Member of Cabinet of Tibor Navracsics from the European Commissioner; Stefano M. Torelli, Research Fellow at ISPI. The event was moderated by Andrea Frontini, Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre.
Brussels (Belgium)June 28, 2016
On June 28, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a policy briefing entitled “How can we best tackle radicalisation and radical preachers? ” with Imam Manwar Ali.
Informazione Corretta (Italy)June 26, 2016
EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo writes about the latest Ennahdha Congress, where the slogan of the event read: “Abandonment of political Islam and separation between politics and the practice of preaching”.
European Foundation for DemocracyJune 22, 2016
On 22nd June the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a policy briefing entitled: “Kremlin propaganda: how does it interplay with far right politics in Europe?”.
Brussels (Belgium)June 16, 2016
Social media has fundamentally changed how we share information – now there are so many more ways of reaching people. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are widely used, especially by young people, to stay informed in real time. However, some groups and individuals misuse these platforms to promote radical ideas and shape information for their own purposes. In the open space offered by social media, where identities can be kept anonymous or changed quickly, how can these individuals and groups be identified, and how effective are their strategies?
European Parliament (Brussels)June 15, 2016
On 22 June, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a policy briefing at the European Parliament to discuss far-right extremism and the threat it represents for Europe today, with MEP Tanja Fajon and experts Prof. Matthew J. Goodwin from the University of Kent and Visiting Senior Fellow at Chatham House, Dr Péter Krekó, Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University International, Director of Political Capital in Budapest and member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network and Prof. Benjamin De Cleen from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
European Foundation for DemocracyJune 9, 2016
On 9 June the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project, hosted a policy dialogue conference entitled: “The role of the ideology in radicalising young people – how can international cooperation best tackle this thorny issue?”.
Medienforum NRW (Germany)June 8, 2016
EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek participated in a panel discussion entitled “Media’s critical mass for democracy” hosted by the Media Forum North Rhine-Westfalia. Together with other experts from affected regions such as Russia and Turkey, Seyrek discussed the consequences of a state which enforces limitations of freedom of expression and press for society and journalism, as well as strategies to counter these developments.
Brussels (Belgium)May 26, 2016
On 26 May 2016 the European Foundation for Democracy, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project, hosted a policy briefing with Ed Husain, Senior Advisor and the Director of Strategy at the Tony Blair Foundation.
Brussels (Belgium)May 25, 2016
On 25 May, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project hosted a closed-door policy briefing for EU diplomats and officials entitled: “Shari’a courts in Europe – the case of the UK: A legal lifeline for communities or a convenient tool for creating parallel societies?”. The guest speaker was Elham Manea, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Zurich University and member of the CEP Advisory Board.