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.
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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.
Brussels (Belgium)May 25, 2016
On 25 May 2016, the European Foundation for Democracy and the European Policy Centre, in collaboration with the Counter Extremism Project, will host a policy dialogue to discuss the rise of the radicalisation phenomenon in Europe and the global dimension jihadist networks have been obtaining.
European Policy Centre (EPC) (Brussels)May 25, 2016
The European Policy Centre (EPC) held an event to discuss Turkey’s foreign policy; EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek was one of the main speakers.
Centre for European Policy Studies (Belgium)May 1, 2016
The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and global powers on 14 July 2015 was a major turning point in the emerging strategic landscape of the Middle East. The ‘nuclear deal’ led to the lifting by the EU and the US of nuclear-related sanctions and is now operational.
European Jewish Press (Brussels)April 15, 2016
Following last week’s policy briefing on the Brussels’ terror attacks: lessons learned and challenges ahead of Europe, the European Foundation for Democracy, that organised the event alongside the European Policy Center and the Counter Extremism Project, is mentioned by the European Jewish Press.
Following the Brussels attacks on 22 March at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, our experts quickly responded by conducting interviews with mainstream media outlets such as CNN, BBC, MSNBC and SkyNews, providing analyses and guidance for how Belgium and the rest of Europe should respond