In this article for Euronews, EFD President Roberta Bonazzi highlights the importance of empowering progressive liberal-democratic Muslims, rather than appease Islamists who seek a shari’a-based state. Ms Bonazzi analyses a Belgian Parliament Committee of inquiry report on the Islamist phenomenon and stresses how extremist ideologies do not have to be openly violent to pose a
In this article for Euronews, EFD Senior Fellow Dr Demir Murat Seyrek, and European Policy Centre Senior Policy Analyst Amanda Paul analyse the recent creation of the Turkish Iyi Party, by opposition politician Meral Aksener. This article is in English and can be read here.
By Amanda Paul and Demir Murat Seyrek Getting EU leaders to agree on a strategy for Turkey is like herding cats. At the forthcoming 19-20 October European Council meeting, EU heads of state and government are expected to kick-off a discussion on the future of EU-Turkey relations, a first step towards developing a new strategy
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)June 17, 2017
In this essay for Süddeutsche Zeitung, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour shares his personal experience of integrating into German society. From feeling lost and “inferior”, to embracing the new home with all its difficulties.
FOCUS Online (Germany)June 5, 2017
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.
DW (Turkey)May 26, 2017
In this article for the Deutsche Welle Turkish, EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek analyses President Erdogan’s recent meetings with the EU leaders in Brussels. This article is in Turkish and can be read here. Demir Murat Seyrek was also interviewed live on Facebook on the same topic. It is in Turkish and can
DW (Turkey)May 2, 2017
In this article for the Deutsche Welle Turkish, EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek explains how the EU is trying to find a balanced policy without closing door on Turkey.
Tagesspiegel (Germany)April 7, 2017
In this contribution for Tagesspiegel, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour highlights a lacking examination of the specific kind of antisemitism that prevails within Muslim communities in Germany out of a general helplessness in dealing with multiculturalism.
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.
Euractiv (Belgium)March 22, 2017
In this article for Euractive, EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann and Andrea Frontini, Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, provide their thoughts about the root-causes of radicalisation in Europe.
Deutsche Welle Türkçe (Turkey)March 15, 2017
In this article for the Deutsche Welle Türkçe, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek discusses the consequences on EU-Turkey relations regarding the constitutional referendum to be voted on 16 April.
The Parliament Magazine (Belgium)March 14, 2017
EFD Senior Councellor John Duhig explains, in an article published by the Parliament Magasine, that “the Brussels prosecutor has just launched an inquiry into the activities of 144 of some 3308 charities and not-for-profit organisations in Molenbeek and neighbouring Koekelberg, Jette, Ganshoren and Berchem-Saint-Agathe, for possible links to violent extremism and terrorism.”
Euronews (Belgium)March 13, 2017
In this contribution for Euronews, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek discusses the challenges that Turkey faces in regards to the constitutional referendum to be voted on 16 April.
The Parliament Magazine (Belgium)March 9, 2017
In this contribution for the Parliament Magazine, EFD Programme Manager Alexandra Korn and EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann pinpoint the importance of empowering educators in the fight against radicalisation.
Die Welt (Germany)February 21, 2017
In this article for Die Welt, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discusses a recent court decision against the German Federal State of Berlin. Mansour criticises the adjudication of a compensation payment to a Muslim applicant for a teaching position who got turned down for wearing a headscarf.