Now is the right time for the West to engage with opposition groups – including Coptic groups and secular forces – in Egypt, according to EFD Visiting Fellow Dr. Walid Phares, speaking at a European Parliament breakfast meeting to discuss integration, inclusion and Jihadism in the EU on 9th February 2010.
Chaired by President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfred Martens, the seminar invited European Foundation for Democracy Visiting Fellow Walid Phares to provide his expert analysis on a range of subjects including the terrorist threat emanating from the rise of radical Islamist groups in Europe, how to empower liberal Muslim organisations on the European continent, as well as his view on the recent democratic uprisings across the Arab world.
On 28 January 2011, the European Foundation for Democracy, in conjunction with Markus Löning (the Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office) and the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP), held a briefing to exchange views with Afghan legal experts and civil society activists on their experiences of working on the ground in Afghanistan.
SwedenJanuary 25, 2011
On 20 and 21 January 2011, EFD participated in a series of events in Sweden to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the murder of Fadime Sahindal, a young Kurdish-Swedish woman, shot by her father in 2002 for the crime of offending the family’s code of honour. What was Fadime’s crime? She had a Swedish boyfriend, and was shot dead for it.
On the 25 January 2011, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a briefing with two Tunisian academics and political exiles as guest speakers, Chérif Ferjani and Hichem Abdessamad to discuss the prospects for democratic change in Tunisia; challenges and opportunities.
To shed light on recent developments and identify the challenges and achievements in Afghanistan, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) shall organise a series of seminars from January to February 2011 taking place in Germany (27th-28th January), Belgium (29th January-2nd February), France (2nd-4th February), Hungary (5th-7th February) and Italy (8th-10th February). Focusing particularly on Europe’s contribution, the events shall centre on the enforcement of the rule of law and the functioning of the judiciary, both crucial in the advance of security and democracy. A more secure and law-abiding Afghanistan is a stronger ally to Europe.
In 2010, EFD fellows participated in over 80 events throughout Europe.
European Parliament (Brussels)May 12, 2010
On 12 May 2010, the European Foundation for Democracy, in collaboration with MEP Leonidas Donskis, hosted a public hearing on Syria, entitled “Human Rights Defenders and Political Prisoners in Syria’s Jails – What can Europe do?”. The guest speakers were Iyas al-Maleh (son of imprisoned HRD Haithem al-Maleh), Malik al-Abdeh (Movement for Justice and Development) and Maureen Thomas (Amnesty International UK).
Washington DC (United States)February 5, 2010
On 5 February 2010, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted a briefing on “The Status Quo of Civil Liberties and the Struggle against Islamist Extremism in Germany”, in Washington DC. EFD Senior Fellow Alexander Ritzmann was invited to be the key speaker, as an expert of terrorism and civil liberties.
5-6pm, Monday 8th June 2009 Committee Room 8, House of Commons Torn by decades of civil war and invasion, Afghan society is deeply rooted in traditional tribal and Islamic values. In 2001, the Taliban were driven out of Kabul after years of oppressive rule, but they continue to maintain a strong presence in the provinces. In