This article from Al Arabiya English discusses the possible suspension of the accession talks between Turkey and the EU. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek mentions the substantial polarization of the Turkish population, and underlines the risks of closing the door to the diplomats and civil society sharing the EU funding values and principles.
Huffington Post (Germany)June 8, 2017
This article by Huffington Post discusses EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour’s appearance as a guest on German weekly talkshow Markus Lanz. During the show Mansour discussed the latest Islamist terrorist attacks, saying that “we [Muslims] haven’t asked ourselves the question how such a monster could emerge in our midst.”
This article by jetzt discusses an advertisement campaign of Kuwaiti mobile service provider Zain. In the campaign video, a suicide bomber deviates from his intention to carry out an attack, due to the message transported in the video that one should follow god in love and not in terror. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour comments on the campaign and highlights the importance of adopting a positive connotation of the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’.
The Times of Israel (Israel)May 26, 2017
In this article, The Times of Israel echoes EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour in his call for Western governments to engage with Muslim youth vulnerable to extremist ideology. Mansour points out that “the challenge to German society is not only to respond to the problems of these young people before the Salafists and Islamists catch them, but also to educate them in a Western attitude that will make them immune to Islamist incitement.”
Rundblick (Germany)May 4, 2017
This article by Rundblick gives an account of a discussion on integration and German “Leitkultur“, hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. “Leitkultur might not be the right term“, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour said, but “we must make clear to people the personal advantages that come with living in accordance with the basic law.“
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.
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.
Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)March 10, 2017
This article by Allgemeine Zeitung discusses a talk given by EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour on the need for more digital intervention in the prevention of radicalisation. Youth must be reached out to on social media and made offers by mainstream society, a process currently dominated by Salafists.
Daily Mail Online (UK)March 8, 2017
EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Magnus Norell is mentioned by the British daily newspaper, the Daily Mail Online, on a report commissioned by Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), part of the country’s Ministry of Defence.
Club de MadridFebruary 10, 2017
EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann and RAN C&N Chair is interviewed by the Club de Madrid; he stresses the need for a critical evaluation of hard security measures implemented in the last years as they might be having a counterproductive effect.
Kirchenbote (Switzerland)February 2, 2017
This article by Swiss newspaper Kirchenbote gives an account of a discussion on the radicalisation of youth which took place in Basel, with the participation of EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour. In times where civil society is being destabilized and polarized, “we need schools that teach youth critical thinking and that allow for doubt and discussion”, Mansour said.
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)January 26, 2017
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour and Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Lorenzo Vidino are cited in this article by Süddeutsche Zeitung on Italy’s citizenship policy.
TagesWoche (Switzerland)January 19, 2017
This article in Swiss TagesWoche discusses a new task force in Basel, which has been installed with the aim of preventing radicalisation. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour comments that contact points of this type should be embedded in a comprehensive societal strategy of dealing with extremist narratives and ideology.
The Parliament Magazine (Brussels)December 22, 2016
EFD President Roberta Bonazzi is interviewed by the Parliament Magazine on the need to empower civil society in order to have a long-term strategy to prevent violent extremism.