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EU introduces new measures to combat ‘low-tech’ terrorism

This article from Deutsche Welle addresses the speech by Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union at the Counter Extremism Project conference, “Building Alliances – Preventing Terror”. EFD president Roberta Bonazzi comments “Additional emphasis needs to be placed on prevention of radicalisation. Within that context it is critical that the EU institutions and member states engage with civil


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Turkey’s education curriculum; Darwin out, Jihad in

This article from Adnrkronos addresses the recent decision by the Turkish government to introduce jihad to the education curriculum.

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek comments on the historic and current problems the Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, face; “It certainly predates AKP but AKP has not done anything to solve this issue either. On the contrary, they have promoted, by all means, Sunni Islam as the main religion of the country.”


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Jihad in the classroom: New curriculum unnerves Turkish minority

This article from Deutsche Presse-Agentur addresses the recent decision by the Turkish government to introduce jihad to the education curriculum.

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek comments on the historic and current problems the Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, face; “It certainly predates AKP but AKP has not done anything to solve this issue either. On the contrary, they have promoted, by all means, Sunni Islam as the main religion of the country.”


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Risk of suspension of EU-Turkey accession talks

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.


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Markus Lanz: Expert addresses the connection between religion and terror

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.”


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’Let’s bomb violence with compassion’


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This Israeli ex-Salafist is one of Europe’s most outspoken critics of radical Islam

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.”


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Integration: experts believe debate about mainstream culture to be vital

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.“


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How teachers face against radicalisation among students

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.


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Commissioner King’s address at a book launch hosted by the European Policy Centre, European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project, ‘The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond’, in Brussels

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.


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Islamism: Author Ahmad Mansour calls for more digital intervention to fight radicalisation online

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.


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The Muslim Brotherhood is creating a ‘parallel social structure’ in Sweden, aided by ‘political elites’ making it impossible to criticise Islam, government report admits

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.


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A tolerant society has the duty to fight back against intolerance

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.


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