Media

Mention 29 March 2016

Jihad is strengthened by chaos

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on the decision of the Belgian authorities to release Faycal Cheffou, one of the main suspects of the terror attacks of March 22....
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Mention 28 March 2016

ISIS uses Palestine as rallying cry in Molenbeek, residents say

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek has been quoted in an article on Haaretz for his views on the Brussels terrorist attacks on 22 March. In the article, Dr. Seyrek provides his belief that the neighborhood of Molenbeek, where several of the Brussels and Paris plotters lived, was an easy target for radical Islamic movements....
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Article 28 March 2016

The best legacy we can leave Asad Shah is to take sectarian hate crime seriously

EFD Fellow Tehmnina Kazi elaborates on the murder of Asad Shah, a British Muslim killed for belonging to the Ahmadiyya community, considered heretic....
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Interview 26 March 2016

Preventing youths from becoming radicalized

EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi, is interviewed on CNN in the wake of the Brussels attacks that occurred on 22 March. In the interview Bonazzi discusses the role that ideology plays in radicalising youth and vulnerable communities, highlighting that this problem could take a generation to resolve. She also appeals to countries who are either directly or indirectly funding the dissemination of this ideology to immediately cease such support...
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Interview 25 March 2016

Belgium works to fight radical extremism

Following the attacks in Brussels on 22 March, EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi is interviewed on CNN to discuss the multiple failures which culminated and led to the attacks. In the interview, she highlights the incredibly complex governance system of Brussels which played a large factor, making it especially difficult to coordinate and ensure security....
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Mention 25 March 2016

Brussels attacks: Belgian authorities under fire for security failures

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is quoted in an article in Parliament Magazine on 22 March attacks in Brussels, in which he discusses the numerous security failures which led to the attacks....
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Mention 25 March 2016

Brussels attacks: The tough questions facing the Belgian authorities in the wake of the bombing

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is quoted in The Telegraph for his expertise, in light of the attacks in Brussels on 22 March, on the apparent failures of Belgian and EU authorities....
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Interview 25 March 2016

Primetime News with Nevşin Mengü (on Brussels attacks)

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is interviewed on CNN Turkey (@96.05 of the video) to discuss the attacks in Brussels on 22 March that killed over 30 people...
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Interview 25 March 2016

The ideology behind radicalization in Belgium

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is interviewed on CNN to discuss the role that the pervasive extremist ideology plays in radicalising susceptible individuals and communities. In light of the Brussels attacks, Dr. Seyrek highlights the dangers of not addressing radicalisation prevention, given that we've seen that radical groups are specifically targeting fragile individuals, particularly those who have a fleeting sense of identity amon...
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Mention 24 March 2016

#BrusselsAttacks: Attacks ‘show the need’ for improved co-operation between Europe’s intelligence agencies

EU Reporter provides an overview of the event, hosted by EFD and the European Policy Centre and supported by the Counter Extremism Project, on 22 March 2016. The article discusses in depth what the speakers discussed during the policy dialogue, including analyses from EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann and EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe....
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Interview 24 March 2016

Europe must tackle the threat of terrorism on a European level, not on a national one

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is interviewed on Sky News to discuss Europe’s increasing security threat and what measures should be implemented to tackle the problem....
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Mention 24 March 2016

European Commission President Calls for ‘Security Union’

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann on the global newsweekly Defense News on the terror attacks that struck Brussels on March 22....
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Interview 24 March 2016

Preventing radicalisation: Silent vigils alone won’t help

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed for an article in Kurier to discuss the necessity for Islamic associations to do more than issue press releases and conduct silent vigils for the victims after Islamist attacks. He argues that as long as they’re not making an effort to take action concerning an inner-Islamic debate, they are part of the problem, rather than the solution....
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Mention 24 March 2016

Terrorist attacks “underlines need” for better intelligence

FD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alezander Ritzmann, EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe and the European Foundation for Democracy are mentioned in EU Today after hosting the conference entitled: Defining the phenomenon of jihadist radicalization: Local and global drivers and catalysts, on March 22, minutes after the terror attacks struck the Belgian capital, leaving more than 30 people dead and many more wounded....
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Article 24 March 2016

The disapproval of jihad from the Islamic political world is too ambiguous

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on the denunciations deriving from the different political Islamic organisations in Europe of the terror attacks occurred on March 22 in Brussels, which have left more that 30 people killed....
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Interview 24 March 2016

What’s next in Brussels shutdown

EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi is interviewed on CBSN to discuss radicalisation prevention in light of the major attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels on 22 March. In the interview, Bonazzi highlights the difficulty protecting any city in an open society and soft targets in particular, like those with minimal security in which the Brussels bombers attacked earlier this week....
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Mention 23 March 2016

Belgium provides and hunts for suspects

EFD Senior Fellow Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in the well-known Norwegian newspaper Dagen on the Brussels terror attacks of March 22. The attack raises, among other things, questions about the country's efforts in combating terrorism and dealing with radicalization and extremism....
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Mention 23 March 2016

Belgium seeks answers

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is mentioned in the online version of the Norwegian newspaper Fædrelandsvennen on the recent terror attacks that struck Brussels on May 22. How could have Belgium been more prepared and prevent such atrocities?...
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Mention 23 March 2016

Belgium: A network such as this one should have been prevented

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann and the European Foundation for Democracy are quoted in the online Norwegian newspaper Nettavisen on issues regarding security and preventive measures that should be undertaken in order to tackle the problem of terrorism in Europe today....
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Mention 23 March 2016

Brussels attacks in the British newspapers

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is mentioned by the Londra Gazete on the terror attacks that struck Brussles on March 22 and on the possibilities that the European and Belgian authorities now must undertake in order to prevent future attacks....
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Mention 23 March 2016

Brussels is tracking the terrorists

EFD Senior Fellow Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and expresses his opinion regarding the failure to implement adequate security measures in the Belgian capital at the moment of the attacks: "such a terrorist network should have been stopped. It is very worrying that this was not done"....
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Interview 23 March 2016

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Seyrek is interviewed on the Brussels Attacks

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is interviewed on HaberTurk on the devastating attacks carried out in Brussels earlier this week, killing over 30 people. In the interview, Murat explains why Brussels was targeted and how authorities must respond to prevent similar attacks in the future....
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Interview 23 March 2016

Fighting violent extremism in Belgium

EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi is interviewed by MSNBN to discuss the attacks in Brussels on 22 March and how Belgium should react to tackle violent extremism....
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Mention 23 March 2016

Giulio’s “mean” teacher

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo talks about the murder of Giulio Regeni, the Italian student who was in Egypt to conduct a research paper on the current status of the Egyptian government. His body was found with marks that indicated torture had been used on him. This homicide spurred the uprising of a national debate in Italy, one that Colombo has been thoroughly following....
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Mention 23 March 2016

ISIS’s attack on Brussels is taking up a considerable amount of space today in the British press

Following the Brussels attacks, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is mentioned in the Turkish Avrupa magazine as saying that a terrorist network such as the one in Belgium should have been prevented by the intelligence and security services....
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Broadcast 23 March 2016

Markus Lanz

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is a guest on German TV show Markus Lanz. Together with fellow guests Dr. Edmund Stoiber (CSU), the former Minister-President of the state of Bavaria and journalists Florian Eder, Ulrich Tilgner and Nicolas Hénin, the panel discussed the 22nd March terrorist attacks in Brussels....
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Article 23 March 2016

The triggering factors of jihadist radicalisation in Belgium

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo comments on the terrorist attacks that occurred in Brussels on 22nd March, analysing the political and social factors that lay behind them....
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Mention 22 March 2016

Belgium faces renewed questions on backing for security services

The Financial Times reports on yesterday's terror attacks in Brussels that killed over 30 people, while mentioning the European Foundation for Democracy and EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann. The article questions whether politicians and security services could have done more to prevent this attack and potential terror attacks in the future....
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Mention 22 March 2016

Brussels terror attacks: Jihadist hotbed in lock down as security forces launch massive operation

The Mirror reports on a new wave of raids being launched by police in Molenbeek and throughout Brussels, following the attacks that took place at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station on 22 March, killing dozens. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is mentioned in the article for questioning how the network responsible for the attacks was not apprehended and prevented from doing so....
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Interview 22 March 2016

How the Brussels attacks affect the global fight against terror

Lorenzo Vidino, EFD Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the Program on Extremism at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, is interviewed by PBS on the Brussels terror attacks....
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Mention 22 March 2016

Security failures surface as Europe suffers another terror attack

EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi is mentioned in Canadian news outlet The Toronto Star after conducting an interview with her, in response to the terror attacks on 22 March in Brussels that killed more than 32 people. "There was panic and a lot of confusion," she said in the interview. "Not even six months after Paris we had another major attack in Europe."...
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Mention 17 March 2016

Radically integrated

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports on an event hosted by member of the House of Representatives of Berlin, Burkard Dregger (CDU), who invited EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour to speak about integration. The article goes on to elaborate on Mansour’s background, his career and current efforts to establish an inner-Islamic debate on some of the contents of Islamic belief....
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Mention 15 March 2016

Al Qaeda’s Branch in Africa Makes a Lethal Comeback

An article in The New York Times, in which EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe is mentioned, discuss the resurging Al Qaida branch in West Africa that has strengthened its reach and carried out deadly attacks in recent years, mostly on hotels where Westerners frequent....
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Interview 11 March 2016

Is true religion always extremist?

EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi is mentioned in the online political magazine Prospect, where she speaks out for reformers such as herself and organizations such as the Inclusive Mosque initiative, which is a pro-feminist, pro-LGBT Muslim group formed in London....
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Mention 09 March 2016

Art will heal the wounds of war

During a conference entitled “Beyond Emergency Aid: Long-term Integration Strategies for Syrian Refugees” at the European Parliament, reported by the well-known Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, the Maya Foundation presented “Project Lift” – an NGO based in Turkey that has been helping traumatised Syrian children through art, dance and music....
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Mention 09 March 2016

How a Turkish high school student changed the lives of Syrian children

EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi moderated the event “Beyond Emergency Aid: Long-term Integration Strategies for Syrian Refugees” hosted by Ernest Maragall MEP at the European Parliament, stressing how important it is to support refugee children in order to provide them with a safe environment, immune to any kind of radicalisation....
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