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Article 07 April 2016

No permits granted to the anti-Semitic imam

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned by the Corriere dell'Alto Adige on the dispute regarding Tareq al-Suwaidan's entry in Italy, scheduled for this May. "We cannot permit that such characters are able to enter freely to spread hatred in a moment like this. It is unacceptable that the training of the Italian imams is left to people such as Suwaidan (..)"....
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Article 07 April 2016

Suwaidan is no longer scheduled to be in Italy

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo once more writes about the extremist imam Tareq al-Suwaidan, this time to inform her public that he will no longer be touring Italy as was scheduled for this May. This has been confirmed by the Italian foreign minister, Angelino Alfano....
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Article 06 April 2016

All the ambiguities on the Muslim Brotherhood in Milan

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Valentina Colombo helps clarify all the ambiguities surrounding the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, with the Municipal elections of Milan just about to end, where the favored Democratic Party listed Sumaya Abdel Qader as one of its nominees....
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Mention 05 April 2016

How to fix Belgium

EFD Executive Director and Director of CEP Europe Roberta Bonazzi is quoted in an article in POLITICO, along with other experts, analysts and politicians, for their views on how Belgium should reflect and react following the Brussels attacks on 22 March....
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Mention 04 April 2016

Europe’s failure to share intelligence hampers terror fight

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in The Financial Times for his views on the security failures which led to the Brussels attacks on 22 March and what he believes needs to occur to address them....
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Article 04 April 2016

Tareq Suwaidan, the anti-Semitic preacher in Italy. The proof of his extremism.

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo once more offers a detailed analysis of Tareq Suwaidan, who is scheduled to be in Italy starting this May for a series of conferences and events....
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Mention 03 April 2016

The Italian Professor who has uncovered the plot of the Muslim Brotherhood

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is quoted in ‘Milano Post’ for having attentively monitored Tareq Suwaidan, the Islamic preacher very closely affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, scheduled to be in Italy for a series of events this May....
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Mention 03 April 2016

Timbuktu Institute calls for Macky Sall for interregional and inclusive initiative (CEDAO-CEEAC) against terrorism

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is quoted by the Senegalese online newspaper Setal on the latest regarding terrorism in the West Africa region....
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Interview 01 April 2016

‘Current File’ (Brussels attacks)

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Murat Seyrek is interviewed on NTV to discuss Salafism and the roots of this ideology in the Gulf region, in light of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March....
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Interview 01 April 2016

It was to be expected that the threat is increasing

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed about political deficiencies that are hindering an effective strategy to prevent the radicalisation of young people. Mansour argues that while it is important to strengthen security measures after the most recent Islamist terrorist attacks, it is even more important to address the growing issue of radicalisation in schools....
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Article 31 March 2016

Banned from Belgium and the U.S., the preacher of Jihad in Italy

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo gives a detailed description of Tareq Mouhammed al-Saleh al-Suwaidan, a very controversial and influential Islamic preacher who will be touring in Italy this May....
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Mention 31 March 2016

Why young people become terrorists

An article in Die Welt discusses what makes young people want to become terrorists. EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is mentioned in the article for his position that many Islamists are using religion only as a means to an end and that sudden advancement accompanied by the feeling of belonging to an elite is what the real temptation is....
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Mention 30 March 2016

Brussels on hunt for suspects, as ISIL sends texts to recruit Belgian Muslims

EFD Senior Counsellor John Duhig is quoted in USA Today for his expertise on violent extremism and recruitment, in light of the 22 March Brussels attacks....
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Interview 30 March 2016

Jihad in Europe

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed on ZDF zoom to discuss how young people become radicalised to the point of committing a terrorist attack. He explains how years of brainwashing can lead to a narrow worldview which in their mind justifies dehumanising others who do not share the same Islamist ideology....
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Mention 29 March 2016

Dangerous times, and not just because of terrorism

NRC in the Netherlands writes about a policy briefing hosted by EFD and the European Policy Centre on 22 March, only hours after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The article highlights in particular the contributions during the event of EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe and EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann....
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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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