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Article Youth radicalisation: supporting teachers and social workers
Article 19 November 2018

Youth radicalisation: supporting teachers and social workers

EFD’s Programme Director Francesco Farinelli and EFD’s Policy Advisor Toufik Bouarfa have recently completed a guide...
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Article, Mention The EU is not closing the door to Turkey
Article, Mention 27 June 2018

The EU is not closing the door to Turkey

Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek, Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy, says that according to the EU, the eff...
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Article Analysis: How the EU views the 24 June elections in Turkey
Article 19 June 2018

Analysis: How the EU views the 24 June elections in Turkey

European Foundation for Democracy's Senior Policy Advisor, Demir Murat Seyrek, analyses the impact of the upcoming elect...
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Article Refugee Integration in Europe: good practices and challenges
Article 16 May 2018

Refugee Integration in Europe: good practices and challenges

In this article for The Parliament Magazine, EFD Programme Manager Dr Tommaso Virgili reviews the main findings of EFD's...
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Article Turkey votes: Snap elections – Turkey at yet another crossroads
Article 15 May 2018

Turkey votes: Snap elections – Turkey at yet another crossroads

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek and EPC Senior Policy Analyst Amanda Paul offer an overview of the upcoming...
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Article The Evolution of Jihadi Terrorism from al-Qaeda to Daesh
Article 07 May 2018

The Evolution of Jihadi Terrorism from al-Qaeda to Daesh

This article by EFD Programme Manager Francesco Farinelli addresses the theme of contemporary jihadist terrorism and its...
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Article Opposites attract: three main ideologies, one common threat
Article 19 March 2018

Opposites attract: three main ideologies, one common threat

In this article for The Parliament Magazine, the European Foundation for Democracy's Programme Managers Dr Tommaso Virgi...
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Article Two years after the Brussels attacks, the terrorist threat remains very real
Article 16 March 2018

Two years after the Brussels attacks, the terrorist threat remains very real

In this article for Euractiv, the European Foundation for Democracy's Dr Demir Murat Seyrek and the European Policy Cent...
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Article European far-left fighters in Syria: It’s time to take them seriously
Article 01 March 2018

European far-left fighters in Syria: It’s time to take them seriously

“We should never forget that extreme ideologies are just the flip side of the same coin. Their far-left ideology is a...
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Article Europe’s concern about “foreign fighters”
Article 17 February 2018

Europe’s concern about “foreign fighters”

In this article for Deutsche Welle Turkey, EFD's Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek and the Egmont Institute's Th...
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Article The Belgian Parliamentary Inquiry on radicalization: a sensible analysis and a path towards change
Article 06 February 2018

The Belgian Parliamentary Inquiry on radicalization: a sensible analysis and a path towards change

In this article for Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center, EFD's Programme Manager Dr Tommaso Virgili analyses the recen...
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Article Terror transformed: from foreign fighters to homegrown terrorism
Article 24 January 2018

Terror transformed: from foreign fighters to homegrown terrorism

In this article for Jericho Online, EFD's Olivia Maisel discusses the change in terrorism post-Caliphate, from the emerg...
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Article It’s high-time liberal democracies tackled “non-violent” Islamist ideologies
Article 12 December 2017

It’s high-time liberal democracies tackled “non-violent” Islamist ideologies

In this article for Euronews, EFD President Roberta Bonazzi highlights the importance of empowering progressive liberal-...
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Article View: The Turkish opposition reloaded
Article 27 October 2017

View: The Turkish opposition reloaded

In this article for Euronews, EFD Senior Fellow Dr Demir Murat Seyrek, and European Policy Centre Senior Policy Analys...
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Article Opinion: New political party gives life to Turkey’s opposition
Article 25 October 2017

Opinion: New political party gives life to Turkey’s opposition

EFD's Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek and EPC's Amanda Paul discuss the future and implications of Turkey's new...
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Article The EU should not turn its back on Turkey
Article 17 October 2017

The EU should not turn its back on Turkey

By Amanda Paul and Demir Murat Seyrek Getting EU leaders to agree on a strategy for Turkey is like herding cats. At t...
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Article “I felt inferior”
Article 17 June 2017

“I felt inferior”

In this essay for Süddeutsche Zeitung, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour shares his personal experience of integr...
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Article ’Generation Allah’: Why we Muslims must ask ourselves some critical questions
Article 05 June 2017

’Generation Allah’: Why we Muslims must ask ourselves some critical questions

In this article for FOCUS Online, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour calls attention to the fact that making young...
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Article The EU door is open for Turkey but it’s far away
Article 26 May 2017

The EU door is open for Turkey but it’s far away

In this article for the Deutsche Welle Turkish, EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek analyses President Erdogan’s...
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Article EU is trying to find a balanced policy without closing door on Turkey
Article 02 May 2017

EU is trying to find a balanced policy without closing door on Turkey

In this article for the Deutsche Welle Turkish, EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek explains how the EU is trying t...
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Article Muslim antisemitism is being ignored for fear of racism accusations
Article 07 April 2017

Muslim antisemitism is being ignored for fear of racism accusations

In this contribution for Tagesspiegel, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Ahmad Mansour highlights a lacking examination of the s...
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Article Tips for interacting with radicalised students
Article 05 April 2017

Tips for interacting with radicalised students

This article by Deutsche Welle gives account of the publication of EFD’s Practitioner’s Guide to Preventing Radicali...
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Article One year after the Brussels attacks: How can Europe prevent the next tragedy?
Article 22 March 2017

One year after the Brussels attacks: How can Europe prevent the next tragedy?

In this article for Euractive, EFD's Alexander Ritzmann and Andrea Frontini, Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centr...
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Article It would be a historical mistake for Turkey to burn bridges with Europe
Article 15 March 2017

It would be a historical mistake for Turkey to burn bridges with Europe

In this article for the Deutsche Welle Türkçe, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek discusses the consequen...
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Article 14 March 2017

Brussels prosecutors launches inquiry into possible extremist links of charities and non-for profit organisations

EFD Senior Councellor John Duhig explains, in an article published by the Parliament Magasine, that "the Brussels prosecutor has just launched an inquiry into the activities of 144 of some 3308 charities and not-for-profit organisations in Molenbeek and neighbouring Koekelberg, Jette, Ganshoren and Berchem-Saint-Agathe, for possible links to violent extremism and terrorism."...
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Article 13 March 2017

Turkish constitutional referendum: TRexit from parliamentary democracy?

In this contribution for Euronews, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek discusses the challenges that Turkey faces in regards to the constitutional referendum to be voted on 16 April....
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Article 09 March 2017

Preventing radicalisation in schools

In this contribution for the Parliament Magazine, EFD Programme Manager Alexandra Korn and EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann pinpoint the importance of empowering educators in the fight against radicalisation....
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Article 21 February 2017

The state should be following the law, not religious commandments

In this article for Die Welt, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discusses a recent court decision against the German Federal State of Berlin. Mansour criticises the adjudication of a compensation payment to a Muslim applicant for a teaching position who got turned down for wearing a headscarf....
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Article 25 January 2017

The silence of the EU

In this contribution for DW (Türkçe), EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek discusses the EU's radio silence following constitutional changes in Turkey....
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Article 24 January 2017

Constitutional changes in Turkey: A presidential system or the president’s system?

On 21 January, the Turkish Parliament adopted a controversial 18-article constitutional amendment package aimed at transforming Turkey from a parliamentary governance system to an executive presidency....
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Article 01 January 2017

Don’t leave them alone!

In this contribution for the online magazine chrismon, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour calls for an upscaling of support for teachers to prevent and detect radicalisation in schools. Mansour points out that while violent Islamists should be dealt with by security authorities, the radicalisation of youngsters concerns our societies as a whole....
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Article 13 December 2016

The need to counter extremist propaganda more effectively

EFD Executive Director Alexander Ritzmann explains the different reasons why people believe in extremist ideologies or join extremist groups in an article published by The Parliament Magazine....
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Article 08 December 2016

The EU cannot afford to just ‘muddle through’ on Turkey

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek and EPC Policy Analyst Amanda Paul have issued a commentary on the recent developments on EU-Turkey relations....
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Article 06 December 2016

Chapters 23 and 24: a test of the EU’s sincerity

In this article for Deutsche Welle, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek challenges the EU's sincerity with regards to addressing the democratic problems Turkey faces and raises the question of why negotiation chapters 23 (judiciary and fundamental rights) and 24 (justice, freedom and security) of the accession talks are currently still blocked....
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Article 16 November 2016

Reasons not to end EU-Turkey talks

In an Op-Ed published by EUobserver, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek and EPC Senior Policy Analyst Amanda Paul suggest a number of reasons why they advise the EU not to suspend talks with Turkey....
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Article 14 November 2016

Analysis: Turkey-EU relations drifting towards a cliff

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek writes for DW Türkçe on the worsening relationship between Turkey and the EU as a result of serious problems in Turkey in terms of fundamental rights and freedoms & Turkish government’s increasingly negative attitude towards the EU....
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