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Mention 30 August 2016

Dr Bakary Sambe on the double citizenship debate – a debate made of policy strategies

During the preparations of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, which will be held in Mali next September, EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe has described as regrettable and nonsense the controversy about the double citizenship of the candidates in Senegal’s presidential election....
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Mention 03 August 2016

Conference: evolving shades of jihadism – ISIS in Europe

At the conference 'ISIS in Europe' a panel of scholars and security experts tackled the interlinked issues of jihadi radicalization and terrorism in Europe from both a sociological and security perspective....
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Mention 02 August 2016

May needs to wake up to the reality of Sharia

While she was home secretary, Theresa May set up an independent inquiry into the operation of Islamic law in the UK as administered by Sharia courts or councils....
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Mention 01 August 2016

London conference calls for challenging organisations using Islam for their political goals

Dr Lorenzo Vidino, EFD Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, provided a telling example from Italy where government is putting sufficient resources into counter-extremism but that these a focussed on a hard approach to punish suspects...
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Mention 29 July 2016

Germany: Welcome wears thin

Experts fear Germans could fall into the Isis trap by turning against refugees. “If we overreact, we risk pushing Muslims into the arms of radical Islamist ideologies,” says Alexander Ritzmann....
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Mention 27 July 2016

Fresh concerns raised about Sharia Courts in Britain

EFD Senior Fellow Elham Manea was due to testify before the inquiry on July 27th 2016, but released a statement where she explains her reasons not to provide evidence, which has been reported by the The News Hub....
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Mention 25 July 2016

Mass killing of elephants: Will the EU go on turning a blind eye?

Every year, 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks according to Fondation Franz Weber, a Swiss-based NGO campaigning against the ivory trade for over 40 years, writes Willy Fautre....
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Mention 21 July 2016

What the Failed Coup Means for Democracy in Turkey

EFD Senior Policy Advisor comments on the recent Turkey coup attempt: “We need to see whether they are all linked to this coup attempt in Turkey or Erdogan is using this as an opportunity indeed to crack down on all opposition figures within the state apparatus and different organizations"....
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Mention 19 July 2016

Norell: “Similar attacks have happened”

EFD Senior Fellow Magnus Norell comments on the events that occurred in Nice on 14 July 2016, where a 31-year old man steered a truck at full speed through the crowd during the French National Day celebrations....
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Mention 18 July 2016

EU accused of ‘dragging its feet’ over illegal #ivory trade

EFD Senior Counsellor is mentioned by EU Reporter on wildlife trafficking and illegal ivory trade....
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Mention 15 July 2016

EU-wide condemnation of Bastille Day terrorist attacks in Nice

EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi is interviewed by The Parliament Magazine on the attack which occurred in the French city of Niece....
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Mention 15 July 2016

It is time to reckon with the various shades of Jihad à la carte

«Self criticism, either personal or collectively, is a value and a practice that does not resonate well among Muslims. They tend to protect the members of the communities, the group they are part of and the reputation of their religion» said EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo to Vita International....
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Mention 14 July 2016

Alfano’s manoeuvre “transparency for mosques” divides the Italian Sunni community

The Italian Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano is backing a proposal to guarantee that only certified imams will be able to preach in Italian mosques; sermons must be translated into Italian....
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Mention 04 July 2016

Germany harbors 300 Hamas, 950 Hezbollah members and activists

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is mentioned by the well known Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post regarding the influence of Hamas and Hezbollah in Europe....
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Mention 04 July 2016

Whitewashing Sharia councils in the UK?

EFD Senior Fellow Elham Manea is mentioned in an Open Letter to the UK Home Secretary where hundreds of women’s human rights organisations and campaigners warn against a further slide towards privatised justice and parallel legal systems. The letter has been signed also by EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi....
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Mention 17 June 2016

EU puts schools at center of counter-radicalisation

EFD Senior Policy Advisor and member of the RAN’s counter-narrative working group Alexander Ritzmann is mentioned by EuranetPlus on radicalisation: “So, someone who says ‘I went to Syria, it’s not like they say - they’re lying to you, they’re killing Muslims, it’s a corrupt organisation. It’s not a big adventure where you can be a hero defending your faith,'” Ritzmann suggests....
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Mention 06 June 2016

I am underway to win over Muslims

This article, from the Swiss magazine aufbruch, reports on EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour’s speech regarding the issue of radicalisation amongst German youth. Mansour spoke at the 2016 Symposium on Intergation in Basel....
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Mention 23 May 2016

Ahmad Mansour is honoured as ambassador for democracy and tolerance

During a ceremonial act, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour was honoured as a 2016 ambassador for democracy and tolerance by the Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz – Gegen Extremismus und Gewalt (BfDT) for his longtime commitment to fighting extremism....
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Mention 07 May 2016

Bakary Sambe, Director of Timbuktu Institute: “confraternities will constitute a protection against Jihadism only if…”

EFD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is quoted in the daily online Senegalese news paper Dakaractu....
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Mention 05 May 2016

No obstacles on the way to Europe

This article by the Wiener Zeitung reports on Turkey’s progress concerning the fulfillment of the EU’s conditions to acquire visa exemptions for its citizens....
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Mention 03 May 2016

A dream come true for Ahmad Mansour

This article by Nordwest Zeitung reports on the award presentation of the Carl-von-Ossietzky award to Ahmad Mansour on 3 May 2016. In his acceptance speech Mansour stressed that violence begins in people's minds, referring to the large number of hostilities he receives on a daily basis and declaring that this award re-affirms his continuous efforts for the promotion of democracy....
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Mention 03 May 2016

Ahmad Mansour: A conversation with his laudator, former German Interior Minister Gerhart Baum

In this radio interview, hosted by radio bremen, former German Interior Minister Gerhart Baum speaks about the decision to award EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour with the Carl-von-Ossietzky award. Baum stresses the importance of the role Mansour has played over the years as a point of reference for the German Muslim community during times of rising Islamophobia in Germany and the importance of the preventative work that he has been doing for...
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Mention 03 May 2016

From being friends with the anti-Semitic Imam, to (almost) a candidate. The Democratic Party in Milan is in total chaos on fundamentalism and political Islam

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is mentioned by the well-known Italian newspaper Il Foglio regarding the candidacy of Sameh Meligy for the municipal elections of Milan, an Italian originally from Egypt and member of the Alleanza Islamica d’Italia (Islamic Alliance of Italy)....
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Mention 01 May 2016

EU- Iran relations after the nuclear deal

The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and global powers on 14 July 2015 was a major turning point in the emerging strategic landscape of the Middle East. The ‘nuclear deal’ led to the lifting by the EU and the US of nuclear-related sanctions and is now operational....
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Mention 29 April 2016

From proselytism on the web to the enrolment of families. Now they are more dangerous

EFD Senior Counsellor John Duhig and EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek are mentioned in the centre-left Italian newspaper La Stampa in an article entitled: 'How is Islamic radicalisation spreading so quickly in Europe today? What tools are terrorist organisations using to spread their ideology?'...
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Mention 27 April 2016

Two candidates for the Democratic Party of Milan, due different versions of the Islamic world

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is quoted by the prominent Italian newspaper Il Foglio when commenting the recent decision of the Italian Democratic Party to candidate Sumaya Abdel Qader as councilwoman for the upcoming municipal elections of Milan...
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Mention 26 April 2016

How real is the threat from dormant Isis cells in Italy?

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted by The Local (It) on the realistic threat Italy is facing today when it comes to terrorism....
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Mention 26 April 2016

Turkey discriminates against Alevi faith, ECHR rules

" annual budget, for example for 2016, is 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion), but they're only serving the Sunni community in Turkey, no single euro goes to the Alevi community," EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek told the Deutsche Welle....
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Mention 21 April 2016

Report: German Refugee Program Money Given to Hezbollah Operatives

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alexander Ritzmann is quoted in the Jewish New York-based newspaper The Algemeiner: "In 2014, Germany closed down the Lebanon Orphan Children Project for providing money to the al-Shahid (“The Martyr”) Association in Lebanon. Al-Shahid was “disguised as a humanitarian organization” and “promotes violence and terrorism in the Middle East using donations collected in Germany and elsewhere,” German security expe...
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Mention 21 April 2016

We Muslims are not a protected animal species

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour spoke to Die Welt about the refusal of a Swedish Green Party Politician to shake a female journalist’s hand. When a man refuses to shake a woman’s hand, it happens for certain religious reasons, Mansour explains....
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Mention 19 April 2016

Dr Bakary Sambe: “The strategies implemented by the U.N. and by the Francophonie should not be competitive, but complementary and coordinated!’

FD Senior Fellow Dr. Bakary Sambe is mentioned by the online Senegalese newspaper Dakaractu, where he gives his personal opinion on terrorism and how it can be tackled on a global level. “The strategies implemented by the U.N. and by the Francophonie should not be competitive, but complementary and coordinated!"....
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Mention 15 April 2016

Anti-Semitism is widespread in Molenbeek

Following last week’s policy briefing on the Brussels’ terror attacks: lessons learned and challenges ahead of Europe, the European Foundation for Democracy, that organised the event alongside the European Policy Center and the Counter Extremism Project, is mentioned by the European Jewish Press....
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Mention 13 April 2016

Criticism and propaganda: stories of rights and (auto)inflicted restrictions

EFD Fellow and Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Tehmina Kazi's piece on Quillette Magazine "Why Charlie Hebdo was right to address the Brussels Attacks" is mentioned in an article published by the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR)....
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Mention 13 April 2016

Islamic State Claims Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui Were Organizers of Paris and Brussels Attacks

EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen is mentioned in an article published by The Wall Street Journal on the organizers of the Brussels and Paris attacks. According to Van Ostaeyen it is unlikely that "the Bakraoui brothers had the operational knowledge.”...
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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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