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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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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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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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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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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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Mention 08 March 2016

Turkey is trying to take advantage of the refugee crises for personal gains

In light of the ongoing debates between the EU leaders and Turkey directed towards trying to solve the ongoing migrant crises, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Murat Seyrek is skeptical about the implementation of two points of the proposed deal....
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Mention 08 March 2016

Turkey sees itself as being in a position to force the EU’s hand

Deutsche Welle writes about the EU-Turkey summit on 7 January 2016. “I think the summit can be considered an unexpected diplomatic success for Turkey. The provision of sending one Syrian refugee to Europe for every refugee Turkey accepts from Greece was a new and unexpected proposition, which caused complications on the European side,” said EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Murat Seyrek....
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Mention 07 March 2016

AZ-panel discussion: Does Islam belong to Germany?

Abendzeitung München reports on a panel discussion in which EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discussed various aspects of Islamic belief with regards to German society. The other guests were author Necla Kelek, imam Benjamin Idriz and talk show host Michel Friedman....
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Mention 04 March 2016

Syrian refugee camps – fertile breeding ground for Islamic radicals

“Turkey has been dealing with this refugee crisis for several years but Europe is only just waking up to what is a humanitarian tragedy” said EFD Executive Director Roberta Bonazzi while moderating the conference “Beyond Emergency Aid”, held at the European Parliament in Brussels....
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Mention 01 March 2016

#Turkey: Syrian refugee crisis can help ‘re-energize’ relations between Turkey and EU

EU Reporter writes about a recent event organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on the “Turkey-EU Deal on Refugees – Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications”. With regards to tackling the current impasse on EU/Turkey relations, EFD senior policy advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek argued that opening accession chapters, particularly those on the rule of law and justice, could be a useful step forward for both parties....
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Mention 01 March 2016

Syrian refugee crisis can help ‘re-energise’ relations between Turkey and EU

The Brussels Times reports on the recent closed-door policy briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on 29 February 2016. The event, entitled “Turkey-EU Deal on Refugees - Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications”, offered insights into the possibility of positive benefits for EU/Turkey relations with regards to cooperation in the handling of the refugee crisis....
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Mention 01 March 2016

What gender perceptions do Muslim men maintain?

Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports on why men from patriarchal structures are commonly considered a threat to society and points out some projects in the German capital, Berlin, that are working on this issue. One of the projects presented is “HEROES”, in which EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour works as a counselor....
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Mention 29 February 2016

Syrian refugee crisis can help ‘re-energise’ relations between Turkey and EU

EU today writes about the recently hosted closed-door policy briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on 29 February 2016. The briefing, entitled “Turkey-EU Deal on Refugees – Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications”, considered to what extent cooperation on the refugee situation has the potential to help reinvigorate EU-Turkey relations....
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Mention 24 February 2016

Former Islamist Warns Of Dangers Of Radical Islamism Among Young Germans And Migrants

Breitbart News reports on a talk at Hamburg University in which EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour discusses his book “Generation Allah”. During the discussion, Mansour states that he wants to “get away from the narrow discussion of the few young people who connect with the Islamic State. This is only the tip of the iceberg. I’d like to talk about those who belong to us; those who go to our schools and still partially reject our values....
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Mention 19 February 2016

Russia and the US play games, the Kurds are stuck in the middle

Dr. Murat Seyrek is quoted in an article on De Morgen for his expertise on Turkey, in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack which killed 28. The Turkish government was quick to blame the Kurds but Dr. Seyrek urges caution and warns about the risks of complicating an already extremely complex crisis....
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Mention 16 February 2016

Cia Chief: ISIS terror attempt is ‘inevitable’

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted by WWLP as explaining why ISIS has not launched a major terrorist attack in America so far. "Partially it is geography, the distance between here and Syria and Iraq, the fact that you have a very small number of Americans who are a part of ISIS, while in Europe you have thousands of individuals", Vidino explains....
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Mention 11 February 2016

What’s holding you back? time to join Marie Claire’s #BREAKFREE campaign!

EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi is featured in the Marie Clair spot and campaign #BREAKFREE, which aims, alongside nine ambassadors from across the UK , to are take a stand on gender equality....
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Mention 03 February 2016

Sweden’s failed state-building process

EFD Senior Fellow Magnus Norell is mentioned in an article of the Jerusalem Post on the recognition of the state of Palestine by the newly elected Swedish government....
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Mention 03 February 2016

Why Converts To Islam Are So Susceptible To Becoming Terrorists

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted in an article on ThinkProgress concerning the tendency of converts to Islam to radicalise. "I think it’s fair to say that certain converts…tend to be more vulnerable to certain interpretations of Islam", Vidino told ThinkProgress....
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Mention 02 February 2016

The Genocidal Threat of Homegrown Jihadism in America

Online media and political analysis website Observer writes about the George Washington University's Program on Extremism in the United States, co-founded by EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino in June 2015. The article discusses the impetus for its founding and what makes it distinguishable from other similar programmes, such as the need for more nuanced conversation on homegrown violent extremism, rather than black and white generalisa...
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Mention 01 February 2016

Europe is getting the best migrants ever

Vita International writes about the recently convened closed-door policy briefing organised by the European Foundation for Democracy on 27 January 2016. The event, entitled "A Syrian Perspective on the EU's Response to the Refugee Crisis", offered a comprehensive overview of the Syrian conflict, the article notes, examining the implications and challenges posed by the massive influx of refugees who are fleeing to neighbouring countries and to Eur...
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Mention 26 January 2016

German Jews fear rising anti-Semitism amid Middle East refugee influx

Haaretz reports on prevailing anti-Semitism within German society and cites EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour, who argues that "education can't just be about the Holocaust and the Third Reich. Schools also need to talk about the Middle East conflict and anti-Semitism based on religious argumentation and conspiracy theories."...
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Mention 24 January 2016

Disengaged from radical Islamism

Nordwest Zeitung Online reports on EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour’s selection as the winner of the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for 2016 and how his own experiences with radical Islamism shape his work with radicalised young people....
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Mention 20 January 2016

The fight against extremism is a societal obligation

Frankfurter Neue Presse reports on a presentation by EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour on his book "Generation Allah". In his presentation, Mansour discusses the solid structures of Salafism that have manifested within German society and how an education of fear is used as a basis for radicalisation....
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Mention 19 January 2016

Carl von Ossietzky Prize 2016 is awarded to Ahmad Mansour

The City of Oldenburg reports on the decision to award EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour with the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for 2016....
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Mention 19 January 2016

Palestinian psychologist receives Carl von Ossietzky Prize

Focus Online reports on the projects that EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is currently involved in and announces the awarding of the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for 2016 to Mansour for his promotion of democracy, tolerance and integration....
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Mention 18 January 2016

“We’re all speaking at once, I would like to bring about a calmer discussion”

Spiegel Online reports on the contents of German talk show Anne Will, in which EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour was invited to discuss issues related to the migration crisis. In light of the New Year’s Eve incidents in several European cities, the current German asylum policy was debated by Mansour, along with political scientist, Gesine Schwan, head of the German chancellory (CDU), Peter Altmaier and editor-in-chief of Welt24, Stefan Aust...
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Mention 11 January 2016

Sharia law: a question of judgement

EFD Fellow Tehmina Kazi is mentioned in an article on the New Humanist. The article refers to her distinction between sharia as "a code of ethics governing personal religious practice" and sharia as "a set of prescriptive rules for society at large"....
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Mention 08 January 2016

Call to battle rallies misfits to ISIS cause

US-based media website TribLIVE writes about the so-called Islamic State and the challenge that it poses to America in comparison to threats faced by the US in the past, including conventional adversaries and non-conventional threats like al-Qaida. Vidino is quoted for his expertise in examining the dangerous ideology of the Islamic State and for his views on what separates this from previous threats, highlighting that this factor makes it one of...
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