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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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