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Prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

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Published on Dec 1, 2015

the events in Paris serve as a reminder to us of the very real threat that Islamist terrorism poses to our peace, security and social cohesion. Ensuring citizens’ safety and security is the primary duty of the state. Increasingly – perhaps fooled by the belief that Europe had truly entered into a time of a perpetual peace – it appears that some of our governments are beginning to fail to live up to these primary duties.

Addressing this problem will require tough and difficult decisions from Member States. The Dati report offers a balanced and sensitive approach to what is a very divisive and politically charged subject. Whilst commitments in the report to initiatives such as the EU PNR Directive are welcome, a more robust and all-encompassing overall strategy is clearly now needed as well.

There is a growing sense, especially as many of the factors affecting radicalisation are often outside of the control of the state, that there is a need to move away from the ideal of preventing radicalisation and instead towards a proactive security policy of managing radicalisation, including asking difficult questions on the financial role played by countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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