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What measures is the European Parliament taking to combat terrorism?

Many citizens have written to the European Parliament expressing their unity in the face of acts of terrorism. They also ask the EU institutions to adopt measures to combat and prevent these crimes. Continue reading

Victims of terrorism [What Europe does for you]

Every year Europe commemorates victims of terrorism on 11 March. This European Remembrance Day was established after the 2004 Madrid bombings, which left 191 people dead and around 2 000 injured. Continue reading

The fight against terrorism: Cost of Non-Europe Report

In the wake of recent attacks, surveys show that combatting terrorism while respecting individual freedom, remains one of the key concerns of EU citizens. The EU fights terrorism through supporting various national measures and exchanges, including those preventing radicalisation and recruitment, measures addressing terrorist financing and regulating the possession and acquisition of weapons and explosives, as well as instruments aimed at strengthening security at the Union’s external borders. Continue reading

EU efforts on counter-terrorism – Capacity-building in third countries [Policy podcast]

In the European Union (EU), responsibility for counter-terrorism lies primarily with Member States. However, the role of the EU itself in counter-terrorism has grown significantly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that have hit Europe in the post-‘9/11’ era. Continue reading

Terrorism [Ten issues to watch in 2018]

In recent years, terrorism has been an issue of major concern that has dominated public debates across the EU. The deadly attacks that took place in several EU Member States in 2017 attest to the ongoing reality of the threat, despite a massive security response. Continue reading

The EU and counter-terrorism [Topical Digest]

This Topical Digest offers a sample of recent publications and graphics, produced by the European Parliamentary Research Service, on developments in EU security and counter-terrorism policies. Continue reading

Combating terrorism [EU Legislation in Progress]

In December 2015, the European Commission presented a proposal for a directive on combating terrorism, aimed at updating the current framework on criminalising terrorist offences and at bringing EU legislation into line with international developments, such as the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 and the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism. Continue reading

The EU and terrorism [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Terrorist attacks in major cities – notably in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Berlin and, most recently, Manchester – have shocked Europeans, highlighting the security challenges for open democracies that result, inter alia, from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and religious radicalisation at home. In response, the European Union is pushing … Continue reading

What measures is the EU taking to combat terrorism?

Following various terrorist attacks in Europe, citizens write to the European Parliament expressing their deepest rejection of these acts of terrorism. Citizens also ask the EU institutions to adopt new measures to combat and prevent these crimes. Many European countries have been affected by terrorism in one form or another. Heinous terrorist attacks have demonstrated … Continue reading

The EU and the fight against terrorism [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels and Nice this year, the European Union is moving ahead with its Security Union concept to help strengthen internal security cooperation, combat terrorism and prevent youth radicalisation. As part of anti-terrorist efforts, the European Parliament and the Council are … Continue reading

Justice against sponsors of terrorism: JASTA and its international impact

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig and Patryk Pawlak, On 27 September 2016, the United States Congress overrode the presidential veto to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the culmination of lengthy efforts to facilitate lawsuits by victims of terrorism against foreign states and officials supporting terrorism. Until JASTA, under the ‘terrorism exception’ in … Continue reading

Radicalisation, extremism and terrorism: Words matter

Written by Marc Hall, in cooperation with Patryk Pawlak and Clare Ferguson, Terrorism is considered a serious threat to internal security by European governments, particularly in light of the attacks in Paris and Brussels. It is also one of the policy areas where a large majority of citizens would like to see more European involvement. … Continue reading

Terrorism in Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The terrorist attacks in Paris last year and in Brussels this March have reinforced calls on European Union member states to strengthen their cooperation on internal security and intensified the debate on the EU’s role in fighting terrorism. Among measures being, or about to be, introduced are more thorough checks of … Continue reading

Countering terrorism in the EU

The link between terrorism and organised crime is widely recognised; indeed some recent terrorist profiles have been linked to the trade in illegal drugs, as well as looting of heritage sites, and illegal trade in oil. In June 2014, the Financial Action Task Force concluded that convertible virtual currencies may also become a vehicle for terrorism financing activity, thanks to the high level of anonymity they afford. Continue reading

Combatting terrorism: prepare for a marathon, not a sprint

Written by Patryk Pawlak, The analysis of trends in global terrorism demonstrates that over the past 10 years the number of countries affected by terrorism has increased from 49 in 2004 to 99 in 2014, bringing the total number of people killed in terrorist attacks to over 43 000. The terrorist attacks in Paris, Tunis, … Continue reading

Fight against terrorism

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris in January and November 2015, citizens wrote to the European Parliament expressing their deepest rejection of these acts of terrorism. Citizens also asked the EU institutions to adopt new measures to combat and prevent these crimes. Many European countries have been affected by terrorism in one form or another. … Continue reading

The new old face of terrorism

Written by Patryk Pawlak, Graphics by Christian Dietrich, While the investigation into the causes of the crash of the Russian airliner with 224 people on-board continues – with a number of versions indicating an explosion – there is growing evidence to suggest that this was not an accident but rather an act of terror. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

African-led counter-terrorism measures against Boko Haram

Written by Ionel Zamfir The latest developments resulting from the terrorist actions of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region have led the African Union’s Peace and Security Council to adopt a formal framework to make the multinational joint task force operational. It is expected that the UN Security Council will also back this initiative. … Continue reading

EU Counter-terrorism strategy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The attack in Paris on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, and the ensuing wave of violence in which 17 people were killed, together with subsequent events in Belgium and Denmark, has prompted a debate in the European Union on strengthening its counter-terrorism strategy. On 12 February, EU heads … Continue reading

CBRN terrorism: threats and the EU response

Written by Piotr Bąkowski Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism is a form of terrorism involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Following 11th September 2001, the interna¬tional community came to believe there was a high probability that terrorists would make use of such weapons. The growing number of people familiar with … Continue reading

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