19:59 GMT +317 August 2019
Listen Live

    European Commission Calls for Tougher EU Response to Radicalization in Bloc

    © Photo : Pixabay
    Get short URL

    The European Commission recognizes the necessity to help improve the EU member states' response to violent radicalization leading to terrorism, the commission said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the commission, although the responsibility for addressing violent radicalization which can lead to terrorism lies with EU member states, it recognizes the need to aid the member states by setting out a number of initiatives "across several policy areas, from promoting inclusive education and common values, to tackling extremist propaganda online and radicalisation in prisons."

    "Recent terrorist attacks have shown how some young Europeans have fallen prey to an ideology of death and destruction, breaking away from their own families and friends and turning against their own societies. This calls for a determined response by society as a whole, to prevent radicalisation and strengthen the ties that bind us together. The EU should help wherever it can," Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said in a press release published on the commission's website.

    The European Commission outlined seven specific areas it will focus on, namely, countering terrorist propaganda and illegal hate speech online, addressing radicalization in prisons, promoting inclusive education and EU common values, promoting an inclusive, open and resilient society and reaching out to young people, strengthening the international cooperation, boosting research, evidence building, monitoring and networks, and focusing on the security dimension.

    Some 4,000 EU nationals are estimated to have joined terrorist organizations in countries experiencing conflict such as Syria and Iraq to date. In addition, the majority of terrorists behind the recent terrorist atrocities in the bloc were European citizens.


    Orlando Shooter's Brother-in-Law Saw No Signs of Radicalization
    US Trump Calls Orlando Shooting Demonstration of Radical Islamic Terrorism
    Radicals Exploiting Lack of Israel-Palestine Dialogue to Increase Tension
    Tough Times: Economy Pushing Men Into Radical Politics, Heavy Drinking
    Turkey Will Not Change Anti-Terrorism Laws Even for EU Visa Abolition - PM
    China, UK Agree to Strengthen Cooperation in Fight Against Terrorism
    radicalization, European Commission, European Union, Frans Timmermans
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik