EU Versus Extremism: Europe must respond to the threat of radicalisation, before it turns even more violent

Cecilia Malmström

Abstract


The list of terrorist attacks carried out by individuals, acting on their own or with limited contacts with terrorist groups is getting longer and longer. And while we were trying to understand the reasons behind Anders Behring Breivik’s horrific attack in Utöya, we witnessed another man, Mohamed Merah, killing innocent people in France. We also discovered the so called “National Socialist Underground (NSU)” in Germany – a small cell suspected of killing 10 people over a time period of 14 years. And only a few months ago, we saw the brutal killing of a British soldier in the streets in London. These are unfortunately only some examples of attacks having taken place recently. Sadly, I believe it’s only a matter of time before we read about the next attack on European soil.

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