Reports 2016

Prevention of radicalisation in the EU - National experiences and best practice

16 November 2016


The jihadist radicalisation phenomenon has affected various member states in different ways. While terrorist attacks in France and Belgium have dramatically made clear the presence of jihadist cells ready to take action, foreign fighters from these and other countries have been joining the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Libya. In order to respond to these developments, national and local authorities have addressed the emergence of radicalised individuals and/or organised groups with distinct approaches. What are the lessons learned and best practice at national and local level in Belgium, Germany and the UK? How can other member states draw on these experiences and better apply them to their own context? Can the EU support existing and future synergies in this domain and accompany a common response to the jihadist radicalisation phenomenon? A panel of experts addressed these questions as part of a series of Policy Dialogues on jihadist radicalisation and European policy responses.

Speakers included: European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) President Roberta Bonazzi, Toria Ficette, Regional Coordinator on Polarisation and Radicalisation at the Brussels Observatory for Prevention and Security, Hazim Fouad, Analyst at the Unit for Islamism and extremism, Free Hanseatic City-State of Bremen, Lucinda Creighton, Senior Consultant at the Counter Extremism Project, Alexander Ritzmann, Chairman of the RAN Communication and Narrative Working Group and Executive Director of EFD