Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:00 to 9:30
Terrorist Structures in Europe - Front Organizations, Financing, Propaganda and Recruitment
The AJC Transatlantic Institute and the CSU Brussels, in partnership with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), co-hosted a working breakfast in the European Parliament entitled “Terrorist Structures in Europe - Front Organizations, Financing, Propaganda and Recruitment”.
MEP Monika Hohlmeier (EPP) underlined in her keynote speech the need to tackle Islamist radicalization while at the same time upholding our European democratic values and norms. MEP Caterina Chinnichi (S&D) underlined the importance of working on the prevention of radicalization among the youth, a segment of society notably more vulnerable to extremist ideologies. Magnus Norell, Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, outlined the Muslim Brotherhood's dangerous Islamist ideology that is increasingly taking root among in Europe and - if left unchecked - is certain to lead to further acts of terror. Michael Laubsch, Policy Analyst with the European Citizens‘ Initiative STOP EXTREMISM, argued that the EU can fight extremism much more effectively if it agreed upon a single definition of extremism and created a European extremist watchlist. Finally, Gerta Zaimi, Researcher at CSSII (International Strategic Studies Center) at the University of Florence, discussed Iran-backed Hezbollah, whose real threat to European security is all too often downplayed. Ms. Zaimi urged the EU lawmakers present to work towards designating Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.