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Fighting Terrorism: Isn't It Time for Europe to Tighten Measures?

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in France and Austria, the EU Interior Ministers intend to hold a meeting this Friday on the topic of strengthening the fight against terrorism.

Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is demanding that a new crime be included in the criminal legislation: “political Islam.” The list of topics that will be discussed by the ministers — toughening surveillance of potentially dangerous persons, the creation of cross-border information systems, and training of imams in Europe. Most of the media are also in favor of tougher measures.

Enough to beat around the bush!

De Telegraaf welcomes the initiative of France and Austria and encourages Amsterdam to join them:

“European leaders see the link between terrorism and failed integration — and intend to launch their own European imam training programs. An excellent plan, but it still needs to be implemented, which will not be easy given the never-ending negotiation circus in Brussels. And there, the attention of the Netherlands is focused mainly on its economic interests. ... Premier Rutte also emphasizes that he does not want to provoke a split in society. According to him, incitement of some population groups to others can be harmful to everyone. However, the time for beautiful words is over! You need to call a spade a spade and roll up your sleeves to tackle the problem. Take an example from France!”

Connivance against radical imams

Adevarul points out that it is necessary to tighten the criteria for admitting imams:

“The explosive problem of imams conducting divine services in European mosques is a dilemma that requires a single answer at the European level. ... The accusations of spreading jihadist propaganda against many imams are often confirmed. ... A sad example: in Great Britain, the authorities have for many years turned a blind eye to the activities of a number of imams, who in their sermons oppose European and Christian values. The worldview of people has formed accordingly, which then find themselves in the ranks of ISIS fanatics and militants. However, officials in charge of this area turn a blind eye to everything, citing the need to respect human rights. ... A similar connivance can be observed in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria. ... Will measures be taken now?”

It would not go too far

As Kurier notes, the fight against terrorism should not result in an infringement of civil liberties:

“One of the rules of human behavior says: until the thunder breaks out, the man does not cross himself. But then the pendulum begins to swing with special force. The same can be observed in the example of the presented package of measures to combat terrorism: the amplitude of the pendulum is greater than ever before — and finally the matter has moved off the ground. ... There are many points in the presented package of measures to combat terrorism that can be agreed with without overcoming any ideological barriers. ... However, there is also a very sensitive moment, namely, the question of how to deal with potential and already convicted criminals. ... We must not allow an anti-constitutional or too vague law to make it easier for terrorists to do their job. But at the same time, it is unacceptable that a law-abiding citizen could fall under the distribution if he is deliberately condemned and considered a criminal just because, against the background of the shock as a result of the terror, someone has gone overboard.”

Not Merkel, but Macron — this is who the defender of European values

In the fight against political Islam, Germany concedes the first role to others, writes Kristeligt Dagblad:

“While Austria and France are discussing the fight against political Islam, Angela Merkel is talking about the fight against terrorism. While other EU countries are talking about how to keep migration at a level that can still be dealt with, the Germans are talking about improving the process of distributing migrants across countries. Political progress in this area is not Germany's merit. This means that Angela Merkel is not the leader of the EU in terms of promoting the values of the community — even though she has concentrated economic power in her hands, and Germany is now the President of the EU Council. The role of the leader is now played by Macron.”

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