By Marjon Goetinck, MEDEA Institute The international security environment has seen extraordinary changes over the last decades. Recent developments in Syria and Iraq, increasing numbers of foreign fighters, radicalization of certain communities, not only raise a number of security concerns for the West but also lead to an increased polarisation of the debates across our European societies. Needless to say, the issue of radicalisation and the return of European jihadists are high on the agenda of the EU. The challenge for European governments is how to prevent the young men and women from setting out on the path to war in Syria and Iraq and how to deal with fighters upon their return.
Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters - 19/10/2014 – Washington Post
In Denmark, not one returned fighter has been locked up. Instead, taking the view that discrimination at home is as criminal as Islamic State recruiting, officials here are providing free psychological counseling while finding returnees jobs and spots in schools and universities. Officials credit a new effort to reach out to a radical mosque with stanching the flow of recruits.
Sweden recognize the « State of Palestine » – 10/06/2014 – MENA Post
On Friday, October 3rd 2014, Sweden, through its Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, made a historic announcement, declaring that it would recognize the « State of Palestine ». This declaration coincides with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. After having voted for the “observer status” of Palestine to the United Nations in 2012, Sweden confirms its support to the Palestinian people by promising an official state recognition, joining a majority of countries that have done so (112 according to the AFP and 134 according to the Palestinian Authority).
Assemblée des Citoyens et Citoyennes de la Méditerranée – from the 13th until the 16th november in Marseille
For the fifth consecutive meeting, l'Assemblée des Citoyens et Citoyennes de la Méditerranée (ACM) will meet in Marseille, France, from the 13th until the 16th november 2014, on the issue: "Citizenship and the construction of a Mediterranean community of people".