The French EPP Rachida Dati warns about radicalization in Europe




An estimated 5,000 European citizens have joined terrorist organisations fighting in Iraq and Syria. With the issue of foreign fighters posing challenges for governments across the EU, a report on preventing the radicalization and recruitment of Europeans by terrorist organisations was adopted by the civil liberties committee on 19 October. The report was drafted by the French EPP member Rachida Dati who said that “over the past two years, terrorist attacks carried out by radicalised European citizens have taken place in a number of countries. There are hotbeds of radicalised Europeans across the Union, and due to the Schengen area EU citizens may travel freely”. Dati is convinced that we are facing a threat which impacts on all of us, and this is why a truly European response is needed. According to her vision, this need not mean fewer competences for member states but simply more coordination and collaboration.
Rachida Dati ensured that “for a very long time our policies have not been proactive. We also need to be forward-thinking, by pushing our own counter-arguments against those of online terrorists, prosecuting the internet giants to push them to delete illegal content, segregating radicalised inmates in prisons, engaging in dialogue with the various religious communities, preventing radicalization through education and tackling terrorism-funding channels by guaranteeing greater transparency on external financial flows”.
She also said that “It is less an issue of adopting new surveillance measures than of properly implementing those already in place and, above all, exchanging the information we have with our European partners”. Dati concluded by saying that “The biggest problem with the internet is the publishing and proliferation of illegal content. The internet giants must accept their responsibility. Should they refuse to cooperate or show themselves willing, I propose that they face criminal charges”.//