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Radicalisation of Europe bigger threat than al-Qaeda: official

A top European Commission official says radicalisation may in turn lead to terrorism.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2012 3:23:44 pm

Radicalisation of society is the biggest threat – bigger than the al-Qaeda terrorists – Europe is facing now,a top European Commission official said today.

Director General for Home Affairs,European Commission,Stefano Manservisi,said the basic threat to Europe has not come from terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda but from radicalisation of societies,which are on stress,as it may lead to terrorism.

“Prevent terrorism and address radicalisation and recruitment. This is a domain of particular concern for EU and where we must work harder and more closely with a number of actors to prevent new attacks”,he told journalists in an interaction.

Maintaining that Europe has been and still is exposed to terrorism and violent extremism,Manservisi said the European Union has been working with international partners like India to disrupt international crime networks which take a variety of forms: trafficking in human beings,drugs and firearms,money laundering.

“Security cannot be achieved in isolation. Therefore,we are equally concerned about the terrorist threats that India faces,which in the past few years resulted in a number of attacks,most prominently the Mumbai attacks of November 2008 and July 2011”,he said.

The European Commission official said security was a global issue and Europe and India have common interests in sharing experiences and enhancing cooperation between the two was very important.

Manservisi,who is on a three-day visit to India,has held dialogues with key officials of Ministries of External Affairs,Home and Indian Overseas Affairs,besides CBI and other security agencies.

The European Commission official said India is an important strategic partner of the EU and part of this partnership is incremental relations and discussions regarding migration and mobility which started in 2006.

He said migration flows and shorter term mobility between EU and India are of increasing importance and bring mutual benefits as well as challenges.

Manservisi said by the definition cross border nature of migration and mobility implies a need for international cooperation on all relevant dimensions of the EU Global Approach to migration and mobility.

“In our understanding,Government of India also takes an international approach by actively reaching out to partners abroad,including the EU. My mission to India serves in part to exchange views on these important issues and to seek to deepen our framework of cooperation further”,he said.

Manservisi said the EU is also working hard to raise levels of security for citizens and business in cyberspace as Europe is one of the key targets for cyber crime because of its advanced internet infrastructure,the high number of users and its internet-mediated economies and payment systems.

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