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    • Raphael Bossong guest lecturer at the "School for European Security"

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    • Date: 19 January 2009

      Raphael Bossong, Research Associate at the Global Public Policy Initative Berlin presented on Monday, December 19, a lecture on the development as well as perspectives and challenges ahead of the EU's anti terror policy.

      Opening his presentation, Raphael reminded that terrorism is not a new phenomenon and that countries in Europe have dealt with it for decades. Progress that was accomplished in the third pillar of the EU structure is associated to concepts and modalities of cooperation, and less to practical matters. European Arrest Warrant constituted an important breakthrough in that regard, believes Bossong. 

      European countries have been placed under serious pressure from the US, to speed up the formulation of precise policies related to migration. On the other hand, Madrid attacks from March 11 2004, made administrations cooperate more closely in intelligence sharing.

      However, Bossong believes that this is a more reactive than proactive policy. Capabilities to prevent further spread of terrorist activities of the EU he still assessed as moderate.

      Discussion with the students was turning primarily around the issue, is the main driving force behind escalation of extremism in Europe radical islamism, or actually, do secesionist movements still claim the fore as Centre's guest sees it.

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