Europe to Discuss New Safety After Attacks in Paris and Vienna

As the investigation into the Monday terrorist attack continues in Austria, the authorities have already announced their readiness to raise the issue of fighting Islamism at the European level. According to Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz, this issue should be discussed at the next EU summit. However, it will be necessary to do so in a way that does not offend or limit the rights of representatives of the large Muslim community in European countries.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz intends to raise the issue of countering « political Islam » and terrorism at the forthcoming EU summit. The politician will confirm this information in an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt: « I expect the end of misunderstood tolerance and, finally, an awareness in all European countries of how dangerous political Islamic ideology is to our freedom and the European model of life ».

The next traditional two-day EU summit is scheduled for 10-11 December, and before that, on 19 November, European leaders will talk by video link. Prior to this, preliminary debates on security in Europe will be held by the ministers of the interior during a video conference on 13 November. The Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, announced that the Interior Ministers will be paying attention to this topic.

It seems that the terrorist attacks in France and Austria have prompted Europe to take serious counterterrorism measures. In Austria, for example, there is talk of the need to investigate and re-evaluate the work of the police, social services and prisons, from where the Vienna terrorist was recently released on parole for good behaviour. The terms and conditions of arms sales in the EU may also be reviewed, as well as cooperation protocols between the special services.

After the events in Vienna, several European countries – Great Britain, Switzerland and Finland – increased the level of terrorist threat. Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Slovenia have strengthened border controls.

At the same time, in each country, the security level has increased with a different emphasis: for example, in the Czech Republic, the protection of the border with Austria, as well as the protection of Jewish cultural monuments, has been strengthened, while Italy focused on combating illegal immigration. The task of the Ministers of the Interior and then the EU Summit is to harmonise joint efforts to improve security and, it seems, to agree on closer cooperation between the security forces.


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