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    Pope Francis visits Poland at a tense time for relations between Europe’s Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis visits Poland at a tense time for relations between Europe’s Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis has stated that the ‘world is at war’ following the series of recent terrorist attacks in France and Germany, including the murder of the Catholic priest Jacques Hamel on 26 July. Commenting on the Pope’s current visit to Poland, Kristin Garrity Sekerci writes that he will find a country in which tensions between Christians and Muslims are already […]

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    Islamic State may have attacked Brussels, but it is losing in Syria and Iraq

Islamic State may have attacked Brussels, but it is losing in Syria and Iraq

Much of the reaction to the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March has focused on the perceived threat Islamic State (IS) poses for European citizens. Ranj Alaaldin writes that while IS has carried out a number of high profile attacks recently, this should not overshadow the fact that it is now a declining force in Syria and Iraq.

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    If bombing the Middle East was the way to peace, it would be the most peaceful place on Earth

If bombing the Middle East was the way to peace, it would be the most peaceful place on Earth

British MPs voted to deploy bomb attacks against ISIS/Daesh strongholds in Syria, in response to their attacks in Paris. Here, Sean Swan argues that this is misguided; despite the understandable yearning to be seen to ‘do something’, the Middle East has been bombed by the West before without achieving the desired results, and there is nothing to suggest this time would be […]

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    French politics after the Paris attacks: polarised and deeply personal

French politics after the Paris attacks: polarised and deeply personal

France will hold regional elections on 6 and 13 December, which are expected to be dominated by the response to the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November. John Gaffney writes that the split between left-wing and right-wing parties in the aftermath of the attacks has been much more profound than following the previous attacks in Paris in January. […]

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    There is no ‘Belgian problem’ with radical Islam – only a European one

There is no ‘Belgian problem’ with radical Islam – only a European one

Following the recent terrorist attacks, attention has focused on the Brussels municipality of Molenbeek, where some of the perpetrators of the attacks were based. Bart Cammaerts writes that while Belgium undoubtedly has a long-standing problem with radical Islam, the reasons for this are also present in many other countries across Europe. He argues that all European countries will need […]

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My neighbourhood: the 13 November Paris massacres

Most of the Paris attacks were carried out in the heart of the French capital. However, as LSE’s Michael Storper writes, the chosen areas were not those most noted for tourism, but rather included previously run-down neighbourhoods that had gradually become more gentrified without losing their charm, and which today appeal chiefly to a young crowd. As a resident of the 10th arrondissement, he kept a […]

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    Collective solidarity with France must transform into collective action against ISIS

Collective solidarity with France must transform into collective action against ISIS

The French government has stated that it will invoke the EU’s ‘mutual defence clause’ in relation to the Paris terrorist attacks, which indicates that when a state is attacked, all member states must show solidarity in addressing the aggression. Ranj Alaaldin writes on the potential military response France and its other western allies might pursue in Iraq and Syria […]

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    Political reactions to the Paris attacks: from national unity to politics as usual

Political reactions to the Paris attacks: from national unity to politics as usual

How will the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November affect domestic politics within France? Marta Lorimer assesses the reactions from the country’s main political parties. She writes that while the previous terrorist attacks in Paris in January resulted in a display of political unity, the united front following the November attacks has been much shorter lived. Although some […]

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    Paris attacks: Why France must avoid viewing its Muslim population as a security threat

Paris attacks: Why France must avoid viewing its Muslim population as a security threat

The terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November have prompted discussions from several commentators concerning levels of integration among France’s Muslim population. Joseph Downing argues that claims of a substantive link between the marginalisation of French Muslims and the terrorist attacks that have hit France in 2015 are deeply misleading. He writes that while several French citizens have been […]

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    The security threat posed by ‘outsiders’ is becoming a central theme of French politics in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

The security threat posed by ‘outsiders’ is becoming a central theme of French politics in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

How have minority communities in France been affected by the Paris terrorist attacks in January? Joseph Downing, Jennifer Jackson-Preece and Maria Werdine-Norris write that the response to the attacks has highlighted a long-term trend in French politics: the focus on issues of security and the perceived threat posed to the French nation by ‘outsiders’.

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    The EU must back up its rhetoric and provide meaningful support to Tunisia

The EU must back up its rhetoric and provide meaningful support to Tunisia

Mass demonstrations were held in Tunisia on 29 March to protest against terrorism following the attack at the Bardo Museum that killed 22 people. The attack prompted the European Council to issue a statement in which it committed the European Union to pursue greater co-operation with Tunisia to help combat terrorism and strengthen the country’s social and economic development. […]

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    Belgium must do more to prevent its citizens from joining Islamic State

Belgium must do more to prevent its citizens from joining Islamic State

Among European countries, Belgian citizens account for one of the largest per capita shares of foreign Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq. Craig J. Willy writes on Belgian immigration and labour market policies in light of the threat posed by terrorism. He argues that Belgium could be doing substantially more to promote equal opportunities in employment and education, […]

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    In remembering the Charlie Hebdo attack we must not forget the responsibility that goes with free speech

In remembering the Charlie Hebdo attack we must not forget the responsibility that goes with free speech

On 11 January, unity marches were held across France following terrorist attacks which killed 17 people in Paris, including an attack on the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. One of the key debates to have taken place since the attacks has focused on the issue of free speech, given the controversial nature of some of the material […]

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    The Charlie Hebdo attack was a horrific escalation of violence in an already tense society

The Charlie Hebdo attack was a horrific escalation of violence in an already tense society

On 7 January, 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Sara Silvestri writes on the response to the incident within France, noting that while there is a risk of reprisals against Muslims and immigrants, there is also evidence of a positive reaction through the galvanising of people […]

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    Hollande is facing a difficult balancing act over the French policy on military action against IS

Hollande is facing a difficult balancing act over the French policy on military action against IS

France has participated in airstrikes against Islamic state forces in Iraq, but has so far stopped short of involvement in Syria. Rachel Utley writes on the competing motivations underpinning the French policy on the conflict. She notes that the threat of terrorism has been a key driver of French involvement, which was underlined by the murder of French hostage […]

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