This is a very important article; in light of what is going on in the world we all need to think about these issues. And I couldn’t have put it better myself.
The European Union’s Internal Security Strategy outlines how the EU seeks to address transnational crime and security challenges, which include terrorism and organised crime. The Strategy was agreed by the European Council (heads of government of each EU Member State) for the period 2010-2014, and it is now being refreshed. This is an opportunity to imagine new ways to address these challenges.
A strategy born of fear
The Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (known as ‘COSI’ from the French, Comité permanent de sécurité intérieure) faces difficult choices in drafting the text of the updated Strategy. COSI is comprised of officials from Member State interior ministries and European Commission representatives. They are working in a political environment dominated by fear of the outsider (see also Around Europe 352 on fear and conflict). In June 2014 heads of government meeting at the European Council set strategic guidelines…
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