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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (17/05/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: TRIVALENT: Terrorism pReventIon Via rAdicaLisation countEr-NarraTive The underlying assumption of the project proposal is that to counter successfully violent extremism, a more balanced response is needed that combines repressive (protective) measures with preventive measures, based on a firm commitment to respecting fundamental rights, promoting integration and cultural dialogue, and fighting discrimination. This…

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EU leaders’ decisions augur big developments for European defence policy, with wider implications for other sectors as well

By PATRICK STEPHENSON and BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – After decades of procrastination, national leaders at their 22-23 June summit here took decisions that now set the stage for the EU’s entry into the defence field, though any talk of an imminent “European” army is fantasy. Nonetheless, important policy proposals by the European Commission were approved. The member states themselves finally agreed to finance their diverse battlegroups to boost the EU’s common security and defence policy (CSDP), for example, while approving plans – far more radical – to allow self-selected EU countries to shift into “permanent structured cooperation” (PESCO) in defence. But these were just some of the approved measures. An interesting coda to these decisions will be their impact on the EU’s...