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Our monthly Euro-Views guest column is reserved for public and private sector experts to air their opinion on issues of European civil security.

Aside from our sample free analysis each month, Euro-Views are the only section of SECURITY EUROPE made freely and fully visible on our website, and is read by EU and national civil security officials and our diverse stakeholder audience of 14,000 across Europe.

As a high-level forum since 2007, the Euro-View column offers a well-established and recognizable platform. Any and all aspects of civil security are eligible as topics, though the column may not be used for any commercial promotion.

If you have a particular argument or point of view on a given European civil security topic and wish to reach out to our SECURITY EUROPE audience, please get in touch with: Christopher Dalby at cd@securityeurope.info for details.

Businesses need to adapt to the shifting threat of organized crime

Euro-View: Sven Bergmann on business cyber-security Recently, Europol released its 2017 “Serious and Organised Crime and Threat Assessment – SOCTA” report. Shortly after that release, I had the privilege to speak as a panelist at the Brussels conference, “Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism,” co-hosted by Europol and the British Chamber of Commerce. There, corporate leaders and crime experts from around …

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Transatlantic security now requires a more balanced relationship

Euro-View: Marietje Schaake on transatlantic relations Where Russia’s new assertiveness has revived the lost art of Kremlinology, the election of a new President to the White House has spawned the science of Trumpology. Analysts watch Donald Trump’s every move, trying to discern whether changes to the National Security Council mean a change of policies, or if a tweet by the …

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Airport design and security: a partnership that makes good business sense

Euro-View: Stacey Peel on airport security The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, forecasts that by 2034, 7.3 billion people will fly commercially every year. Long before then, delivering aviation security via bolt-on, equipment-reliant and compliance-driven approach will no longer be feasible. Airports, industry associations, thought leaders and innovators across the aviation industry are asking: how will we deliver security? …

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Securing Europe’s future can be done but the path is a stony one

Euro-View: Hans Rodewald on Europe’s security choices Europe is at a junction in its history where the decisions it makes in the next two to three years will determine whether the EU develops into a true global player or shrinks to a swarm of political and economic dwarfs. One of the central questions it must address is how to provide …

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Breaking the cycle of radicalisation by backing words with deeds

Euro-View: Sir Ivor Roberts on radicalisation Despite its shrinking territorial footprint as the battle for Mosul reaches its climax, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) appears to have lost none of its ability to terrorise, nor its capacity to manipulate modern communication channels, the Internet and social media platforms, nor to radicalise and inspire acts of violence. The …

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How Belgian authorities might further counter radicalisation

Euro-View: Antoine de Borman and Quentin Martens on counter-radicalisation Belgium has been one of the first European countries confronted with significant radicalisation movements. As early as 2012-2013 when Europe saw the first departures to Syria, Joëlle Milquet, former Belgian Minister of Home Affairs, launched measures to tackle this threat, including the adoption of a prevention strategy against terrorism and violent …

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Will Poland create a “territorial” defence force – or will its role be as guardian of the country’s conservative political revolution?

BRUSSELS – The radical change in the Central Europe’s security environment resulting from Russia’s aggressive policy and military build-up has forced the region’s countries to seriously rethink their defence posture – and Poland is at the forefront of this shift.Warsaw has not only increased its defence spending from 1.95 percent of GDP to 2 percent, but the country’s new right-conservative government has launched a programme to create a Territorial Defence Force (TDF). How this force might be used raises some serious concerns in policy circles.Territorial defence as a concept has always hovered in Poland but...

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Why NATO and the EU should jointly address post-conflicts

Euro-View: Martin Howard on EU-NATO co-operationNot much budged BREXIT from the UK media during July. But one exception was the Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the Iraq war. Many headlines were about the decision to go to war, its legality and the intelligence failures that preceded it.But just as important was what the report said about the aftermath. It’s important because that failure not only led to most of the bad news that has come out Iraq, but also because the lessons go beyond that conflict. Looking at Afghanistan and Libya, those lessons seem not to have been learnt.We need to be careful about drawing parallels. But there is a common theme...

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A ”European forensic science area” re-enters the spotlight again

Euro-View: Pawel Rybicki on European forensicsForensic science is rapidly growing in importance for the security and justice of European citizens – and the EU is now marching faster toward the creation by 2020 of a “European Forensic Science Area” (EFSA2020), based on achieving certain common forensic standards.In my opinion, this is exactly what is needed in the forensics field for many reasons. For example, setting up EFSA2020 will give a big boost to...

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Europe needs a far more secure “eco-system” for healthcare data

More and more data is being collected on and by patients, stored on social platforms and the cloud, and used for commercial purposes. Alongside this activity is the rising risk of data leaks or breaches. And when these happen, patients lose trust in the management of their health data.How big is that risk? Current studies show that privacy and security are given low priority in the development of health data applications. This raises serious issues of security and safety in the field of health data. In a word, we need to drag this sector toward...

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