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Fighting terrorism and radicalisation: deal on budget, priorities for 2021-2027

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 dicembre 2020

Ensuring that the European Union has a high level of security is the main aim of the strengthened Internal Security Fund (ISF). Its €1.931 billion budget for 2021-2027 should serve to prevent and combat terrorism and radicalisation, serious and organised crime, and cybercrime, as well as to assist and protect victims. Co-legislators agreed that it should also contribute to preparing for and managing “security incidents, risks and crises”.More specifically, the new Internal Security Fund will focus on: • improving the exchange of information among and within competent authorities of the member states and relevant EU bodies, such as Europol, and also with third countries and international organisations if necessary; • intensifying cross-border cooperation, including joint operations in relation to terrorism and serious and organised crime with a cross-border dimension; • enabling member states to combat and prevent crime, terrorism and radicalisation, as well as managing security-related incidents, risks and crises. No military actions covered and no money for coercive equipment. he ISF shall not finance actions limited to maintaining public order at national level or those with a military or defence purpose nor will the money go to purchasing coercive equipment, including weapons, ammunition, explosives and riot sticks, except for training.Once the text is finalised at technical level, it will have to be formally adopted by both the Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

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Another peace deal: An agreement to halt fighting in four zones of Syria

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 Maggio 2017

siriaRUSSIA’S announcement that Syrian warplanes will stop flying over some of the country’s bloodiest battlefields should be cause for joy. No accurate figure exists for the number of people killed during the war, but monitoring groups estimate that 470,000 have died, the vast majority of them civilians. What is certain, however, is that the Syrian air force, with the help of Russia and Iran, has killed most of these people. Its helicopters and warplanes have dropped bombs, missiles and gas on schools, hospitals and homes. Ending the slaughter means first grounding the regime’s air force.Under the terms of a deal signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey at talks in Kazakhstan on May 4th, this is what is supposed to happen. All operations, including Syrian military flights, will supposedly stop in four “de-escalation zones” within the country where opposition fighters still hold considerable territory. If all sides abide by the deal, then these areas will become safe zones that could, at some stage, be policed by troops from Russia and Turkey. Russian news outlets speculated that troops from Brazil and India may also play a role in peacekeeping. Donald Trump is reported to have approved the agreement in a call with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.The ambitious plan is the latest in a series of attempts to put an end to the six-year war. Details on exactly how it will work on the ground are thin and there are a number of possible spoilers. Key to the plan’s success will be the Syrian government’s commitment to its terms. Backed by its allies Russia and Iran, the regime has repeatedly vowed to continue fighting until it controls the entire country. In trying, it has often acted against the interests of both its main sponsors.The rebels are justifiably suspicious of the deal, pointing out that Russia has failed to rein in its unruly partner in the past. They are also deeply sceptical about the role of Iran, which they accuse of deliberately stoking sectarian hatred during the war (rebel representatives walked out of talks on Wednesday in protest at Iran’s role as a signatory and guarantor of the latest deal). This mistrust has seen previous ceasefire agreements collapse within weeks, with both sides accusing each other of violating their terms.
Little has changed to make it any more likely that this latest effort will succeed where the others have failed. Under the new deal, Russia, Iran and the regime are still allowed to target jihadists linked to al-Qaeda, who fight side by side with other rebel factions in some parts of the country, including within the designated safe areas. The regime has in the past used this co-operation to justify breaking ceasefires and bombing rebel positions. In Idlib, which is supposed to fall inside one of the four safe zones, al-Qaeda-linked factions now dominate an alliance of rebel groups that controls most of the province. It is unlikely that the regime will stop its bombing campaign there. Nor is it likely that the rebel alliance will stop attacking the regime. Both sides will accuse the other of violating the ceasefire.Like Idlib, many of the areas where the conflict will supposedly be paused as part of the deal have seen an escalation in fighting in recent months. Government forces and pro-regime militias have tightened the sieges of Eastern Ghouta, a densely populated rebel-held suburb of Damascus, and the rebel redoubt north of the city of Homs. The deal will also cover an area in the south, along the Jordanian border, where American-backed rebel forces have made gains against both Islamic State and government forces since the start of the year. “As of the sixth of this month all military operations will be ceased,” the head of the Russian delegation to the talks in Kazakhstan, Alexander Lavrentyev, said. “All Syrian flights over these areas will cease.” If this happens, then separate talks in Geneva aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the war may finally move forward. The chances of this happening, however, are slim. (font: The Economist)

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Fighting right-wing populism in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 luglio 2015

Fighting right wingsSkopje (Macedonia) 23 – 28 August 2015 The seminar will explore the socio-economic and political factors of Right-wing populism in Europe and the influence right-wing populist movements and parties have on the democratic culture as such. The group of participants coming from Greece, Germany, Macedonia and Italy will be involved in a simulation game which will tackle the sources, reasons, dynamics and effects of right-wing populism in contemporary Europe
The simulation game will then guide the group through the elaboration of possible strategies to deal with this issue at European level. CSDC is looking for three participants to take part in the Seminar and to be actively engaged in the simulation game “Fighting right-wing populism in Europe”.

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