Throughout 2018, the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) EU Office in Brussels partnered in a project on the overarching topic of ‘Tackling the root causes and impact of terrorism and radicalisation in Europe’s neighbourhood: What role for the European Union?’.
The fight against terrorism and radicalisation leading to violent extremism is a critical challenge for the European Union and its member states. Due to its multidimensional nature, encompassing socio-economic, cultural, and foreign policy aspects, addressing the root causes and impacts of radicalisation and terrorism is likely to remain a clear policy priority for the European Union for the foreseeable future, both domestically and in relations with third countries, particularly in the Western Balkans and the Southern neighbourhood.
In this context, the EPC and FES have carried out an independent assessment of the overall effectiveness of the European Union in helping to address the root causes and the manifold impacts of terrorism and radicalisation in several critical countries in its close vicinity: Albania, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Kosovo, Lebanon, and Tunisia. This book aims to identify lessons learnt and best practices, as well as possible failures and room for improvement, in fulfilling the European Union’s objectives on the ground.