Commisioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Sveriges Radio.

EU to target violent extremism

More needs to be done to fight violent extremism, according to the European Union.

Swedish EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström is to present recommendations Wednesday, but in an op-ed article in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter Tuesday she claims the largest threats are from far-right groups, especially in countries like Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Malmström claims there is an ongoing radicalisation on the extremes on both wings of the political spectrum, as well as a threat from violent islamist movements, with an estimated 1500 Europeans fighting with radical groups in Syria.

She wants national governments to set up movements to help members of extremist groups leave radical environments, and also wants the European Union to provide money to help fund training for police and social workers to prevent young people joining the extremist organisations in the first place.

Cecilia Malmström is justice and home affairs commissioner, and previously a Liberal Party MP and EU minister in the Swedish government.

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