A threat that is chang­ing Europe

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

the West and the rest of the world un­dergo such phases of up­set and vi­o­lent change ev­ery 50-60 years. This is not the end of the West, they say. The reg­u­lar at­tacks car­ried out by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists on Euro­pean soil are shock­ing. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve that ter­ror­ist at­tacks will in­ten­sify. If this does hap­pen, the ram­i­fi­ca­tions on Euro­pean pol­i­tics, the econ­omy and cul­ture will be grave. In­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness are seen turn­ing into as­sas­sins and no amount of se­cu­rity mea­sures is enough to stop this from hap­pen­ing. Ger­man au­thor­i­ties ap­pear bet­ter pre­pared than most of their coun­ter­parts in deal­ing with such in­ci­dents but there is lit­tle they can do to pre­vent them from hap­pen­ing. Across the con­ti­nent, se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties are try­ing to mon­i­tor an in­creas­ing num­ber of Mus­lim cit­i­zens and im­mi­grants. Should con­trol on Europe’s Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion be­come too strict, such mea­sures will only play into the hands of ISIS, ex­pand­ing the pool of re­cruits on its be­half. Mean­while, pres­sure from society, the me­dia

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