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Europe: knife attacks continue – by Sara Brzuszkiewicz

In one day – on January 25 – two knife attacks took place in Europe.

In Germany, a knife-wielding man – allegedly of Palestinian origin – has fatally stabbed two people and injured seven others on a train in northern Germany before being grabbed by passengers and arrested by police. The event occurred shortly before a regional train traveling from Kiel to Hamburg arrived at the Brokstedt station. While Germany has not mentioned the word terrorism yet, the case of Spain seems to be slightly clearer.

Spanish authorities are investigating what they called a possible terrorist incident after a man attacked several people with a machete at two churches in the southern port city of Algeciras, killing at least one person. The man attacked clergymen at two different churches – San Isidro and Nuestra Senora de La Palma, and a source at Madrid’s High Court said the incident was being investigated as terrorism. Although police have not released details of the attacker’s name or nationality, local media said he was a 25-year-old Moroccan.

Between December 31, 2022 and January 25, 2023, five attacks took place in Europe.

While being cautious and not rushing to talk about terrorism is completely understandable, the characteristics of many of these attacks are similar – and similarly alarming. The two most recent events alone, in Germany and Spain, bring to the fore some of the most crucial issues terrorism experts are now called to address.

First, the democratization of the threat, which is intensifying thanks to the increased ease of communication and reciprocal, continuous influencing among radicalized individuals.

Second, the expansion of copycat mechanisms that do not require any sort of structured interaction between perpetrators and prospective attackers: plain imitation is enough.

Third – as a consequence of the first two points – the absolute unpredictability of terrorism in 2023. This year, as of now, seems to be the climax of the so-called leaderless jihad.

We simply cannot afford missing these trends now. 


Rapporto Te-Sat 2019: prospettive attuali e future –  by Barbara Lucini e Marco Maiolino

Due settimane fa è stato pubblicato il nuovo Terrorism Situation & Trend Report di Europol. Come ogni anno rappresenta un documento importante e utile per tutti coloro che addetti ai lavori o meno vogliano avere una fotografia di respiro internazionale, circa la minaccia terroristica e altre forme di estremismo violento. Continue reading


Attempted Coup in Turkey: Implications from a European perspective – by Maria Alvanou

There is strong international interest about the attempted coup that took place in Turkey on July 15th, Friday night. While many analysts examine the operational reasons that led to failure, the coup attempt itself is also of interest. There are implications for European policy that should be under consideration. They have to do not only with the possible future of Turkey inside the EU family, but also with how European countries will deal with matters of legal aftermath. Continue reading


La Grande Rete del terrorismo jihadista e l’Italia – by Nicolò Spagna

Fin da quando il cuore dell’Europa è stato colpito, con gli attacchi alla capitale parigina e successivamente con Bruxelles, i riflettori si sono spostati quasi immediatamente sull’Italia. La macchina della propaganda jihadista di Daesh ha più volte etichettato l’Italia come target privilegiato, infatti proprio in uno degli ultimi video rilasciati dall Alwa’ad  Media Production, vengono minacciate Roma, Londra e Berlino ponendo alla base frasi proselitistiche con il fine di smuovere i seguaci e spronare all’azione: “Combatteteli, Allah li punirà attraverso le vostre mani”. Continue reading