The Head of the European Counter Terrorism Centre at Europol, Manuel Navarrete, warned of an existing climate of animosity against Jews and Muslims in Europe at the presentation of the latest annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT), presented at the European Parliament.
A total of 119 foiled, failed and completed terrorist attacks were reported by a total of 13 EU Member States. Operations resulted in 1004 individuals being arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offences in 19 EU Member States, with Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the UK reporting the highest numbers. Ten people died because of terrorist attacks in the EU and 27 people were injured.
Navarrete alerted MEPs present that there is an “increase in violent incidents inspired by the extreme right, even if they cannot be classified as terrorist acts”. Thus, he explained that there is a growing feeling of xenophobia and hatred of Jews and Muslims, which could lead to violent actions, and that they increasingly have more international ties.
The report highlights the large number of extreme right-wing groups that incite to commit violent acts through social networks and WhatsApp groups. In addition, from these platforms they encourage users to carry out actions autonomously, following the same logic as jihadism, with those known as lone wolves. According to the text, they also interact in other countries through concerts and other events.