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7363566-terrorisme-woord-collage-op-zwarte-achtergrond-vectorillustratiePolitieke grootsheid die vluchtelingen gelijkstelt met terroristen wakkert alleen maar de haat en desillusie aan die degenen inspireert die zich bij terroristische groeperingen aansluiten, betoogden veel EP-leden in het debat van woensdag. In plaats van toe te staan ​​dat de vrijheden en tolerantie van Europa worden uitgehold, moeten de EU-landen ernaar streven de veiligheid te versterken, door de samenwerking op het gebied van inlichtingen en het delen van gegevens te intensiveren en te investeren in de vaardigheden en technologie die nodig zijn om terrorisme te bestrijden, zo dringen de leden van het Europees Parlement aan.  

European Parliament President Martin Schulz started the session by condemning the terrorist attack in Tunisia on Tuesday. “In the space of two weeks, terrorists have attacked in Beirut, in Paris, in Damascus and in Tunis, and each time there is pain. We are all concerned, but we will keep on fighting it with our allies,” Schulz said.

“European cooperation has to be stepped up and to evolve”, said Nicolas Schmit for the Council Presidency. Referring to the conclusions of the EU Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers of 20 November, Schmit assured MEPs that “the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will be a guiding principle”, when putting in place anti-terror measures.     “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the French Republic – the French Republic is our republic too,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Ik denk niet dat we vluchtelingen, asielzoekers en migranten aan de ene kant moeten gelijkstellen met terroristen aan de andere kant. Degenen die deze aanslagen in Parijs hebben uitgevoerd, zijn dezelfde mensen die de ongelukkigen en ongelukkigen van deze planeet dwingen te vluchten”, voegde hij eraan toe.

“Our thoughts should first go to the victims and their families”, not to terrorists, said EPP group leader Manfred Weber (DE), stressing that it is “inadmissible” to claim that refugees coming to Europe are perpetrators of terrorism – in fact, they are “victims of terrorism”.

“We need to tackle PNR, make progress on Europol, data protection directive, stamping out funding for terrorism and data storage legislation,” he added, stressing the need for deeds, not just words.

S&D Chairman Gianni Pittella (IT), pledged that “Europe will not allow itself to be changed by terrorism.” “This must not become Europe‘s 11 September,” he warned, stressing that Europe must stand united, seize the initiative and invest in “smart” intelligence services. “We will work to reach agreement on the PNR proposal by the end of the year,” he assured.

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“Our solidarity should be with the people of France, of Tunisia and with all the other victims of Daesh,” said ECR leader Syed Kamall (UK). “We must all come together to show them [terrorists] that they will not succeed”, he said adding that “if every time they attack us we erode our freedoms, there will be no freedoms left to defend”.

“Terrorists know no borders, but our police and intelligence still do,” said ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt (BE). “If we have to choose between sovereignty and security, I would choose security,” he added. On the EU PNR proposal, he said: “What we need is to have some type of obligatory exchange of information, a common front to defeat Daesh and a European intelligence agency.”

“Let’s not repeat the mistakes of 9/11: terror against terrorism has not dried out the roots of terrorism, in Afghanistan or elsewhere,” said Gabriele Zimmer (GUE/NGL DE). For the Greens/EFA, Philippe Lamberts (BE) argued that our societies do not need generalized surveillance, but better exchange of information between national services.

Paul Nuttall (UK), speaking for the EFDD group, advocated “clamping down on Saudi Wahhabism” and abolishing free movement within the Schengen area. This was echoed by ENF leader Marine Le Pen (FR), who blamed “imposed austerity” for cuts in France’s military and police budgets.

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