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by Euro Reporter
2011-11-22 08:01:13
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Security service warns of extremist violence

Extremists from both the right and left of the political spectrum have become more inclined to use violence and more professional in their quest to carry out attacks, the Danish security and intelligence service PET said Thursday. Sections of the far-right were arming for a “future race war,” the PET said in a report.

The agency said some individuals might also be inspired by twin attacks in neighbouring Norway in July, where a right-wing extremist killed 77 people. The alleged assailant in the Norway attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, said the attacks were against multiculturalism and Islam.

Far-right groups in Denmark are trying to recruit football hooligans and exploring ties with other nationalist groups in other countries, the PET report said. The PET said that members of Danish left-wing radical groups had also used violence to promote their cause. It pointed to attacks in which left-wing radicals set fire to buildings or assaulted political opponents. The Danish left-wing extremists also sought to forge international links with similar groups in other countries.


First address crisis, then treaty

Denmark's new prime minister said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday that she understood Berlin's interest on pushing through EU treaty changes to impose fiscal discipline on the euro zone in the European Union but believed the first priority should be resolving the immediate debt crisis.

"We discussed treaty changes and that the German Chancellor is preoccupied with this -- with very good reason," Danish leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt said at a joint news conference with Merkel. "But first things first." Thorning-Schmidt, whose country is a member of the European Union but not of the single currency zone, said an EU summit in December would discuss treaty changes but she believed these should have "a narrow focus".

"It is important that we first focus on solving the crisis, and then discuss how to create more discipline at a later stage," she said.


In crisis, more important that EU 27 stick together

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Thursday called for healing divisions emerging between the 17 euro-zone members and the broader 27-nation European Union. After a meeting in the chancellery, the two leaders were hopeful that Denmark's six-month presidency of the EU, which begins in January, could be used to drive closer coordination between the non-euro nations and the euro-zone members within the EU. "We will never forget that the 27 belong together, that the internal market is the foundation upon which the euro can work," Merkel said at a news conference after the meeting.

Merkel reiterated her plea for closer integration of fiscal policies of the euro-zone and called on the currency club's members to each "do their homework". "This also means limited changes to treaties and we will talk about this again at the European Council on Dec. 9," said Merkel. Thorning-Schmidt said that during the Danish presidency she will focus on the "need for a responsible Europe, a Europe in which each nation is responsible for having a sound budget, having stable economies, and taking the right decisions." She said budget discipline was crucial in "this dire crisis we have right now."

Thorning-Schmidt also said it was crucial that Europe "create some optimism again" to get the economy going. The Danish prime minister also called for using the EU's traditional "community process" for decision-making, rather than allowing important decisions that affect the EU as a whole to be taken in smaller groups of intergovernmental bodies. "In a crisis, in the crisis we are now facing, it is perhaps more important that the 27 member states stick together and we understand that it is exactly when we have a crisis when we should stick together as the European Union, use our institutions, and use the community method. This is the Danish priority," she said. Thorning-Schmidt said Europe must first solve the euro-zone debt crisis and stabilize European economies before discussing treaty change.

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Emanuel Paparella2011-11-22 10:45:27
The Danish report on extremism is quite disturbing. Indeed, fanatical ideological
extremism is the symptom of a deep rottness at the core which if not properly cured will destroy a civilization.

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