Terrorism

Europe is still struggling to face up to the terror threat

5 January 2017 17:12

Europe’s unpreparedness to deal with the terrorist threat it is now facing is highlighted in two reports today. The Wall…

Germany is facing a ticking time bomb of rage

21 December 2016 12:01

I’ve learned that it’s best not to say anything about a terrorist atrocity on social media, especially not if it…

The uses of terror

21 December 2016 7:37

I mean no disrespect to the dead when I say that Islamist terror in the developed world can seem a…

It’s nonsense to claim that Isis benefits from Brexit. But that won’t stop some people trying

20 December 2016 15:08

While a storm has blown up between Nigel Farage and Brendan Cox this morning over the role played by Angela…

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How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany’s intelligence agency?

2 December 2016 10:37

Anybody who has observed Germany in recent years may have noticed that the country’s politicians have gone a bit nuts. …

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Is there something that the BBC isn’t telling us about these Norwegians?

14 August 2016 10:31

A man has set fire to a train in Switzerland and stabbed lots of people. On the BBC News last…

Secularism’s view on violence is less humane than Christianity’s

4 August 2016 15:08

Let’s say that a man kills a few people at random in your neighbourhood – on the street in broad…

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How the British bobby turned into Robocop

4 August 2016 10:47

To the casual glance it looks like a normal police car — same markings, same lights, same faces at the…

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The Spectator Podcast: Summer of terror

30 July 2016 10:00

After a week where both Germany and France suffered terror attacks, the question of the relationship between Islamic terrorism and Europe’s…

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To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

28 July 2016 9:40

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…

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The Spectator Podcast: Summer of terror

28 July 2016 7:50

In a week in which both Germany and France have suffered terror attacks, the question of the relationship between Islamic…

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Will Europe finally face up to the threat of Islamism?

26 July 2016 13:56

On the bright side, the elderly priest who was murdered during mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, had pretty well a…

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Being a priest has become a dangerous job

26 July 2016 13:01

Fr Jacques Hamel, murdered today by Islamists in Normandy, was 84, and in his life would have seen his country transformed,…

Special police officers secure a street near the house where a Syrian man lived before the explosion in Ansbach (AP)

Terror is the new normal for Germany and France

25 July 2016 13:30

Update: This piece was written yesterday and so is already out of date. This morning two armed men entered a church near Rouen during…

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France is fed up with terror – and bureaucracy

19 July 2016 14:51

Living in France is a lottery. The chances of getting a losing ticket are very slim, but a chance it…

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We need to tackle attacks like the one in Nice from the root

15 July 2016 17:49

The BBC headline says it all: ‘The killing of 84 people celebrating Bastille Day is the worst attack on France…

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It is easy to say there’s nothing we can do to prevent lone-wolf attacks. It is also wrong

15 July 2016 17:02

For the third time in the last 18 months – twice in Paris and now in Nice – France has…

‘Horror, once again’: French press reacts to Nice terror attack

15 July 2016 13:00

Once again, France is waking up to a massacre on its streets. In Nice, as people gathered on the seafront…

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Theresa May reacts to Nice terror attack

15 July 2016 12:00

Theresa May has just given her reaction to the terrorist attack in Nice, saying that Britain would stand ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with…

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Why the latest attack in Istanbul feels so much closer to home

29 June 2016 9:48

‘Too close to home,’ is how most of my friends and colleagues in Istanbul described the attack at the city’s…

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You can’t stop future Orlandos, but you can reduce the chances

13 June 2016 13:51

I’m pro-gun control, but I come from the most heavily populated corner of one of the most crowded islands on…

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Secularism does little to protect us from Islamic extremism

30 March 2016 12:23

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

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Want to stand up to terrorism? Then keep calm and carry on

24 March 2016 10:50

As I’m sure is the case with many of you, I’ve been giving serious thought to how best to Stand Up To Terrorism,…

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France has become a religious battleground

15 January 2016 16:47

The new year has not started well for France. On the last day of 2015 – the most traumatic year…

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A German politician points out the obvious about refugees and the terror threat

2 January 2016 18:41

Happy New Year. Sorry about my absence. I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and then, when I returned,…