Violent extremism, which is at its highest level in Europe since World War II, is becoming the continent's top security threat, the European Union's executive body has said.
In a speech on the eve of talks on how to detect and prevent extremism, the EU's commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstroem urged the EU 'to stand up and protect our values that are now being challenged in many countries in Europe'.
She said that there has been a 'growth of extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, hatred and nationalism'.
According to news 24, she added that 'not since World War II has extreme and populist forces had so much influence on the national parliaments as they have today. In some countries even neo-Nazis have been elected'.
She said that if the trend continue, next year's European elections 'might further strengthen these forces', threatening the entire European project.
The talks in Brussels on Tuesday, gathering home affairs ministers and counter-terror experts, will look at suggestions to combat extremism based on a Europe-wide Radicalisation Awareness Network launched in September 2011.
The EU Radicalisation Awareness Network brings together community leaders, teachers, police, victims and youth associations to prevent radicalisation from taking root at the local level, the report added. (ANI)