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Terrorists aim at intimidating the people, compelling states to comply with their demands, or destabilising or destroying the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structures of a country or an organisation.

Terrorism is the attempt to achieve political goals with the use or the threat of violence.
In the EU, groups of people of very different orientation continue to rely on terrorism as a tactic.But terrorist acts and activities on the territory of the EU can also be triggered by developments in other parts of the world. Terrorism continues to impact on the lives of EU
citizens, both inside and outside of the EU. In 2008, four people, including a law enforcement officer, died in the EU as a result of terrorist attacks that were carried out by ETA in Spain.  (Director of Europol in his foreword)

The European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2009 (TE-SAT 2009) is out now.

In 2008 seven member states reported a total of 515 failed, foiled or successfully perpetrated attacks.

1009 is the total number of arrested suspects in EU in 2008. Leader of the “topf seven” is France with 402 arrested suspects, followed by the UK with 256, Spain: 197, Italy 53, Ireland: 52, Belgium: 22 and Germany with 12.

A survey and the whole document you find on the europol website.

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ZDF documentary by Ulrike Brödermann and Michael Stromper, first shown on April 7, 2009.  In the last two parts Andrej Holm tells about his arrest because he was suspected to be a member of a terrorist group (militante gruppe). Interesting! More about one of the most disturbing cases in recent German history here. See also gret blog Annalist which is written by Andrej Holm’s wife.

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Ben Lewis’ 2002 BBC documentary “Baader Meinhof: In love with terror” provides a unique insight into the notorious terrorist group and includes interviews with former RAF members and leaders of the West German government.

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9/11 questioned in Japanese Parliament in January 2008

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For those of you who are as confused about the speculations on who’s responsible for the Mumbai terror as I am and like to learn more about terrorism in India:

Council on Foreign Relations has a great backgrounder on history of terrorism and counterterrorism in India, on the different terrorist groups operating in India and their aims.

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