Europe must wake up to terror threat

Europe must wake up to terror threat


French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said European countries must “wake up” to terror threats, following the attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead.He spoke after it emerged that the suspected Belgian ringleader of the attacks had entered France undetected.Belgian PM Charles Michel has defended Belgium’s security services amid claims the attacks were organised there.It comes as EU interior and justice ministers are to hold emergency talks.The meeting in Brussels is expected to discuss tightening checks at the external borders of the EU’s passport-free Schengen area. A draft resolution for Friday’s EU meeting says ministers will agree to implement “necessary systematic and co-ordinated checks at external borders, including on individuals enjoying the right of free movement”.Correspondents say Belgium has found itself under pressure after the attacks. French President Francois Hollande said they were “planned in Syria, prepared and organised in Belgium”.A former senior French intelligence official has also been quoted in French media as saying that “the Belgians just aren’t up to it”.

In an address to parliament on Thursday, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said it was intelligence from his country’s security services that had led to the huge raid in Saint-Denis.”I do not accept the criticisms which were aimed at denigrating the work of our security services,” he said.Mr Michel unveiled new security measures including jailing jihadists returning from Syria and extending detention periods for terror suspects.


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