EU backs 'grassroots' efforts to fight radicalisation

Commissioner Julian King speaks in Mechelen, on October 7, 2016, during a press conference on Mechelen's approach to the prevention of radicalisation through inclusionEU security commissioner Julian King on Friday hailed the Belgian city of Mechelen as a model for tackling radicalisation as he backed similar “grass-roots” activities elsewhere in the EU. During a tour of the Flemish city north of Brussels, King heard Mayor Bart Somers explain how much progress it had made by combining a tough law-and-order approach with social programmes to include Muslims in the community at large. What works in one set of circumstances won’t necessarily work in another set of circumstances,” King told a joint news conference with Somers.

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