Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism

India-EU meeting in May to counter online radicalisation


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: European Union, National Investigation Agency

Mains level: National and International efforts to combat terrorism

Countering online radicalization

  1. Law enforcement agencies of India and European Union (EU) members are scheduled to meet in New Delhi in May to discuss ways of countering online radicalization
  2. India and the EU block would also be expanding the ambit of cooperation in tackling terrorists and terror groups

Need for this meeting

  1. Both India and EU are facing major challenges because of the online reach of radical organizations
  2. The objective of the meeting would be to draw a roadmap for neutralizing the impact of extremism
  3. The NIA (National Investigation Agency) would be in charge of the counter-radicalization meeting

Coopearting in curbing terrorism

  1. India and EU are also cooperating on ways to combat terrorism
  2. This includes listing area-specific and global terrorist groups and sharing with each other


European Union (EU)

  1. The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe
  2. The Maastricht Treaty established the European Union in 1993 and introduced European citizenship
  3. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardized system of laws that apply in all member states
  4. EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs, and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries, and regional development
  5. Within the Schengen Area, passport controls have been abolished
  6. The EU traces its origins from the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the European Economic Community (EEC), established, respectively, by the 1951 Treaty of Paris and 1957 Treaty of Rome

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