You can't get closer to the heart of national sovereignty than national security and intelligence services.
In intelligence work, there are limits to the amount of information one can share. Confidentiality is essential.
In situations of military conflict, civil strife, lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations, terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks.
If you exchange information internationally, you must strengthen data protection. Those are two sides of the same coin.
Police forces collect information to be used in a public court to get people convicted. Security services gather information that does not necessarily lead to people being prosecuted and in many cases needs to remain confidential.
If information ends up in the wrong hands, the lives of people very often are immediately at risk.
Europe has a long and tragic history of mostly domestic terrorism.
I have never come across a technology that doesn't change. This is inevitable. You have to adapt your systems as technology develops.
We still lack a global definition of terrorism.
Terrorists always have the advantage of surprise.
Terrorists have failed in what is arguably al Qaida's most important objective - to trigger revolutions.
The European Borders Agency in Warsaw has been created to help border forces in Europe cooperate more.
Ultimately, freedom and democracy are stronger than fear and tyranny.
The central role in the fight against terrorism is with national authorities.
The majority of the world's Muslims do not believe that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam is incompatible with democracy.
If you combat an international phenomenon, it is indispensable to share information internationally.
It's important that we work very closely with moderate Muslim forces locally, nationally and internationally.
Muslim organisations tend to have a low level of organisation. The communities in Europe are quite diverse.
In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.
There are no automatic links between poverty and terrorism. Among millions of poor people in the world, only a few turn to terrorism.
The key to tackling Islamist fundamentalism and terrorism from the Islamist community is in the hands of moderate Muslims.
The idea is to have global standards. There is so much travel that if you just had a regional standard, it would probably ultimately have to be changed.
We are familiar with terrorism. But indiscriminate, cross-border, religiously motivated terrorism is new.
We remain vulnerable.There is no such thing as 100 percent security against terrorism.
The violent radicals do not legitimately represent the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.
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