“The terrorist attacks we have witnessed this year in European cities are examples of the terrible devastation that a refusal to understand and accept others can cause”, said Clemens Lammerskitten (Germany, EPP/CCE), Member of the Niedersachsen Parliament and Vice-President of the Congress, during the opening of the fourth World Forum for Democracy on 18 November 2015 which focuses on the theme ‘Freedom vs control: For a democratic response’. “The Congress has been working over the last two decades on the development of inclusive and resilient communities that can serve as a protective shield to prevent radicalisation at local and regional level” he pointed out. In this context, the Congress adopted at its March 2015 Session a ‘Strategy to combat radicalisation at grassroots level’. The Congress is the official sponsor of three labs this year, focusing on ‘Intercultural responses’, ‘Freedom games’, and ‘Countering radicalisation’.
Congress Vice President at the opening of the World Forum for Democracy: “It is essential, to protect our citizens without jeopardising their freedom granted by democratic values”.
Strasbourg, France 18 November 2015
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