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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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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”.

“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’.