Terrorism cases should be heard by special courts, possibly involving the military, prominent French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen has said, adding that terrorism should be treated as an “act of war.”
Catalonia's interior minister has denied reports that the CIA alerted Spanish authorities of possible terrorist attacks in Barcelona as early as May, almost three months before an attack in the city left 14 people dead and 130 others injured.
Finland’s police plan to arm patrol officers with submachine guns in addition to standard weapons, local media are reporting. The country’s officers are poised to carry the same arms as special ops amid mounting terrorism concerns by security forces.
The Schengen agreement is based on a "utopian principle" of Europe without internal borders and should be revisited, says Jacques Myard, the mayor of a Parisian suburb. He cites the migrant crisis and the increased threat of terrorism as reasons why it should be reconsidered.
The Council of Europe is deeply involved in the global counterterrorism battle through legal and social means, seeking to thwart “jihadi-tourism” and ensuring that terrorists can’t find safe haven anywhere, Russia’s representative to the organization told RT.
The terrorists who killed 16 people and injured 120 others in Barcelona and Cambrils in mid-August probably managed to evade specialized security controls to detect potential threats, Spain's interior minister has conceded.