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Born: 1956-02-22
Profession: Politician
Nation: Dutch
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We're still stymied by the old stand-off between those who wish to fight terrorism and resistance fighters.

Tags: Fight, Old, Wish

You can't get closer to the heart of national sovereignty than national security and intelligence services.

Tags: Heart, National, Security

In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.

Tags: Control, Fight, Keep

Look at Iraq; look at Afghanistan, where at great personal physical risk people have gone to the polls and have rejected the appeal from Bin Laden and his allies to stay at home.

Tags: Great, Home, Personal

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.

Tags: Public, Security, Used

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.

Tags: Changed, Idea, Travel

There is a series of sectors which could be severely disrupted by terrorist attacks, particularly if they were to happen in several member states simultaneously.

Tags: Happen, Series, Terrorist

We have an integrated picture of the threat from outside and from within that is provided not only to our foreign ministers but also to our justice and interior ministers.

Tags: Justice, Picture, Within

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.

Tags: Bad, Human, Rights

I remain optimistic. What we've seen in Europe and the rest of the world is that freedom has a much stronger attraction than radical fundamentalism.

Tags: Freedom, Rest, Seen

The majority of the world's Muslims do not believe that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam is incompatible with democracy.

Tags: Democracy, Islam, Terrorism

Europe has a long and tragic history of mostly domestic terrorism.

Tags: Europe, History, Terrorism

I have never come across a technology that doesn't change. This is inevitable. You have to adapt your systems as technology develops.

Tags: Change, Inevitable, Technology

If information ends up in the wrong hands, the lives of people very often are immediately at risk.

Tags: Lives, Often, Wrong

If you combat an international phenomenon, it is indispensable to share information internationally.

Tags: Combat, Phenomenon, Share

If you exchange information internationally, you must strengthen data protection. Those are two sides of the same coin.

Tags: Exchange, Protection, Sides

In intelligence work, there are limits to the amount of information one can share. Confidentiality is essential.

Tags: Limits, Share, Work

Indiscriminate attacks on civilians ought, under all circumstances, to be illegal in war as in peacetime.

Tags: Civilians, Illegal, War

It's important that we work very closely with moderate Muslim forces locally, nationally and internationally.

Tags: Forces, Muslim, Work

Muslim organisations tend to have a low level of organisation. The communities in Europe are quite diverse.

Tags: Europe, Level, Quite

Our strategy should be to strengthen the hand of moderate Muslims.

Tags: Hand, Muslims, Strategy

Terrorists always have the advantage of surprise.

Tags: Advantage, Surprise, Terrorists

Terrorists have failed in what is arguably al Qaida's most important objective - to trigger revolutions.

Tags: Failed, Objective, Terrorists

Terrorists have failed to trigger mass conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. We should draw strength from that fact.

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The central role in the fight against terrorism is with national authorities.

Tags: Against, Fight, Terrorism

The European Borders Agency in Warsaw has been created to help border forces in Europe cooperate more.

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The key to tackling Islamist fundamentalism and terrorism from the Islamist community is in the hands of moderate Muslims.

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The violent radicals do not legitimately represent the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.

Tags: Majority, Muslims, Violent

There are no automatic links between poverty and terrorism. Among millions of poor people in the world, only a few turn to terrorism.

Tags: Between, Poor, Poverty

Ultimately, freedom and democracy are stronger than fear and tyranny.

Tags: Democracy, Fear, Freedom

We are familiar with terrorism. But indiscriminate, cross-border, religiously motivated terrorism is new.

Tags: Familiar, Motivated, Terrorism

We remain vulnerable. There is no such thing as 100 percent security against terrorism.

Tags: Against, Security, Terrorism

We still lack a global definition of terrorism.

Tags: Global, Lack, Terrorism
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