ICCT Director Dr. Thomas Renard was interviewed by three Belgian news outlets following the knife attack on a Belgiam police officer on 11th November. Renard reflected on far-right threats, violent extremism, and institutional preparation in response to it.
We are witnessing a shift across Europe, he commented. The greatest threat still comes from jihadism, but that trend is declining. But the extreme right-wing threat is on the rise, although we are not yet at that stage in which a major attack is expected. According to Renard, the threat is certainly more diffuse and diverse than years ago. People are increasingly associating themselves with different groups, such as anti-vaxers and anti-government groups. This makes it more difficult for security services to specifically monitor or infiltrate an organisation.
You can read the three articles here:
- Knack, Terrorisme-expert Thomas Renard na aanslag op agenten: ‘Oppassen voor politieke overreactie’, 14th November 2022
- Le Vif, Thomas Renard, expert en terrorisme, après l’attaque contre des policiers : « Attention aux réactions politiques excessives », 14th November 2022