The interior ministers of the European Union (EU) will analyze this Thursday, for the first time since Hamas launched its terrorist offensive against Israelthe risk that violence in Middle East cause an increase in theradicalization and polarization” in the countries of the bloc that affects the National security.
“We are concerned about radicalization, polarization, in a context of violence in the Middle East,” said the Spanish Minister of the Interior and current president of the Council, Fernando Grande-Marlaskaupon arrival at the meeting to be held in Luxembourg.
The topic was proposed by Spain following the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East, which has caused 1,400 dead in Israel and close to 3,500 in Gazaand which has coincided with the murder of a teacher in France and two Swedes in Brussels in terrorist attacks.
Grande-Marlaska explained that the 27 want to analyze the “possible consequences on internal security” of the EU, including the possibility that the “tension” and the lack of a ceasefire in the region can “generate polarizations” and “hate crimes” in the community space.
The Spanish minister highlighted that EU countries are already “working intensely to prevent” these situations, and expressed his condolences for “all the victims”, as well as his call to cessation of violence and respect for the civilian population and International humanitarian law.
Diplomatic sources from another European country confirmed this Wednesday the concern about the “impact” that this scenario may have, but pointed out that the focus is not only on the possible threat of actions jihadists but also “in the far-right extremists” who have spread threats on social networks.
The debate of the Ministers of the Interior is not expected to lead to concrete conclusions, since it is an informal point at the lunch of the Council that meets monthly, but it is expected to serve to start a discussion that will allow us to know the measures adopted. each partner and share the risks that each one evaluates.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas generates “a lot of fragmentation, a lot of division and polarization in our people (…) That is why we need to cooperate (…) to try to defuse tensions,” said the president of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Without offering details, Michel said that the institutions of the EU They were in contact with leaders in the Middle East region “to make humanitarian access possible for people who need it.”
Meanwhile, the head of diplomacy of the EU, Josep Borrellpointed out on the X network that the attack on the hospital in Gaza was a “crime.”
“Once again, innocent civilians pay the highest price. Responsibility for this crime must be clearly established and those who perpetrated it must be held accountable,” he noted.
For her part, the head of the Commission European (executive arm of the EU), Ursula von der Leyen, said that she still needed “confirmation, I cannot comment.”
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)