ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt called today for a European front against Daesh and the establishment of an EU Intelligence Agency.
During a debate on Europe’s counter-terrorism measures in the European Parliament, Verhofstadt said: “For too long we have outsourced our problems. A European military coalition has to break this stalemate by eradicating Da’esh and facilitating a political solution without Bashar al-Assad.”
Verhofstadt urges the member states to prioritise security over sovereignty. He used the example of Abdeslam, to show how the cooperation between national intelligence services fails. In a letter to President Juncker, he has put forward a plan for an EU Intelligence Agency:
“The terrorists don’t respect national borders, which is why we must have a security and intelligence capacity that also crosses borders. The case of Abdeslam, who is still on the run, is proof of this. On the night of the Paris attacks, checks in Cambrai by the French police failed and Abdeslam was able to continue his journey because the police did not have the information they needed, yet the Belgian Police knew. A European intelligence agency, at the service of all EU countries, would certainly have stopped Abdeslam.“
In a letter to the Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Verhofstadt also gave examples of failed European cooperation in the fight against terrorism from 2004 till 2015.