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Message of solidarity after far-right wing terrorist attacks, Oslo and Utoya, Norway, July 2011
© Riksarkivet, Oslo, Norway


Terrorism poses a threat to Europe’s security and democratic order and is now part of a global phenomenon in today’s society. Islamist or far-right wing terrorist attacks across Europe are a violent expression of ideas that stand in sharp contrast to the values of diversity and pluralism.

Extreme ideologies often find their inspiration in ideologies that look to the past or in religious fundamentalism.

In the face of such hatred and violence, the people have been quick to respond with solidarity and calls for mutual acceptance and peace.