In a country whose borders are porous, the country of Ireland has pledged to stop the extradition of “foreign terrorists” from Germany, the home country of suspected Islamist militant Dusan Ognianovic.
The move, first reported by The Irish Times, comes amid fears of a wave of terror attacks in Europe in the coming months.
The Dublin-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), which monitors extremism in Europe, has warned of a “new wave” of terror.
A recent study, however, suggested that only 6% of “radicalised” individuals are actually involved in terrorist activity.
The ICSR, which was set up by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2005, has also warned that an increasing number of people are being recruited by “radical groups” such as IS and al-Qaeda.
“In Germany, we are concerned about the increasing number and sophistication of IS propaganda videos and the propaganda messages they disseminate,” said a statement from the Irish government.
“The ICSR has identified numerous cases of IS members who have travelled to Germany, but there is no reliable evidence to suggest that they are directly involved in any violent activities in Germany,” it added.
The Irish government has called for a “determined” and “aggressive” response to the threat of terror in the country.
It said that “we cannot allow the risk of a new wave of radicalisation to be underestimated”.
“Ireland will not be intimidated by anyone,” a statement released by the Irish Ministry of Justice said.
“Our country stands with our allies in Europe to combat this threat.
We will act aggressively to prevent attacks in our own country, and will work with our European allies to counter this threat.”
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has urged Ireland to halt its extradition requests.
In a statement, it said: “We urge the Government of Ireland to suspend the extradition requests of suspects, who are currently being held in Ireland, in line with the Vienna Convention on extradition.”
It said it was “disappointed” that the “procedures” for Irish extradition in the European Court of Justice had not been revised.
In addition to the Berlin-based ICSR report, the US Department of Justice has warned that the number of IS recruits in the EU was rising.
“As of the end of June 2016, there were approximately 7,500 IS recruits and supporters in Europe.
That number is expected to rise to approximately 10,000 in 2021,” it said.