Over the past 10 years, the fight against radicalization and terrorism in Europe has undergone dynamic changes caused by the political and social processes in the Middle East, the increase in terrorist attacks on the continent, the rise and fall of Islamic State (ISIL) and the emergence of the so-called "Foreign fighters". The European Union as well as Member States themselves no longer perceive radicalization as a purely external phenomenon. In this context, in 2015 the Bulgarian government adopted the Strategy for Combating Radicalization and Terrorism (2015-2020), reflecting its vision of the necessary policies in the area.
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This blog post attempts at summarizing the observations and findings by done by Rositsa Dzhekova, Dr. Liliya Yakova, Nadya Stoynova and Stefan Ralchev in their reports Macro-Drivers of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism and National Approaches to Extremism: Bulgaria Country Report.The reports were published within the Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies (CONNECT) project. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 870772.