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Britain’s terror threat greater due to ‘lack of trust’ among EU allies – study

Tension between European Union (EU) member states has led to such low levels of trust that British efforts to fight domestic and international terror threats have been compromised, a new report suggests.

Vital information that could help tackle terror threats across Europe is currently being withheld by EU member states. Instead they are advancing their nations’ interests rather than those of the greater European Union, academic researchers say.

The researchers claim to have uncovered a considerable absence of trust, which is skewering cross-border co-operation in the fight against global terrorism.

Co-authored by Dr Aldo Zammit Borda of Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Cian C. Murphy of King’s College London, and Lucy Hoyte, the report says cross-border intelligence efforts are also hampered by issues of complexity, “legitimacy and fairness.”

Published on Thursday, the study was funded by the EU’s Framework 7 program – a European-wide research and development initiative.

The researchers focused specifically on counter-terror finance initiatives, the European Arrest Warrant and border control databases across Europe.

They spoke directly with 26 counter-terror operatives from various EU nations. Among these were prosecutors, financial intelligence officers, police, and border control guards, according to Zammit Borda.

The report found EU states’ failure to share intelligence and cooperate adequately on a daily basis means terrorists working for the so-called Islamic State and other extremist outfits are falling under the radar of other EU member states.