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Police Co-operation in the Field of Counter-Terrorism: The Continuity of a Bottom-Up Approach

Collantes-Celador, G. (2008). Police Co-operation in the Field of Counter-Terrorism: The Continuity of a Bottom-Up Approach. In: Barbe, E. (Ed.), Spain in Europe, 2004-2008. Monograph of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, 4 (4). (pp. 69-74). Barcelo: Institut Universitari d´Estudis Europeus.


Terrorism is currently one of the key concerns for the European Union. This has not always been the case, as illustrated by the lack of interest Spain faced for years to advance at the European level its agenda vis-à-vis the terrorist group ETA. However, the trend begun by the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 and followed, on European soil, by March 11 2004 in Madrid and July 7 2005 in London, in addition to the disrupted attempts in Germany and the UK in the summer of 2006, have radically changed the picture. Indeed, the EU is increasingly aware of the vulnerability of its societies to this security threat. Spain has adequately exploited this change in attitude to become a key developer of the Union’s counter-terrorist policy. This article will provide an account of how the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in power since 2004, has built on Spain’s achievements to influence the European counter-terrorist agenda. The argument will focus on Zapatero’s goals and accomplishments in the area of police cooperation for counter-terrorist matters and, where possible, on related measures in the areas of judicial cooperation, asylum and extradition. Measures in these other fields of law-enforcement are crucial for effective police cooperation as a successful fight against terrorism depends on developing a coherent, comprehensive strategy that can respond effectively to the multifaceted nature of this security problem.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: J Political Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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