EU foreign ministers pledged on Monday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled out sweeping new laws in the wake of the Jan. 7 Paris attacks. Pavithra George reports.
The European Union says it's looking for a stronger alliance with the Arab world in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris EU foreign ministers met in Brussels to seek a response to the threat of radical Islam - by stepping up intelligence-sharing and cutting off funding terrorist networks. The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini called for an increased cooperation with Arab states as well as Africa. She also said learning to speak and read Arabic was crucial to improving communication with Arab countries. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF FEDERICA MOGHERINI SAYING: "Part of the narrative is that we have a double standard. We only care about victims in Europe while we know very well that the first victims of terrorists and terrorist acts are Muslim and are Arab countries and so we need to, as I said this morning, work in developing a dialogue and alliance of civilization and avoid any kind of perception of clash." The talks in Brussels follow three days of violence in Paris that began with a shooting rampage at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, known for its satirical attacks on Islam and other religions. Seventeen people died in the attacks in what was the deadliest assault by militant Islamists on a European city since suicide bombers targeted London's transport system in 2005.