Although there is a vast body of literature covering the ongoing
debates concerning the novelty and gravity of the contemporary
terrorist threat, as well as the most appropriate response to it,
few authors have thus far analysed the complex set of
counterterrorism measures that both the individual Member States
and the European Union (EU) have attempted to develop. This volume
offers a critical analysis of the measures the European Union has
taken to combat terrorism and how, in a number of key areas, EU
counterterrorism policy is more of a paper tiger than an effective
counterterrorism device. Several legal EU counterterrorism
instruments have not been properly implemented at the national
level and questions have been raised regarding their effectiveness,
appropriateness, and proportionality. The capabilities of EU
agencies in the area of counterterrorism remain rather weak and the
EU Counterterrorism Coordinator does not have any real powers apart
from persuasion. However, this does not mean that EU level action
cannot offer any value-added in the fight against terrorism. There
are several areas where the EU can provide genuine value-added in
the fight against terrorism due to the transnational nature of the
contemporary terrorist threat and the nature of a borderless¬
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