Terrorism has been bitterly experienced in Europe for many decades, and has come to
frame so much of world politics in the years since 9/11. But an examination of a variety of
cases – over Hamas and in Egypt, with the PKK, in Afghanistan, and in Chechnya,
indicates a variation in European policy, but too great a reliance on the mode of securitising
the relevant issue. Such an approach has been less than ideal; and in its place, there needs
to be a thorough review of policy and practice in the field of terrorism, and a move towards
the politicisation of these issues.