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Counter-terrorism measures across Europe threaten vital freedoms

We must scrutinise Trump’s Travel Ban without ignoring the deeply troubling measures being passed elsewhere

By Allan Hogarth  

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The world’s focus is rightly on Donald Trump’s counter-terrorism measures at the moment, and while those deserve all the scrutiny they are receiving, many security measures closer to home perhaps deserve just as much. Across the European Union, governments have been introducing and expanding counter-terror laws that threaten to have devastating consequences for privacy in the UK—and beyond.

As a result of these measures, as well as a general atmosphere of suspicion, passengers have removed from planes because they “looked like terrorists,” women banned from wearing full…

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