Below is the latest installment on the Muslim Brotherhood in the European Union.
How European money ends up with the radical Islamic Muslim Brotherhood
February 16, 2022
The same European Commission, responding to questions from the European Parliament, has admitted to having disbursed money to a series of associations tied to political Islam.
by Mauro Indelicato
The trend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe is clear: “Secularize their own requests and carry forward associations able to promote ‘sensitive’ themes to the ears (and the pocketbooks) of community institutions. A strategy that is working. As reported in Libero in recent days, from an inquiry presented to the Strasbourg Parliament by parliamentarians of Identity and Democracy and Conservatives and Reformists, that is how important figures emerged on the funding to groups deemed close to the Brotherhood.
The answer given by the European Commission presents a picture that is other than reassuring. For example, the news of a comprehensive funding of €170,000 from 2013 to 2019 from the EU to FEMSYO. That is the Forum of Youth and Muslim Students, a group deemed close to the Muslim Brotherhood.
A rain of money earmarked in part for programs of instruction, at least €125,000, and in part, for the remaining amount of €45,000, for projects associated with programs of integration and equality. In a few words, placing themselves as representatives of social needs of the Muslim community, the members of FEMSYO have managed to extract important funding from the coffers in Brussels.
A situation deemed alarming by the parliamentarians who presented the inquiry. Among these are some deputies of the Lega [Italy: League]. Susanna Ceccardi, a Lega member in Brussels and also among the signers, has judged the funding in support of FEMSYO and other associations close to the Muslim Brotherhood “unacceptable”, announcing further requests for clarification.
In fact, FEMSYO is an association that is causing a lot of discussion in France. Marlene Schiappa, the French minister of integration, who is not noted for anti-Islam positions, has defined the Forum of Young Muslims as “the pseudonym for Islamism”. Also because the association is part of FIOE, the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe. The same one that has promoted initiatives aimed at integrating features of sharia into the legal systems of the Old Continent.
After all, the objective of the Brotherhood is to promote so-called “Political Islam”, a very conservative vision of Islam, to be spread also in Europe by all means possible. From politics to soft power, created thanks to a capillary network of associations, precisely capable of bringing Islamist demands within European institutions. It is no coincidence that FEMSYO is not the only forum to have benefitted from EU funds in these years. Money has also been disbursed, for example, to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), dissolved in 2020 by the French government after the homicide of Professor Samuel Paty, as according to the Paris authorities, the association was considered to be very close to Islamist circles.
The rain of money for the Muslim Brotherhood does not represent solely a problem of an economic nature. After all, the groups tied to Political Islam already have much in the way of funds at their disposition; the thousands of euros disbursed by the EU are pennies compared to their budget. Much more money arrives from abroad through philanthropic and other private sources, and besides, the Brotherhood has historically received support from countries such as Turkey and Qatar. More than anything, the problem is of a political nature. To pay even one cent to an association immersed in the “grey zone” of Islamism means political recognition to radical groups. Self-inflicted damage for Europe and a danger to the security of all.