What is Pericles?

Recent terrorist attacks across the continent have shown Europe’s vulnerability to radicalisation. Every country is susceptible to violent extremism and the threat of terrorism has no jurisdiction.

Under the pressure of these attacks it is clear that cohesion and cooperation amongst policy makers and practitioners is essential to managing security risks, preventing the emergence of terrorism and protecting the public.

Pericles delivers a suite of European tools which enable public authorities and public actors across the world to fight against radicalisation.

The Approach

The overall aim of PERICLES has been to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism. The PERICLES (Policy recommendation and improved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicalisation) project is especially dedicated to transitional processes of radicalisation. To meet its aims, PERICLES has considered violent left-wing and right-wing as well as religious ideologies. A special focus has also been placed on the risks connected with digital violent propaganda. The PERICLES project has delivered advanced and validated counter-propaganda techniques that are target-group-specific.

Furthermore, the cooperation between relevant authorities who have due regard against violent radicalisation or support the process of de-radicalisation has been enhanced through the use of the project outputs. The comprehensive PERICLES prevention strategy largely addresses law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and security agencies; but will also find use by prisons and social workers, teachers and even relatives of affected people.