Anti-Terrorism Hotline Proves to Be Unsuccessful

26.05.2011

In July 2010, Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution initiated the project “Hatif”, a hotline to support those who want to put Islamist extremism behind them. Even before its launch, experts on Islam and security matters voiced their concerns both about the programme itself as well as the fact that it is run by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Almost a year after its initiation, the hotline has not had any success in fighting violent-prone Islamism in Germany. The programme is therefore now extended and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is hoping that imams will play a more active role in the de-radicalisation process in Germany.