Former Dutch journalist and Islamism expert Carel Brendel is reporting that in 2020, the main European Muslim Brotherhood umbrella Council of European Muslims (CEM) had mistakenly unveiled the movement’s far-reaching organizational structure in their website’s “About Us” section. According to Brendel’s blog:
In the spring of 2020, a presentation appeared on the Facebook of the Council of European Muslims (CEM), which elaborated on the history of this organization, and gave a neat list of all its components and institutions. The CEM was recently created as a continuation of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), which is seen by friend and foe and also by Dutch interior ministers as the umbrella organisation of the European Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The About Us was therefore so remarkable because FIOE/CEM has done everything in the past to obscure its origins and ramifications. The same goes for the organizations mentioned in the Facebook article, which are used to flatly deny their ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. But suddenly there it was in black and white. The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO, the student and youth umbrella organization), Europe Trust (the real estate branch), the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR, for guidelines and advice to European Muslims), the European Institute for Human Sciences (IESH, the training institute), the European Council of Imams (ECI) […] and the European Forum of Muslim Women (EFOMW, the European women’s umbrella organization) were created by the FIOE. In doing so, the organization itself confirmed in one fell swoop everything that intelligence services and researchers have reported about this movement in the past. [Translated from Dutch original using Google.]
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The CEM, previously known as the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), describes itself as a “cultural organization, with hundreds of member organizations spread across 28 European States, all subscribing to a common belief in a methodology based on moderation and balance, which represents the tolerance of Islam.” In reality, the CEM is an umbrella group that comprises the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Europe. The CEM has a headquarters office in Brussels and has had some success in positioning itself as a “dialog partner” for the EU and other important institutions.
In his piece, Brendel credits the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) Senior Editor, in particular for his past work in highlighting the movement’s lobbying efforts carried out in cooperation with European political institutions. Brendel also refers to an extensive 2008 report authored by the GIOR Senior Editor about the FIOE/CEM and that already described, in detail, the group’s history, and organizational structure.
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