An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE
crossing the Med. Caroline Abu Sa’Da is General Director of its Swiss branch.
Juliano Fiori: SOS is very much a product of contemporary Europe. It’s a
civic response to refugees and migrants in the Med but also to nationalistic politics, or to the
return of nationalist movements to the forefront of European politics. How, then, does SOS differ
from European humanitarian NGOs founded in past decades?
Caroline Abu Sa’Da: SOS is a Europeancitizenmovement. Besides our
search-and-rescue activities, we aim to give to the greatest number of
The past, present and future of the English Defence League
-Jihad’ movement including the Pax EuropeCitizensMovement, Stop Islamisation of Europe, and its American affiliate, and the formation and links with Defence Leagues11 in a number of north European and
Nordic countries (Copsey, 2010: 24) has also suffered from the wider instability.
While there remains a commitment to international collaboration, such links are
on the back-burner until ‘we’ve got our own house in order’ (Eddowes, 2015).
‘Every single one of you is a leader’: organisation
Existing literature on radical, right wing and populist parties suggests