Tuesday 25 July 2017

Sarah Collins: Struggling to get back to normal in a divided city

An armed soldier stands guard in a quiet Grand Place, Brussels, after security was tightened following the arrests of 16 suspected terrorists following the Paris attacks
An armed soldier stands guard in a quiet Grand Place, Brussels, after security was tightened following the arrests of 16 suspected terrorists following the Paris attacks

Sarah Collins

At first glance, things look normal. Shoppers stroll the footpaths, bars and restaurants are open for business and cars jostle for position on the roads of the EU's second-most congested city after London.

There's a mixture of bemusement, wariness and defiance in the air now as the Belgian capital creaks back to life following the four-day security lockdown.

Yesterday, traders at the Brussels Christmas market were sanguine as they set up their stalls, relieved that they would be allowed to open and kick-off the festive season.

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