Sunday 4 December 2016

We must support security decisions but we cannot let it create a 'fortress Europe'

Brian Hayes in Brussels

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

'We must be supportive of the security decisions that are in place or to come. But we must also support the basic freedoms that all Europeans enjoy. In doing that we can defeat those that offer nothing but death and a new war between civilisations'. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files
'We must be supportive of the security decisions that are in place or to come. But we must also support the basic freedoms that all Europeans enjoy. In doing that we can defeat those that offer nothing but death and a new war between civilisations'. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files

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