Battle for hope under terror’s hateful shadow
'There is no international order worthy of the name'
The year stumbled to an end with grimly familiar news. The man accused of taking 12 innocent lives at the Berlin Christmas market died in a hail of bullets in Milan.
Like many of the year's terrorist killers, Anis Amri was a petty criminal who fell under the sway of hate preachers. Once more, the security services of Europe struggle to explain how a known terrorist suspect remained at large and murderously dangerous.
This was the year not only of the Brussels bombings by a well-organised network of armed extremists, but of the juggernaut massacre where the single killer behind the wheel of a huge truck, at first in Nice and now in Berlin, committed mass murder by the simple expedient of driving straight into relaxed and happy crowds.