Tuesday 24 April 2018

Outrage delivers a triple blow to Europe's notions of open borders

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini stops to fight back tears during a visit to Jordan to discuss migrants. AP Photo
EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini stops to fight back tears during a visit to Jordan to discuss migrants. AP Photo

Peter Foster

Another explosion shatters the morning commute of a major European city; the railway concourses of Antwerp and Paris echo to the clatter of army boots; the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium and France slam shut once more in the hope of stopping terrorists.

While all immediate thoughts go out to the people of Brussels today, the reality is that this latest terror outrage delivers a triple blow to Europe and its cherished notions of open borders, free movement, tolerance and free speech.

Political leaders will call for courage from the public to resist turning inwards, to refuse to allow the terrorists to divide and rule us, but the failure yet again to prevent a major attack makes such calls ever harder to heed.

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