Shockwaves throughout EU following attacks

The whole of Europe is still in shock after the tragic events in Brussels, the diplomatic core of Europe. The European Union was a structure so much subjected to pressure over the past years, whether it was because of the economic crisis, the huge wave of immigrants, or the lack of cohesion and cooperation along its borders.

However, once the dust is settled, things may begin to clear up. It was quite obvious that terrorist threats could not be neutralized in their early stages.


The attacks that spread terror throughout Paris were only the beginning. Against this background dominated by fear and terror, the European governments will undoubtedly choose to enhance the role of intelligence services, but also the resources and the budget put at their disposal, a fact that will definitely lead to a partial annihilation of freedom for ordinary citizens.

According to The Telegraph, the Belgian authorities played an important role in the magnitude of the tragedy.

Brussels is mourning/ Photo:Valentina Calà (Flickr)
Brussels is mourning/ Photo:Valentina Calà (Flickr)

There was almost an hour between the explosions at the airport and the one at the subway station. In this case the lack of coordination by the authorities is obvious. Normally, after the events at the airport, the subway should have been closed, and surveillance measures should have been enhanced.

Another problematic fact – a suicide bomber was deported by Turkey to Belgium last year, but he was later released. At that time he was known as a vocal militant in favor of Islamists.


A double-edged dilemma

European citizens will have to choose between enhanced security and preserving all their current liberties. It is indeed a tough decision to make. However, such tragedies make nations become irrational, acting under the heat generated by the tragedy itself without rationally considering all the potential consequences.

The past decades represented a large-scale manifestation of freedom for many Europeans. The most relevant example in this case is certainly the Schengen area, a treaty that allowed extraordinary mobility among EU states.

People were thus able to get from Budapest to Lisbon by passing through different states, without having to pull their passports out.

But, after a string of dark eventscross-border mobility of people and goods is now at a crossroads.

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