Response to bombings shows fragility of European unity
Some say countries must pull closer together while others push to take back national sovereignty
By Megan Williams, for CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2016 11:59 AM ET
As a relentless drizzle washed away the chalked messages of solidarity at Brussels’ Place de la Bourse on Friday, two tightly bound yet antithetical responses to this week’s attacks emerged in the aftermath, revealing with tense clarity the fragility of the grand project of European unity.
Both responses were expressed by the hundreds of mourners who came to lay flowers at the makeshift memorial site, as well as by those in corridors of power across Europe.
And, experts say, they will have a profound and definitive effect on the survival of the European Union.
On the one hand is the now-unanimous chorus of European countries saying they need to pull closer together, to fully share intelligence and tightly co-ordinate police bodies across the continent.
Yeah, so how’s that whole open borders thing working out over in Europe? Can’t wait to try it here!