The terror has reached the center of power of the European Union. The Metro station Maelbeek, which was shaken Tuesday morning by a bomb that is not 300 meters away from the seat of the Commission and of the European Council.
It was followed by the sad quotes routine that was heard after all terrorist attacks of the last few months: “Together, we will defend our European values, freedom and democracy,”, wrote after the massacre of Brussels in the Belgian King Philippe President Joachim. “Europe does not withdraw and stand together against terror”, Heiko said Maas. “The values of Europe are stronger than hatred and violence!” tweeted Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier. “The perpetrators are enemies of all the values for which Europe stands today”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Our strength lies in our unity.”
The appeal sounds hollow unity, values, Europe – in view of the conflicts in the Greece crisis, the impending EU outlet of UK, the democracy crisis in Poland and of the refugee drama with the morally dubious Turkey deal.
Europe is far from unanimous, and it is no longer sure of its values.
Attacks on the legitimacy of Europe
The attacks of the Brussels meet the EU at a very inopportune time. Terror will increase the fear of further immigration from Muslim countries, strengthen law-national parties, the centrifugal forces in the EU to grow.
Already the cumbersome reactions on the Greece – and the refugee crisis have plunged the EU into a crisis of legitimacy. Now the security is added: their citizens the community can no longer, fulfilled, ask themselves rightly, why it even exists.
The subject came up after the attacks of Paris. Now, it is likely experienced a comeback. Although many deficits may be bureaucratic and legal explanation. But in the end, the impression remains when the Europeans back: the work does not.
And you can watch what can happen when this feeling is overpowering, the refugee crisis: the Governments of nation-States are politically so under pressure that they start going it alone. Should happen the same thing now in security policy, a Europe without frontiers should be history soon final.
United States vs. Europe: three differences
The nation-States closer cooperation would be the obvious answer to a cross-border terrorism. However, the exchange of information between the national authorities of the EU runs painfully slow or times not what has long been known. An absurdity, if at the same time there’s a Schengen area without border controls, in which even terrorists can move freely.