Western media saw the threat of division of Europe in Brussels terrorist attacks


Explosions in the Brussels airport and metro has brought Europe into disarray, writes Handelsblatt. German business newspaper notes that in many business capitals, politicians react to the attacks by setting up crisis staffs.

Terrorism could divide the Union and lead to a British exit from the EU, warns The Telegraph, stressing that the puncture by the security services in Brussels complicates the defense of their position the proponents of European unity.

The publication stresses that the next closure of the borders the Netherlands, Belgium and France in the hope to stop the terrorists inflicts another blow to the visa-free Schengen zone, which allows criminals to move freely between European countries.

The Telegraph also said he feared that if it turns out that the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks in Brussels came to Europe with the recent wave of migrants, the politics of multiculturalism and adaptation of refugees may become even more wary.

The attacks in Brussels, has caused not only to show solidarity with the Belgians throughout Europe, but new allegations of relaxation of border supervision and inadequate immigration policy, writes The Wall Street Journal.

According to the newspaper, the attacks will reinforce obvious differences in the EU, the members of which for several months can not agree on how to respond to the unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and from Africa.

Explosions at the airport has alarmed travelers around the world, writes WSJ in another article devoted to the reaction to the attacks, and gave rise to new concerns about the security of air harbours. The publication notes that the checks at airports are mainly designed to prevent bringing into the aircraft explosive devices and weapons, so passengers and their Luggage are searched before the gate, but the halls of arrival and departure remains out of control and there can go any.

The Guardian, in turn, writes that the explosions in Brussels was a big surprise. A prerequisite to the magazine says that political instability and growing extremism. Despite the fact that Belgium is a little similar to a vergence of European extremism, for the concentration of radical activity in a small state, there are strong reasons, says The Guardian. Many of the problems that, ultimately, lead to violence, are common in developing and developed countries, says the publication. Among the preconditions for extremism The Guardian highlights the poor integration of Muslim minorities, the high unemployment rate among youth in this part of society, the proliferation of weapons, developed transport and communication network, the frequent lack of funds and lack of vigilance from the authorities, and internal political instability.

The Financial Times considered the attacks in Brussels, evidence of the threat from the “new generation” of European extremists who, if not directly organized were banned in Russia “Islamic state”, but it gave him inspiration. The newspaper reminds that the attack in the Belgian capital has taken place after just a few days after in Europe was uncovered extremist network. March 18, according to the results of the RAID in the Brussels district of Molenbeek was detained a suspect in the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 Salah Abdeslam.

Despite the fact that the attacks in Brussels, perhaps, were the responses to the operation of the police, and followed very quickly, they were well planned, the FT notes. But the key question is, whether carried out the attack, the participants associated with Abdeslam network (indicating a wider distribution than previously thought), or the attacks is another group of extremists, not previously known to the security services.

According to senior research fellow the George Washington University Clint watts, an opinion cited by Business Insider, attacks in Brussels, confirm the “theory of an iceberg”, which describes the model of preparation of terrorist attacks. According to this theory, the main part of any terrorist network is not visible as the base of the iceberg, “for each attacking stand three or four partners”, says the publication.

This unnamed source claims that the law enforcement agencies of Belgium just do not have the strength to monitor all potential terrorists.

“We just don’t have enough people to watch something else, and frankly, we don’t have the necessary infrastructure to properly monitor hundreds of persons suspected of links with terrorists, and simultaneously conduct hundreds of open investigations,” said the source.

A series of attacks in the Belgian capital occurred on the morning of 22 March. Two explosions thundered at the airport of Brussels, and one at the metro station. According to local authorities, as a result of terrorist attacks killed more than 30 people. More than 180 were injured. Responsibility took on itself the “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia).