Heard in Europe

Brussels at War

The inevitable security clamp-down in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks has lifted the veil on the undercurrents of the terrorism threat.

Heavily armed Belgian infantry have sprung up outside embassies and institutions. Overlooking the Berlaymont, Norway House is gunned up, but the Maltese perm rep next door is untrooped.

The mass murders of extremist Anders Breivik in 2011 have left the Scandinavian country on edge.

Double documentation checks at the doors to the European Parliament have led to a permanent queue. It looks like a banana sale in Soviet Moscow, the place has never looked so popular.

Meanwhile heightened security left US tech giant Microsoft with a lengthy queue on the pavement outside its winter party. Guests shivered like dogs for half an hour before entering the do.

Appropriately it had a ‘winter’ theme, complete with fancy fake snow.

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