Western Europe has experienced an unprecedented wave of migration from the Middle East over the past few years — a wave that has forced the Continent to radically change various aspects of everyday life.
The terror threat has been preventing people from celebrating European Christmas traditions because leaders on the continent refuse to prioritise their own citizens’ security. This year ,the French city of Lyon had to cancel its “Croix-Rousse” Christmas market after it became clear it needed a €20,000 security budget. It comes after police in Germany found a suspicious package near a similar Christmas market in Potsdam. The annual Christmas market, with its stalls, marquee, and farm animals, has been cancelled because the cost of securing the site day and night was prohibitively expensive, whilst towns and cities across Europe are fortifying their Christmas markets with anti-terror barriers, reports Le Progrés.
According to the project manager of the city’s merchants association, it was as good as impossible to pay the bill for securing the market day and night.
“The decision to cancel the 2017 market was a complicated and difficult one to take, but no solution could be found, despite our discussions with the town hall”, he said.
Since the start of the migrant crisis and after Berlin’s terror attack, Europe’s Christmas markets were forced to introduce several expensive security measures. Together with renewed ISIS threats, security is now a top priority for Christmas markets all over the continent. Security around Christmas markets in Europe has increased following Tunisian Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist Anis Amri’s truck attack in Berlin, Germany last year. Amri targeted the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, murdering 12.
What Europe needs to do is focus less on trying to guess where the terrorists will want to strike, and more on making sure that anyone even remotely connected to the Islamic State group is either prevented from entering the country in the first place, or is locked up if they’ve already made it in.