- The night that changed France – and Europe
Catherine Pepinster, John Laurenson
The Vatican has described the atrocities of Friday 13 November as an assault on peace for all humanity. They have also caused a rethink about security, freedom and open borders
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David Cameron has drawn up a list of four demands for reform of the European Union. His presence at a summit in Malta this week to discuss the refugee crisis ought to have suggested to him a fifth, which should come first – the immediate shake-up of the EU’s response to a grave humanitarian crisis on its territory or borders.
The scale of the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend has generated a level of shock, grief and anger around the world that has not been seen since the destruction of the twin towers in New York. There is something uniquely horrifying and frightening about the deliberate and carefully planned infliction of suffering, terror and death on innocent people going about their daily lives.
Events before the murderous attacks in Paris suddenly looked very different in retrospect. Not long before the atrocities, The Times reported that a Tunisian terrorist who recruited suicide bombers had been arrested by the Italian police after posing as an asylum seeker on a migrant boat.
On Thursday last week, the Queen paid a visit to the Home Office and spoke about the value of the Civil Service. In every respect she is the most qualified person to do so, based on her own record of service to the country.
For everything a season. Tree planting time is here again. As I set off over the bridleway, the wind cut through me. Rain squalls rasped my face. Fallen leaves raced each other. Strange to be thinking of new life just when everything seems to be dying.