Restart or kick-start?
After the Christmas and New Year break, political life came back to Brussels and we all thought we could get gently back into the swing again. The terrorist attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish supermarket were crimes that reflected many of our society's ailments. The perpetrators of those crimes were losers in our system and found their new ideological home in a radical interpretation of Islam. On the other hand, the huge mobilisation of civil society – including the commemoration in the EESC – showed that there is still a majority with a democratic consensus.