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Susan Williams - International outlook

The attack on the metro station at Maalbeek in March, in the heart of the European Union’s (EU) bureaucratic quarter in Brussels, was particularly shocking for me and colleagues who work in European nursing and health organisations.

The attack on the metro station at Maalbeek in March, in the heart of the European Union’s (EU) bureaucratic quarter in Brussels, was particularly shocking for me and colleagues who work in European nursing and health organisations.

These colleagues use that station every day to get to work. They told me that the emergency response teams arrived swiftly but that the attack has had a wider psychological effect on many people in Brussels, just as the 2007 bombings had in London.

The incidents and people’s responses to them show yet again that we are capable of inflicting terrible pain on each other but can also offer strong support and empathy, as well as developing a deeper understanding that we are all interconnected as part of a wider humanity.

Maalbeek station is surrounded by the offices of the European Commission and the European Parliament, and is close to

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