As the Islamic State claims responsibility for killing more than 30 people in three bomb blasts in Brussels, Europe’s debate over whether to accept the thousands of migrants trying to escape conflict just got more complicated. Many Europeans will fear terrorism – and therefore, migrant Muslims — more keenly than they will empathize with refugees who risk death to reach calmer shores.
And that exposes a deep crisis of European political identity. Deciding whom to include and whom to exclude is an exercise in defining who “we” are as a people. And that’s an ethical question about key moral principles. Which ethical path will Europe take?