[Ed. – That seems uncalled-for — and far-reaching. There’s more wrong in Europe than we usually have in mind, I think, over here across the pond.]
A decision by the city of Berlin not to illuminate its most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, in the colors of the Russian flag to show solidarity with St Petersburg after an attack has provoked anger, with critics calling it a scandal.
In the past after attacks in other countries, the city has beamed the colors of flags of France, Turkey, Britain and the Netherlands onto the Brandenburg Gate, which divided East and West Berlin in the Cold War.
However, a spokesman for Berlin city government said the mayor had decided it would do this only in response to attacks in “partner cities”. St Petersburg, where at least 14 people were killed in an attack on the metro on Monday, is not one.
Critics argued that authorities lit up the Gate in rainbow colors last year after a gunman killed 49 people at a night club in Orlando, Florida, and also in the Israeli colors after an attack in Jerusalem. They are not partner cities.