European capitals are tightening security ahead of New Year's celebrations after an Islamic State attack in Berlin last week killed 12 people. Nathan Frandino reports.
Barricades are going up in Berlin ahead of New Years... just a week after the city suffered a deadly attack by Islamic State. Officials have already closed Pariser Platz square near the Brandenburg Gate... where an extra 1,700 police officers will be on patrol. Organizers say they're confident they'll ring in 2017 safely. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESWOMAN FOR ORGANIZERS OF NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS, ANJA MARX, SAYING: "The security concept is very comprehensive and if you visit you will probably be in one of the safest places in Germany tomorrow night." The attack last week left 12 people dead and prompted greater calls for stepping up security. Brussels is also following suit. The city suffered from attacks in March when Islamist suicide bombers killed 16 people. Now city officials and New Years organizers aren't taking any chances. (SOUNDBITE) (French) DIRECTOR OF BRUSSELS MAJOR EVENTS COMPANY, OLIVIER MEES, SAYING: "Obviously the police will be there in numbers and, as in other European capitals, we will work with a system of 'blocks'. When one block is full, it will be closed to avoid having too many people in the same place." Officials had debated canceling New Year fireworks in Brussels but decided they would go ahead.