Angela Merkel and other ‘progressive’ governments and politicians are going to be rinsed in coming years in European elections.
Unfortunately the damage they have done to their countries is already done and in some cases may well prove fatal.
In August, when Chancellor Angela Merkel controversially welcomed all Syrians, promising them asylum, benefits and housing as war refugees, the country’s mood was buoyant. Helping out was the right thing to do, said most Germans.
But other faraway nations, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, took note of Mrs Merkel’s message. Within weeks, thousands of migrants, only 20 per cent of whom are believed to be Syrians, had grabbed the chance of a new life in the West. In what has become the biggest European movement of people since World War II, countries from Sweden to Hungary have hurriedly introduced border checks to try to assess who are genuine refugees.
Yet each day 7,000 migrants still arrive in Germany. They are predominantly young Muslim men from the Middle East, Africa and even the Balkans, and their numbers have topped 180,000 since the beginning of this month — equivalent to the population of Luton.
By the end of 2015, a million new migrants will have reached Germany — a nation of around 80 million — in a year, most after paying huge sums to people smugglers for dangerous crossings from Turkey to Greece en route to Mrs Merkel’s land of milk and honey.
The surge of new arrivals is likely to reach the same tally in 2016.
But terror is far from the only worry on German minds.
It is bitterly ironic that postwar Germany, still battling with national guilt over the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews in the Holocaust, is importing so many people who are avowedly anti-Semitic. Read more »