Does Merkel’s Devastating Moment of Migrant Madness Now Presage A Great Deportation
The summer of joyous welcome has turned into a winter of fear, crime and rejection, as Merkel’s mishandled migrant madness transforms her into one of Europe’s most despised politicians and drives the European Union dangerously close to total collapse.
A mere few weeks before Christmas the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle was asking has “Mama Merkel” had it? Is Chancellor Merkel still on top in the refugee crisis? How much support does she have in her own party? Watch the clip here:
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won international kudos for her response to the refugee crisis. However, more and more members of her own party are calling for Germany’s asylum law to be made more restrictive. (Guests: Erik Kirschbaum an American journalist from New York.Andreas Kluth Germany Correspondent for “The Economist” Corinna Emundts is correspondent for the ARD and online coordinator for “tagesschau.de”.)
Today the answer couldn’t be clearer.
Europe is in uproar; the Schengen free movement zone is virtually a dead letter; border controls and physical fences are rising between EU member states faster than summer mushrooms; mainly young Muslim male migrants have been clearly implicated in a trans-European wave of mass sexual abuse, rape, and similar anti-social behaviour that has shocked the citizens of the host nations; sales of guns and self defence equipment are reportedly soaring in Germany, Austria and elsewhere.
Indeed top European Union officials have warned, with considerable alarm, that the EU is only “weeks away from total collapse”.
On January 21 Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the World Economic Forum in Davos: “We have six to eight weeks,” to get a handle on the influx of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and elsewhere – or we face the bloc breaking up.
Professional EU optimists like Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission, sound increasingly desperate. They are both on the record warning of an existential crisis to the EU — and they are right, says Oliver Marc Hartwich writing January 28 in the Australian publication Business Spectator.
On January 21 Politico reporting on the migrant crisis noted: “Warnings and ultimatums have been issued and lines drawn on a regular basis. The latest has come from European Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who all said the final countdown clock is ticking on whether the EU can achieve its migration goals. “We have no more than two months to get things under control,” Tusk told the European Parliament, warning that unless the EU could make progress on the issue the Schengen passport-free zone would fail. (Temporary border checks have already been reintroduced in Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, while France has imposed full border controls under its state of emergency regulations) The March European Council will be the last moment to see if our strategy works. If it doesn’t, we will face grave consequences such as the collapse of Schengen.”
Also at the Davos World Economic Forum meeting French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for passport controls and border guards warning that the EU project could die very fast. “Europe”, he said, “cannot take all the migrants arriving daily our societies will be totally destabilised”.
Reuters reporting from Davos quoted him as saying: “The European project can die, not in decades or years but very fast, if we are unable to face up to the security challenge. That’s why we need border guards and passport controls”.
Almost simultaneously Germany announced it would keep the check points it has reintroduced on its frontiers to stem the flow of migrants for an indefinite period. Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said he could ‘not foresee a moment’ when the emergency measures put in place in September would be lifted.
Austrian chancellor, Werner Faymann told Euractiv the Union must regain control of its external borders if Austria is to resume its participation in the Schengen Area, a borderless zone which permits free movement across much of Europe without identity checks: “All refugees must be controlled, economic migrants must be sent back to their countries of origin.” Later he told the Austrian periodical Österreich. “If the EU does not manage to secure its external borders, Schengen as a whole is brought into question.
Meanwhile EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans in an interview with the Dutch broadcaster NOS said: “More than half of the refugees coming to Europe, are not fleeing war. These people leave their homeland for economic reasons and should be returned quickly. He added that according to Frontex (the EU frontier agency) this applied to some 60% of all migrants coming to Europe”.
European Union finally admits: 60% refugees are economic immigrants. Statistics from border agency Frontex. https://t.co/eSlfBvY0nM
— End of Europe (@End_of_Europe) January 25, 2016
Unsurprisingly under the weight of all this opprobrium and concern the domestic revolt against the once all-powerful German Chancellor is growing. A recent German opinion poll showed 40% of those questioned want her to resign.
Watch this January 26 2016 BBC report into German migrant developments:
Published on Jan 26, 2016
Germany’s Angela Merkel is under pressure at home over her policy on migrants. One of the places taking the most refugees is Bavaria – from where Mark Urban reports.
On websites and in the comments sections of mainstream media in many European states, the popular outcry is stop all migration and deport all those who are here. It is becoming increasingly evident that the German Chancellor’s reckless “All Syrian Refugees Are Welcome Policy” — announced unilaterally and without consultation with any of her European partners — is backfiring spectacularly at home and rapidly de-stablising the rest of the European Union.
In France an Ifop poll mid January showed 63% of the French felt that the politicians were far too politically correct and played down the issues and the problems when they discussed immigration and migrants. A remarkably high 84% of those polled had heard about the New Years Eve rapes and sexual assaults in the German city of Cologne and 73% had been shocked by them.
Separately 80% of those polled affirmed that the migrant issue would play a significant part in the way they vote in France’s 2017 presidential election.
Indeed Yves Montenay a French expert on population movement in Arab states and director of the Institut Culture, Economie et Géopolitique told Atlantico magazine January 27: “Four months after the EU summit that aimed to introduce a common and coordinated solution to manage the refugee crisis, the situation has not changed and has in fact worsened, indicating a total failure of any European migration strategy. He added that after the New Years Eve events in Cologne, the public mood towards migrants has changed sharply.”
So strong has public pressure across the EU become that first Sweden (alongside Germany the second most popular migrant destination) Finland and now Germany have announced plans to repatriate more than 100,000 migrants. (In Germany Peter Tauber, of Merkel’s CDU party, said there are ‘too many’ migrants and the 1,000 people failing asylum applications each day ‘should be deported’).
But the announcements are likely to prove hollow. For the European Union has so hogtied itself and its member states in humanitarian and human rights legislation that efforts to deport anyone face lengthy legal challenges funded by taxpayer provided legal aid, and backed by dozens of activist lawyers and largely leftwing migrant support groups and extremist Open Borders anarchists (some of whom can be seen below in this coverage of the riots at the port of Calais on January 23 when migrants stormed a British ferry:
Furthermore the European Union remains a club of independent states which have delegated some powers to the Commission in Brussels, but retain those regarding migration. Nothing on this overwhelmingly important issue can thus be resolved without a consensus between all member States. This is a recipe for delay, mixed signals and chaos at a time when, despite the winter, thousands are still pouring along criminally-run and controlled migrant routes and millions more are expected as soon as warmer weather arrives.
The problem does not stop there. International agreements overseen by the UN prevent signatory countries from making anyone stateless. EU states seeking to repatriate any migrants must also first obtain the agreement of the deportee’s home country. Afghanistan, Pakistan and several north African states have already placed obstacles in the way of planned deportations saying the migrants have destroyed their identity papers so cannot be returned because they cannot be positively identified.
These barriers if not overcome, by say temporary suspension of European and international agreements regarding repatriation and illegal migrants, are likely to exacerbate EU public opinion and encourage even further the strong rise of right-wing parties across Europe.
Below are just two illustrations of cultural clashes now being reported on a daily basis across affected EU countries.
The conservative website Breitbart London has even set up a special continuously updated rolling news wire to report on the impact migrant misfits are having in Europe. It sources its reports directly from German-language and other European media.
— Eelko (@eelko76) October 29, 2015
This video uploaded to YouTube, purports to show a Swedish woman accompanied by two small children, warning a fellow Swede about to be pick-pocketed by a migrant who then violently attacks her:
Stockholm Sweden Invader PUNCHES & spits on mother in front of her children after she stops him stealing from lady pic.twitter.com/JbXLiBAwGB
— Search: Kalergi (@St_Gaz) January 21, 2016
Cracks in Merkels’s ‘welcome refugees front’ are showing at various levels.
Here is a report on an opinion piece published by Bild newspaper: “Former constitutional justice Udo di Fabio wrote in an opinion piece published by the mass circulation Bild newspaper that the German constitution is not there to protect people from all over the world “via an actual or legal entry permit.” The country is obligated to “reintroduce effective controls along national borders,” he said. And Michael Bertrams, a former president of the constitutional court in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, accused Merkel, in a recent article in the Cologne Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper, of allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country in a “self-aggrandizing act without parliamentary permission.”
Germany, a founder member and fervent supporter of the EU project, is clearly floundering with its self-inflicted crisis. However more recent EU members, gathered in an alliance known as the Visegrád Group and comprising the Central European states of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, are steadfastly resisting all attempts by Berlin and Brussels to strong-arm them into accepting migrants (who are mainly single young Muslim men) as part of Merkel’s demand that Europe share her burden!
Hungarian politicians protesting against invasion! Hungary is the only normal country in Europe + Visegrad group pic.twitter.com/rIHhGUTTNb
— Owl Girl فتاة البومة (@SaraWmd) January 16, 2016
Hungary has been the most forthright and outspoken opponent of the Merkel plan with conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán saying his country has no wish to follow the “disastrous multicultural” path taken by older EU member states and is determined to defend its Christian heritage and values by excluding Muslim migrants.
Earlier Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS), delivered this stinging attack on the open doors policy imposed by Germany. The video is in Polish with English subtitles:
Jaroslaw Kaczynski speech about refugees 16/9/2015 ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Published on Sep 16, 2015
Jaroslaw Kaczynski speech about refugees. ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Finally here are some extracts from an in-depth historical analysis of the roots of modern Europe and its current turmoil by Robert D. Kaplan, author of “In Europe’s Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond” and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. It was published January 15 in the Wall Street Journal under the headline: “Europe’s New Medieval Map”:
“…Europe thus now finds itself facing an unhappy historical irony: The decades in which it was able to develop its high ideals of universal human rights, including the right of the distressed to seek havens in Europe, was made possible, it is now clear, by the oppressive regimes that once held sway on its periphery. The Arab world was slammed shut for decades by prison states whose dictator-wardens kept their people in order. Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the Assad family in Syria,Muammar Qaddafi in Libya—they allowed Europe to have its idealistic cake and eat it, too. Worse for European unity, geography and history have conspired to make some regions of the continent more vulnerable to the flood of migrants and refugees than others. As Germany and parts of Scandinavia lay down a very tentative welcome mat, Central European countries like Hungary and Slovenia erect new razor-wire fences. The Balkans, virtually separated from the rest of Europe by war and underdevelopment in the 1990s, have now been dealt another blow by the anarchy in the Middle East. At the southeastern extremity of Europe, Greece, once a poor Ottoman province, has seen its economic crisis exacerbated by its unlucky position as the gateway for hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing the Arab world’s turmoil…
“…The decades when we thought of Europe as stable, predictable and dull are over. The continent’s map is becoming medieval again, if not yet in its boundaries then at least in its political attitudes and allegiances. The question today is whether the EU can still hope to permanently replace the multicultural Habsburg Empire, which for centuries sprawled across Central and Eastern Europe and sheltered its various minorities and interests. The answer will depend not only on what Europe itself does but also on what the U.S. chooses to do. Geography is a challenge, not a fate…”.
As this paper wrote earlier a former East German immigrant Angela Merkel, once de facto leader of the European Union, today increasingly looks to be the source of its harm and ruin. Having emotionally engineered a mighty migrant crisis she may just sink the very Community set up to stop Germany ever again destroying Europe.
Story: Ken Pottinger
Below are a selection of recent reports on Merkel’s Migrant Madness and its aftermath:
- The diminished West
- German government admits it cannot account for 600,000 of its 1.1million asylum seekers – and many could be using multiple identities to travel across Europe
- Full List Of 1,049 Victims, Crimes Committed During Cologne New Year’s Sex Assaults
- A Parable for Germany
- By downplaying social problems, multiculturalists help extremism to flourish
- “They want to control Poland again”
- A year from hell for the European Union
- Chancellor Merkel at Risk as Europe Stalls on Migrants – Reuters
- The situation in Poland’ — Europe’s new scapegoat
- Silent majority of EU countries fume against Commission’s handling of Turkey
- Coalition of the Unwilling: Merkel’s Plan B Could Mean End of Schengen
- Cologne Assaults: Police Report Outlines ‘Chaotic and Shameful’ New Year’s Eve
- Sexism and Islam: ‘Where I’m From, This is Handled By Men’
- The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?