UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Europe is positioning itself as an outpost for the unification of mankind, although this strategy threatens its cultural identity, said Pierre Manent, a well-known French political scientist, professor at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris.
“The European self-esteem and European self-awareness turned out to be dependent on the rejection of European history and European civilization! We do not want to have anything to do with Christian roots and we are embracing Islam with open arms,” Manent writes anxiously in Causeur magazine.
Among young Europeans, as never before, there is a false Marxist idea that if you are successful or comfortable living, it is entirely at the expense of humanity: if I win, then someone else loses. It seems that there is no longer a “win-win” concept (“if I win, everyone also wins: everyone can win!”), Which underlies the free market economy. It was this concept that helped pull a significant part of the world out of poverty.
Many young people see only obstacles that need to be broken. Pascal Bruckner called it “tyranny of guilt.” Unfortunately, the price of cultural relativism has become increasingly visible in Europe, and the collapse of Western nation-states no longer seems unrealistic. Multiculturalism, which appeared against the backdrop of a demographic decline, mass de-Christianization, and cultural self-denial, is nothing more than a transitional phase that risks leading to fragmentation of the West.
Among the reasons for this phenomenon, historian David Engels calls “mass migration, population aging, Islamization and the collapse of nation-states.” Mass migration has already undermined the unity and solidarity of Western societies and destabilized the political consensus reached after 1945, says zerohedge.com.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door policy helped the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which receives more and more German voters in every election. More recently, the ruling Socialist Party of France is disappearing from the political arena.
The Brussels dictatorship on migration and migration quotas violated the unity of Europe and led to the actual “separation” of the Visegrad countries (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia). A migratory utopia in Sweden led to the emergence of a populist right-wing party, and the arrival of half a million illegal migrants pushed the once-marginal League of Matteo Salvini to the top of Italy’s political establishment.
Currently, European countries that promised never to build walls after 1989, mass-erected multi-kilometer fences to protect against an unprecedented situation. Europe feels an existential cultural threat from migration flows.
There is pressure not only from illegal, but also from legal migration. More than 100 thousand people applied for asylum in France in 2017, which became a “historical” record, but in 2018 there were already more than 123 thousand of these applications. In Germany, 200 thousand asylum applications were submitted last year.
Mass migration is rapidly changing the composition of the population of Europe. In Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city and capital of Flanders, half of the children in primary schools are Muslim.
In the Brussels region, you can get some idea of the changes by analyzing the attendance of religious classes in primary and secondary schools: 15.6% are Catholic classes, 4, 3% are Protestant and Orthodox, 0.2% are Jewish and 51.4% are Islamic classes. It is not surprising that migration is of greatest concern to the Belgians.
Marseille, France’s second largest city, is already 25% Muslim. Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, is 20% Muslim. In Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, 27% are Muslims. It is estimated that in one generation a third of the inhabitants of Vienna will practice Islam.
Unfortunately, many Europeans still refuse to face the truth, not seeing this as a particular problem. “The spread of this position makes me think that we are all aboard the Titanic,” writes the famous French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut. If the population is changing, then the culture is changing. As Eric Zemmour remarked precisely: ”
They can give birth to more children and begin a real integration program for migrants in Europe. But no steps have yet been taken to save Europe. They can give birth to more children and begin a real integration program for migrants in Europe. But no steps have yet been taken to save Europe.
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