The Migrant Crisis Upended Europe

  • “The migrant crisis is the 9/11 of the European Union… That day in 2001, everything changed in the US. In a minute, America discovered its vulnerability. Migrants had the same effect in Europe… The migration crisis profoundly undermines the ideas of democracy, tolerance and… the liberal principles that constitute our ideological landscape.” — Ivan Kratsev, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a member of the Institute of Humanities in Vienna, Le Figaro.
  • The European public now looks at EU institutions with contempt. They perceive them — under multiculturalism and immigration — not only as indifferent to their own problems, but as adding to them.
  • “We are a cultural community, which doesn’t mean that we are better or worse — we are simply different from the outside world… our openness and tolerance cannot mean walking away from protecting our heritage”. — Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

A few weeks after Germany opened its borders to over a million refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the migration crisis would “destabilize democracies“. He was labelled a demagogue and a xenophobe. Two years later, Orbán has been vindicated. As Politico now explains, “[M]ost EU leaders echo the Hungarian prime minister” and the Hungarian PM can now claim that “our position is slowly becoming the majority position”.

Many in Europe seem to have understood what Ivan Krastev, the Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a member of the Institute of Humanities in Vienna, recently explained to Le Figaro:

“The migrant crisis is the 9/11 of the European Union… That day in 2001, everything changed in the US. In a minute, America discovered its vulnerability. Migrants had the same effect in Europe. It is not their number that destabilizes the continent… The migration crisis profoundly undermines the ideas of democracy, tolerance and progress as well as the liberal principles that constitute our ideological landscape. It is a turning point in the political dynamics of the European project”.

read more here:   https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11282/migrant-crisis-europe

8 replies

  1. To a large extent this migration crisis is the result of the US led destruction and destabilization of Arab countries. (Africa below the Sahel may have more economic reasons).

    • @ Raffiq, why do you so hate America?
      America are so nice and kind to Ahmadiyyah who live in USA. USA protect the right of Ahmadiyyah, whereas Ahmadiyyah was banned in its country?
      I do not know to advice you.

      Wisdom of prophet.
      Hatred is the seed of violent and unhappiness, walking in the darkness, his eyes is blinded and then fall into disgrase hole.
      Love is the seed of peace, happiness and prosperity.

      All love❤️

      • Who says I hate America? I have many American relatives. I am for JUSTICE, equal justice here and there. If you look at America, at home and abroad, do you see equal justice? See US actions abroad: do you not see the pattern of Destruction and Destabilization? (yes, we need to delete our comments, both yours and mine, as the are often the same repeating words).

    • Ha Ha Ha … we should put your answer into the column ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ … Remember: I was there … Baghdad, Damascus, Amman, Benghazi …

      • @ Raffiq, If there was NO 9/11, 3000 innocenr people died, there was no war! USA ideology is love your neighbor as you love your self”

        USA has been fighting extremist AL qaida, Taliban and Isis to help people of Iraq, Afghsnisran etc

      • Yes, 9/11 was a clever arrangement. Unfortunately one plane never reached to Tower 7, but it collapsed anyway. People like Somi thinks terrorists did it, many others think those who were keen to start all the wars did it. And Allah knows best. (Tower Nr. 7 cannot tell, but I assume he committed suicide, because he felt lonely without his two big brothers).

      • USA has made the rise of Al Qaida, Taliban and Isis possible. Usama bin Laden was on the CIA payroll. No one disputes that. There are uncountable witness accounts from the region that the US kept arming and helping Isis. What is so strange about it? Did they not supply arms to both Saddam Hussain and Iran in order to extend the conflict (Iran-Contra Affair of the CIA)? Continuous war is what the US is after, not peace. (And remember: I have seen it at close quarters: Baghdad, Damascus, Amman, Benghazi).

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