The year began with an ominous warning from the German authorities. A team of researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Family Affairs found a “correlation between the refugee arrivals and violent crimes.” Not that anyone needed a report to prove the obvious. The mainstream German media predictably trashed the findings and politicians in Berlin ignored them.
This year, hundreds of Islamic State fighters returned to Europe after committing heinous war crimes in the Middle East, only to be welcomed by welfare states offering them psychological counselling, subsidized homes, and job prospects.
The ordinary citizens rioted in France and Germany expressing popular discontent. In France, the ‘Yellow Vest’ movement emerged following eighteen months of dismal performance by President Emmanuel Macron. In August, Eastern Germany was rocked by protests after a series of deadly crimes committed by the newly-arrived migrants.
Undeterred by the surging migrant crime wave, Islamist terror attacks, and growing anti-establishment sentiment, the ruling elite in Brussels and Berlin campaigned ferociously to force EU member states into endorsing the UN migration pact, an international legal framework that undermines national sovereignty and refuses to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.
The ideology-driven multiculturalism continued to enrich Europe in all its ‘diversity’. Here are some choicest examples covered by the Legal Insurrection:
Migrant Riots Break Out in France (July 5)
And seven decades after the Holocaust, Antisemitism once again reared its ugly head in Germany. This time, imported from the Arab and Muslim world:
In April, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s landslide victory in Hungary’s election rattled the EU establishment.
The EU fears were not misplaced. Following the election victory, Orban pulled Hungary out of the UN migration pact, becoming the first European country to do so. Eight other EU member countries subsequently followed Hungary’s example and joined the U.S. in rejecting the Obama-era global agreement.
EU in Disarray Over Global Migration Pact (December 7)
Anti-establishment parties went from strength to strength, surging in polls and winning elections. With May 2019 EU parliamentary elections in mind, nationalist parties across Europe forged pre-poll alliances:
Le Pen party overtakes Macron in EU Election Poll (November 6)
The mainstream media mocked and ridiculed President Donald Trump for predicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s downfall over the issue of immigration. “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture,” Trump tweeted in June.
“In a series of Twitter posts, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that crime in Germany is on the rise, and railed against immigration policies in Europe,” The New York Times wrote. “Trump tweet on immigration and crime in Germany is false,” the left-wing website Vox said. (Read the story here: Trump says Germans ‘Turning Against their Leadership’ over Mass Immigration) (I also wrote a lengthy piece for the Gatestone Institute on ‘why Trump is right‘ about Germany’s migrant crime issue)
In October, the mainstream media watched in horror as Merkel was forced to quit her party’s leadership and announce her decision not to run for reelection in 2021. Largely thanks to her open borders policy, Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats suffered electoral drubbing in key states of Bavaria and Hesse, with many conservative voters ‘migrating’ to the right-wing AfD party.
Having learned nothing from the decade of failed immigration policies, the European ruling class continues to push for open borders policy for migrants from Arab and Muslim countries. So far, Markel-Macron duo has had a free hand in ramming though this ideological agenda.
Will a unified European Right challenge the establishment in the upcoming EU election? Will Europe manage to rescue itself from the follies of its own leaders? The coming year will tell.
Trump: Britain ‘Losing its Culture’ Because of Mass Immigration (July 2018)
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