Tribalism Returns to Europe
Is Europe`s adventure in international living about
At Potsdam, Germany, this weekend, Chancellor
Angela Merkel told the young conservatives of her
Christian Democratic Union that Germany`s attempt to
create a multicultural society where people
"live side by side and enjoy each other" has
Merkel had in mind the
Turks who came as
gastarbeiters, guest workers, in the 1960s. Some
2.5 million now live in Germany.
Arabs and East Europeans have come more recently. One
survey puts the
Muslim population at 5 million.
says Horst Seehofer of Merkel`s sister party, the
Christian Social Union of Bavaria. He wants no more
"alien cultures." Turks and other Muslims are not
learning the language, he contends, not
assimilating, not becoming Germans.
Awareness of deep differences with Turkish neighbors
became acute for Germans when, grieving in solidarity
with America after 9/11, they learned that Turkish
sectors of Berlin were
celebrating Islam`s victory with barrages of bottle
Like all of Europe, Germany grows nervous.
This summer, Thilo Sarrazin, who sat on the
Bundesbank board, published
Abolishes Itself," which sold 300,000 copies in
seven weeks. Sarrazin
argued that Germany`s Muslim population is
intellectually inferior and unable or unwilling to
learn the language or culture, and mass immigration is
destroying the nation.
No rightist, but a stalwart of the socialist party,
Sarrazin was forced out at the Bundesbank. Half his
socialist party stood by him.
Across Europe, there is a
resurgence of ethnonationalism that is feeding the
ranks of populist and anti-immigrant parties that are
gaining respectability and reaching for power.
Austrian nationalists triumphed in 2008 when the
Freedom Party of
Joerg Haider and the Alliance for the Future of
Austria together took 29 percent of the vote. The
Swiss People`s Party of Christoph Blocher,
largest in Bern, was behind the successful
referendum to change the constitution to outlaw minarets
and prohibit the wearing of burqas.
Hungary`s Jobbik Party, which
to the Financial
"sits squarely in Europe`s most repulsive
arch-nationalist tradition and which blames Jews and
Roma for the hardships of
other Hungarians," pulled 17 percent of the vote
this year and entered parliament with 47 seats, up from
zero seats in 2006.
Sweden Democrats just captured 6 percent of the vote
and entered parliament for the first time with 20 seats,
joining right-wing folk parties in Norway and Denmark.
Geert Wilders, a rising figure in Dutch politics, was
charged with hate speech for equating Islam and Nazism.
In June, his Freedom Party swept past the ruling
Christian Democrats, who lost half of their strength in
less crime, less immigration, less Islam—that is what
the Netherlands has chosen," said Wilders.
In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy—one eye on
Jean-Marie Le Pen`s National Front, the other on the
2012 elections—rejecting cries of
Gypsy camps and deporting Gypsies to Romania. Milan
is now following the French lead.
What is happening in Europe partakes of a global
trend. Multiracial, multi-ethnic, multicultural nations
Russians battle ethnic Muslim separatists in the
North Caucasus. Seventy percent of Americans support an
Arizona law to identify and expel illegal aliens.
Beijing swamps the homelands of
Tibetans and Uighurs with Han Chinese. India fights
secession in Kashmir, Nagaland and the
nations have given way to wars within nations, "
said Barack Obama in his Nobel Prize address.
Mikhail Gorbachev`s Soviet Union and Josip Tito`s
Yugoslavia into 22 separate nations, and is now
tugging at the seams of all multi-ethnic states.
Globalism is in retreat before tribalism.
But the awakening of Europe`s establishment to the
shallow roots of multiculturalism will likely prove
frustrating and futile.
fertility rate below replacement levels for 40 years,
projected to remain so for the next 40 years, Germany
will lose 12 million of her 82 million people by 2050.
Her median age will rise eight years to 53, and 40
percent of all Germans will be over 60.
Germany`s problem is insoluble. She is running out of
Yet if her welfare state is to survive and her
industries are to remain competitive, Germany will need
millions of new workers.
Where are they to come from, if not the Third World?
For not one European nation, save Iceland and Albania,
has had a birth rate for decades that is not below zero
Baby boomer Europe decided in the 1960s and 1970s it
Dolce Vita, not the hassle of children. It had that
sweet life. Now the bill comes due. And the bill is the
end of their tribes and countries as we have known them.
Old Europe is dying, and the populist and nationalist
parties, in the poet`s phrase, are simply raging
"against the dying of the light."
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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