Tribalism Returns to Europe

Is Europe`s adventure in international living about
to end?

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"

"failed, utterly

Backing up her rueful admission are surveys showing
30 percent of Germans believe the country is overrun by
foreigners. An
number believe
the foreigners come to

off German welfare.

Merkel had in mind the

Turks who came as
, 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.

"Multikulti is

says Horst Seehofer
of Merkel`s sister party, the
Christian Social Union of Bavaria. He wants no more
immigration from
"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

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

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

"More security,
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
"Nazism" and
is dismantling

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
are disintegrating.

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

and Uighurs with Han Chinese. India fights
secession in Kashmir, Nagaland and the


"Wars between
nations have given way to wars within nations, "

said Barack Obama in his Nobel Prize address.

Ethnonationalism tore

Mikhail Gorbachev`s Soviet Union
and Josip Tito`s

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.

With her

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
population growth.

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."



Patrick J. Buchanan


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