I wanted to put my two cents in on how our European cousins will deal with the large number of refugees they’ve accepted. I’m reminded of John Lyly’s famous wisecrack (often incorrectly attributed to Benjamin Franklin) about guests and fish growing stale after three days.
For years I’ve been pointing out that the Europeans have a choice. They can either remain the ethnic states they’ve been or they can become multi-ethnic, multi-confessional states. The decision will become much more urgent. I don’t know what they’ll do. It’s up to them. Countries like Hungary are in a real pickle. It’s a small country with distinctive customs that speaks a language spoken by no one else in the world. Unless it can remain an ethnic state those will cease to exist.
Don’t expect the Europeans to react as Americans would. They are much more rules-oriented and have much more respect for their governments than we do.
I don’t envy them.
Growing numbers of Germans worry about the large influx of Muslims. In a survey by INSA, a pollster, 61% of respondents have become less happy about accepting refugees since the assaults; 63% think there are already too many asylum-seekers in Germany, and only 29% still agree with Mrs Merkel that the country can handle it. The sceptics are not only on the populist right. Alice Schwarzer, Germany’s leading feminist, says that Germany is “naively importing male violence, sexism and anti-Semitism”.
For now Mrs Merkel and her governing coalition have responded by talking tough. At a gathering of her centre-right Christian Democrats, she promised that the offenders will “feel the full force of the law” and suggested that more asylum-seekers who commit crimes would be deported. Even her centre-left coalition partners, the Social Democrats, want to crack down hard. Sigmar Gabriel, their boss, wants offenders to serve their prison time in their home countries to spare German taxpayers.
If there’s a reaction, I’d expect it in the more independent (and red-necked) areas of the country first, e.g. Bavaria, Saxony, and, to a lesser extent, North Rhine-Westphalia.