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Why the migration fiasco spells doom for Project Europe


Why the migration fiasco spells doom for Project Europe

The influx of migrants has exposed the anti-democratic bias and the administrative uselessness of the EU. 

The logic of the whole project – the Union as it has been, and still is, conceived – is unsustainable. 

Janet Daley

By Janet Daley, Telegraph
2:00PM GMT 30 Jan 2016

History offers up another of its ironies. The Soviet Union collapsed when great masses of people simply walked away from it. You may recall the blissful faces of those crowds who strolled peacefully into West Berlin, and then proceeded to tear down the wall which had imprisoned them for two generations. Now the European Union is about to collapse because great masses of people are walking into it: very little ecstasy this time, just lawless desperation. But by sheer numbers, their progression is as inexorable and politically destabilising as that miraculous exodus which brought down the great Communist empire without a shot being fired.

If the principle of cooperative benevolence, which Europe designed in response to the terrible nationalist crimes of the last century, cannot deal with a humanitarian disaster at its doors, what on earth is it for?

Forget the pantomime “negotiations” this weekend over an emergency brake – which can’t be used without prior universal agreement (rather like a fire alarm that can’t be activated without an international committee being convened), or the tortuous new wording of empty promises. That isn’t even a sideshow. It is deliberately deceptive nonsense.

 

The only plausible explanation for this absurd displacement activity is that the Government now believes we must stay in a failing enterprise so that we can help to manage its closure. There may be something in this. Perhaps if the British are there to help shut down the shop, it will be done more sensibly and fairly. But as a political strategy this is dangerous and profoundly cynical. The country is about to be presented with a knowingly dishonest choice: it is not a question of leaving or remaining in a “reformed” EU.

The logic of the whole project – the Union as it has been, and still is, conceived – is unsustainable. Its contradictions and the consequences of its failure to live up to the grand unifying ideals of its founders, have now become so glaring that no one is even attempting to gloss them over. It is, of course, the great mass walk-in – the migration crisis – which has made this so inescapably clear. The EU was clearly incapable of coping in any rational and organised way with this phenomenon, even when its staggering growth had become entirely predictable.

If the principle of cooperative benevolence, which Europe designed in response to the terrible nationalist crimes of the last century, cannot deal with a humanitarian disaster at its doors, what on earth is it for?

The EU’s calamitous inability to agree on anything has actually exacerbated the problem: the failure to establish regularised, systematic ways of coping with the influx has created total chaos in which a new form of international crime (people smuggling) has become entrenched in a way that will be almost impossible to root out.

The unilateral suspension of established rules on asylum by Germany, arguably the EU’s most politically powerful member, produced an avalanche of incomers with which poorer member states could not cope, thus creating a furious backlash against both the migrants and the EU authorities. In the vacuum left by EU institutions, the voluntary, charitable efforts to give aid and sustenance were outside of any properly administered control, so they inadvertently added to the problem by encouraging more migration.

Now there is an understandable demand for unaccompanied children to be given asylum and generous provision. But if it becomes known that unaccompanied children will be offered unconditional entry, or that they are the ticket to families gaining entry down the line, then there will be ever-growing numbers of children exposed to the terrifying danger of a journey alone. Then there is the plan to quarantine Greece and turn it into a hermetically-sealed refugee camp, because it was unable to process the thousands who managed to land on its scattered islands. Poor Greece. You might have thought it had suffered enough in the euro crisis.

If the EU had been united in its intentions, it might not have turned an emergency into a tragedy.

The migrant problem should not have been insoluble. The numbers involved may have been daunting but, in truth, they were not unmanageable as a proportion of the whole EU population. Had the situation been addressed properly from the outset, and rigorous mechanisms put in place for assessment and re-settlement, this might have been a success story for Europe: the humane and fair-minded handling of a painful dilemma.

But it wasn’t – and the reasons for that go right to the heart of what will cause the EU to collapse. Each member state came to this with its own economic limitations, its own historical memory and its own political culture. When it came to confronting the sight of those endless marching columns of strangers, every country dealt with the experience in its own way – not as one small part of an Ever Closer Union, but as Hungarians or Poles only recently liberated from the Warsaw Pact, or as Danes or Swedes who took pride in their liberal traditions but were now feeling uncharacteristically alienated.

In the emergency created by migrant pressure, the EU simply became visibly what it should always have been understood to be: a confederation of different peoples whose varying experiences and attitudes cannot be homogenised. The governments of those differing nations have taken it in turns to be berated by EU officialdom: Hungary for its impromptu barbed-wire borders, the UK for taking too few refugees from Calais, and Denmark for its plan to confiscate valuables from refugees who will be receiving state support. Each one of those governments is, in fact, doing what its own electorate demands – which is exactly what democratically elected governments are supposed to do. Unless the EU abolishes democratic accountability altogether, this must continue to be so.

Even those national leaders who had apparently seized the moral high ground on migration were acting out of self-interest. Angela Merkel knows that Germany, with its ageing population, needs a mass injection of younger workers to sustain its economy. Her action made practical sense, even if it ended in a shambles.

Countries which have built successful economies by importing vast numbers of immigrants – as the US did historically – generally achieved this by rigorous management and selection. At the peak of America’s legal immigration programme at the turn of the last century, strict admission rules governed the intake. Immigrants had to show that they had hosts or contacts to receive them who would vouch for their immediate welfare, and that they were of sound mind and body so that they were not likely to become “a charge upon the state”. (When my family arrived at Ellis Island around 1905, one of the cousins whom I knew later as the elderly Aunt Rose, had measles. As a consequence, the whole family was detained in the hospital wing of the Ellis Island reception centre until she was deemed no longer contagious. There may have been an open invitation to the “huddled masses” of the world but they were not permitted to enter without scrutiny.)

If the principle of cooperative benevolence, which Europe designed in response to the terrible nationalist crimes of the last century, cannot deal with a humanitarian disaster at its doors, what on earth is it for?

If the EU had been united in its intentions, it might not have turned an emergency into a tragedy. Far from being a single unified entity, Europe is a disparate conglomeration of members who can just about manage to cooperate on issues of trade and logistics – providing that the necessary movements across national borders do not impinge on the more fundamental aspects of cultural identity and social cohesiveness. Mass migration has uncorked the ancient hatreds and suspicions which caused those borders to be embattled for generations but it is the pretext not the cause of Europe’s breakdown. It has simply exposed the anti-democratic bias and the administrative uselessness which was already there.

So now we have what Europeans never expected to see again on their own soil: shameful camps where people gain the impression that they have nothing to lose and so become prey to forms of criminality which should never have existed. Surely this crisis would have been handled better by individual countries, or ad hoc agreements between like-thinking leaders, than by the doomed EU Nomenklatura.

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5 thoughts on “Why the migration fiasco spells doom for Project Europe

  1. Bearing in mind the Telegraph has some of the best Journalists in Europe every word written here by Janet Daley makes complete sense. The Schengen Agreement was initiated to allow fellow productive Europeans (not criminal moslem men) to move freely and seek employment all over Europe. The last thing Europe needs is dependent unproductive moslems who insist on practising a faith that interferes with daily life and the economy. The middle eastern Islamic nations (Saudi & Iran are good examples) are notoriously unproductive, with high volumes of unemployed and now the tourist income is threatened. Above all poor Greece who already suffers the innate mind set of 400 years of Islamic dominance has never managed to do away with the kind of corruption practised in Turkey and the rest of the mid east. People forget how many real Greeks loathe and detest Islam even Byron fought along side Greeks in the 19th century and a German Royal family was adopted. There is no longer a German Royal family, Queen Fredericka (Prince Phillip Elizabeth II husband) was virtually the last in line. The King of Greece was dethroned by the Colonels. I was in Greece before the fall of the military government of Greece and Greece has never really recovered – Cyprus is another case in point. Europe is lost as Ms. Daley states and unless dramatic crisis management is adopted Europe will never recover.

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  2. idiots, and most especially , leftist idiots do NOT learn from experience if it is contrary to doctrine: they just keep uselessly plugging away until drowned although the latter never occurs before they have brought down the house on everyone else.

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  3. !!! – “Now the only thing left to do, is call in the Garbage Detail to clean up the mess, repair the Damage, and document all the mistakes and errors for future reference! Would ‘any’ sane organization operate an “economy” supporting Business Enterprise in the manner of this Refugee endeavour doomed to failure “Enterprise” in like fashion? This clearly, was a “chaotic” insanely ill conceived endeavour supported by neither rhyme nor reason! But then, it was not an entirely complete departure from how most Government Policies function and operate, isn’t it?”

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  4. ” Angela Merkel knows that Germany, with its ageing population, needs a mass injection of younger workers to sustain its economy. Her action made practical sense, even if it ended in a shambles.” – How are Islamic Third World migrants going to sustain one of the globe’s most advanced economies, let alone fit/adapt in/to its society ?

    “Countries which have built successful economies by importing vast numbers of immigrants – as the US did historically – generally achieved this by rigorous management and selection.” – How is it possible or defensible to rigorously manage and select “asylum seekers” based on economic qualifications ? Asylum isn’t based on economic qualifications. And, which developed countries have created successful economies with migrants with skills and qualifications below that required by private employers.

    One of this article’s assertions and premises – “The migrant problem should not have been insoluble” – doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, unless the solution was for the EU to collectively reject virtually all migrants.

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  5. The Poles will bail. Then the Slovaks, the Hungarians, the Finns. Then the dam will be officially breached and The EU will be no more than an ugly memory.

    Only national governments in defense of their ethnic identities can handle the rough stuff required for the Great Islamic Expulsion. And that’s why they have armies.

    Time to lift your national neck from the chopping block, Canada. And give your boy Prime Minister his comeuppance.

    The USA is on deck and I am optimistic that our common sense will prevail. Good bye ISNA, CAIR, MSA, et al. Good bye turncoat Congressmen, enjoy your new life in the OIC.

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