by Joseph Solis-Mullen
March 05, 2022
from MISES Website
As Europe's de facto most important state, Germany under Merkel,
She kicked more than her
share of cans down the road, often while publicly denying any such
The diminishing returns
of her party in the prior two elections had forecast as much, and in
this most recent election, the party returned its lowest share of
the vote since 1949.
This was particularly so
when it came to mass immigration, which had been occurring for
decades in relatively smaller numbers, but which dramatically
increased in the early 2000s and 2010s.
At a time when economic trouble within the eurozone already threatened the entire project of European integration, it was those countries most imperiled,
...that were made to bear the additional economic, social, and political costs of an irresponsible immigration policy decided in Brussels.
This while the
German-dominated European Central Bank forced crippling
austerity and unemployment were forced on the citizens of those
countries in question.
Most have brought little with them in terms of financial or human capital, and whether once properly integrated into the various states of Europe they will become net contributors remains to be seen.
In the meantime, at its height, the crisis cost the German government an admitted €10,000 per child, this at a time when tens of thousands were entering Europe every few weeks.
In 2019 alone, the
government spent €23 billion.
Even more ominously,
beneath the steady stream of platitudes about tolerance and
diversity, any European who dared voice their discomfort at the
rapid ethno-religious transformation of their countries was promptly
denounced as racist or fascist.
The tolerance the Left so prized, it seemed, was not to be so warmly reciprocated. In a widely publicized BBC poll, a quarter of British Muslims reported feeling sympathy for the gunman who had killed twelve people in the office of a French satirical magazine for unflatteringly depicting the prophet.
This was hardly news to
local native Britons, who had watched in horror as even thirty years
ago riotous British Muslims had clamored for
Salman Rushdie's head.
Instead they heaped praise on the supposed virtues of what were clearly - in the eyes of those who value liberal freedoms and the equality of women and sexual and religious minorities - cultures with more repressive social norms and illiberal ideological inclinations than seen in much of Europe in at least a century.
And as a passionately
held fundamentalist worldview, the faith of many new arrivals was
uncomfortably similar to the one it took many centuries for the now
staunchly secular Europe to finally escape.
Though the flood of migrants that streamed into Europe throughout the 2010s has been slowed by,
...conservative estimates put the future Muslim population of Europe by 2050 at over 10 percent.
With the immigrants
having settled unevenly, favoring those states with the most
generous welfare benefits, they will constitute over 20 percent in
places such as sparsely populated Sweden.
Though in 2010 Merkel had freely and openly admitted that,
...she ultimately placed
her faith in the belief that a European was someone who just
happened to be in Europe - a German someone who just happened to be
in Germany - rather than someone produced organically by German