Europe’s New Year

The European continent had a very difficult year in 2015, but that may be dwarfed by 2016. The most heated issue will be, without a doubt, the migration and how it will effect the EU. This year could mark a watershed and even a political tranformation or reorder is not far fetched. Ms Merkel's insistence in accomodating every migrant coming from a war-torn land backfired, her country and her government is in chaos. The German authorities underestimated the dangers what hundreds of thousands of migrants may bring, and now the gruesome reality of this failure is beginning to show every day in the German society. The initial 'Willkommenskultur' has faded into the past, giving its place to daily clashes between migrants, sexual abuses, insecurity and a rising far-right. The citizens are calling into question the reliability of their chancellor, of the political elite and the media, which, quite unbelieavably, failed to report several attacks on young women. A few months ago, countries that recognised the real dangers of unchecked migration were called racists and and were accused of disregarding the values of the European Union. These very same countries are now suffering from conditions, which most Europeans never thought they would have to consider in the twenty-first century. Parents don't dare to let their daughters to go to a club, because there is a considerable chance that she will be assaulted. Physical attacks against the Jews is on the rise again, and neither the German nor the French police are able to protect them. Instead of a determined , no-nonsense stance to tackle this problem, Jews of Marseille are advised not to wear the kippah, while Henriette Reker, the mayor of Cologne, advised women and girls to keep a distance from migrants, if they don't wish to be assaulted. Basically, the leader of a major European city, who herself is a woman, made girls responsible for the savage behaviour of the migrants. The misguided policy of Germany and Brussels not only are causing tensions in France, Austria, Sweden, but it has reached the point where the unity of the EU itself is at a risk. Denmark and Sweden have reestablished border controls, in Finland the rising far right has created an anti migrant patrol unit. Poland has decided to follow the increasingly arbitrary policies of Hungary, where the media law has been changed in a similar way. The only problem is that Brussels and Germany has lost the moral credibility to preach about press freedom in the wake of New Year's Eve. The Hungarian prime minister is now a popular figure in Europe, and no matter how corrupt he is, no matter how many young Hungarian doctors are fleeing to Western Europe, the misguided migrant policy of the opposition probably means that Fidesz will still be the governing party in 2018. Ms Merkel's famous 'wir schaffen das' (we can do it) phrase has turned out to be a huge self-deception. If the German chancellor's intention, which I doubt, had been to destabilize the Union, the Schengen system, and people's belief in their own police and media, than she was right. Sie hat es geschafft.
László Társi; FreeHungary; January 14. 2016.