Europe is abolishing itself and “it is an illusion” to think the continent can cope with the recent wave of mass migration, the editor of a Swiss magazine has warned.
In an editorial in Die Weltwoche, Roger Köppel argues that the terrorist attacks in France and Brussels are “acute symptoms” of Europe’s ill-conceived immigration policies and “just a taste” of things to come.
Many of the observations by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP will shock liberals, as Köppel condemns the mass movement of people entering Europe “under the guise of asylum” as “shock therapy” and “a human experiment” on European societies by politicians with no mandate.
He also points out that attempts by European countries to integrate Muslim populations have failed and cautions that the more “refugees” Europe accepts the more likely terrorist attacks on the continent become.
Köppel warns that terrorists hide among the people arriving in Greece and Italy to seek asylum, echoing Europol’s warning in February that as many as 5,000 Islamic State-trained jihadis could have entered the continent in this way.
The editorial outlines Islam as a danger to European nations cautioning that, as an ideology, this religion is “particularly at risk of being abused by death-seeking fanatics and madmen.”
Köppel’s warning is in stark contrast to comments by European Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini — who last year raised eyebrows upon declaring in a speech that “Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe’s history, in our culture, in our food and – what matters most – in Europe’s present and future.”
Köppel posits that the vast majority of migrants are from areas where “tribal feuds and vendettas” are commonplace and where “Medieval concepts of male honour” are lived with “holy, even fatal zeal.”
Due to this he is pessimistic about their prospects of successfully integrating to European society, believing it likely they will instead import their “pre modern notions of politics, law, women and religion” becoming “hordes of malcontents” whose disaffection with life in Europe will be in danger of becoming explosive.
Köppel’s prognosis for the outcome of the European political establishment’s “refugees welcome” attitude is antithetical to that of Ms Mogherini who, in the wake of the terrorist attacks that last month rocked Brussels stated that “It is not diversity that is destroying our society but the fear of diversity.”