The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter and of “J’Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel” published by Mantua Books.. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.
In the course of last year, the European Union has faced an emergency known as the so-called “populist wave”: Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen in France, Ernst Hofer in Austria, Brexit in the UK, AfD now in Germany.
The mainstream media repeats the mantra that behind this right-wing surge lies the xenophobic and fascist hate that has raised its head in Europe, citing Vladimir Putin with his hackers, Donald Trump and his tweets, and other children’s fairy tales. These are the real fake newsmongers.
If Europe stays under siege in its Berlaymont Palace in Brussels without realizing the roots of these political earthquakes, Europe’s walls will be the next to fall.
What lies behind the right-wing surge is, instead, the big cultural shock that hit at the heart of the European democracies.
It is a shock caused by the multicultural disaster (Muslim ghettos, sexual rape during the night in Cologne, chaos in the suburbs), the Islamist massacres (Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher, Bataclan, Theo van Gogh, Nice, Brussels, Copenaghen, Stockholm, Berlin…), the ideological shock (derision of the people by the élites and political correctness), rampant anti-Christian secularization and massive illegal immigration (2.2 million people illegally entered Europe in 2015-2016).
So many physical, cultural, demographic and social borders are in a state of collapse. If Europe stays under siege in its Berlaymont Palace in Brussels without realizing the roots of these political earthquakes, Europe’s walls will be the next to fall.
The main reason behind Brexit was the British fear of German’s immigration chaos. But what about the day all the Syrians Mrs. Merkel allowed in become German citizens? Will the UK still be able to reject and refuse them entry if London is still part of the EU?
Mr. Wilders’ political career is the result of two political assassinations linked to Islam: Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh. He is a survivor.
The rising of Marine Le Pen is the fruit of 50 years of bad French integration policies.
And the AfD’s success is all related to Merkel’s decision to open the doors to one million Syrians.
Germany is a country sick of complacency (“a happy country” said one of Merkel’s slogans) and “frivolity” (the definition that comes from the newspaper Handelsblatt), a wealthy society based on suicidal multicultural ideology and cultural self-censorship (any German book critical of Islam has been demonized and marginalized, from Thilo Sarrazin to Rolf Peter Sieferle), a democracy built on pacifism (the German army is a joke) and a perennial sense of guilt-caused indigestion, which thinks that a border exists only to be overcome (Rudiger Safranski).
The German chancellors come and go. But their country is here to stay. And their ideological model, not the 13% so called “neo-Nazis”, is what is endangering Europe.