Will the Nazis save Germany from the Immigration Crisis?
If we learned anything in September (other than that the Fed has now officially come to terms with its reflexivity problem), it’s that not every EU nation is as excited as Germany claims to be about relocating the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.
Ultimately, it was just a matter of who would push back first and we got the definitive answer when Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, fed up with the thousands of migrants streaming into the country from the south, moved to construct a 100-mile razor wire fence on the border with Serbia.
When some refugees decided to test Orban’s resolve, he sent in the riot police, serving notice that Budapest has no intention of softening its stance on the issue.
While we understand the importance of preserving territorial integrity, we’ve also been careful to note that the massive people flow that’s inundated the Balkans carries the very real risk of creating the conditions for dangerous bouts of intense nationalism and scapegoating xenophobia.
The simple fact is that between Angela Merkel’s willingness to accommodate hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and the sheer horror of the conditions the refugees are fleeing, it’s going to take a lot more than a fence and a fire hose to deter migrants on their quest to reach the German promised land, which means that Europe is going to have to come to terms with a new reality and a meaningful demographic shift.
Needless to say, not everyone is going to be happy about that, and the situation is made immeasurably worse by Brussels' move to force recalcitrant countries to settle asylum seekers against lawmakers’ wishes. But it’s not just Slovakia and Hungary where the backlash is being felt. As The Telegraph reports, quite a few Germans are now unhappy with Berlin’s approach to the crisis and the uneasy feelings are beginning to manifest themselves in protests by far-right extremists. Here’s more:
Germany's domestic intelligence chief warned on Sunday of a radicalisation of Right-wing groups amid a record influx of migrants, as xenophobic rallies and clashes shook several towns at the weekend.
President Joachim Gauck meanwhile warned of Germany's "finite capacity" to absorb refugees, cautioning against more "tensions between newcomers and established residents".
Domestic spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen said that "what we're seeing in connection with the refugee crisis is a mobilisation on the street of Right-wing extremists, but also of some Left-wing extremists" who oppose them.
He added, speaking on Deutschlandfunk public radio, that for the past few years his service had witnessed a "radicalisation" and "a greater willingness to use violence" by all extremist groups,
including the far right, the anti-fascist far-left and Islamists.