As the Continent reels from the continuing surge of Islamic refugees Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is sounding the alarm about the “destruction of Europe.”
The fiery eastern European leader, who has emerged as the de facto leader of the resistance to the Islamic “refugee” influx, called for Europeans to unite and put the “brakes on Brussels” in a recent speech. And his comments come at a time when the leader most responsible for welcoming the Muslim migrants, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has suffered a stunning political defeat.
Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union was shocked earlier this week as angry Germans rallied to a once fringe populist and anti-immigration party, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which won sizable percentages of the vote in three regional elections, including more than 24 percent in the east German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
AfD also won 15 percent in Baden-Württemberg and 12.5 percent in Rhineland-Palatinate, buttressing the controversial party’s claim it represents a sizable national constituency. According to polls from last fall, AfD is the third most popular political party in the country.
Its image has been helped by its youthful female leader, the pixie haired Frauke Petry, who took to social media after the vote to boast the AfD “made an important first step in the right direction to break the cartels of consensus parties.”
While Merkel has pledged to stay the course and accept more and more refugees, even the mainstream press has turned on her policies, with the German magazine Der Spiegel arguing Merkel created a “German society that is more divided and disgruntled than it has been in years… [and] a Europe that is no longer united.”
But don’t expect Merkel to back down. In fact, WND columnist and internationally renowned anti-Islamization activist Pamela Geller expects Merkel to respond with further repression.
“Merkel’s migrant policy is wildly unpopular,” Geller told WND. “She has already conspired with Mark Zuckerburg to censor dissent from her policies on Facebook. She will crack down further. She cannot win debates or convince people of the rightness of her course, because it is so wildly wrong. Force is all that’s left for her to employ.”
Geller, the author of “Stop the Islamization of America,” argues the elections show the German people are resisting Merkel’s plan to import thousands of refugees. However, she does not expect the elections to change Merkel’s course of action.
“Merkel is too deeply committed to her suicidal policies to change,” Geller said. “She will go down with them.”
Dr. G. M. Davis, an expert on Islam and the author of “House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World,” called Merkel “ruthless” in her pursuit of a “centralizing, multiculturalist agenda indifferent to the welfare of ordinary Germans or other Europeans.”
He warned, “There is no reason to believe the systemic pressure applied against social workers, journalists and political representatives to downplay the danger posed by her refugee policy will abate.”
Indeed, the German government has already declared it may try to investigate the party and charge it with a crime. According to Justice Minister Heiko Maas, the AfD is “long on its way to becoming a case” for the domestic intelligence service.
In his own remarks, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban seemingly alluded to this repression directed against opponents of Muslim migration to Western Europe.
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“It is forbidden to say that immigration brings crime and terror to our countries,” Orban said. “It is forbidden to say that the arriving masses from other cultures are a threat to our way of life, our culture, our habits and our Christian traditions. Mass migration is a low water which erodes the shore with a persistent flow. It masquerades as a humanitarian issue but its true nature is to occupy space.”
Though Orban is the most vocal national leader protesting Merkel’s policies, he is not alone in Europe. Populist parties are on the rise throughout the Continent, from Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France to the Freedom Party of Austria. And Orban’s call for Europeans in different countries to “unite” in order to reclaim their national sovereignty and control over immigration policy from the European Union is growing increasingly popular.
The new spirit of nationalism is even splintering some of the governing parties on the European center-right. The United Kingdom will vote on whether to leave the European Union in a so-called “Brexit” referendum on June 23. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron supports staying in the EU, but his party has been rocked by the defection of London Mayor Boris Johnson to the Brexit camp.
The charismatic Johnson is thought by many observers to be the favorite to take over at 10 Downing Street after Cameron. Besides feuding with the leader of his own party, Johnson recently unloaded on Barack Obama, accusing the American president of “exorbitant hypocrisy” for reports Obama will lobby Britain to stay in the European Union when he visits the UK next month.
Not surprisingly, Johnson is frequently compared to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. And many European nationalists see Trump as an inspiration.
Until the rise of the AfD, Germany has remained immune from such populist movements. Davis says Merkel’s disastrous refugee policy may have inadvertently given the AfD an opportunity to change German politics forever.
“The results of the recent German regional elections show a small but significant movement by the electorate against Angela Merkel and her governing coalition’s pro-EU, pro-immigration policies,” he said. “At this point, there will be little practical effect on the present government’s ability to press on with its policies except perhaps to give pause to the more attuned members of the Bundestag that sentiment on the right is starting to coalesce. It does indicate, however, that the right-wing populist AfD could reach the critical five-percent threshold in the next federal elections in September 2017 and join the Bundestag [German legislature], which would be a key step in altering the German political landscape.”
It remains to be seen if the AfD and other populist parties can build on their initial success. Davis warns the AfD and other parties are ironically dependent on the refugee crisis they are trying to end for their own political success. If the flood of migrants can be halted at its source, the AfD and other parities may fall back into their former obscurity.
“The irony is that the AfD, which had been rent by infighting, had nearly fallen off the political map until the crisis,” Davis said. “Their recent victory appears to be a classic protest vote. If the migrants stop coming from Syria, they may lose their greatest advantage.”
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