A writer for the Telegraph took pen to paper to pronounce the mass influx of migrants to Europe a sobering scene of political and cultural downfall – a moment in time that could very well be remembered as the key event that toppled the European Union.
Philip Johnston wrote, of a sky shot of the long line of individuals crossing an open field through Slovenia into Europe: “The extraordinary aerial photo of a column of refugees and migrants tramping through the fields of Slovenia may come to symbolize the moment the EU began to fall apart. The irony can be lost on no one: it was in order to prevent such scenes happening again in continental Europe that the alliance was forged in the first place in the late 1950s.”
He slammed the politics and policies of leaders who let the inflow occur absent proper oversight.
“It is hard to comprehend the stupefying naivety of those, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who thought it a good idea to send out an utterly self-serving signal a few weeks ago inviting anyone who could make the journey to head for Europe,” he wrote. “This was ostensibly aimed at Syrians who had fled the civil war in their homeland; but the exodus has been swelled by migrants from many other countries looking for a better life.”
Johnston also made clear he didn’t blame those crossing borders for seeking a better life. But he also cautioned: they’re not going to find one.
“They are not going to get a better life,” he wrote, in the Telegraph. “Arguably a transit center in Europe might be preferable to a refugee camp in Jordan or Turkey … But having encouraged people to move, the Europeans are now pulling up the drawbridge because they have found dealing with the influx overwhelming.”
Johnston predicted the political upheaval over the refugee crisis will “unleash extremist politics in Europe,” including “anti-immigrant” rhetorical in France and elsewhere. In the meantime, the populations of the various EU nations will shift dramatically.
“In the early stages of this crisis, the rationale ascribed to Germany’s policy was that they need people because of a falling birth rate and dwindling population. Britain, by contrast, is growing rapidly. This will be confirmed by population projections this week which have been circulating in Whitehall and alarming all who have seen them. ‘They are hair-raising,’ said one insider,” he wrote. “The last projections showed the population – now around 64 million – increasing to more than 70 million within 12 years. … [A]nother 10 million will be added in the next 25 years. Is it any surprise we have too few houses, schools, hospitals and trains to cope?”
His prediction: The members states of the European Union will suffer a massive financial hit.
Johnston wrote: “If population growth is predominantly fueled by immigration, then the dependents of new arrivals will be a net cost until they grow up, get work and pay taxes. However, their parents will in time themselves become recipients of the pensions and other age related benefits which have become the biggest cost on the welfare system. Even with immigration at unprecedented levels, the ratio of working people to those retired has continued to worsen.”