By Morris Schaffer
The European migrant crisis continues to unravel on the continent. Several developments this weekend are important to note.
Meanwhile, in the German city of Dresden, a rally Monday is expected to draw 10,000 people. The event marks the first anniversary of the founding of PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident.
The German government created the migrant crisis within its own country. Now, as the German people stand up to their government, the government threatens them and calls anyone against importing 1.5 million Muslims an “extremist.” As US Defense Watch stated last week, the German government has ignored the demands of the population. Now, the government claims the anti-immigration groups are the causes of violence in the country. The German government needs a serious reality check.
Cologne, Germany: A German mayoral candidate active in helping refugees was seriously wounded on Saturday in what police described as a stabbing with a “racist political” motive, heaping further pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over the migrant crisis.
The stabbing comes as Merkel prepares to travel to Istanbul on Sunday for talks on the crisis with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has heaped scorn on Europe’s efforts to deal with the problem so far.
She has pushed for a fairer distribution of people across the European Union, but the crisis has sorely tested ties between member states and put unprecedented strain on the right to free movement that is at the core of the 28-nation bloc’s values.
Slovenia said Saturday it was drafting in the army to help police cope with an expected influx of thousands of migrants arriving after Hungary shut its border with Croatia overnight in its latest hardline move to stop the flow of people.
Most of the refugees and migrants are trying to get to Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse, which has said it expects up to one million asylum seekers this year after saying it would open its doors to Syrian refugees.
The UK and France are also experiencing their very own brand of migrant chaos.
Passengers experienced delays up to two hours as the migrants flooded the tunnel to cross into the U.K., and even when railway operations started up again, passengers were told to expect future delays.
The migrants are willing to risk their lives to enter the U.K. due to the nation’s generous welfare program, but the U.K. isn’t alone: other Western European countries are also giving free housing, food and jobs to migrants, the majority of whom aren’t even from Syria.
As reported by US Defense Watch, the chaos will continue in Europe and particularly in Germany, which seems determined to make the migrant situation feasible, when it clearly isn’t. It is unclear now just how dangerous the situation in Germany may become, but the German population is growing increasingly frustrated and angry with its government and the person responsible for the debacle, Angela Merkel.