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The Fall of Europe: EU Infighting, Refugee Crisis Signal Historic Collapse

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The migration crisis reflects the weakness of the EU's architecture, which is leading to the rapid disintegration of the supranational union's member states, according to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Europe is swiftly falling to pieces as EU countries remain at odds over many pressing issues, including those related to the ongoing migration crisis, political analyst Berthold Kohler Migration wrote in an article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

According to the author, the migration gridlock and a raft of other problems inside the EU may finally result in the biggest disintegration of Europe in history.

"The struggle to preserve the currency union forced Europeans to realize how strongly political ideas differ in EU countries, where a variety of mentalities, experience and cultures is still in place," Kohler said.

He added that even the location of countries and their size can cause discrepancies in terms of national interest, while disparities in standards of living between rich and poor EU members have led some to envy others.

Refugees walk to a chartered train at the railway station of Passau, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016
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Refugees walk to a chartered train at the railway station of Passau, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016

The author also drew attention to the fact that the course that German Chancellor Angela Merkel chose in order to try to resolve the migration deadlock has revealed that Europeans are not able to pursue a common policy in this regard.

What's more, Merkel herself, who was once heralded Time magazine's Person of the Year, has become a "lonely European," according to Kohler.

"One of the negative consequences of the crisis was that most EU members do not want to listen to the German government's opinion any more.Merkel planned to take control of the flow of migrants at the EU's external borders and fairly distribute the refugees in EU countries, but her plan does not work," he said.

Merkel's decision to take in almost all of the migrants without sticking to quotas has been cited by many as a fatal mistake, and her country is unlikely to achieve the successful integration that she has repeatedly touted.

Kohler concluded by saying that Merkel's "special stance" on migration crisis-related problems has already undermined her authority at home and abroad.

The recent events in Cologne, in which dozens of women were robbed, sexually assaulted, and raped on New Year's Eve by groups of aggressive men of predominantly Arab and North African descent, has raised criticism among the local population regarding Merkel's 'open door' policy. Germany is reported to have accepted more than one million refugees in 2015 alone, exceeding the number of babies born in the country in 2014 (approximately 715,000).

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  • terryjohnodgers
    Tatjana Festerling has Frau Merkel's measure. Festerling is a PEGIDA leader and has suggested Merkel step down before the pitchforks come out.
  • margaridaoulman
    The whole idea of forcefull dik-tact of the Beurocratic EU doesn´t work as it is all but Democratic, peoples will vote to abolish it by voting parties of extremes, unfortunatly as the peoples voice is not heard these are the consequences. Sadly the EU is run by very short sighted people who totally refuse to listen, it will be their own demise and their faulty ill conceived plans.
  • A planned event that is going out of hand..hope it end that "eu".
  • cmat.wolfgang
    History will pin it all on one person: the chancellor woman without children and without brain who brags herself being "Mutti"! She was so close to the Nobel Peace Prize, and I think the Norwegian commitee had some learning curve after honoring Obama wuith that peace of Metal. Now she may have to run fast after retirement. Her husband is obviously already in California.
    I don't think there is any way to return to the old Europe.
  • Well by the way germany is deeply involved in the Syrian conflict even in the U.N... www.voltairenet.org/article190102.html
  • lakieforsure
    Is possible to recover the losses with the entry of Ukraine into the Ue along with all its debt lol :D :D :D
  • dvdgrg09
    "The migration crisis reflects the weakness of the EU's architecture, which is leading to the rapid disintegration of the supranational union's member states. . . ."

    Where is any mention of the supposedly disintegrating member states?
  • jerrys57
    Well done Merkel. You served your masters without a fault.
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