From the New York Times:
The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORNow, it’s like: Remember Raspail’s The Camp of The Saints and Houellebecq’s Submission? Well, those are recipes for Europe to follow!
You’re Better Than This, Europe By NILS MUIZNIEKS JUNE 28, 2015
STRASBOURG, France — DURING the last seven decades, European countries have painstakingly tried to rebuild a continent once shattered by war and atrocities according to the values of solidarity and human rights. We built institutions to prevent the crimes of the past and we made a commitment to help those in need of protection.
This process has now gone awry. Europe’s current response to refugees shows unmistakable backsliding on that commitment. Immigration has become such a contentious issue that it is tearing apart what remains of the European project and its facade of solidarity.
… The Hungarian government has also announced a plan to build a 13-foot fence on its border with Serbia to prevent migrants from entering. This is similar to what Bulgaria has already done on its border with Turkey.
… In Denmark, a populist party now holds the balance of power after running an electoral campaign on anti-immigrant rhetoric, including calls for stricter border controls.
Europe needs to take a long, hard look at itself — and at the reality of the refugee issue. … Laws that ensure a humane approach to the needs of migrants should replace provisions that criminalize migrants who enter and remain by irregular me
Nils Muiznieks is the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights.