I’ve had a long-percolating idea to provide regular commenters with a platform for semi-off-topic feature-length opinions that stay between the rails of what we’re doing here (regardless of whether the opinion is entirely congruent with my own). Jeppo’s comment below fits this well, and so is being elevated to a post.
This is interesting:
In France, the former centre-Right president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has called for the accords to be revised as migrants fleeing war and political repression in the Middle East and Africa continue to stream into Europe.
“Schengen must be suspended immediately and replaced by a Schengen II which member-countries could only join if they first agree to the same immigration policy,” Mr Sarkozy said recently. “Europe is not meant to organise social and migratory dumping.”
Of course Sarkozy is a consummate liar`so anything he says should be taken with a Rock of Gibraltar-sized chunk of salt. But this is an excellent idea, which will, unfortunately, be attacked by the very same nationalists who should be most supportive of it. Why? Because it transfers power from the nation-states to the EU.
There is an impossible-to-kill myth out there that the EU mandates open borders to non-European immigration, and requires the acceptance of virtually unlimited numbers of “refugees.” This is untrue. The Schengen Agreement only guarantees free movement within Europe, and it is the nation-states, not Brussels, who have sole responsibility for non-European immigration.
So when a particularly treasonous regime comes to power in any given nation (like Blair-Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, or any government in Sweden), the immigration floodgates are opened wide. Brussels has no say in the matter.
And when the milquetoast centre-right (like Sarkozy or Cameron) gains power by promising to drastically cut immigration, almost nothing is ever done to stem the tide. Even when an actual patriotic party comes to power in a coalition government (like in Denmark and the Netherlands) and immigration really does get reduced, those governments will eventually, inevitably lose an election at some point, and then immigration gets ramped up once again.
So what Sarkozy is proposing, as I understand it, is to de-politicize immigration so that competing political blocs can’t ramp it up or down at will, and to centralize its control in Brussels, so that treasonous national politicians can’t import a new people for narrow partisan reasons.
I’d like to see him flesh out this idea, maybe propose a hard ceiling of non-European immigrants and refugees allowed into the EU per annum. I think I can speak for everyone here when I say that number should be zero. But realistically, a hard cap of 250,000 would be acceptable, which is fewer immigrants than Canada allows in every year. Population of Canada: 35 million. Population of the EU: 510 million.
This is actually achievable because popular opinion is turning against the Schengen Agreement, mainly because of the recent flood of phony “refugees.” Freedom of movement along with monetary union are the two main pillars of the EU, so the Eurocrats and the true believers will do *anything* to prevent the breakup of the Schengen Area. If it means sacrificing their beloved project of white-to-nonwhite population replacement in order to save freedom of movement within Europe, they’ll do it. They won’t like it, but they’ll do it.
And this can only be pushed forward by a mainstream stooge like Sarkozy (or Cameron, or Merkel). Marine Le Pen would never agree to transfer immigration powers to Brussels. But what she and other nationalists don’t get is that even if she miraculously becomes president, with an FN majority in parliament, and manages to reduce immigration to zero, that at some point her government will eventually be replaced by one that will ramp up immigration yet again. And so the cycle continues.
Only by de-politicizing immigration policy and centralizing its control in Brussels can this problem be solved, or at least ameliorated, once and for all. Conservatives and nationalists tend to view the EU as the fount of all evil. But it’s actually the nation-states that have been entirely responsible for the Third World invasion of Europe, and EU control of immigration policy may be the only permanent solution to this ongoing disaster.