With approximately 500 million people, the European Union currently comprises Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Potential members include Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia whilst Norway, Switzerland and the microstates of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco, San Marino & the Vatican are totally dependent on the EU.
However, Caldwell's book is about Western Europe, an addition to the growing corpus on the demographic transformation taking place in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Spain. This literature includes Oriana Fallaci's The Force of Reason
and The Rage & The Pride that are inspired and passionate polemics of hair-raising political incorrectness.
, Bat Ye'or documents the agreements reached between the then-European Economic Community and the Arab states after the 1973 Yom Kippur War by means of the EAD (Euro-Arab Dialogue) and the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Co-operation (PAEAC).
Bruce Bawer's While Europe Slept is an arresting mix of personal experience & analyses with the emphasis on Norway and The Netherlands whilst the witty Menace in Europe
by Claire Berlinski is a perceptive travelogue comparing European history & archetypal personalities of the sinister sort with current trends and the "black-market" nationalism thriving underneath the EU veneer. In contrast, Walter Laqueur laments The Last Days of Europe in a resigned and melancholy manner.
Caldwell takes a scholarly approach by analyzing the region's post-war culture, the 1960s cultural revolution, its political elites & the Brussels Eurocracy, welfare statism and multiculturalism
. He explores immigration patterns since the end of World War II, the way these have irrevocably altered the demographics as well as the prevailing attitudes of native Europeans & unassimilated communities.
The guest worker programmes of the 1950s were soon complemented by liberal asylum policies that resulted in massive population movements into Western Europe. Caldwell argues that the gates were flung wide open by its political & business elites. The voters were always opposed to immigration but European consensus-style politics offered them no choice.
Unlike the melting pot of the USA, very little integration took place so that Western Europe now consists of two societies between which resentment is growing. The North African, Middle Eastern & South Asian immigrants arrived with their cultures that they weren't expected to adapt; Europeans had no desire and made no meaningful efforts to integrate them. Today, gender equality and secularism are the main issues that divide whilst Anti-Americanism and Anti-Zionism
are shared by natives and newcomers.
Among the stream of immigrants there were many opportunists that exploited the generous welfare benefits, the money for which was available because the United States took responsibility for the defense of Europe. Caldwell holds the opinion that the continent never needed foreign workers; that they were imported to satisfy a psychological need of the elites to establish a Eutopian cult of tolerance.
As penance for the Holocaust, the bureaucrats building the EU enshrined multiculturalism and demonized nationalism, as if it were that simple. It is not nationalism per se but the expression thereof that may be good or evil. The author brilliantly captures the contradictions in the words of the secular political class that miserably misjudged the force of faith
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Marseille, Malmö, the Parisian suburbs and Eastern London will have Muslim majorities within a decade or two. Exact figures are hard to ascertain so estimates of the unassimilated population of Western Europe vary between the extremes of 15 million & 30 million whilst their fertility rates are far above those of native Europeans. Increased numbers bring about greater assertiveness. Thus far, the desire for consensus across the political spectrum with its resultant censorship has succeeded in containing the unease of native Europeans.
But escalating crime, the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, the 2005 riots in France and those following the Denmark cartoon controversy the next year, plus the threats against Ayaan Hirsi Ali
and Geert Wilders bode ill. Worst of all, the ancestral Antisemitism of the alienated communities have been reinforced by the continent's residual forms of the mental virus, especially the leftist, anti-Zionist strain
that is so prominent in the mainstream media.
Accelerating demographic, legal, political, religious and social transformation could trigger major upheaval. Caldwell notes that terms like 'majority' & 'minority' become meaningless when an insecure, relativistic culture is challenged by a confident one infused with religious zeal. The secular welfare state is simply no match for a resurgent faith that is determined to dominate.
Two books by the French philosopher Chantal Delsol are of inestimable value in understanding what led to Europe's current predicament: Icarus Fallen and The Unlearned Lessons Of the Twentieth Century
. Other informative works dealing with various aspects of Europe's weakness and the way it imperils Western Civilization include Londonistan by Melanie Phillips, Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Motion Suicide by Bruce S Thornton and Muslim Anti-Semitism in Christian Europe
by Raphael Israeli.