As some migrants are hailing their arrival to Germany, I’m reminded of the statement by Germany’s popular conservative chancellor Angela Merkel and de facto leader of the European Union. In 2013 when faced with an increase in immigrants, especially Muslims, Merkel reacted by declaring that “the multicultural concept…has failed, and failed utterly.”
As we’ve seen in the cruel financial treatment – led by Germany’s chief central banker – of Greece by the European Union bankers in putting Greece in a permanent state of financial servitude and now with the handling of waves of migrants, the fiction of “Europe” and European unity is unraveling. We are reminded that national boundaries are a human invention for political reasons, not for the promotion of human rights.
Going back centuries, the idea that Europe would be reserved as the headquarters for a Christian Empire ruled by people of a certain skin color continues to be challenged by the realities of our diverse and multicultural world. Hopefully, the people of Europe will find common humanity with the dire circumstances that these thousands of migrants are facing.