Friday, February 08, 2008

* Last Days of Europe by Walter Laquer

Having had one foot in Europe for the past dozen years, it is interesting to read about the fate of the continent that has been at the forefront of western civilization for the past 2500 years. It seems that all good things must come to an end. The future now lies elsewhere, and Europe will become an historical Disneyland for tourists interested in how native Europeans lived as her cities and institutions are replaced by immigrants and their children. In the end demography rules, and the next century will look to China, India, Brazil, and the US as Europe fades into memory. In the end, Laquer offers no solutions, and dooms us to slowly watch the eventual imperceptibly slow implosion of Europe.

During 2004 in Brussels, more than 55% of the children born were of immigrant parents. In the Ruhr region of Germany more than ½ of the cohort under 30 will be on non-German origin. P15

Yemen will have a larger than Russia by 2050, and Nigeria and Pakistan will each have a larger population than the current 15 nations in the EU… Yemen which had 4m inhabitants in 1950 has 20m now, and will grow to over 100m by 2050. At the same time Russia is shrinking by 2% per year, and will shrink to 1/3 its current size by 2050. p26

Add Russians and Italians to the endangered list

According to UN projections for 2300, the population of Europe (natives) will have fallen to a mere 59m. Many countries will be reduced to 5% of the current population, and Russia & Italy will be less than 1%. P27

In 1914, the Ottoman (Muslim) Empire was the sick man of Europe. 100 years later, it is the other way around. Turkey will swell to over 100m and its immigrants will become dominant in many German cities. How ironic that the Turkish military invasion of Western Europe was it seems only temporarily stopped at the gates of Vienna in the 17th century; it was a mere delay of the inevitable, stealth demographic conquest that is now steamrolling over the continent. -Ben

The population of foreigners (most of them muslim) in West German cities such Cologne, Dusseldorf, Wuppertal and many others will be more than 40% by 2015. p41

The median age is at present only slightly higher in Europe than in the US (37 compared to 35). However by 2050 it will be 36 in the US and 53 in Europe… Assuming military forces will still be needed, the question arises where will Europe’s soldiers come from? P30 Heck, where will the workers come from too to pay for that military?

Unemployment of immigrant youths amounts to 30 to 40% in France and Germany and not much less in Britain and the Netherlands… Only 3% of muslim youth make it to college in Germany. “We are creating an army of long term unemployed” p43

70% of the French prison population is young muslims. P47

It will get bigger and worse before it gets better and smaller

There is a great reservoir of young unemployed in North Africa and the Middle East – 25% of the youth population. 100m jobs will be needed in the next 10 years to solve the problem, but they are unlikely to be created. The unemployment issue has been called a time bomb. P177

What would be the point of inviting people from these parts at a time when employment among young people from Muslim countries is 20%, 30%, even 40% in Germany, France, and other European countries? P177

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