Western neighbours of Poland are preparing themselves for parliamentary elections. The political tension over the issue of immigrants in Germany is obvious and hard to ignore.
The dispute is mostly over sticking with the status quo and convincing the society that despite some “mistakes and distortions” the pro-immigrant policy needs to be kept for humanitarian reasons.
The candidate of the social democrats Martin Schulz dreams of the chancellor’s position, at same time he continues his “We will manage“ even more immigrants in Germany campaign. The politician admits he wants to stay true to the slogans “solidarity” and “social justice”. Meanwhile, he revitalizes the idea previously presented by the European Commission – to penalize financially countries which don’t agree with letting immigrants in.
Schulz accuses Poland, among others, of treating the European Union as a tool – he backs it up with the statement that the central European country uses the EU structural funds, but is extremely critical of pro-immigration policy. It’s important to remember that these words are mostly directed at the German society. Formulating accusations towards The Visegrad Group countries, multi-culti supporters need to find a scapegoat. We, the humanitarians, we welcome immigrants in Germany. Not only does our society spend millions of euros for that purpose alone, but it also struggles with upheavals and sudden drop of citizens’ security – that seems to be clear message between the socialists’ lines.
The politicians from Berlin forget though, that countries like Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary have a code imprinted in their national consciousness – it is the deep need to protect their borders and sovereignty.
Too long have Central European states fought for freedom and survival of their culture, in order to let it to dissolve in the crowd of a multicultural society.
Accepting millions of Muslim immigrants in Germany is supposed to be an act of contrition, the general clearing from the trauma of Nazi Germany and living proof of their moral superiority.
Besides, Germans are willing to pay a high price to finally get rid of the complex of the inglorious past. Why else would German society still support politicians whose actions have led to a significant increase of crime, terror threat and a lasting change of social structure? More than that, Germany spent over 21 billion euros on operations related to the immigration crisis.
It’s not easy to find reasonable answers to these questions. High budget costs, terrorism, increase of crime and tensions in society – it’s hard to consider all that a reason to be proud. In the majority of democratic countries any politician with that kind of “success” could not expect a significant support.
The perfect proof of that is the example of the French president, for whom the latest public opinion polls are nothing but embarrassment.
Why don’t the German politicisns learn then? Well, there’s at least three reasons for that.
First of all, German corporations see immigrants as a cheap labour. Secondly, in the German culture there’s a strong presence of an intriguing passion for big projects – the smaller the possibility of success, the more tempting. Thirdly, in German consciousness there’s a deeply buried “holocaust complex”. Accepting millions of Muslim immigrants in Germany is supposed to be an act of contrition, the general clearing from the trauma of Nazi Germany and living proof of their moral superiority.
Germany forgets though that the rest of Western countries don’t have the need to prove their morality. The position of Merkel and her single-mindedness, brings the opposite results from the ones previously intended. German “Ethical imperialism” already divides Europe. Additionally, Trump’s victory in the American Presidential Elections and his latest decisions show, that open door policy is not a dogma any more. The new strategy of the American president – considering all the controversies his decisions might spur – seems to pose a threat for German elites – simply because it shows world that, in today’s globalized era, we can still openly protect our borders.
For many Germans that is an unbearable thought – after all they need to show the world they’re not the Nazis anymore. And the world should acknowledge their moral leadership at last.