Europe against multiculturalism, agaisnt their core values of democracy

15/12/2016

Multiculturalism is the existence of multiple cultural traditions within a single country, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an aboriginal ethnic group and foreigner ethnic groups. This can happen when a jurisdiction is created or expanded by amalgamating areas with two or more different cultures (e.g. French Canada and English Canada) or through immigration from different jurisdictions around the world (e.g. United States, Australia, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and many other countries).
Multicultural ideologies and policies vary widely, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic andreligious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group to which they belong.
Multiculturalism that promotes maintaining the distinctiveness of multiple cultures is often contrasted to other settlement policies such as social integration, cultural assimilation and racial segregation. Multiculturalism has been described as a "salad bowl" and "cultural mosaic".
Criticism of multiculturalism questions the ideal of the maintenance of distinct ethnic cultures within a country. Multiculturalism is a particular subject of debate in certain European nations that are associated with the idea of a single nation within their country.[1][2][3] Critics of multiculturalism may argue against cultural integration of different ethnic and cultural groups to the existing laws and values of the country. Alternatively critics may argue for assimilation of different ethnic and cultural groups to a single national identity.
Another kind of criticism regarding multiculturalism involves a more thorough understanding of the 'host' nation's colonial history.
Two former French prime ministers, Alain Juppé and François Fillon, clashed over multiculturalism and foreign policy in a TV debate three days ahead of the country’s conservative presidential primary run-off. The stakes were high as the two members of the main opposition Les Républicains party faced off in a final debate, with the winner of Sunday’s vote likely to become France’s next president, according to opinion polls. While the two candidates largely agreed on cutting civil servant jobs and lowering taxes on French businesses, they presented contrasting visions of French society.
“When we go to somebody’s house, we don’t try to take power,” Fillon said, adding that he rejected the idea that France was or should become a multicultural society and that immigrants should “respect our cultural heritage”.

Fillon won the first round of the primary election on November 20, garnering 44 percent of votes cast. Juppé, touted as the frontrunner throughout the campaign, finished a distant second with 29 percent support, nevertheless qualifying for the run-off.
Now, thanks to elections in France and Austria, an answer is emerging; Europeans appear not ready to "go gentle into that good night" but will "rage, rage against the dying of the light."
True, the elites, as symbolized by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, remain in deep denial about the issues of immigration, Islamism, and identity. What I call the "Six Ps" (politicians, press, police, prosecutors, professors, and priests) refuse to acknowledge the fundamental societal changes and enormous tensions their policies are creating.
Together, then, the French and Austrian elections suggest Europeans have two alternate paths to reject multi-culturalism, Islamism, and unceasing immigration — either by transforming legacy parties or supporting insurgent parties.
Whether they will do so in turn depends mainly on two key developments: the willingness of legacy center-right parties to adopt insurgent party ideas; and the frequency and death toll of jihadi attacks. No one knows it for sure but this trend has proved that the West has seemed to abandon their long-claiming values of democracy and human rights in rejecting multiculturalism./.
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MaskOf Zero 15/12/16 21:42

The novelty and magnitude of Europe's predicament make it difficult to understand, tempting to overlook, and nearly impossible to predict. Europe marches us all into terra incognita.

Love Peace 15/12/16 21:43

Fillion's victory would augur major changes for France: a historic slashing of its generous welfare state, a crackdown on immigration, restrictions on gay couples’ rights as parents, and tension between France and its NATO allies as the nation cozies up to Putin’s Russia on issues like Ukraine and Syria.

yobro yobro 15/12/16 21:45

Don't you so naive to believe in the Western hypocrite values!

Jane smartnic 15/12/16 21:46

The timing of these events is not fortuitous but follows on two developments: repeated major acts of jihadi violence in France and Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in uncounted numbers of unvetted migrants.

LawrenceSamuels 15/12/16 21:47

When asked if diversity makes their country a “better place to live”, only a minority of Europeans now agreed.

Gentle Moon 15/12/16 21:48

Thirty years ago, many Europeans saw multiculturalism—the embrace of an inclusive, diverse society—as an answer to Europe’s social problems. Today, a growing number consider it to be a cause of them.

John Smith 15/12/16 21:49

Even in countries with more positive views, such as Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, at least half believe Muslims do not want to integrate into the larger society and majorities express concerns that refugees increase the chance of domestic terrorist attacks.

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