The initial euphoria about the refugees, which emerged after Angela Merkel said that Germany could take a million of them, soon vanished once people discovered that there were 180 different nationalities amongst the migrants and that some migrants plaintively said “I would have thought after 2 months I should have been given a house and a job”.
The fact that many of these so-called refugees were, and are, economic migrants, and that some of them refused meals because they were not prepared to suit Islamic tastes was also a factor in the hardening of attitudes by Germans and indeed all other Europeans.
It was obvious to anyone with an iota of brainpower that this “Good Samaritan” logic only works when the numbers involved are small enough to be absorbed without the cultural norms of the host country being overwhelmed.
Merkel as a nuclear physicist and intelligent woman should have understood this as should Hollande, Cameron and the rest of our useless European leaders.
The German economy is fine now and the coming demographic problem can initially be solved by robots, automation, 3D printing, cybernetics and nanotechnology without the need to house a single refugee.
Translating the German Constitution into Arabic was another mistake – if people want to live in a country, they must learn its language and customs. America insists on this and my late parents and millions of others whose language was not English had to learn whilst working when they came to the UK.
Merkel is safe for now but is getting close to her “sell-by” date and will need to be replaced. The same applies to our other EU leaders except for David Cameron who has allegedly already obtained his next big job and is simply marking time until George Osborne takes over.