Best columns: Europe
Don’t dump migrants on us
Why should Hungary pay for the sins of Western Europe? asked Zsolt Bayer. The European Court of Justice has just rejected the challenge brought by Hungary and Slovakia against the European Union’s mandatory refugee-relocation scheme, through which every EU country must house a portion of the more than 1 million migrants who poured into Europe in 2015. That means Hungary and Slovakia, which voted against taking in refugees, will be forced to do so against their will by faceless Brussels bureaucrats—an outrageous loss of sovereign control over our borders and our ethnic makeup. The EU is determined to commit suicide, “destroying a continent, a culture, a civilization,” by taking in Muslim immigrants whose values are the antithesis of our own. There’s poetic justice in this, at least for former colonial powers like France, Britain, Spain, and Italy, which plundered their colonies in Africa and the Middle East and massacred the locals. Yet now that the victims are presenting the bill, the West “is trying to spread its shame and sin across the entire EU.” That is both “despicable and unlawful.” It’s bad enough that we are watching “the cities of our dreams, from Paris to London,” turn into horrifying vectors of terrorism. We refuse to let it happen to Budapest. “There will be no quota allocation here! Never!”
The Italian curse is here
Mafiosi are spreading across Germany, said Martin Knobbe. We first realized that Italian organized- crime families were here a decade ago, when six people were shot dead outside a pasta joint in the western city of Duisburg. Since then, the number of confirmed mafia figures living in Germany has more than quadrupled, to 562—and those are just the ones known to the authorities. About 20 percent of those mobsters belong to the Sicilian Cosa Nostra; nearly 60 percent are with the Calabria-based ’Ndrangheta. German officials have kept quiet about this alarming rise in organized crime, which was only revealed to the public last month because the Green Party demanded statistics from the federal government. Yet these mafiosi pose a huge threat. An estimated $100 billion in dirty money flows through our economy each year, but in the past decade, only 102 criminal cases have been brought against mafia groups. Contrast that with the 900 terrorist investigations launched in the past year alone. “There are not enough investigators in the area of organized crime,” says Green lawmaker Irene Mihalic. “It’s a disgrace, and one that must be rectified.” The jihadist threat takes the bulk of security resources, and that’s understandable. But don’t forget: The Mafia also kills.