“Fortress Europe”, “Pegida” and its laughing stocks

merkel-avramopoulos-2016-vienna

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, participated at the Summit on Migration along the Balkan Route, which took place at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. Date: 24/09/2016 Reference: P-032480/00-23 Location: Vienna – Federal Chancellery. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Radek Mica.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by a Brussels-based passionate reader of German origin with significant experience in EU affairs.

The fact that the refugee crisis is dividing Germany is no news. Just a few days ago, CDU[1] – member of the Bundestag[2] Bettina Kudla criticized Merkel’s asylum policy on Twitter, labelling it as “Umvolkung”, a Nazi vocabulary referring to the Germanisation of pro-German communities in conquered territories of Eastern Europe under the Nazis, which is used by right-wing extremists to criticize the migration policy.

Time and again, the AfD[3], which gained recently significant amounts of seats in several state parliaments, gets involved in such xenophobic statements. So done in May 2016, when Deputy Chairman of the AfD Alexander Gauland said about national soccer player Jérôme Boateng: “People see in him a great football player, but they wouldn’t want a Boateng as their neighbour”, in July 2016 AfD-Deputy Chairman Beatrix von Storch wrote on Twitter about Germany’s loss against France in the European Championship after the game: “Maybe next time the German NATIONAL team should play again?”.

But this seems to be topped now by “Fortress Europe”, a pan-European citizens’ movement, with predecessors in France, officially founded on January 23rd, 2016 in Prague.

Originally, „Fortress Europe” was a military propaganda term used to refer in World War II to the areas of Continental Europe occupied by Nazi Germany. Nowadays, it refers to the closing of the common external border against migrants from outside the European continent. The group had been mostly active on the internet over Facebook, but recently it is being called by German media as “the most active right-winged extremist (youth) movement in Germany” which seems to be getting more and more active all around Europe. According to its social media presentation, which appears to be created with help of Google-translate, according to its bad English, the movement stands for “(…) the right [of the citizens of every European country] to decide which immigrants to accept and which not to accept into their country”, stating: „[w]e will not surrender Europe to our enemies. We are prepared to stand up and oppose political Islam, extreme Islamic regimes, and their European collaborators. We are prepared to risk our freedoms, properties, jobs and careers and maybe even to put our lives at stakes, as it was done by the generations before us.”

Having a closer look into the group, racist slogans as “To remind you again: Europe is neither black nor Arabic!” are quite common, also the profiles of its spokesperson Tatjana Festerling, a former co-founder of the AfD and part of Pegida’s[4] “organisational team”, and Edwin Wagenveld, leader of Pegida Netherlands since its inauguration in October 2015, are quite shocking for any open-minded person with a functioning brain.

Festerling who praised publicly Hooligans, facing imminent expulsion, pulled out of the AfD and ran for mayor in 2015 in Dresden. In November 2015, the department of public prosecution of Dresden initiated criminal investigations on account of defamation, sedition and public provocation to commit offences. In October 2015, she caught attention with her absurd demand for a „Säxit“, demanding the exit of the state Saxony of the Federal Republic of Germany, after having called in March 2016 for a reconstruction of the inner-German border.

Regarding Merkel’s migration policy she claims at a manifestation in Antwerp a „(…)forced and vigorous guilt complex is being used for the modern sale of indulgences: One refugee for every gassed Jew.“ About Merkel, which she names as „Queen of tugs“, she says: „Moslem-Merkel attracts millions of brown men“. With Wagenveld, she literally hunts in military outfit for refugees to hand them over to border patrol.

How seriously mentally troubled also Wagenveld is, can be read on Facebook. Here he writes: „Amazing such an evening among friends, and for 3 days no headscarf, burqa, long beards, mosques, and other Islamic shit“ and „ it is time to free Europe from Islam“. He refers to refugees in the refugee camp Calais as „ population of the jungle“ and posts a photo in front of the embassy of Saudi Arabia in The Hague with the subtitle “f*** the country that finances Muslim assassins  all over the world”, showing the middle finger.

Ridiculously, at the same time, is that Pegida’s rivalry in its own „organisational team“, around EW, TF and Lutz Bachmann, are reaching a new high with a call for demonstration (on Sept. 26th) for Pegida, but against its founder Bachmann.

Bachmann himself has a long criminal record and catches attention with his right-winged manifestation on Facebook, for which he is being frequently banned from Facebook, e.g. referring to the new Star Wars movie with the words “(…) it gives hope that in the movie there are no burqa or mosques to be seen” and a posting with the title “What to do about children from far left in daycare “. To Merkel he refers as “chancellor of shame”, Germany as “Merklistan” and sympathizes with supporters of Trump. He speaks of asylum seekers as “mud pack”, „cattle“ and “tourists to European nations without employment” , but himself, according to recent German newspaper reports and Festerling, he emigrated to and works at the Canary Islands and, in the past, had been deported out of South Africa as illegal immigrant after fleeing Germany for several criminal charges.

Pegida seems to be successfully destroying itself from the inside with its power-obsessed twaddlers.  The number of Pegida’s followers had been dropping constantly with every rally, whereas the number of opponents is increasing[5], which might lead to an imminent and sudden end of Pegida. Only one can hope that we will be able to say the same about “Fortress Europe“,  because as Germany‘ s President Joachim Gauck  has referred already to Pegida in December 2014, are such „slops and political tendencies not (very) useful” and, as Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier already stated, only harm Germany and its reputation abroad.

[1] Christian Democratic Union

[2] German Parliament

[3] “Alternative for Germany” which is considered a conservative, Eurosceptic political party with right-wing populist tendencies

[4] Pegida, the „Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident“ is a non-parliamentary movement and organisation which refers itself as “bourgeois middle-class”. Officially it describes  itself as the opposition to ” a misogynistic, violent political ideology” which is per se not against integrated Muslims

[5] With up to 100,000 counter-demonstrator

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Join the Hive!

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU to gain the most from the agreement with Iran

Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the outcome of COP 25

5G networks: to slice or not to slice?

It’s not enough to respond to crises. We need to take action before they happen

France fails again the exams. Kindly requested to sit in on Commission’s class

6 surprising side effects of this year’s global heatwave

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

‘No other possibility but to leave’: UN News special report from the Nigeria-Cameroon border as 35,000 newly-displaced seek safety

‘Collective endeavour’ needed to strengthen peacekeeping further, says top UN official

Is there a cure for corruption in Greece?

A safer, more dignified journey for all migrants, tops agenda at global conference in Marrakech

A money laundering case on Vatican Bank’s road to renovation

‘No country, no region’ can tackle global challenges alone says UN’s Mohammed

This Chinese tech giant’s latest gadget is… a bus

We’ve lost 60% of wildlife in less than 50 years

OECD joins with Japan to fight financial crime by establishing new academy

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

Mental health problems costing Europe heavily

Appreciation of euro to continue

Spirit unlimited

Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

Roxane in Cambodia

‘Laser-sharp focus’ needed to achieve Global Goals by 2030, UN political forum told

Releasing trapped value is key to success in the digital world

These are the 4 most likely scenarios for the future of energy

A Sting Exclusive: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Regional Forum

European Commission statement on the adoption of the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank Group

How cities can become more resilient to climate change

Zhua Zhou: Choosing The Future

EU Trust Fund Bêkou for the Central African Republic extended until 2020

Here are the biggest cybercrime trends of 2019

‘Two pack’ austerity package in force but with less vigor

FROM THE FIELD: Murals help heal wounds of bloody conflict in Guatemala

EU fundamental rights under threat in several member states

Zeid calls for ICC probe into Myanmar Rohingya crisis

A young student discusses the determinants of migration in the European Union

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum

False promises to Small and Medium Enterprises

EU guidance on the handling of visa applications from residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2019

Iran: women hunger strikers entitled to medical care, UN rights experts urge

UNICEF delivers medical supplies to Gaza in wake of deadly protests

UN human rights report cites ‘multiple root causes’ of deadly Chile protests

Antisemitism, intolerance, can be unlearned, Guterres tells New York commemoration

Trade in counterfeit goods costs UK economy billions of euros

Germany to re-invent its security position in Europe and a chaotic world

3 charts that show how global carbon emissions hit a record high in 2018

Access to healthcare: what do we lack?

European Youth cries out: Sustainable Development Goals ambitious, but lack focus on youth

G20 LIVE: G20 Leaders’ Communiqué Antalya Summit, 15-16 November 2015

Seize the opportunities of digital technology to improve well-being but also address the risks

Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech

Why capital markets have no more reservetions about Eurozone

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

Forests ‘essential’ for the future, UN agriculture chief spells out in new report

7 key challenges for the future of ASEAN – and how to solve them

Close to 7,000 evacuated from Syrian towns after enduring nearly 3-year siege

EU continues targeting on Chinese steel imports instead of the revival of its own economy

More Stings?

Comments

  1. What Muslims Ottomans tried to take in past by force now Merkel gives away for free. She deserves to be called Chancellor of Shame and worse. Secure borders are very important. I am not Globalist. Your own integrity, protecting your own culture and heritage, patriotism should be cherished not put down. Germany invites White Genocide. With Merkel in charge Germany fast is becoming The Village Idiot, that like Hitler brings destruction to the whole world.This article lacks insight in the future that current invaders have in store for Europe.

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s