May 31, 2002


Door to EU is 'closing' (David R. Sands, 5/31/02, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)
The increasingly potent anti-immigration movement in Western Europe has thrown a kink into plans to expand the European Union to include as many as a dozen Central and Eastern European states.

With anti-immigration political parties showing strength in European polls, EU leaders and officials from many of the applicant countries are worried that voters in the EU member countries will reject the admission of new states for fear of competition over jobs from a flood of new immigrants. [...]

Until now, the principal anti-immigration concern of EU nations had been overwhelmingly focused on migrants from the Arab world, the broader Muslim community and workers from Turkey and sub-Saharan Africa.

That's the funny thing about fomenting ethnic animus : you start out hating only the folks who are truly other--the Africans, the Muslims, the Hindus, the Jews, etc.--but soon even other Europeans aren't "European" enough. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 31, 2002 7:12 AM
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