Fearing the “suicide” of Europe

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Some see a veiled threat

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. By Douglas Murray. Bloomsbury; 343 pages; $26.00 and £18.99.

“EUROPE is committing suicide,” says Douglas Murray in the opening words of his book. The British journalist thinks cities such as London or Malmo in Sweden have been irrevocably changed by migration. European culture has been diminished by a mixture of self-abnegation and political correctness, while declining Christian values have left most western European countries unmoored. Strands of Islam, he feels, are bringing with them the kinds of prejudices any liberal society should abhor. Terrorism, sexual assault and female genital mutilation are, in his telling, all on the rise.

Mr Murray backs up this bleak vision with reporting from squalid refugee camps in Greece; from asylum shelters in Germany; and from a conference held by the Sweden Democrats, a right-wing political…Continue reading

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