True, so why did this jackass embark on that path years ago?
EU must stem migrant flow or risk the same fate as Roman Empire, warns Dutch PM
- Dutch PM Mark Rutte: ‘As we all know from the Roman Empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well protected’
- He said that EU must act quickly to stem the migrant flow
- Around 700,000 migrants have landed in Greece alone so far this year
- Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Bring back ‘eternal France’
Dutch PM Mark Rutte said: ‘As we all know from the Roman Empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well protected’
The EU risks the same fate as the Roman Empire if it fails to protect its borders, the Dutch prime minister has warned.
Mark Rutte said: ‘As we all know from the Roman Empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well protected. We really have an imperative that it is handled.’
His comments drew a parallel with Rome as it had been in 100BC when it was at its most powerful – having captured more land overseas and greater wealth poured into the centre.
But over subsequent centuries, there was a rise in social divisions, inequality and political tensions – which resulted in its demise.
Rutte said the EU needed to act quickly to stem the migrant flow, adding that he was optimistic that Sunday’s summit between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish president, and his EU counterparts would help ease conditions.
Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, also said that a breakdown of the EU’s Schengen open border system would put the union in peril.
Around 700,000 migrants have landed in Greece so far this year amid the continent’s worst migration crisis since the Second World War.
And a further 140,000 migrants arrived via Italy while the rest came into other European countries.
The UN revealed in October that children made up 20 per cent of the arrivals, with half coming from Syria, 18 per cent from Afghanistan and six per cent from Iraq.
A total of 85 per cent of migrants were from what the UN High Commissioner for Refugees described as the world’s 10 main refugee-producing countries.
Meanwhile, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has warned that mulitculturalism is the reason that the West has become vulnerable to Islamist extremists.
Speaking at a rally two weeks after the Paris attacks by ISIS which left 130 dead, he said the nation should bring back ‘eternal France’.
‘France is not a supermarket, it’s a whole.
More here. H/T: Buck