The unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants to Europe, mainly from the Islamic world and Africa, has created international headlines throughout 2015. Sweden is currently receiving about 1,000 asylum seekers per day, sometimes more than that. If that inflow continues, this would mean more than 3.6 million asylum seekers to Sweden in just one decade. In reality, family reunions will make this number much larger. Small European nations cannot handle such immigration numbers for very long.

Subjects related to legal or illegal mass immigration fill the news in virtually every Western country these days. Sometimes it can be useful to look at the big picture, not just individual news stories.

The tragic death of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi who was washed up on a beach has sent emotional shockwaves throughout much of Europe and the UK, and surely no one who saw that photo of the drowned child can but feel moved at such a horrible sight.

The prelude was played on Saturday evening when Finnish TV station MTV broadcast a short conversation between the Finnish prime minister Juha Sipilä and an asylum seeker called Fahad Firas at the Oulu refugee centre.

Europe's migration crisis is exposing the deep divisions that exist within the European Union, which European federalists have long hailed as a model for post-nationalism and global citizenship. Faced with an avalanche of migrants, a growing number of EU member states have moved decisively to put their own national interests above notions of EU solidarity.

In one of the most notorious passages in The Prince, Machiavelli makes the empirical claim that political leaders who have been deceitful have been more successful than those who have been sincere, citing Pope Alexander VI as an example. (1)

Fredrik Reinfeldt was Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2014. His center-right coalition government suffered a defeat in the general elections of September 2014. Allegedly conservative Prime Minister Reinfeldt stated that the native Swedish culture was merely barbarism; everything good was imported from abroad.

Young people today (and even many older) are totally ignorant of the countless white, British, Christian people who have made the United Kingdom what it is - or what it used to be!

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