The Last Days of Europe Epitaph for an Old Continent

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2009-03-03
Publisher(s): Griffin
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What happens when a falling native birthrate collides with uncontrolled immigration? The Last Days of Europe explore how in recent years Europe has absorbed a massive influx of people from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, many of whom fail to be integrated into European societies, and how the resulting demographic and cultural upheaval is changing the face and character of the continent as we know it. Hailed as "the preeminent historian of postwar Europe" (Niall Ferguson), Laqueur challenges policy makers to dismiss political correctness, emphasize education and assimilation, and focus on their national interests. His lucid, unflinching analysis is a must-read for anyone interested in global immigration, the war on terrorism, and the so-called clash of civilizations between the East and the West. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Walter Laqueur has written more than twenty books, translated into as many languages. He was a cofounder and editor of the Journal of Contemporary History in London. Concurrently he was chairman of the International Research Council of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has taught at Georgetown, Chicago, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, and Tel Aviv universities. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
A Very Brief Trip Through a Future Europep. 1
The Last Days of Old Europep. 8
Europe Shrinkingp. 21
Migrationsp. 33
France: Algeria to Parisp. 49
Germany: Eastern Anatolia to Berlinp. 60
United Kingdom: Bangladesh to the East Endp. 69
Islamophobia and Discriminationp. 79
Euro Islam and Tariq Ramadanp. 88
Islamist Violence in Europep. 95
The Long Road to European Unityp. 107
The Trouble with the Welfare Statep. 123
Germanyp. 135
Francep. 139
United Kingdomp. 142
Italy and Spainp. 144
Russia: A False Dawn?p. 149
The Failure of Integration, and Europe's Futurep. 167
What Went Wrong?p. 167
Europe: What Remains?p. 174
The Future of Muslim Europe: United Kingdomp. 178
The Future of Muslim Europe: Francep. 188
The Future of Muslim Europe: Germanyp. 191
Spainp. 196
Dreaming of a United Europep. 199
Salvaging the Welfare Statep. 202
Toward Binational States?p. 204
Turkey to the Rescue?p. 223
Afterword to the Paperback Editionp. 227
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 239
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“[A]lmost overnight what had been considered a minor problem on a local level is becoming a major political issue, for there is growing resistance on the part of the native population, who resent becoming strangers in their own homelands.” —from the Introduction “Even if Europe’s decline is now irreversible, there is no reason that it should become a collapse. There is, however, a precondition: facing realities at long last. . . . The age of delusions is over. . . . It will be a very slow process and the outcome will be a Europe quite different from the one we have known.” —from chapter 6, “The Failure of Integration, and Europe’s Future”

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