Via an amazing essay from Mark Steyn:
Most nations in Europe can never again be American allies – not because of anything America’s done, but because of a huge number of profound changes, voluntary and not so, upon which the Continent is embarked:
1) It’s changing in its formal structure, as its elites merge their countries into one pan-European political entity.
2) It’s changing economically, as its people decline and age and its cradle-to-grave welfare systems become unsustainable.
3) It’s changing demographically, with the importation of large unassimilated Muslim populations that make it all but impossible for political leaders to be seen supporting America or Israel.
4) It’s changing in its political tempo, as populations hostile to European integration look for neo-nationalist parties to express their discontent.
Exhibit A - Germany:
Europe is dying, demographically and economically. Take the onetime economic powerhouse of the Continent – Germany – and pick any of the usual indicators of a healthy advanced industrial democracy: Unemployment? The highest since the 1930s.
House prices? Down.
New car registration? Nearly 15 per cent lower in 2005 than in 1999.
General nuttiness? A third of Germans under 30 think the United States government was responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
My God; read it all!