First Angela Merkel. Then David Cameron, and then Nicolas Sarkozy shortly afterwards. All three national leaders suddenly discovered and proclaimed the failure of Multiculturalism
And now the Netherlands. It’s not the prime minister this time, but Maxime Verhagen (Christian Democrats, CDA) is the current Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister in the Rutte cabinet, so he’s no small potatoes.
Mr. Verhagen, like so many other powerful politicians in Europe, has suddenly discovered that Multiculturalism just doesn’t work.
From Dutch News:
Multiculturalism Has Failed: Verhagen
Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen on Monday said the multicultural society has failed. He was speaking during the recording of tv show Nova College Tour, reports the Algemeen Dagblad.
Verhagen told the programme the Dutch no longer feel at home in their own country and immigrants are not entirely happy here either. [emphasis added]
Do I hear echoes of Geert Wilders in these words? Or am I imagining things?
The minister wants the Dutch to be prouder of their country like people in the US where they first say they are American and then where they originally come from, says the paper.
He follows his European colleagues in declaring multiculturalism a failure. German chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy have all said the same, the paper states.
That’s an unusual sentiment for a European — to wish that his countrymen were more like Americans in their patriotism. How gauche!
Hat tip: C. Cantoni.