German elections show Britain isn't alone in wanting tighter immigration controls, says Douglas Murray

AfD supporters carry slogans against Muslim immigrants during a rally

AfD supporters carry posters with the slogan 'Islam doesn't belong to Germany'

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The German elections showed that Britons aren't the only people in Europe concerned about the effect of mass migration, according to controversial writer Douglas Murray. 

Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, told Julia Hartley-Brewer he predicted the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which came third in the German elections, and this just shows how deep-rooted the issue of immigration is.

"The publics of Europe are remarably consistent on migration," Murray said, adding that a majority of people in every country believe their government has handled the migration situation badly.

"The German public were told by Angela Merkel in 2015, basically, that there was no alternative to her policy of adding 2% to the population in a single year alone.

"She basically said 'there is no alternative. We have to open our doors, we have to let the world in.'

"The German people said 'there is an alternative, and it's called Alternative for Deutschland.'"

Murray added that, while many people want to appear kind to their friends and appear sympathetic to migrants, this public image can be seriously damaged when the news cycle shifts. 

"When you bring in very large numbers of people," he told Julia, "it's possibly they don't walk into your society and don't share all of your views.

"One day you might look like the nicest person at the dinner party by saying we should take in the world. The next day you might look like the person who just allowed somebody to come onto the London Underground with a bomb again."

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