"Countdown To The End": EU Officials Say Europe Is "Going Down The Drain"

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Back in September, when Berlin and Brussels were busy devising a quota plan to settle the millions of Mid-East asylum seekers flooding into the country, Slovakia said that if Germany called for financial penalties against countries unwilling to accommodate their “share” of migrants, it would be “the end of the EU.”

That might have seemed hyperbolic at the time, but since then, the situation has spiraled out of control. Border fences have been erected, refugee camps are overflowing, and anti-migrant sentiment is running high after a series of reported sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve sparked a bloc-wide scandal.

In a testament to just how tense things have become, Austria suspended Schengen on Saturday as new rules came into effect for those seeking to traverse the country on the way north.  “Anyone who arrives at our border is subject to control,” Chancellor Werner Faymann said. “If the EU does not manage to secure the external borders, Schengen as a whole is put into question... Then each country must control its national borders,” he added, before warning that if the EU could not better control its external borders “the whole EU [will be] in question.

Indeed, the idea that the worsening migrant crisis could well bring an end to the EU has made its way out of Eurosceptic circles and into discussions between the bloc's top diplomats and officials.

"The Germans, founders of the postwar union, shut their borders to refugees in a bid for political survival by the chancellor who let in a million migrants," Reuters wrote on Sunday, describing a hypothetical European endgame. "And then -- why not? -- they decide to revive the Deutschmark while they're at it." 

Both Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker were out last week with stark warnings about the prospects for the union's survival in the face of widespread disagreement among member countries regarding how to handle the influx of asylum seekers. Europe is now "vulnerable" Merkel admitted, before saying the fate of the euro is "directly linked" to how the bloc handles the refugee crisis. "Nobody should act as though you can have a common currency without being able to cross borders reasonably easily," the Chancellor, whose ratings have slipped amid the migrant debate, said at a business event in Mainz.

Juncker's assessment was more dire. Europe "is on its last chance" he warned, before saying he hopes this isn't "the beginning of the end." 

"Some see that as mere scare tactics aimed at fellow Europeans by leaders with too much to lose from an EU collapse," Reuters continues. "[But] empty threat or no, with efforts to engage Turkey's help showing little sign yet of preventing migrants reaching Greek beaches, German and EU officials are warning that without a sharp drop in arrivals or a change of heart in other EU states to relieve Berlin of the lonely task of housing refugees, Germany could shut its doors, sparking wider crisis this spring."

Make no mistake, were Germany to stop accepting refugees, a dangerous chain of events would unfold just as warmer weather makes the journey more appealing for refugees. Arrivals have not slowed during the winter months, a senior conservative German lawmaker said. "You can only imagine what happens when the weather improves." If Germany's open-door slams shut in the spring, millions of asylum seekers would be stuck along the Balkan route where bottlenecks led to border clashes between Hungarian riot police and migrants last year. 

Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia are in no position to accommodate the influx. Indeed, Slovenian officials have long said that the only reason the tiny country has been able to cope is because just as many migrants leave each day on their way to Germany and Austria as enter via Croatia. On Monday, Slovenian PM Miro Cerar said that "if Germany or Austria adopt certain measures for stricter controls then of course we will adopt similar strict measures with our southern border with Croatia."

"Millions, and I stress millions of migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Morocco are ready to enter the EU once the weather improves in the coming months," he cautioned.

The EU Commission sought to play down Austria's implementation of border controls, saying it's "nothing out of the ordinary." Of course any emergency measure is "out of the ordinary" by definition. Border checks will continue until at least February. 

Meanwhile, each passing day seems to present a new reason for Europeans to become increasingly disaffected with officials' handling of the crisis. Two days ago for instance, German FinMin Wolfgang Schaeuble proposed a bloc-wide petrol tax to fund the cost of securing the EU's external borders. While Europeans will surely support the notion that the EU needs to better secure the chokepoints through which the majority of asylum seekers enter, migrants will now be equated with higher prices as the pump just as they are becoming synonymous with terror and sexual assaults.

Ultimately, it appears that Germany is beginning to crack. While Merkel has been careful to preserve the "yes we can" narrative, reality is setting in and the cold facts suggest that Europe simply cannot accommodate the people flows. It now appears that it is not a matter of "if" but rather "when" the Iron Chancellor finally gives in and shuts the doors, and on that note, we'll close with two quotes from German and EU officials who spoke to Reuters "in private."

"We have until March, the summer maybe, for a European solution. Then Schengen goes down the drain."


"There is a big risk that Germany closes. From that, no Schengen ... There is a risk that February could start a countdown to the end."

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CHoward's picture

"Thanks...for the memories."

WayBehind's picture

Thanks ... for the nightmares 

JungleCat's picture

Austrian Chancellor Werner "I used to love Muslims" Faymann said "If the EU does not manage to secure the external borders, Schengen as a whole is put into question."

All that he and Merkel have given the countries with external borders (Hungary, Slovenia etc.) is lectures. What a dipshit !

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Treat native citizenry like human excrement, eventually nation and union is proceed death spiral down drain, past P-Trap, into abyss of sewage reservoir.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Boris Alatovkrap Jan 18, 2016 6:15 PM

Thanks... be to Allah (and leftist, PC, politicians)

TahoeBilly2012's picture

The best laid Bolshevik plans, of mice and men...

BTFDemocracy's picture

Can't they just blame the weather? Unseasonably cold, hot, average, or whatever it may be...

macholatte's picture

How about putting the invading migrants on an island?

Nah! Way too easy, too cost effective, too safe.

Civil War is a much better idea.



Cistercian's picture

Where is Europe's Jan Sobeski?
Winged Hussars is what Europe needs.

Lots and lots of them.

philipat's picture

Beats me (No pun intended) that Western progressives can be in favor of unlimited Islamic immigration given the way Islam treats women in general? Probably the same duplicitous double standard which got Saudi Arabia appointed as the Head of the UN Human Rights Commission? With a large dose of PC on top..

Handful of Dust's picture

The idea of providing them with a safe zone in the ME is not a bad idea. They can still live in their native clime and not have to travel across several countries for safety.


Of course, they would never have access to those blonde sweeties in the EU either.


It's odd so many nations criticize The Donald for pushing for tighter vetting procedures when the head of the fbi himself said, "it's impossible to vet all these refugee for tearrists." People praise Barry who ignores this while so many criticize the common sense of The Donald.


Of course, the UK has flipped out entirely. I guess the brits don't read social media on the attacks and rape chaos in Germany, Sweden, France, and so on.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Handful of Dust Jan 19, 2016 8:15 PM

Head of Davos Economic Forum said Europe could get 1 Billion migrants.

Then he said "if we don't help Africa, if we are not all the same they will come"

told ya the migrants are weapons of war.

"If you don't accept one world socialism and give up your lifestyle to Africa etc, we will flood your ass

with wild Africans"

Of course he is a Jew.

The endgame is a union with the Middle East and Africa in it, a bigger union.

One step closer to World Order.

F0ster's picture

they should never have allowed Turkey into the EU. Poetic justice for their illegal expansion agenda. The only problem is wether the Europeans have the stones to revolt and hang these unelected EU usurpers.

skinwalker's picture

Turkey is not part of the EU. 

Xibalba's picture

EU, NATO.... What's the difference? 

Lore's picture

Fuck the EU, fuck ATON, and fuck the UN.  We need to shut down these pathological scum pits.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"Turkey is not part of the EU. "

Ahh!  That explains why they insist on using Turkish Lira vice the Euro!

I wonder if he meant Greece?

F0ster's picture

they should never have allowed Turkey into the EU. Poetic justice for their illegal expansion agenda. The only problem is wether the Europeans have the stones to revolt and hang these unelected EU usurpers.

tarabel's picture



they should never have allowed Turkey into the EU. 

 Well, guess what? They didn't.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"Well, guess what? They didn't."

Since it was important enough to post that message twice, I bet he feels better now!

Mareka's picture

Each day I understand more clearly that LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.

Coordinators of an event in Germany to welcome refugees stood by as groups of refugees felt up their college girl volunteers. 

They didn’t want to make a fuss or contact authorities because it might turn into bad publicity for their pro-immigration agenda.

When actual witnessed events contradict the scenario that is already in the liberal’s brain,  reality must be ignored.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mareka Jan 19, 2016 8:16 PM

Liberalism is globalism with world communism.

BandGap's picture

Germany was preparing 5 years ago, these are the final acts.


Hey, I am an old one.

gratefultraveller's picture

Who is Reuters owned by again?

This is how you perpetuate a myth: ""The Germans, founders of the postwar union,..."

So it was the Germans and not the "relevant circles" in France who right after the war tried to tie up their neighbour in political treaties like Liliputians Gulliver? To those who still believe *that*, I highly suggest the lecture of a critical biography about Jean Monnet, the so-called "Father of Europe".

Obviously, the, surprise, surprise!, "relevant circles" in America were more than happy to partake in the effort, and Germany found (and still finds) itself garrisons and advanced weaponery (including nuclear) on it's territory without having a say in the matter, initially formally declared as Occupying Forces, later under the guise of Nato "Partners". We even got new funny money! Well, we were fucked over by the "relevant circles", but new things have their cost, right?, and it is sooo comfortable to cross borders without having to change money. Nice try, worked only for those with enough of it.

In 2010 the whole sharade became obvious to most of those not hypnotized by our trash private TV channels, after the german parliament told the government, with a broad majority, to get moving to get the US nuclear weapons off the german territory. This after in 2009 the newfounded federal goverment between Christ Democrats and Liberals had asserted in their coalition agreement (what they told the electorate the government would for them) that the nuclear weapons would be brought out of the country.

The american reply was the announcement that twenty new weapons, each with the explosive power of 4 Hiroshima bombs would be stationed in Germany.

Ever since I have been wrecking my brain searching for ways for my country to shake off this nasty yoke without "damaging" our beautiful place in the process, so I had to smile when I realized that this could be one way to do it, and, even better, that someone might already be pulling this off.

In the end, it was one of ours who worked out the technique called "Hegelian Dialectic", and that sword cuts both ways.

If the (hidden) desired outcome is "German Independence", the solution of "Closed Borders" would be perfect for an apparent problem of a "Refugee Crisis", specially at a time when the "relevant circles" are "distracted" by "other problems", maybe helped along by *Deutsche* Bank and it's huge derivative position, which, in a situation like this, could most certainly be purposefully used as a *weapon of financial mass destruction*.

Makes one think if there is more to Frau Merkels past role as responsible for the department of "Agitation and Propaganda" in the Ex DDR/GDR and her frequent one-on-one encounters with Mr. Putin, without the presence of interpreters, as she is as fluent in russian as he is in german.

I keep my fingers crossed ;)

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Libertati Aut Ad Mortem (not verified) gratefultraveller Jan 18, 2016 8:26 PM


gratefultraveller's picture

Yeah, I know, it was a rethorical question. It "somehow" fits, doesn't it? Once you start looking for "them", you find all sorts of "shepherds" in our daily life, past and present, who since the war tell the germans how and mostly what to "think properly".

The mind boggles if this is really what is going on.

Expat1's picture

Exactly. This is an organized invasion with powerful people behind the scenes.

There is only ONE GOAL with this entire invasion: displacement/replacement of ethnic European peoples. 

This is the END GAME.

I'm not sure why Zero Hedge and company continue to completely miss this point. 

Patriot2014's picture

Time to form a European Sturmabteilung and drive out these invaders.

gratefultraveller's picture

No need for that, they are going to pack their bags and leave anyhow when they cannot pay their bills anymore. We might even be so generous and pay them a one way ticket home, if Uncle Sam can't afford it anymore.

Wulfkind's picture


D Nyle's picture

"I'd Love to end my career there"

War Contractor

IridiumRebel's picture

The results speak for themself.
Don't let the door hit you on the ass as you get flushed into the dustbin of history.

25or6to4's picture

"...into the dustbin of history."

Just like its sister state the USSR.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

USSR is save special place in dustbin for USSA.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"USSR is save special place in dustbin for USSA."

As well it should.  At least you folks can all point and laugh while shaking your heads in disbelief.  It's amazing how soon we became like the Soviet Union was, isn't it?  All we need are more poorly stocked stores* to drive the point home.



* noticed how many bare shelves you can find on a WalMart aisle these days?

cheeseheader's picture

Back off Bugaloo.  Do not count history if is not in the cards for you.

undermind's picture

Europe will still exist, the EU on the other hand??  Good riddance!

sunnyside's picture

So do we get autonomous states/countries back, or do the powers to be double down and expand the EU's borders into Africa, Asia, etc?

o r c k's picture

Eventually, you'll get a European Caliphate.

Haole's picture

Glad I saw places like Germany and Austria when I was young because it's all over but the screaming now...

Wir schengened einige leute.

chrsn's picture

Angela Urkel and Janet Yellen can carpet munch each other.

Ronaldo's picture

Very bad visual.  I was eating dinner!

Umh's picture

As you know there are worse things you could be eating.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"As you know there are worse things you could be eating."

I think that I'll take my chances with a nice fried up slice of pink slime with a GMO corn cob side - no matter how "organic" Angela and Janet may be!

vollderlerby's picture

If you're going to write ugly crap like that, may as well throw The Hildebeast into that arena.

Hongcha's picture

I hope the borderlands are porous enough to allow arms shipments to those men patriotic and strong enough to defend themselves and their family; which the Polizei obviously cannot do in either France or Germany. 

snr-moment's picture

The Turks seem to have no problems.