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Steyn on Europe

Go Big or Go Home

Heading for the exits in England, East Germany, and Catalonia...

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Alternative Reality

On Saturday night, at the end of a speech on immigration, I was asked by a lady in the audience about Sunday's impending election in Germany. She had met a young Teutonic chappie who said he was voting for Angela Merkel, and she couldn't understand why. And I said that Frau Merkel was certain to win the election, but what would be important to watch would be the respective strengths of the losing parties - and that AfD would do better than expected...

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When Opposite World Moves In Next Door

The internal contradictions of the rainbow coalition

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The Mood Music of Mohammed

Getting used to it - in Spain and Finland and Belgium ...and Buckingham Palace

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Umbrellas in the Rain

Mark revisits the last big terrorist outrage in Spain - the Madrid train bombings

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Country Matters

As I've said before, I've said it before...

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The Will of the West

President Trump's speech in Warsaw was a remarkable statement from a western leader in the 21st century - which is why the enforcers of our public discourse have gone bananas over it and denounced it as "blood and soil" "nativism" (The New Republic), "racial and religious paranoia" (The Atlantic), and "tinpot dictator sh*t" (some comedian having a meltdown on Twitter). Much of the speech was just the usual boosterish boilerplate that one foreign leader sloughs off while visiting the capital of another. But that wasn't what caused the mass pearl-clutching. This was the offending passage: There is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations. We write symphonies. We pursue innovation ...

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The Great Fire of a New London

No black detail is too absurd for today's world. And so it happens that the first named victim of the towering inferno in North Kensington is Mohammed Alhajali, a Syrian refugee who arrived as a teenager with his brothers in London four years ago and somehow wound up being housed in a flat in Grenfell Tower. Launching a fund to raise money for his funeral, Kareen el Beyrouty, director of the Syria Solidarity Campaign, declared that "Mohammed Alhajali undertook a dangerous journey to flee war in Syria, only to meet death here in the UK, in his own home. His dream was to be able to go back home one day and rebuild Syria." Which is apparently a lot safer. His friend and fellow Syrian refugee Abdulaziz Almashi tells the BBC that "Syria is a ...

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When You're Not Anyone, Any Explanation Will Do

Steyn on how Theresa May squandered her majority

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Therexit?

Mayday! Mayday! for Britain's Tories

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Getting Used to It

An enervated fatalism sets in in Britain

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A Lot More Than London Bridge is Falling Down

Steyn on a Saturday-night terror attack in London

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The New Mancunians

Salman Abedi's very expansive comfort zone

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The Ruin of England

The groupthink in our public discourse is so pervasive it goes as unnoticed as the air...

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"Dangerous Woman" Meets Dangerous Man

Mark on another jihadist bloodbath, and the need to not "carry on"

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The Midnight Train

Reality intrudes on Macron's delusions

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Leading by Example

Mark on President Macron and the barren Eurocrats

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The Wrong People do the Right Thing

A Milton Friedman lesson for the UK's general election

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Macron Bionics

The French and EU establishments, the stock markets and the currency exchanges were rather too quick to advertise their glee. Within nano-seconds of the first projections yesterday evening, the euro rose and so did the Union's princelings, from the absurb President Junkers down, to congratulate their very good friend M Macron...

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Aux Champs-Elysées...

Terror at the heart of Paris

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Who Lost Turkey? (Revisited)

As they used to say in the long Ottoman twilight, the Turk is the sick man of Europe. Following the referendum, the Turk is sicker than ever...

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Mopping-Up Operation

Denial, derangement and debacle in Europe

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Descent into Evil

In Europe, migrants' rights trump children's rights

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Never Mind the Prose Style...

Here's how America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It actually begins. Page one...

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Where the Streets Have No Jokes (cont)

Turkey's sultan Erdogan extends Islam's strictures on free speech to his new vilayet of Germany

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The Late Late Show

The man who introduced the word "Islamophobia' to the western world revises his position...

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The New Man and his Gender Gap

When the chips are down, progressive liberal feminist men won't be there for you

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"I Was Only Good at Enjoying It"

An attack on the section of the airport outside the security perimeter was entirely predictable

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Tomorrow's Civilizational Cringe Today

All the stories are different, and yet they're all the same...

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No Man's Land

Further to my observations about civilizational suicide as a form of moral narcissism comes this stark statistic...

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The Real Containment

Hashtagistan vs the real world

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The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates

As I write, Paris is under curfew for the first time since the German occupation, and the death toll from the multiple attacks stands at 158, the vast majority of them slaughtered during a concert at the Bataclan theatre, a delightful bit of 19th century Chinoiserie on the boulevard Voltaire. The last time I was there, if memory serves, was to see Julie Pietri. I'm so bloody sick of these savages shooting and bombing and killing and blowing up everything I like - whether it's the small Quebec town where my little girl's favorite fondue restaurant is or my favorite hotel in Amman or the brave freespeecher who hosted me in Copenhagen ...or a music hall where I liked to go to hear a little jazz and pop and get away from the cares of the world ...

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Manifest Destiny in the New Wild West

Gunfight at the OK Koran

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He Was Just Seventeen. You Know What I Mean.

Is it time for Seal Team Six to save the Mona Lisa?

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The Two Faces of Facebook

This tenth anniversary of the Mohammed cartoons is a glum day for free speech. But that's no reason for some "social media" billionaire not to make it worse. During her visit to New York for the grand UN dictators' ball, Angela Merkel was overheard rebuking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for permitting people to post "anti-immigrant" sentiments on social media...

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Last Laughs in Europe

Mark and Mohammed in the Danish Parliament

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The Emperor's Moral Narcissism

Twelve years ago, it was said that the western armies in Iraq would be welcomed as liberators. (They were - for a while.) Today in Germany, another conquering army are being welcomed as liberators - liberators from the residual moral stain of what remains of ethnic nationalism and cultural identity. Watching European news broadcasts right now is like an insane demotic inversion of the Emperor's new clothes. "To a fool these thousands of fit young Muslim men appear well dressed and well fed. But a wise man such as Your Majesty can easily see that they are desperate starving refugees in rags." And so as the trains pull in to German railway stations to disgorge men who meet no known definition of "refugees" they are greeted on the platform by ...

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Taking It

With a migrant tide engulfing Europe, the question remains whether the west can muster the will to turn away from the suicidal delusions of multiculturalism

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Disunion Jack

Further to my note on last week's UK election, Mark Wilson writes from beautiful County Down: Hey there, Mark is of course right when he says that no one outside Northern Ireland cares about the difference between the 'official ' unionists (or their name, since the 'official' went out years ago!) and the DUP...

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St George and a New Dragon

Happy St George's Day to all our English readers, and Happy Independence Day to all our Israeli readers. It's not often they fall on the same day, but it's not inappropriate. Once upon a time, you could find quite a few English flags bearing the Cross of St George in and around Jerusalem, for one reason or another... You can still see the legacy of the Crusader Cross in village high streets up and down England - for the moment. In The [Un]documented Mark Steyn (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available, etc, etc), there's an essay that starts off in the Middle East, and winds up in the East End: In the "Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets" — the heart of London's East End, where one sees more covered women than in ...

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Mods vs Choppers

According to Daniel Pipes, "Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution." But what if "moderate" Islam is the problem?

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For Valour

The Victoria Cross is the Commonwealth's highest decoration for valour on the battlefield. Yesterday it was awarded to the first living Briton for action in the Afghan war...

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The Last of England

The new British police state wages war on free speech

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The Sound of Silence

Free speech is in retreat around the western world

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Hollande Daze

The French authorities killed three murderous savages yesterday. That was the only good news on a day in which a third hostage siege began in Montpellier. The bad news started at the top, with President Hollande's statement after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter and the Kosher grocery siege: Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion. Yeah, right. I would use my standard line on these occasions - "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "Nothing to see here" - but it's not quite as funny when the streets are full of cowards, phonies and opportunists waving candles and pencils and chanting "Je suis Charlie." Because if you really were Charlie, if you really were one of the 17 Frenchmen and women slaughtered in the name of ...

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Seasonal Stockholm Syndrome

My column on Britain's and Europe's Christmas holiday without end attracted a bit of pushback from readers across the pond. For example: Oh dear. I do like your stuff normally but this nonsense you have produced about the Xmas holidays us lazy Brits take is irritating crap. Just because the Yanks are good little wage slaves it's not a template. In any event average hours for a full time job per year in the UK are around 1950 for a 37.5 hour week. Most are lucky to get a couple of days for Xmas – many of course work it. Thirty or so years ago one man/woman could work in a relatively average job, buy a house, get a decent pension and send his kids to university. Now both parents have to work their arses off just to keep head above water. ...

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The Reformation of Manners

Rotherham and the multicultural cringe

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Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

Just about the only part of my career I truly regret was the time I spent at the BBC, who very kindly fired me back in the Nineties. Otherwise, I'd have a lot more time to regret. Notwithstanding two years of headlines re Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and others, not everyone at the Beeb in my day was a paedophile - or at least I don't think so...

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Kippers and Curtains

As I was saying: "Ukip — like Nigel Farage's bar bill at ten in the evening — will climb a lot higher yet." And so it did...

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Nigel vs the Lunatic Mainstream

Today Britain goes to the polls to vote in the European elections. Nigel Farage has had a rough ride, to the point where a casual observer might easily assume the election was being fought between Farage's UKIP and a Tory-Labour-Liberal-Media coalition...

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The Churchill Bust

In the new Britain, quoting Winston gets you arrested

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Shooting the Messenger

Who will rid Dutch liberals of this turbulent blond?

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Hath Not a Jew Eyes?

"Neo-Nazis" and "anti-government people" on the march!

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To the Slaughter

Behold the infidels - bystanders in their own fate: Steyn on an act of savagery in a London street - and the appalling aftermath

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The Unfinished Revolution

The picture on the right is from the Nineties, and I'm rather fond of it, because I manage to look both goofy and shifty but Mrs Thatcher's cool is undiminished. I don't know why the harp was there...

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Lars Hedegaard, Defender of Freedom

Steyn salutes a great man...

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'Government Health Care: The Musical' an infectious hit

I scrammed out of London a few days before the Olympics began, but after getting an earful on what the locals make of it. On the whole, the residents of that great city would rather the honor of hosting the world's most disruptive sporting event had gone to some joint that needs the publicity more – Alma Ata, or Ouagadougou, or Oakland. In 21st century London, traffic moves at fewer miles per hour than it did before the internal combustion engine was invented without the added complication of fleets of Third World thug bureaucrats and the permanent floating crap game of transnationalist freeloaders being dumped on its medieval street plan. Nevertheless, having drawn the short straw of hosting the Games, Londoners felt it a point of honor that the city be able to demonstrate the ability to ferry minor globalist hangers-on from their favorite whorehouse in Mayfair to the Olympic Village in the unfashionable East End in time for the quarter-finals of the flatwater taekwondo.

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"FORTRESS EUROPE"?

The Guardian has a report from the Greek-Turkish frontier - or "Europe's border", as a German member of the 175-strong Frontex security team describes it: In 2009 some 3,600 migrants managed to slip across the frontier not far from this market town; in 2010 that number shot up to 36,000, helping explain why Greece has become the favoured port of entry for 90% of illegals pouring into the EU. "They come at all hours of the night and day," said Orestiada's police chief, Giorgos Salamangas, in his icon-bedecked office. "And they're coming not just from the Middle East and Asia but all of Africa, places I have never heard of before." The Guardian being The Guardian, they headline the piece "Fortress Europe". But it's a fortress you can stroll ...

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LETHALLY LEISURED

The last of the 20th century's Big Ideas is dying before our eyes: The sick man of Europe is ...Europe

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THE WORLD THEY MADE

My weekend column is on London ablaze and a society summed up by the relevant chapter title in my new book ("The New Britannia: The Depraved City"). The scenes we've witnessed this last week ought to prompt some serious soul-searching by liberal elites. I nearly said "paternalist," but, as Tocqueville noted, the word paternalism implies that your object is to raise your charges to adulthood, whereas the children of dependency are maintained by government in a state of permanent and increasingly feral adolescence. Are we likely to get that soul-searching? Charles Crawford, sometime NR cruiser and formerly Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador in various parts of Mitteleuropa, thinks not: The only worse thing than having a problem is not ...

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