A multi-billionaire financial speculator, George Soros, thinks European Union is close to collapse.
First, there is unresolved Greek debt crisis that doesn’t appear to be resolved but rather postponed. Second, an even bigger issue, the Middle-Eastern migrant crisis.
Last year, over a million migrants, mostly young men, arrived in Europe claiming asylum. While many appear to be legitimate refugees, some carry fake Syrian passports or refuse to disclose their identity.
Moreover, there were some incidents involving those migrants, especially the New Year’s harassment of local women across European cities.
All of this happened due to German Chancellor’s invitation to Europe. As a result, masses of migrants have flocked to Germany. This has led to severe criticism of Angela Merkel, at home and abroad. The proposal that these migrants get redistributed among EU countries has led to outright refusal by several member states.
Countries such as Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic refused to accept these refugees at all, claiming that they already left war zones and came from safe lands such as Turkey. As it’s claimed, this is an economic migrant crisis.
This certainly led to disunity among the EU nations, with some even sending back their migrants to neighbor countries- or just letting them pass through to Germany.
Schengen Zone, and the free movement of people within the European Union, is in danger itself, with some nations building fences.
Yet, George Soros praised Angela Merkel for her pro-migrant politics. According to CNBC, Soros stated that Merkel was right to foresee the dangers of EU disintegration in the face of the migrant crisis.
Furthermore, Soros asks if the Germany wants to accept all the privileges as well as responsibilities of being the dominant power in Europe.
In 2016, it is expected that another million migrants will come to Germany. It looks that Soros feels it is German responsibility.
Not long ago, he caused another controversy with a claim that the EU should accept at million migrants per year for foreseeable future. Many Europeans disagree.
The concerns are financial burden, possibly increased crime rates, potential of more terrorist attacks on European soil (ISIS claims to be sending their men to Europe) as well as destruction of ethnic balance in EU countries.
It came to the point where some politicians make openly hostile comments to Soros’s proposal. One is for sure Victor Orban, the leader of Hungary. Meanwhile, the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, went even further and banned Soros’s foundations from Russia.
Still, Soros’s quest for fame makes the 85-year-old continue with his “world-saving” ideas to the dismay of many.