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October 2015

Submission

Demographic trends contribute to the feeling of crisis. European countries have among the lowest birth rates in the history of the world, and their populations are rapidly aging. The Muslim population of Europe has doubled in the last decade, and it will double again before 2025. A popular T-shirt among Muslim European youth reads “2030—and then we take over.” German jurist Udo Di Fabio believes that native Europeans are at a big disadvantage in the cultural competition with Islam. “Why in God’s name,” he asks, “should a member of a vital world culture want to integrate into Western culture, when Western culture is not reproducing itself, no longer has any transcendent idea, and is approaching its historical end?”