Race in Eastern Europe

Eric Rembrandt, American Renaissance, October 18, 2012

Is the East a beacon of European culture?

Anyone driving on the German Autobahn towards the village of Marienborn can see ancient white-grey watchtowers and lampposts. This is Helmstedt-Marienborn, the old border checkpoint between West and East Germany. It is hard to imagine that the now abandoned and decaying buildings were once part of the Iron Curtain, separating the Eastern bloc from the capitalist West. More than 20 years after the fall of communism, the checkpoint is now a museum. Many people lost their lives trying to cross the Iron Curtain, but one could argue that it preserved European culture and people in Eastern Europe.

Anyone who has visited the former communist countries knows that the East did not suffer from mass immigration. It has nothing like the immigrant banlieus in Paris or the huge ethnic minority of Turks in Berlin. However, during my last trip to Prague in the Czech Republic earlier this year, I spotted African and Middle Eastern men selling souvenirs and city tours. It was unsettling to be reminded of the larger cities of Western Europe.

I always assumed that Eastern Europe would not make the same mistakes we have made in the West, but the Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004, and anyone with an EU passport can travel from one end of the EU to the other without border controls. A Senegalese who holds a French passport can therefore sell fake designer handbags on the streets of Prague. EU immigration policy seriously threatens the last untouched area of Europe.

The transition to capitalism

At the same time, Eastern Europe suffers from dangerously low birth rates brought on by the transition to capitalism. The change did not always go smoothly, and in the cases of the Transnistrian conflict and the Chechen and Yugoslav wars, it resulted in sustained violence. Ukraine and Belarus still do not have representative government, and are heavily influenced by their former Soviet masters, the Russians.

Before the fall of communism, Eastern European countries had higher birthrates than countries in the West, and their populations were growing. Even when East Germany was crumbling in its final years, it still had a significantly higher birthrate than West Germany. After 1992, fertility rates plummeted, sometimes reaching record lows of barely 1.2 in the Czech Republic (1999), Ukraine (2001), and Slovenia (2003).

The number of abortions rose sharply. In countries such as Belarus and Serbia, alcoholism and an inadequate new medical system also contributed to rising death rates. The table below shows the CIA’s 2012 estimates for total fertility per woman in East Europe. The number in the left column is each nation’s ranking out of the 222 countries studied by the CIA. Not one Eastern European country is anywhere near the total fertility figure of 2.1 necessary to sustain its population. (Greenland, at 2.11, is the only white country that is now maintaining its population. That modest fertility level puts it right in the middle of the world pack. In other words, 112 countries—all of them non-white—have higher fertility rates. Of the top 44 most fertile countries, 39 are in Africa.)

Rank Country Total fertility per woman
176 Russia 1.61
181 Moldova 1.55
190 Albania 1.48
191 Georgia 1.46
194 Belarus 1.45
195 Croatia 1.44
196 Estonia 1.44
197 Bulgaria 1.43
198 Hungary 1.41
202 Serbia 1.40
205 Slovakia 1.38
209 Poland 1.31
210 Slovenia 1.31
211 Romania 1.30
212 Ukraine 1.29
213 Lithuania 1.27
214 Czech Republic 1.27

The economic insecurity and fall in incomes that many people suffered during the transition to capitalism helps explain the decline in birth rates. More women joined the work force and had to pay for child care, which the communists had provided free of charge.

Under communism, the Eastern Bloc had high birth rates despite higher abortion rates than in the West. Why? The answer is economic security and pro-birth and family policies even for the lower social strata. The communists offered long, paid maternity leave and guaranteed retention of workplace seniority when women went back to work. Free nursery care and kindergarten made it easy to have big families. Perhaps these methods could revive birthrates in white countries today.

Failed multi-ethnic states

Communism had yet another effect on Eastern Europe: It held multi-ethnic states together. Once the centralizing power of the state was weakened, suppressed nationalism tore apart both Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. There was war in Chechnya, Abkhazia, and Dagestan, and Czechoslovakia separated into its component parts.

The Yugoslav wars are classical examples of how ethnic tensions can lead to massacres. If even ethnic Europeans cannot live together in one state, why does the political elite believe Europeans and non-white immigrants can live together?

The Yugoslav wars were notorious for war crimes and ethnic cleansing. Even today, more than a decade after the war, mass graves are still being discovered. The wars were a conflict between the nations of Serbia and Croatia, but also between Christians and Muslims. The Muslims have been in the area for centuries and are a remnant of the Ottoman Empire. They have lived among Christians this entire period, but the sudden flare up of animosity shows how dangerous “diversity” can be, even if it has seemed peaceful on the surface for generations.

Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, and Ratko Mladic are all names that have been widely associated with war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. All three are Serbian Christians who were politicians and military officers during the war, and their trials at the International Court in The Hague have been widely reported.

Ratko Mladic, former military leader of the Bosnian Serbs.

However, the Bosnian/Muslim side was hardly innocent. Men such as Sefer Halilovic, Naser Olic, and Rasim Delic were responsible for murders, torture, and rape, but only served short prison sentences or were even acquitted of charges. By the time of the NATO bombings of Serbia at the end of the war in 1999, the West had officially decided that Serbia was responsible for the war and had to be punished.

As American General Wesley Clark explained during the bombing of Serbia:

Let’s not forget what the origin of the problem is. There is no place in modern Europe for ethnically pure states. That’s a 19th century idea and we are trying to transition into the 21st century, and we are going to do it with multi-ethnic states.

Men such as Ratko Mladic are portrayed as monsters by the Western media but they are heroes for many Serbs. The Bosnians were the official victims, so they have not been pursued for war crimes with the same vengeance.

An estimated 140,000 people died in a war that was a direct outgrowth of trying to manage a multi-ethnic state of the kind General Clark was trying to build. The term “balkanization” comes from this area because it already had a record of ethnic conflict, but perhaps the war’s greatest shock was that it happened in Europe, which was supposed to be beyond violence of this kind.

The East joins the EU

In 2004, the first Eastern European countries became EU members: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. In 2007, Romania and Bulgaria joined, and will gain full EU membership in 2014. The expansion is likely to go on in the Balkans, with Croatia to become a member in 2013. There are big differences in economic development, however. Poland has adjusted to capitalism quite well while Moldova, the poorest state in Europe, is economically a Third-World country.

Since the citizens of EU nations can travel freely within the union, while Africans travel East, Easterners travel West: Most Western European countries now have many temporary Eastern European workers. As a result, some Eastern European countries such as Romania and Bulgaria have rapidly declining populations. At the same time, young people leave for the cities and the West, leaving only the elderly behind in the countryside. When they die, the villages die. All of Eastern Europe is dotted with abandoned villages and empty factories from the communist era.

The fall of communism and the relative poverty of Eastern Europe have brought another scourge: sex trafficking. Poor areas are full of young women and girls hoping for a better life. Traffickers especially target Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus, offering women well-paid “jobs” in Western Europe as waitresses or dancers. As soon as they get the girls to their destinations, the traffickers take their passports and force them to pay back “debts” through long hours of prostitution.

Eastern European women are a familiar sight in the prostitution areas of Holland, Germany, and Greece, but can also be found in Turkey, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. Since 1989, hundreds of thousands of Eastern European women have been sold into sex slavery, and Europe essentially ignores the problem. The disappearance of these women from their native countries further depresses birth rates.

The Gypsy Problem

Since East European countries joined the EU, Gypsies have become such a problem in the West that the news is reported in the United States. Even France’s new socialist government is breaking up camps and deporting Gypsies. It was also widely reported when people in the Czech Republic built a wall to separate themselves from Gypsy encampments. The Gypsy problem has now become a little better known to the rest of the world, but what causes tension with Gypsies?

Also known as Romani or Roma, Gypsies have been a problem in Europe for centuries. They originated in India, and there are Indic elements in their language. They arrived in Turkey in the late Middle Ages, and later reached Europe. The majority live in Eastern Europe, but France and Spain also have large Roma populations.

The exact number of Roma living in Europe is unknown, but estimates range from 4 to 14 million. The largest number live in Romania, where they account for 5 to 6 percent of the population. That is where the Gypsies the French are deporting came from.

The Roma are a travelling people, who keep themselves apart from the rest of the population. They live in caravans or abandoned houses, which usually are in bad condition.

There have been many efforts to integrate the Roma, but not even the harsh, anti-nationalist policies of the communists succeeded. During the Soviet era, Roma were forced to work—playing music in restaurants or working in factories—but after the fall of communism, these initiatives quickly ended, and Gypsies reverted to their old way of life.

Roma do not adapt well to European society. Huge numbers of them are unemployed, and they have very high dropout rates in school. However, it is their tendency to commit crime that makes them especially undesirable.

Roma gangs are most frequently involved in theft, drugs, and prostitution. They often force their own people—even young children—into sex slavery. The fall of the Iron Curtain and the EU border policy have definitely made things easier for international Gypsy gangs, and Roma prostitution networks are now found throughout Europe.

Another common sight in Europe’s major cities are Roma child-beggars. Most are members of begging gangs who deliver the money directly to crime bosses. It has been estimated that a successful child beggar can collect up to $3,000 a month.

Gypsies are greatly overrepresented in East European prisons. In Romania, where they are 5 to 6 percent of the population, they are 20 percent of the prison population and more than 35 percent of the young people in detention centers.

Gypsies are adding to the economic burdens of the Eurozone crisis. Countries like Spain should be especially careful. There have been Gypsies in that country for hundreds of years, but they are more or less integrated and live in something like normal housing. It would be a huge mistake for the authorities to assume that the new Gypsies from the East will be like them. Spain badly needs to rein in its deficits, but an infusion of Gypsies would be a new source of heavy social spending.

At the same time, an unprecedented number of East European Gypsies are turning up in Canada, where they file bogus refugee claims. While their cases are being adjudicated, they go on welfare, at a cost to Canadian taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars. They tend to gather in Toronto, where they have been associated with a rise in crime. Only recently has the Canadian government taken steps to keep Gypsies from coming in the first place. It would be hard to think of a policy more unwise than letting Roma into your country.

The Western view

East Europeans face another problem: Many West Europeans look down on them. When Westerners think of Eastern Europe, they think of drab countries and soulless communist apartment blocks. “Russophobia” and bitterness about the Cold War contribute to these feelings, but the contempt is not limited to the older generation. East European alcoholism and prostitution strengthen these prejudices.

There are economic reasons for prejudice as well. Easterners often live in appalling conditions: rickety caravans or “Pole Hotels” designed for Eastern European workers. These are low-rent, minimal accommodations in which people share rooms. Owners of normal apartments complain that this cut-rate housing drags down rents in general.

Eastern Europeans frequently work below minimum wage and are resented as unfair competition. A number of company owners have already been arrested for exploiting them. Ironically, even employers who specialize in hiring cheap Third-World workers have complained about the threat of Eastern Europeans to their business. In the Netherlands, the Dutch Freedom Party started a website for reporting off-the-books Polish and other Eastern European workers.

Unlike Third-World immigrants, Eastern Europeans—other than Gypsies—do not often go on welfare. Instead they work long hours and often have more than one job.

Many Westerners see Easterners as no different from Third-World immigrants. However, with whites beset by so many problems, East/West divisions are a great misfortune. Certainly, compared to Third-World immigrants, Eastern Europeans have a claim on our friendship. They are white, mostly Christian, and have a strong sense of national identity.

Another serious problem is the hatred many Eastern Europeans still have towards Russians because of the long Soviet occupation. A worldwide reconciliation between Europeans is essential if Europe is to survive as a homeland for our race.

The Iron Curtain clearly protected the East from the multiculturalism that began in the 1950s in the West, as travel restrictions, both in and out, kept Eastern Europe homogeneous. But why is nationalism so much stronger there than in the West? In the Soviet Union, nationalism had to be vigorously suppressed to keep so many nationalities, cultures, and races together. The Soviets also dominated the satellite countries, and suppressed anti-communist movements in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Violent suppression of these movements added to the unpopularity of communist authorities.

When 50 years of suppression finally came to an end there was an explosion of national patriotism. Today, multiculturalism is associated with socialism and left-wing parties. Anti-socialist sentiment after the breakup of the Soviet Union seems to have attached itself to the idea of “diversity.” It is remarkable that Russia, despite losing millions of men during the Second World War, probably has more open neo-Nazis than any other country in the world.

The result is a level of nationalism and freedom of expression not found in the West. Mohammed cartoons and videos provoke soul-searching and calls for self-censorship in the West. Earlier this year, however, when a Ukrainian newspaper published an article with a photo that depicted Arabs and Africans as monkeys, it started no national debates and was barely news. In Lithuania, veterans of the Second World War who fought on the German side organized a march through the capital Riga. The march was unopposed, and many Lithuanians saw the veterans as heroes because they fought communism.

Gay-pride parades in Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Russia are attacked by nationalists, often with the open support of the Orthodox Church. Gypsies have been walled off not only in the Czech Republic but also in Slovakia.

All this shocks and terrifies the politically correct Western press. When Poland and Ukraine hosted the 2012 European Football Championship, there were constant reports of “xenophobic” and “racist” fans. The West is constantly promoting multiculturalism and diversity, but Eastern Europe is not receptive.

Healthy nationalism has strong political representation in the East. In 2010, for example, the right-wing Fidesz party led by Viktor Oban won parliamentary elections in Hungary. It has since passed a series of nationalist legislative efforts. For example, Fidesz has taken several measures to increase the Hungarian birth rate. It has also changed social welfare policy with regard to Gypsies: They cannot sit idly and collect handouts, but instead must work. Needless to say, these measures were widely criticized in the West.

Fidesz is supported by Jobbik (an abbreviation that stands for the movement for a better Hungary), which is the third largest party. Jobbik (members are represented in the uppermost picture) describes itself as “a principled, conservative, and radically patriotic Christian party,” whose “fundamental purpose” is the protection of “Hungarian values and interests.”

Needles to say, the European Union is furious about developments like these, especially because Hungary is an EU member. When Viktor Orban of Fidesz visited the European Parliament he was ostentatiously snubbed. Euro-bureaucrats have even threatened to suspend “cohesion fund” payments, which are meant to improve the Hungarian economy—but this was an empty threat.

Serbian nationalism is also very strong. However, the political elite is trying to join the EU, even though many Serbians would prefer a closer collaboration with the Russians, with whom they share Slavic origins, Orthodox Christianity, and Cyrillic. Serbia’s extradition of military and political leaders to face trial at The Hague was widely seen as a treasonous attempt to curry favor with the EU.

The great threat

The great threat to Eastern European nationalism today is the fact that Western Europe and the United States are wealthier. The West will certainly use its wealth to bribe and coerce East Europe to embrace the suicidal forms of diversity that are widespread in the West. The United States is also a source of much cultural poison in the form of movies, television, and music.

I am optimistic that Russia and East Europe will be able to hold the line against the worst of these influences, but it is a race against time. Will the countries of Eastern Europe establish themselves as advanced, culturally and racially confident nations before they are fatally corrupted by the false ideas of the wealthier West? Or will the East European nations lend crucial support to the small but growing Western nationalist movements so as to save the whole continent?

The French author Guillaume Faye has written that if this generation of Europeans does not act, it will be too late. This great drama is being played out in the ancient homeland of our people. It is a life-or-death struggle that will determine the fate of Western Civilization, and Eastern Europeans will be a key element in the outcome.

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Eric Rembrandt
Eric Rembrandt is a Dutch university student who is studying international relations. He also practices martial arts.
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