How Can Europe Stop the Great Replacement?
Jean-Yves Le Gallou, American Renaissance, June 12, 2019
This article is adapted from a talk given at the American Renaissance conference on May 18, 2019.
The indigenous population of Europe remained stable for 5,000 years
The peopling of Europe goes back 5,000 years and the population remained largely unchanged until the middle of the Twentieth Century.
Five thousand years ago: This is when the original European people spread out. They left the Pontic steppe to travel towards the East and Siberia, towards the South—Persia and India—and especially towards the West.
The men and women of the Corded Ware culture gradually came to occupy Western Europe. It was a largely uninhabited land, with the exception of a small number of Neolithic hunter-gatherers with which the conquering Indo-Europeans mixed.
This was the ethnic foundation of the European people. This was also the origin of their civilization. All their languages—Slavic, Germanic, Celtic, and Romance—their vocabulary and their syntax, derive from a common origin. Here arose their cosmogony and their society’s hierarchical structure. The views of sovereignty (magic-religious), defense (external and internal), production and reproduction also share a common origin. This civilization’s conception of the world was also founded on respect for women.
To protect this space, the Europeans had to fight the external world. There was the victory of the Greek freedoms against the Persian Empire; the victory of Roman reason against Carthage. Later, the victory of the Romans and their barbarian allies against the Hunnish hordes from Asia. For 14 centuries, Christendom and Islam fought one another through the Crusades, the struggle against the Ottomans, and the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula.
These unending conflicts did not change the nature of the European population. What we call the Barbarian Invasions—from the fourth to the ninth centuries—did indeed reinforce the Germanic and Nordic presence in southern and central Europe, but without fundamentally changing Europe’s nature. The population remained European. The Golden Horde left its mark on Russia, but the Mongols did not have any impact on Western Europe. The Arab invasions only very slightly modified the populations of the Mediterranean coastlines.
Traces of sub-Saharan genetic markers are practically absent from Europe, except on certain southern areas of Spain, Sicily, or Calabria.
In short, Europe’s population remained exclusively European until 1960. From then on everything changed. The Europeans withdrew from Africa and the Indian subcontinent while the African and Muslim worlds began to migrate towards Europe.
The former colonial powers were the first affected: France, Great Britain, Belgium, and the Netherlands, followed by Germany and the countries of Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and Ireland. We can see the outline of an invaded Europe. Here are the causes.
Invaded Europe: Western and Northern Europe
Immigration is being pushed by powerful economic and ideological forces.
Big business has always supported immigration as an effective way of putting pressure on wages. For their part, many immigrants hope to live better in European countries than back home, by finding jobs and/or using generous welfare systems.
These economic reasons are reinforced by the reigning ideology of human rights. Every individual, wherever he comes from and whatever his nationality, is supposed to have the same rights. Every man, regardless of his origins—national, ethnic, cultural, religious, or civilizational—is supposed to be “replaceable.”
French writer, Renaud Camus, calls this remplacisme global, or “global replacism.”
“Global replacism” is the foundation of invaded Europe’s orthodoxy, imposed by media propaganda and the tyranny of judges, which is known as “the rule of law.” All this is taking place against a background of repentance and guilt-mongering, because of Europeans’ martial, colonial, and slave-holding past.
All those—whether politicians or journalists—who have opposed this have been demonized, and the consequences are terrifying. Northern and Western Europe are being invaded by mass immigration from Africa and the Arab-Islamic world. In France, more than 20 percent of the population is no longer European by origin or civilization.
Worse, 38 percent of newborns are tested for sickle-cell disease, a test reserved for newborns whose parents, if known, are not of European origin.
This figure even reaches 70 percent in Paris and its surrounding area. You heard right: 70 percent!
In Great Britain, 9 percent of the population was born in a non-European country (a figure which does not take into account second- or third-generation immigration). According to the think-tank Migration Watch, the British population will increase by 10 million over the next 25 years because of incoming migrants and their descendants.
Since 2016, the mayor of London has been Sadik Khan, a Muslim with close ties to fundamentalists. Pakistani gangs have begun a reign of terror in northwest England. This is where Enoch Powell raised the alarm in his famous speech given in Birmingham on April 20, 1968.
This prophetic speech ruined the career of the most brilliant conservative politician of his generation.
In 2015, Germany welcomed 1.5 million immigrants. Two years earlier, Thilo Sarrazin, the former social-democratic finance minister for Berlin and retired member of the Bundesbank, published an explosive book: Germany Abolishes Itself.
Thilo Sarrazin observed that since 1960, the births of what we call de souche Germans—that is to say ethnic or indigenous Germans—had decreased by 70 percent. At the same time, the number of immigrants has constantly increased. Among the under 20s, one third of Germany’s inhabitants are of foreign origin.
A comparable situation exists in Belgium and the Netherlands. The indigenous European population has become a minority in Europe’s two biggest ports, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Scandinavia has also been affected: Whereas there were practically no immigrants in Sweden 30 years ago, today 25 percent of the population is non-European.
The “Great Replacement,” the term coined by the French writer Renaud Camus, is underway in all of Northern and Western Europe.
The countries threatened by invasion: The countries of the Mediterranean and the Balkans
With the exception of France, the countries of the Mediterranean coast—Greece, Italy, Spain—were long spared immigration for three reasons:
- They remained countries of emigration with abundant manpower.
- They had powerful and rather closed familial and clannish structures.
- They had welfare states less attractive to foreigners than those of northern countries.
But migratory pressure suddenly worsened from 2005 onward.
The wars caused by the West in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya have sparked mass emigration, and have destroyed states that protected Europe’s borders. Europe came under attack, from Turkey through Greece and the Balkans, then from Libya and Morocco to Italy and Spain.
These invasions gave rise to a heightened awareness in Italy and Spain. In Italy, the League is flying from electoral triumph to electoral triumph since its leader, Matteo Salvini has, as interior minister, cracked down on immigration. In Spain, the national and identitarian party Vox has emerged ex nihilo. It opened its campaign for the European elections in Covadonga, where Muslim invaders were stopped in 722.
The Balkans, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Macedonia, are also threatened by invasion, less as destination countries than as transit countries. There is a risk that some of the immigrant populations will remain in there.
The countries resisting the invasion: Eastern Europe
In 2015, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán took a historic decision: to block the border with Serbia to put an end to the migratory invasion. This decision shocked the major European leaders. Orbán has united the countries of central Europe in the Visegrád group—the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary—around this tough policy opposing migratory invasion. It is there, as in the former East Germany, where Europe is preserved.
There are many reasons for this. Until 1989/1990, these countries were in the Soviet communist bloc. The result was an economic and moral “freeze.” An economic “freeze” slowed development; even today, lower salaries mean big business has less reason to call for low-cost immigrant labor.
A moral “freeze” preserved the traditional structures of church and family that escaped the grip of the communist state. This protected these structures from individualist capitalism and the harmful effects of liberal-libertarian society. This has enabled the maintenance of historical and cultural memory: a memory marked by the battle of Vienna of 1683 and two centuries of struggle against the Turkish invasion.
Another phenomenon must be taken into account: Eastern elites are mentally different from those of the West. In the West, political and administrative elites have been “deculturized” and devastated by moral relativism and political correctness. Only those politicians who are bland and lacking in conviction can build a political career. In the East, the political elite remain those who arose at the fall of communism: men and women who have experienced adversity, even prison. They have the courage of their convictions.
There is thus a great ideological and political battle taking place within Europe between the governing elites of the East and of the West, and also between the oligarchs of the East and the West and the people. The future of Europe will depend on the outcome of this battle. There are two possible outcomes: European Europe or a submerged Europe.
What future: European or submerged?
Here are the causes for worry: The simple extrapolation of fertility rate graphs leads us to fear that between 2025 and 2040 more than half of births in “invaded Europe” (that is northern and western Europe) will no longer be of European origin.
The political situation is just as worrying. Politicians who stand up against immigration were either assassinated like the Dutchman Pim Fortuyn or demonized, as was Enoch Powell, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Jörg Haider, or, in our own time, Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orbán.
Demonization has three effects:
- It makes it impossible to describe the migratory invasion in its genuine magnitude;
- It isolates those who are subjected to it, limiting or even forbidding their access to the media;
- It greatly hampers political decision making.
Many identitarian political parties have been demonized and have suffered from the establishment of a cordon sanitaire that excludes them from government, as is the case of the National Front in France, the Vlaams Belang in Belgium, the AfD in Germany, and the Sweden Democrats. The mainstream parties in Sweden have agreed to exclude the Sweden Democrats from government until 2025!
And where these nationalist and identitarian parties have participated or supported the government—as in Finland, Denmark and Austria—their effect on policy-making has been much too modest.
Currently, the entire cultural, media, and judicial system supports the ethnic and civilizational “Great Replacement.”
And yet, there are reasons for optimism.
There are now nationalist and identitarian parties in all of the 27 nations of the European Union, except Ireland and Portugal.
These parties are making electoral gains everywhere. When I served in the European Parliament, there were only 13 nationalists: 11 Frenchmen and two Flemings. In the next European assembly, there will probably be 200 to 240 representatives opposing immigration.
This is admittedly not enough to form a majority in an assembly of 751 members, but it is enough to change the balance of power or even establish a blocking minority.
And there is at least one statesman in Europe who has a complete understanding of the stakes: Viktor Orbán of Hungary, whose political goal is clear: the defense of European and Christian identity.
“History is the domain of the unexpected”: The conditions for a radical reversal
Can Europe still remain European? A threefold race against time is underway.
- It is a race between the decline in European fertility rates and high African and Arab-Muslim fertility rates, including those immigrants already present in Europe.
- It is a race between this demographic differential and the rising European awareness.
- It is also a race between the increased anger of European populists and the ideological grip of egalitarian elite—including, eventually, in Eastern Europe.
However, we must not forget that “history is the domain of the unexpected,” as the writer Dominique Venner said. An unexpected development could enable a reversal—indeed a radical reversal—against the reigning ideology in three ways.
- By asserting the importance of the rights of people to their identity and leaving far behind the individual rights of man.
- By doing away with guilt because of the Second World War, colonialization, or slavery.
- The revival of Europeans’ pride in their own history, which would make possible remigration of foreigners and the reconquest of Europe.
The European Awakening
To conclude, I wish to quote Dominique Venner again. The quote is taken from a book he wrote two years before his sacrificial act at Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, entitled The Shock of History:
Everything suggests to me [that the Europeans] will be forced in the future to confront enormous challenges and deadly catastrophes, and not only those posed by immigration. In these ordeals, they will have the opportunity to be reborn and to find themselves again. I believe in the Europeans’ unique qualities, which are temporarily in hibernation. I believe in their active individuality, in their inventiveness, and in the awakening of their energy. This awakening will come. When? I do not know. But of this awakening, I have no doubt.
Jean-Yves Le Gallou is a former member of the European Parliament, president of Polemia, and co-founder of the ILIADE Institute. His most recent book is Européen d’Abord, Essai sur la Préférence de Civilisation.