OK, enough with the seemingly-hourly updates. It's just too fun / depressing to point out the disaster Europe and Germany have brought down on themselves. The fun part is Schadenfreude and the dubious satisfaction of seeing my dire predictions come true again and again, like some kind of digital Cassandra.
Do you remember just a few months ago when predictions of 500,000 refugees were denounced as exaggerated myths propagated by xenophobic right-wing extremists?
Ahh, the good old days.
The depressing part is knowing that, once the initial (German-only) savior-euphoria wears off, there will be tremendous conflict and resentment — not to mention drastic political sea-changes — unleashed by Germany's decision to encourage hundreds of thousands of people from distant lands, with no identification, to stream across national borders without any meaningful control or verification. Get ready for the collapse of Schengen, increasingly vicious intra-EU conflicts, and the ascendance, all across Europe, of durable, powerful coalitions of center-right and nationalist anti-immigrant parties.
I've made my predictions clear enough here, now I'll just sit back and see how many of them come true. For everyone's sake, I hope I turn out to be wrong. Once a week, I'll check in. For now, on to more cheerful topics!