Yesterday the Austrian ÖVP MEP Claudia Schmidt told a little too much truth on Facebook.
You can read it daily in any newspaper and I have personally experienced it in refugee camps and during election monitoring. Neither the African nor the Muslim culture are compatible with our culture. The desperate “dominant culture” debates that go round every 2 years also show this. Accordingly, I see massive and arbitrary immigration to Europe from regions with an alien culture as a great threat to our society. Immigration leads to a deterioration in Europe and stagnation in Africa itself. The migration summit in Salzburg, due to take place in exactly 5 weeks, is therefore actually one of the most important summits. The decision must be taken in Salzburg that the only people who can come to Europe are those who have an invitation and there must be an end to the practice of many countries issuing generous invitations and others then having to pick up the tab for them. Before some people misunderstand me (wilfully), we have a humanitarian obligation to help war refugees in whatever country and it is also in our interests to offer development aid.
But if we want to preserve our society as it is, we cannot allow any immigration from Africa. It is childishly naive to think that those very people whose cultures product nothing but misery, persecution, oppression and hopelessness can make a positive contribution to Europe. Africans do not want to think and work like Europeans, but they do want to live like Europeans. If they really want our society and achievements, they could also make them a reality in Africa. There is sufficient assistance and examples – such as the former colonies in Asia.
…Since I was elected to the EU parliament 4 years ago, as a rapporteur of the EU parliament I have monitored the European Development Fund for Africa (more than 30 billion euros), have made on-site visits to several refugee camps and have participated in several election monitoring missions to Africa, just 2 weeks ago in Zimbabwe, I have spoken with dozens of ambassadors and Commission staff on site and worked through innumerable reports on hundreds of development aid projects.
After 4 years I believe I have enough of an overview to be able to say that it is not any giant corporations or the former colonialism that hinders Africa’s development today, but African culture itself.
[There was some more text but I haven’t been able to find a screenshot of all of it.]
She was immediately denounced as a racist, including from within her own party. Her party’s general secretary called on her to apologise and threatened unspecified “consequences”.
She then deleted the postings and apologised for the “inappropriate and wrong choice of words”.