“This year the leaders of both France and Britain declared that their countries’ policies of multiculturalism had failed. As when Germany’s Angela Merkel made similar statements last year, Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron sparked a political firestorm that continues today. Europe’s debate over multiculturalism, and how to deal with non-European immigrants, will only intensify in the coming years as the full effects of the Arab Spring play out on our continent. But it’s worth stepping back now and considering how we arrived at this point. How has it become so controversial for a Western leader to affirm a preference for his own culture? In short, how did Europe come to lose confidence in its own civilization?”
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