The Strange Death of Europe | Council on Foreign Relations

What does Europe’s future look like?

Last night I finished reading Douglas Murray’s fascinating, brilliant, beautifully argued and deeply disturbing book, The Strange Death of Europe. Murray writes of Europe’s “suicide,” a decision made not by voters choosing this in democratic elections but very largely by elites acting without broad consent.

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Murray, a British intellectual and journalist whose writing is always worth attention, explains that two factors have combined to produce the danger that European culture and civilization as it has been known for centuries will not survive. The first is “the mass movement of peoples into Europe” at a time when Europe is quite literally not reproducing itself—not having enough children to keep population levels steady, much less to grow. The second is what he calls “the fact that…at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions, and legitimacy.” He continues: Europeans …

The Strange Death of Europe | Council on Foreign Relations