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The Fall of Europe: EU Infighting, Refugee Crisis Signal Historic Collapse

© REUTERS / Fabrizio BenschGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel
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The migration crisis reflects the weakness of the EU's architecture, which is leading to the rapid disintegration of the supranational union's member states, according to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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Europe is swiftly falling to pieces as EU countries remain at odds over many pressing issues, including those related to the ongoing migration crisis, political analyst Berthold Kohler Migration wrote in an article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

According to the author, the migration gridlock and a raft of other problems inside the EU may finally result in the biggest disintegration of Europe in history.

"The struggle to preserve the currency union forced Europeans to realize how strongly political ideas differ in EU countries, where a variety of mentalities, experience and cultures is still in place," Kohler said.

He added that even the location of countries and their size can cause discrepancies in terms of national interest, while disparities in standards of living between rich and poor EU members have led some to envy others.

© AP Photo / Armin WeigelRefugees walk to a chartered train at the railway station of Passau, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016
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Refugees walk to a chartered train at the railway station of Passau, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016

The author also drew attention to the fact that the course that German Chancellor Angela Merkel chose in order to try to resolve the migration deadlock has revealed that Europeans are not able to pursue a common policy in this regard.

What's more, Merkel herself, who was once heralded Time magazine's Person of the Year, has become a "lonely European," according to Kohler.

"One of the negative consequences of the crisis was that most EU members do not want to listen to the German government's opinion any more.Merkel planned to take control of the flow of migrants at the EU's external borders and fairly distribute the refugees in EU countries, but her plan does not work," he said.

Merkel's decision to take in almost all of the migrants without sticking to quotas has been cited by many as a fatal mistake, and her country is unlikely to achieve the successful integration that she has repeatedly touted.

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Kohler concluded by saying that Merkel's "special stance" on migration crisis-related problems has already undermined her authority at home and abroad.

The recent events in Cologne, in which dozens of women were robbed, sexually assaulted, and raped on New Year's Eve by groups of aggressive men of predominantly Arab and North African descent, has raised criticism among the local population regarding Merkel's 'open door' policy. Germany is reported to have accepted more than one million refugees in 2015 alone, exceeding the number of babies born in the country in 2014 (approximately 715,000).

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