This is a good interview. Wether you agree or disagree with Douglas Murray, he is an interesting author, journalist and political commentator. His point of view is shared by a lot of Europeans. In the Netherlands by people like Geert Wilders, Thierry Baudet, Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh and a lot of voters.
Douglas Kear Murray (born 16 July 1979) is a British conservative author, journalist and political commentator. He founded the Centre for Social Cohesion in 2007, which became part of the Henry Jackson Society, where he was Associate Director from 2011–18. He is also an associate editor of the British political and cultural magazine The Spectator. Murray writes for a number of publications, including Standpoint and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Neoconservatism: Why We Need It (2005), Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and the Saville Inquiry (2011) about the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (2017), and The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity (2019).
Murray appears regularly in the British broadcast media. He is sometimes described as a conservative or neoconservative and a critic of Islam. He has been described by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy as "one of the most important public intellectuals today".
Murray has appeared on a number of British current affairs programmes, including the BBC's Question Time, This Week, HardTalk, the Today programme, The Big Questions, Daily Politics, and Sunday Morning Live. Murray has written for The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph,The Guardian, Standpoint, and UnHerd. In 2012 he was hired as a contributing editor of The Spectator. He has debated at the Cambridge Union, the Oxford Union, and participated in several Intelligence Squared and Intelligence Squared US debates. He has also appeared on other TV channels such as Sky News and Al Jazeera.
In 2016, Murray organised a competition through The Spectator of offensive poems about Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for which a reader donated £1,000 as the top prize. This was in reaction to the Böhmermann affair, in which German satirist, Jan Böhmermann, was prosecuted under the German penal code for such a poem. One of Murray's articles on the affair contributed to his being longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize for Journalism five years after his book, Bloody Sunday: Truths, Lies and The Saville Inquiry, was longlisted for the 2012 Book Prize. He announced the winner of the poetry competition as Boris Johnson, current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and former Mayor of London, who is one-eighth Turkish.
Murray is on the international advisory board of NGO Monitor.
Murray is a frequent critic of Islam, and has identified what he sees as, "a creed of Islamic fascism—a malignant fundamentalism, woken from the Dark Ages to assault us here and now". In The Strange Death of Europe, Murray argued that Europe "is committing suicide" by allowing non-European immigration and losing its "faith in its beliefs". A review in The New York Times, by writer Pankaj Mishra, described the book as "a handy digest of far-right clichés", while Juliet Samuel of The Telegraph praised it: "His overall thesis, that a guilt-driven and exhausted Europe is playing fast and loose with its precious modern values by embracing migration on such a scale, is hard to refute". Rod Liddle of The Times called the book "a brilliant, important and profoundly depressing book." In the book, he defends the German nationalist, anti-Islam, far-right group Pegida and says that the English nationalist, anti-Islam, far-right English Defence League "had a point". He describes Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, as a better sentinel of "European values" than George Soros.
Murray subsequently turned his attention to issues around social justice and identity politics in the western world in The Madness of Crowds. William Davies in The Guardian described the book as "the bizarre fantasies of a rightwing provocateur, blind to oppression." Tim Stanley in The Daily Telegraph praised the book, calling Murray "a superbly perceptive guide through the age of the social justice warrior". Katie Law in the Evening Standard said that Murray "tackled another necessary and provocative subject with wit and bravery". In the book, Murray points to what he sees as a cultural shift, away from established modes of religion and political ideology, in which various forms victimhood can provide markers of social status. Murray divides his book into sections dealing with different forms of victimhood, including types of LGBT identity, feminism, and racial politics. According to Murray, he criticises the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault for what he sees as a reduction of society to a system of power relations.
Murray is an atheist, having been a practising Anglican until his twenties, but has described himself variously as a cultural Christian and a Christian atheist, and believes that Christianity is an important influence on British and European culture. Murray is openly gay.
Mr. Murray has presented a multitude of issues and problems with the subject of Islamics in Europe and most rightly he is. There though is the foundation of the problem, for he is of the multitude of the many that provides the questions, but not of the few that provides the answers.
You got a point there Karl. Problem in Europe is that no politician in power dares to demand integration and assimiliation from refugees and new immigrants. Where that is logical in the USA in Europe it is seen by many as racist, superior Western thinking, discrimination and xenophobia. But fact is that Europe is building a fortress and that the Europeans are paying Turkey money to keep the refugees in Turkey. One idea is not a bad idea of Douglas Murray. Murray suggested that the West should lease, rent or buy land in Northern-Africa or the Middle east to create safe zones and to bring the refugees there.
I agree with Murray's criticism of the left and the right in Europe.
The conservative Douglas Murray
The Labour politician David Miliband
The refugee crisis is one of the most pressing challenges for the world today: around 1 person in 100 is a refugee. David Miliband, a former British foreign secretary, offers his thoughts on how to solve it.
Irem Ergun takes to the TEDxWarwick stage to challenge our current approach to the refugee crisis and highlights the role of locals in enabling and facilitating integration.
Irem is the co-founder of Project Virtuous Triangle, a platform that matches local university and primary school students to refugee pupils in order to facilitate education, friendship, integration and development. Unlike traditional integration policies that put all the responsibilities on the shoulder of the refugees and immigrants, Project Virtuous Triangle propose a more proactive and interactive model of integration which regards those issues as a chance to solve domestic problems. Irem is a law student at İstanbul Bilgi University and an active member of Bilgi Social Responsibility Organization that focuses on educational improvement for unprivileged primary school children.
Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva-Kinova (Bulgarian: Кристалина Иванова Георгиева-Кинова; born 13 August 1953) is a Bulgarian economist, who is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She worked as Chief Executive of the World Bank from January 2017 to the first of October 2019. She served as Acting President of the World Bank Group from 1 February 2019 to 8 April 2019. She previously served as Vice-President of the European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker from 2014 to 2016.
During her time in office as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response, Georgieva managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets and promoted the EU as a global champion for resilience and disaster risk reduction. She strongly promoted the use of synergies between humanitarian aid and civil protection tools, which resulted in a more effective response to crises and disasters worldwide. In this role Georgieva tripled funding for the refugee crisis in Europe. Georgieva pioneered cash-based assistance and the scaling up of cash and social protection approaches in humanitarian aid, notably for refugees and displaced persons; pushed vigorously for operations based on civil-military cooperation and became a key advocate for the respect of international humanitarian law globally.