Ultimately, the capacity of a civilisation to
resist those who hate it depends on its self-belief. In Europe, this was
expressed in what was called Christendom, enriched by the ideas of the
Enlightenment. The founders of the European Union wanted it to give
Christendom modern democratic form, but this is now nearly invisible.
The leader of the union’s largest Christian Democrat party, Angela Merkel,
has let more than a million mainly Muslim immigrants into her country
this year alone. The East German pastor’s daughter is surely a much
nicer person than Donald J Trump, but I wonder if she is not doing more
actual harm to the future of the West.