Europe heading for 'revolutions' and 'collapse' over immigration, warns Donald Trump
From the British daily, The Telegraph:
Donald Trump has predicted "revolutions" in Europe in a backlash against immigration and defended his remarks on Muslims, saying some were his "best friends," in his first campaign interview with French media.
France "isn't what it was" and the Germans no longer recognise their country, the Republican frontrunner in presidential primaries told the right wing French weekly Valeurs Actuelles in a long interview due for release on Thursday, but made prior to his victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary.
The maverick billionaire candidate steered clear of mentioning the UK, instead taking a swipe at Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, saying she had made a "huge mistake with the migrants" by welcoming hundreds of thousands to seek asylum in recent months.
"What's happening in Europe can lead to its collapse. It's dramatic what (Merkel) has allowed to happen, this flood," he said, adding that the "consequences" were being felt around the continent.
"If we don't deal with the situation competently and firmly, then yes, it's the end of Europe," he predicted. Stopping short of predicting civil war, he said the continent had "real revolutions ahead of you", adding that Europe "won't be spared" a 9/11-style disaster.
"My German friends no longer know where they are. They can't believe their eyes about what is happening…they're desperate," he claimed. He also warned that if immigration could not be dealt with "in an intelligent, rapid and energetic manner," then Europe was headed for "more than just upheaval, on a scale you can't even imagine."