Ross Douchat, in the New York Times (of all places) writes that the EU's new Lisbon Treaty, which went into effect December 1, and its problems with unassimilated Muslim minorities both stem from the European elite's undemocratic behavior.
As he puts it: the elite "forge[s] a consensus among the establishment, and assume[s] you can contain any backlash that develops". Had European leaders consulted their voters, "The rate of immigration might have been slower, and the efforts to integrate the new arrivals more strenuous. Instead, Europe’s leaders ended up creating a clash of civilizations inside their own frontiers." Well put! (Thanks to Libby.)