Rumors of the EU’s Demise Have Been….

Many have been confident that the EU will collapse and others dain to mention the union in the same breath as any other world power want-to-be.  But the truth of the matter is that events can turn in a moment, especially when God’s hand is involved in bring prophecy about.

On the eve of the Brexit vote in June 2016, many people sensed that Brussels’ pulse was fading. Two of the European Union’s great projects from the 1990s—the euro and the Schengen Area of free movement—were in different forms of chaos, even as the third, the single market, was still incomplete. Businesspeople, especially from the Anglo-Saxon world, fumed at the EU’s unaccountable bureaucracy. Mismanagement had left the continent with a sluggish economy, too many insolvent banks, and no major tech companies. Politically, the Franco-German alliance that had driven the union forward had collapsed. Even Angela Merkel, who’d fought so hard to keep Europe together, made it clear her success was in spite of the homunculi in Brussels.

Now Brussels is reborn. Two events have changed everything. The first, ironically, was Brexit. Far from killing the EU, Brexit has helped reunite it. The second was the election of Emmanuel Macron in May this year, which has given the European project a purpose—or the promise of one.

www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/britain-is-shamed-and-brussels-triumphant-but-is-that-good-for-europe

 

In Shadow of Trump Visit, the EU Further Crystallizes

Because of a few choice words here and there by President Trump, the EU has felt the need to take more matters into their own hands in order to solidify and streamline the union.

Trump, who is in the French capital to attend Bastille Day celebrations on Friday, met with Macron shortly after a joint cabinet meeting between the French and German governments in which the two sides agreed to harmonize corporate taxes and make their defense industries work together. Merkel said that she’s also open to measures including a euro-area budget and an expanded role for the bloc’s financial rescue fund.

“We’ve shown that we’re prepared to reactivate Franco-German cooperation with a new elan,” Merkel told reporters in Paris alongside the new French leader.

Merkel has embraced the new French president as a key ally in helping to give the European Union a renewed sense of unity and purpose as Trump challenges long-held European positions on defense, trade and the Paris climate accord. Macron is pushing an ambitious program of liberalizing France’s labor market and cutting taxes to revive growth, partly to win German trust.

www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/in-shadow-of-trump-visit-franco-german-united-front-flourishes

 

 

China, Germany Step Up as U.S. Retires From World Leadership

The coming shift in power is remarkably underlined in the following article.  In accordance with prophecy the US and UK along with Israel will continue to decline as the EU and the East rise along with others.

The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time.

When world leaders meet in Hamburg on Friday, China and Germany will move in to usurp the U.S.’s role.

The two industrial powerhouses of Asia and Europe are being nudged into an informal alliance to pick up the leadership baton that the U.S. is accused of having dropped since President Donald Trump’s inauguration earlier this year….

“China and Germany’s new closeness is something that happened because of the Trump episode,” said Diego Ramiro Guelar, ambassador to Beijing for G-20 member Argentina. “The two most important leaders in the world are President Xi and Chancellor Merkel at the moment.”

The U.S. has “left somewhat of a vacuum” in the region by abandoning the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement….

“There’s a clear recognition of our leaders that German-Chinese leadership is now needed,”….

There are still significant limits to how far a Germany-China tandem can go, ….

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-03/as-u-s-retires-from-world-leadership-china-and-germany-step-up

 

 

European Nuclear Weapons Program Would Be Legal

Germany and the EU continue to seriously look at greatly expanding its military capabilities, apparently due to decisions that Trump will/is/has made. For all the seemingly positive ones that he has made, other decisions may very well precipitate the rise of the final Beast Power.

A review recently commissioned by the German Parliament has determined that the country could legally finance the British or French nuclear weapons programs in exchange for their protection. The European Union could do the same if it changed its budgeting rules, the study found.

The German assessment comes after months of discussion in Berlin over whether Europe can still rely on American security assurances, which President Trump has called into question. Some have called for considering, as a replacement, a pan-European nuclear umbrella of existing French and British warheads.

The assessment provides a legal framework for such a plan. Britain or France, it finds, could legally base nuclear warheads on German soil.

The document states that “President Trump and his contradictory statements on NATO” have led to fears “that the U.S. could reduce its nuclear commitment” to Europe.

Nonetheless, analysts say, the review indicates the growing seriousness with which Germany is preparing for the possible loss of the American guarantees that have safeguarded and united European allies since World War II.

“Someone wanted to see whether this could work,” said Ulrich Kuhn, a German nuclear analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “It suggests people consider this a possibility.”

www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/world/europe/germany-nuclear-weapons.html

 

Next Global Crash

Though it is not yet evident, the beast power will become the leading economic power of the world (Revelation 18:7) and many others will hitch their wagon to that rising star and become wealthy because of it (Revelation 18:9).

A new financial crisis is brewing in the emerging economies and it could hit “with a vengeance”, an influential group of central bankers has warned.

Emerging markets such as China are showing the same signs that their economies are overheating as the US and the UK demonstrated before the financial crisis of 2007-08….

The BIS, which is sometimes known as the central bank for central banks…warned of trouble ahead for the world economy.

It predicted that central banks would be forced to raise interest rates after years of record lows in order to combat inflation which will “smother” growth.

The world economy is still recovering from the financial crisis and the euro crisis which followed it in 2010.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/global-financial-crash-central-bankers-warn-back-with-a-vengeance-china-debt-gdp-ratio-a7807811.html

Three EU countries Say ‘No’ to Muslims

The EU continues to set itself up for a paring down of the number countries that will remain at the heart of it.  Whether this is one of the ways that it will happen, remains to be seen — but even so, it will happen.

EU mulling legal cases against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic over their refusal to take in Muslim asylum-seekers.

The European Commission would agree at a regular meeting to send so-called letters of formal notice to the three countries, the first step in the so-called “infringement procedures” the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations.

Poland and Hungary have vowed not to budge.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told parliament on Monday, “We will not give in to blackmail from Brussels and we reject the mandatory relocation quota.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230939

EU Sees Need to Fill NATO Deficit

These calls for a European military are becoming more frequent and it will rapidly develop into and become the most powerful and devastating armed force in the world (See our prior video which echoes this article).

The EU budget should be used for military research and the bloc could become a defence alliance akin to Nato, the European Commission is poised to say.

The Commission is to outline its ideas in a legislative proposal on spending and in an ideas paper on defence due out on Wednesday (7 June).

Trump caused upset at Nato last week.

“The development of a new generation of many major defence systems is today beyond the reach of a single EU member state … ‘More Europe’ in defence and security is clearly needed”, the draft proposals, seen by Bloomberg, a US news agency, said.

The reflection paper adds that the “nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship is evolving” and that “more than ever, Europeans need to take greater responsibility for their own security”.

https://euobserver.com/foreign/138141

 

European Union Crisis: Surrounded by Hostile Powers

More and more others are beginning to see a path to accomplish what they want for the EU, not realizing that this the direction prophecy outlined millennia ago — that is a final amalgamation of 10 countries, led by a Germanic leader, which will become the powerful end-time Beast Power.

Billionaire financier George Soros said Thursday the European Union is in an “existential crisis” and needs to be reinvented in the face of growing threats…by fighting together against the rise of anti-European sentiment, xenophobic feelings and surrounding “hostile powers.”

“Putin’s Russia, Erdogan’s Turkey, Sisi’s Egypt and the America that Trump would like to create if he could, but can’t,” the U.S. financier added when talking about hostile powers.

He called for an update of European treaties to make the EU work better and allow a “multitrack” bloc where countries would have a wider variety of choices when it comes to integration.

The investor believes that the divorce process [Brexit] could take as long as five years to but during that time the EU has the chance “to transform itself into an organization that other countries like Britain would want to join.”

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/01/soros-says-the-european-union-is-now-in-an-existential-crisis-surrounded-by-hostile-powers.html

Breakup of the West?

NATO is not and cannot be the Beast Power simply because of its current make-up with America and the British Common Wealth (countries as well as certain others).  Now, with these threats from Trump, Germany sees the handwriting on the wall and the even greater necessity to take military matters into its own hands so that they can be prepared to deal with hostile powers.

By the time Air Force One started down the runaway at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, to bring President Trump home, the Atlantic had grown markedly wider than it was when he flew to Riyadh.

In a Munich beer hall Sunday, Angela Merkel confirmed it.

Europe must begin to look out for itself, she said, “take our fate into our own hands. … The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over.”

Merkel’s apprehensions are understandable. A divorce could be in the cards. During his visit to NATO in Brussels and the G-7 in Sicily, Trump, with both his words and body language, revealed his thinking on who are friends and who are freeloaders.

Merkel seemed to take this as an implied threat that the U.S commitment to defend Europe from a Russia with one-tenth of NATO-Europe’s GDP may be contingent and may have a time limit on it.

A U.S.-NATO collision could come here, and soon.

From his rough remarks, Trump sees the Europeans as freeloaders on U.S. defense, laggards on their NATO contributions and mercantilists who craft policies to run endless trade surpluses at our expense, especially the Germans who are “bad, very bad.”

The European half of Trump’s trip should be taken as a fire-bell-in-the-night warning: Shape up, Europe, or you may find yourselves on your own when it comes to the defense of your continent.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/05/breakup-of-the-west/

UK Not Happy With Excessive ‘Divorce Payment’ Demands

Schaeuble did proclaim that “the British will learn Brexit was a mistake” — this was always going to happen as a part of the end-time events.

With negotiations between the UK and EU likely to formally begin on June 19, Bloomberg reports that Brexit Secretary David Davis has pre-emptively lashed out at EU officials, threatening that “The UK will quit talks on leaving the European Union unless the bloc drops its demands for a divorce payment as high as EUR100bn.”

Britain’s negotiations would otherwise be plunged into “chaos,” and even a 1 billion-pound settlement would be “a lot of money,” Davis said in an interview published in the Sunday Times.

As a result, firms are likely to review their operations along the entire value chain, with tariffs only being a small part of their worries.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-21/uk-threatens-quit-brexit-talks-over-excessive-divorce-payment-demands