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

 

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

 

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 Wake-Up Call

Events can come about quickly as we see some are already responding to the urgency of the situation that is developing in and around Europe.

With Vladimir Putin in the east and Donald Trump to the west, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now telling Europe it has to stand up for itself. It’s a call that’s already being answered by the continent’s richest region.

“There’s no doubt that Europe needs to take bigger responsibility, we have to spend more on defense and security,” Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister, said in an interview on Monday as Nordic leaders start a two-day summit in Bergen. Norway will ensure good cooperation “with its closest allies, and some are in the EU and some are on the other side of the Atlantic,” she said.

The Nordic summit started a day after Merkel said reliable relationships forged in Europe since the end of World War II “are to some extent over.” The German chancellor made those comments after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels and Sicily over the past week.

The comments were mainly about the economic side, “that European countries should take more responsibility on the NATO budget,” Sipila said. “This message has been quite clear all the time. At the same time this means that we can cooperate more inside the European Union” and that “the window is open for defense cooperation,” he said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-29/merkel-s-european-wake-up-call-is-being-answered-in-the-nordics

Battered Europe Gets Reprieve with Macron Victory

The rumors of the EU’s death were greatly exaggerated.  In spite of man’s musings, God will direct everyone and every thing in accordance with His plans (Proverbs 16:9). The EU will continue to exist, though not in its current form, until prophecy regarding it comes about.

Macron urged the French to embrace rather than reject globalization. And he vowed to work with Germany to relaunch the European Union, a project long seen as a guarantor of peace and prosperity but one which is now struggling to find its “raison d’etre” after years of crisis.

Macron’s victory represents a reprieve for Europe and the liberal democratic values for which it has stood for more than half a century.

The nightmare scenarios that were whispered about in European capitals in early 2017 have not materialized. Europe has been given another chance. Those are the main messages from Macron’s victory and they were reflected in the reactions from Europe on Sunday.

“Hurrah Macron President! There is hope for Europe!” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman called it a victory for a “strong united Europe” and for German-French friendship.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-reaction-europe-idUSKBN1830Y1?il=0

Italy’s Former PM Renzi Re-elected

As populism was gaining momentum it was predicted that Italy would quit the EU and Euro after its referendum at the end of 2016.  It was pointed out why this was highly unlikely and now Italy has put the man that stepped down less than six months ago, back into power. Renzi is an ardent supporter of the EU, albeit one that is different than currently exists….

Former prime minister Matteo Renzi won the leadership of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election Sunday, propelling him back to the forefront of the national political scene.

Renzi, 42, resigned as prime minister in December after Italians overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional referendum aimed at streamlining the parliamentary system.

“This is not the second half of the same match, it’s a new match,” he said in a victory speech. “This is the beginning of a completely new story.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italys-renzi-likely-win-democratic-party-election-021047534.html

 

Britain Greyed out of EU Maps

There is an underlying and seething animosity that will continue to come to the surface and manifest itself in more blatant and less trivial ways than this.

The EU has started airbrushing the UK out of maps of the European Union – two years before we formally leave.

The move was hailed by Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg – who said he was delighted Brussels had finally realised Brexit is actually happening.

The maps, produced by the European Commission, shows employment rates across the bloc, but has faded the UK out to grey.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4452818/Britain-airbrushed-EU-maps-Brexit.html

 

Schaeuble Not Happy With Migrants, Greeks and French

These comments, coming from a member of the same party as Angela Merkel, are becoming stronger as these type of problems continue to cause roadblocks for Germany’s vision of the EU.  As Germany ascends once again to a pre-world war two dominance, expect problems like these to disappear.

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble did everything in his power to infuriate three distinct groups of people today.

First, in a statement that may infuriate several million German immigrants, Schaeuble said that Muslims who migrate to Europe should understand that there are better places for them to live if they do not want to accept the European way of life.

Then, taking a veiled swipe at some 7 million Greeks, Schauble said that if European countries want to keep the euro, they must implement the common currency’s framework of joint responsibility.

Finally, taking a shot at a substantial portion of the French population, the finance minister said that Germany needs a strong, pro-European France to hold together the European project, veteran German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday, less than two weeks out from the first round of the French presidential election.

It wasn’t just Le Pen, however, as Schauble also took aim at the far left: “Le Pen, Melenchon in the second round would be a nightmare”, the finance minister added.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-12/wolfgang-schaeuble-if-muslim-migrants-dont-europe-go-elsewhere

Melenchon Surges, Le Pen No Longer Only Worry

This is certainly an interesting development in that if these two candidates are the ones to advance to the second round of voting, then this will almost assuredly mean that France’s membership in the EU will be in jeopardy.  Should they leave, this will mean one less Israelitish nation among the final manifestation of the Gentile empires of the image in Daniel.

With just 12 days to go until the first round of voting in the presidential election, polls are tightening. For weeks investors have been betting that the run-off would be between Le Pen and the centrist Emmanuel Macron, with Macron beating the far-right candidate comfortably in the second round.

But investors are rethinking that assumption. A poll from Ifop on Tuesday put Melenchon in third place, ahead of the conservative Francois Fillon and just four points behind Macron, and confirmed that almost one-third of voters are still undecided.

The late surge for Melenchon, who wants to slap a 100 percent tax on the rich, leave NATO and renegotiate France’s position in the European Union, is spooking markets and prompted a warning on Tuesday by the head of the business lobby group Medef Pierre Gattaz.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/le-pen-no-longer-markets-143306169.html

Post-Brexit Tremors: UK “Would Go To War” To Protect Gibraltar

Already we are seeing the jockeying for position as the EU and UK are being pitted at odds against one another.  This will continue and the EU will come out way ahead.

The Gibraltar sea gate, which was one of many blessing promised to the UK (Genesis 22:17), sees approximately HALF of the world’s trade and one-third of all oil and gas go through this strategic shipping lane.  In the end though, God foretells of how all their gates will be stripped from them (Deuteronomy 28:52).

The ink has yet to dry on Theresa May’s Article 50 signature from last week which officially started the UK’s 2-year long divorce from the EU, and already Europe has been traumatized by comments from former Conservative leader Michael Howard, who suggested that Theresa May is be prepared to go to war to protect Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher once did for the Falklands, comments which according to the Guardian were “immediately criticized as inflammatory.”

A European Council document on Friday suggested that Spain will be given an effective veto on whether the Brexit deal applies to Gibraltar. Downing Street said May had called Fabian Picardo, the chief minister of Gibraltar, on Sunday morning to say the UK remained “steadfastly committed to our support for Gibraltar, its people and its economy”.

Taking British officials by surprise, the draft guidelines drawn up by EU leaders state that the Brexit deal will not apply to Gibraltar without an “agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the UK”.  One official told The Telegraph it is “absolutely unacceptable” and gives Spain too much power over the future of Gibraltar.

In response, on Sunday the Prime Minister told Gibraltar’s chief minister that Britain will never allow Spain to take over the peninsula against its will.

Not even one full week into Brexit, and nationalistic tensions – the continent’s soft spot – across Europe are once again rising, this time not the direct result of Europe’s refugee troubles. The good news: for now it is being handled diplomatically. The bad news: as the following chart from Goldman shows, the Brexit process is just beginning, and the potential for political and economic complications will only eventually be fully appreciated.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-02/post-brexit-tremors-theresa-may-would-go-war-protect-gibraltar