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Europe’s Transformation is Underway

 

             It’s often a little dizzying to try to decipher the details of Europe’s attempts to survive the euro crisis.  But the outcome of the emergency meeting just concluded in Brussels is fairly straightforward.  Germany and France wanted the members of the EU to agree to central control of financial regulations, and what a surprise, Britain’s David Cameron said “no”.
 

            Spiegel Online highlights how British Prime Minister David Cameron angered the rest of Europe by refusing to subjugate Britain’s financial sector to the EU, even in the depths of the current crisis.  From Spiegel, “Cameron’s use of his veto has provided for much discontent within the European Parliament. ‘It was a mistake to admit the British into the European Union,’ said Alexander Graf Lambsdorf, a prominent German MEP…’”  He goes on to suggest that unless the UK renegotiates its relationship, “the EU will be founded anew – without Great Britain (emphasis added).  Something like that now looks increasingly likely.
 

            Crisis meetings involving Europe’s top leaders have become routine news amid ongoing attempts to salvage the euro, and for that matter the European Union.  We’ve heard talk of a two-stage Europe with some members of the EU abandoning the euro and a smaller core of nations anchored by the leadership of Germany and France going forward as a political and economic unit. 
 

            Language describing the high level meeting that took place just last night could hardly be more melodramatic.  A BBC headline blared, Euro Crisis Summit: The Night Europe ChangedIt tells of a dramatic move to “closer integration”, not as a result of majority sentiment, but borne out of crisis.  “…Europe’s leaders believed their project (the euro and the EU) had ‘never been in such danger’”. 
 

            “Last night most of Europe’s governments gave up a chunk of their sovereignty”.  But Britain did not.  British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to agree to the demands of Germany and France that would have given the EU power over financial regulations in Britain.  “If there was to be a treaty change, the Prime Minister (Cameron) wanted exemptions from some financial regulations but Germany and France would not budge.”   Reading on, it becomes clear that Europe’s governments agreed to the new arrangement on an “inter-governmental” basis, and not through any changes to EU treaties already in existence as that would have required “extensive ratification” and referendum votes in several nations, notably Britain.
 

            As if further evidence was needed showing that Britain will remain on the sidelines of Europe’s next phase the report says, “For the UK this marks a fundamental change in its relationship with Europe.  Never has the UK been so on the margins.”  Indications are that Britain is likely to have to hold a referendum vote as to whether they remain attached to the EU.  So far, Prime Minister David Cameron has stifled calls for a referendum, knowing that British sentiment is to pull out
 

            For that matter, polls show that the German people are not enamored with the idea that it will fall their lot to back more bailout loans for their undisciplined neighbors.  This, along with other factors may well lead to political changes inside Germany.  It undoubtedly accounts for the careful approach taken by Chancellor Angela Merkel, to the dismay of EU members rattled by the enormity of the threat to the euro.
 

            The BBC’s dramatic assessment of the situation hints at dangers of not just economic collapse, but of political upheaval as well.  “For the European people, they are in a closer Europe than they ever voted for.  But Jean Monnet, one of the founders of the EU, said Europe would be forged in a crisis.  It has been proved so yet again.”
 

            Garner Ted Armstrong said that Europe’s eventual configuration would likely come about as the result of economic crisis, and that Great Britain (based on Bible prophecy) would not be a part of it.  As these fluid events play out in the international headlines, it is apparent that he knew exactly what he was talking about. 

           
 In summation, the articles referenced above and others like them show that no specific measures were taken that would provide bailouts or additional low interest loans to the worst of the debtors.  In other words the euro crisis has not been mitigated much less solved.  It was instead the undertaking of an “inter-governmental” agreement which gives the EU (led by Germany and France) economic authority over member nations’ internal finances.  Apart from Britain all EU member states have signed on except Sweden, Hungary and the Czech Republic.  Those three countries will not give up further sovereignty without their parliaments approval.  [Breaking story: Hungry may adopt new EU deal]
 

            Important as this is in the grand scheme of current events, chances are it will get scant attention on the nightly news.  We’ll do our best to keep up with developments and apprise our readers of the historic changes underway, particularly those of prophetic importance.

 


Mark Armstrong
 

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Further reading:
Books
"Watcher Along the Rhine" by Brian Connel
 
Booklets
Europe and America in Prophecy
Mark of the Beast --What Is It?
Iron and Clay
Greatest Time Of World Trouble In History!
 
Our Commentary
A Greek Calamity by Mark Armstrong
“A New World Order is emerging…”by Mark Armstrong
Economic Meltdown - Averted or Just Delayed?by Mark Armstrong
Economic Collapse – Planned Disasterby Jim Josephsen
Europe and the Coming State Religionby Michael Burkert
Papal Power and the End Timesby Michael Burkert
Is A GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN UNDERWAY?by Garner Ted Armstrong
Global Financial Meltdown...Now Near?by Garner Ted Armstrong

 
21st Century Watch
Pushes Toward Single European State" 21st Century Watch 1998
 
Quote by Garner Ted Armstrong:
"There will be logical causes for massive social unrest in Germany: 1) Sudden collapse of the economy, perhaps from a global stock market collapse (blamed on the U.S.). 2) A new round of war in the Mideast and the cutoff of Europe's oil by an Arab oil embargo. 3) Hundreds of thousands of Germans from East Germany are pouring into West Germany only to find jobs occupied by large numbers of Turks, Spaniards, and other minorities. 4) If the two Germanys decide, multilaterally, to unite, the sudden drain on West German financial resources could trigger an immediate economic crisis." ---"United States of Europe" When?

"For decades, I have voiced doubts that Britain will become a part of a 'United States of Europe.' "
"Regardless of the causes, it seems increasingly clear that Britain may well remain outside of the eventual 'U.S. of Europe,' looking in."
 ---"Germany Pushes Toward Single European State" 21st Century Watch 1998
 

Photos:
Left: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Center: The Euro, denoting the Euro Crisis
Right: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany