An interesting proposal has surfaced that could greatly impact politics, economic and military strategy in Europe. The proposal calls for a “Nordic Union” wherein Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland would merge into a federal union while retaining important local autonomies within their own nations. Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Aland would also be a part of this “Nordic Union” (see first link below).
Each of the nations, individually, carries little weight in overall European politics and decisions. However, if they merge into a single federal union, they will collectively carry much greater weight in European (and even international) affairs. The link indicates that such a development “would undoubtedly be a long process.” However, if the Eurozone fractures and new alignments develop within the EU nations, a Nordic Union with its own “Nordic Euro” might suddenly become more appealing to all the Nordic nations. There has already been discussion of a new “Nordic Euro” or “Central Euro” so the emergence of any new Nordic Euro woud logically call for at least a confederation of the nations in a Nordic Eurozone.
The article notes that such a Nordic Union would cause it to join “the world’s 10-12 biggest economies.” A Nordic Union would make the collective Nordic nations carry much more weight in the European decisions that are now largely made by Germany, France, and the UK. A Nordic Union would also have strategic advantages. It would completely control all access to the Baltic Sea and no Russian warship could make it out into the Atlantic Ocean in a time of war without fighting its way through all the shore defenses that a Nordic Union could place on its seacoasts. A Nordic Union would also surely have the combined resources and skills to make nuclear weapons.
The second link also might give impetus to the concept of a Nordic Union. NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are very exposed to Russian pressure and direct attack in a time of war. If a Nordic Union forms, I’ll bet these Baltic nations would very much want to be part of such a Nordic Union as it would strengthen their defensive positions a great deal. Norway and Denmark are NATO members, but Finland and Sweden are not. Sweden and Finland are respectable military forces. Finland fought the Russians essentially to a draw in World War 1 and Sweden has a strong independent military with its own defense industries. If Turkey leaves NATO (as seems ever-more likely), NATO would be greatly strengthened if Sweden and Finland became de facto NATO allies via a Nordic Union.
In terms of biblical significance, a Nordic Union would be an alignment of the descendants of several of the ten tribes of Israel. As readers of my books know, I would regard a Nordic Union, as defined above, as joining the modern Israelite tribes of Benjamin, Naphtali, Issachar and half of the tribe of Dan into one federal (or confederated) union.
None of this might happen, of course, but I wanted readers of this blog to at least be aware of this possibility.