While the US media is, as usual, fixated on the political soap opera in Washington, DC almost to the exclusion of all else, important things are happening elsewhere in the world. Very important events are unfolding inside Europe, and these events reveal that the stresses inside the EU are growing more intense. The immigration crisis has already been overthrowing governments inside the EU and is threatening to overthrow more of them. Recently an impromptu summit meeting was held on this subject among various EU nations with the impending election inside Bavaria overshadowing all they did. The EU and German Chancellor Merkel announced that an “agreement” had been reached, but it was hard to see much substance in that agreement. Indeed, its wording was so vague that it could be interpreted to mean almost anything and it seemed to be more of a semantic effort to save Merkel’s government than anything else. Let’s examine this agreement and then consider the internal German political struggles.
There are 28 nations in the EU. When the EU immigration summit was held, 12 EU nations didn’t even bother to send a representative to it. How representative of (or binding on) the EU nations can this agreement be if 12 EU nations refused to participate in it? The first link indicates 16 nations agreed to something at this summit, but the cited Spanish Prime Minister’s comments indicated there was hardly anything of substance accomplished in the summit. The first link notes that there was only a “veneer of common purpose” at this EU summit. There was talk about North African nations hosting EU screening centers for immigrants before they depart for Europe. That is a logical idea, but, as of this writing, no African nation has consented to host any such screening center on their national territory. I’m getting the impression none of the North African nations were even consulted about this possibility before the EU summit announced this “agreement.” This “agreement” seems to be little more than a wish-list of ideas suggested by some EU nations. The second link calls the EU agreement a “fake deal” with a “ludicrous” outcome.
The third link is very revealing about the massive stresses growing inside the EU. It is an interview with new Italian Interior Minister Salvini who said Italy is not only unwilling to take any new immigrants, but he also wants to see immigrants leave Italy and have the NGOs’ boats stop dropping new immigrants off at Italian shores. It is noteworthy that he acknowledges consulting closely with CSU Bavarian leader/ German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and also with the new Austrian Prime Minister, Sebastian Kurz, on immigration matters but not with German Chancellor Merkel. It offers an insightful insight into how rocky the internal EU cohesion is that Interior Minister Salvini concluded that “within one year, we will see if united Europe still exists.” That is a grim prognosis from a European leader about the EU’s future. The fourth link examines the views of Austrian Chancellor Kurz as he assumes the rotating EU Presidency. He is clearly no fan of the EU himself, and is an ally of the nationalist Italian government and German Interior Minister Seehofer in opposing an EU “solution” to the immigration problem. The fifth link adds that the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, has refused to take any immigrants back into his nation and says the EU may have to “build prisons” for them. The sixth link cites Chancellor Merkel of Germany asserting that 14 EU nations agreed on a course of action re: immigrants, and she included Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland in that list of 14 agreeing nations. Hungary and the Czech Republic announced they essentially had not agreed to anything, and I can hardly think Merkel spoke for Poland as Poland has been among the most anti-EU of the nations within the EU.
In summation, the EU “agreement ” on immigration settles nothing and has no real substance. I believe it was a semantic exercise to try to keep Angela Merkel’s governing coalition in Germany intact so it can avoid new national elections. Let’s now consider the situation inside Germany. CSU leader and Interior Minister Seehofer has been threatening to resign his post and pull down Merkel’s governing coalition (seventh link), but he has withdrawn that threat after a deal between Seehofer’s CSU and Merkel’s CDU was tentatively announced (eighth link). However, this latest German coalition deal has problems built into it. It only addresses Germany’s border with Austria, and apparently does not apply at all to Germany’s borders with Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium or the Netherlands. Austria has already taken exception to the CSU/CDU agreement and it announced that if immigrants were stopped at the Austrian-German border, Austria would stop immigrants from entering Austria from Italy and Slovenia. The eighth link also points out that the forgotten member of the German governing coalition, the SPD, hasn’t agreed to anything in the CSU/CDU “deal.” The SPD is a pro-immigrant, pro-EU Leftist party and its willingness to agree to Merkel’s deal with the Conservative, anti-immigrant CSU is by no means assured. If the SPD repudiates that deal, it could pull down the German government from the Left. The governing German coalition government is still very fragile.
All of the above have major ramifications for the USA and the rest of the world as well as for Europe. As the EU pulls apart, its member nations may start implementing bilateral trade and commerce deals with the USA, China and other nations apart from any EU oversight. The EU’s nations, are, quite literally, acting like actual nations again, and steadily less like mere provinces of an EU government in Brussels.
These EU and German internal feuds could easily have an impact on the fulfillment of biblical prophecies for the latter days. The EU is an important bloc in the current global geopolitical structure and the Euro currency is a vital part of global commerce. If the EU comes apart and a number of its members abandon the Eurozone, it will cast doubt on the integrity and trustworthiness of global financial markets. If the Euro becomes an unreliable and threatened currency, that alone could cause a sudden crisis in the massive financial derivatives markets around the world as counterparty risks would affect all nations doing business with Eurozone banks, financial companies, exporters, etc. Revelation 17-18 prophecies that a global financial collapse will occur within one hour (Revelation 17:10, 17 and 19) during the end times of our age. Such a global collapse would have been impossible until the world was interlinked with near-simultaneous digital markets. A catastrophic global “flash crash” is now technologically possible, so the book of Revelation correctly anticipated today’s modern technological realities when it was written approximately two millennia ago. How could it have so accurately predicted the financial technological possibilities of the modern world unless it was inspired by a Divine Creator?
As a final thought, the EU has been arrogantly dictating to the United Kingdom all kinds of terms and conditions about the Brexit departure of the UK from the EU. I have no doubt that the United Kingdom will still be in existence in a year from now. Based on the open doubts expressed by the Italian Interior Minister (cited above) regarding whether the EU can survive another year, wouldn’t it be ironic if at the time the UK leaves the EU, the EU itself is disintegrating? I’m not predicting such a thing, but the possibility does exist.
Keep your eyes on events inside Europe.