France’s Emmanuel Macron has called for a “real European army” to reduce dependence on the United States and suggested such a coalition of European nations could help deter the growing surge of nationalism in some countries.
The coalition of 10 European nations ready to react to crises near the continent’s borders was launched last week with Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Finland joining the French-led initiative.
“In an environment where threats and upheavals of a geopolitical or climatic nature are multiplying, the initiative must send the message that Europe is ready, that Europe is capable,” a French Defense Ministry official said.
President Trump has already criticized the plan on Twitter saying, “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”.
Macron’s push for European military independence; however, is not new. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has previously cited President Trump’s pledge to demand other NATO allies to pay their fair share and his isolationist policies as a reason to rebuild Europe’s defensive capabilities.
The EU’s top diplomat has even suggested Europe transform itself into what he called a “superpower” that could act as a “global security power”. He went on to say, “the Americans, to whom we owe much … will not ensure the security of the Europeans in the long term. We have to do this ourselves….a joint EU army would show the world that there would never again be a war between EU countries”
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has also previously presented a plan to build a EU army. Last year she published a piece in the German media in which she laid out her arguments for forming a European army in response to the new course that she believes both Brexit and the US election have set.
With such a plan come more questions than answers at this time. How can the EU hope to speak with one voice due to different approaches, priorities and security interests, which include the fear of a diminished NATO role, among other reasons. The top concern seems to remain the loss of national sovereignty as currently exercised by each EU country over its respective armies.
Past suggestions for a EU army have indicated all member states would have to reach an agreement by unanimity, or a decision would have to be made by a qualified majority vote; a long decision process could end up weakening a common EU force and limiting its effectiveness. It remains unclear what final form this army will take and just how integrated such an army would be – although most politicians have indicated they have no desire to see it supersede NATO.
The idea of an EU army idea has been around since the days of Churchill and seems to be revived every decade. While most attempts have failed there are some followers of Bible Prophecy who see the potential for a future 10 nation alliance out of Europe to fulfill the prophecies of the Book of Daniel & Revelation in which a 10 nation alliance from Europe becomes the seat of power for the Antichrist on his way to global domination.
Some have speculated about whether these prophecies refer to 10 nations, 10 world regions, or simply 10 leaders. When the European Union first emerged and eventually grew to 10 member nations, prophecy students were sitting up and taking notice, until the EU grew past 10 nations (current EU members total 28 nations). Then the excitement died down considerably.
Now with talk of a charismatic European leader uniting 10-nations in military co-operation, people are starting to pay attention again. Especially as it coincides with so many other important prophetic events happening such as Israel’s 70th anniversary, the players for Ezekiel 38 all in alignment, the advancement of microchipping and other end times technology and the potential for Trumps “deal of the century” peace plan to transform the region. Is it possible this new EU army will act as an enforcer of the Trump plan to be a neutral party guarantor to the agreement?
There are more questions and speculation than anything else at this point regarding the future of this new force but with so many prophetic events converging at this time it is time to be paying attention more now than ever before.