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The Emerging Global Community
By Thomas Ice

July 4, 2006 - President Bush has signed a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that will have a profound effect on our future, leading to a North American Union. U.S. citizens will surrender many of our rights and freedoms to this regional government. The agreement, signed in Waco, Texas March 23, 2005 by President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, is called Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SSP).

The European Union has already merged in this way, and many observers believe they intend to extend their control gradually over other regional unions, leading to a global government.

Source: Prophezine (Story no longer on line)

EU leaders look to revive the constitution in 2008

July 16 - At a summit in Brussels, European Union leaders agreed on a plan to continue work on the European constitution in 2008. They moved to bury the current constitutional treaty, but set the stage for a new attempt with even broader visions of the future of Europe.
These would include plans for greater harmonisation of Union taxes, France's defence of lavish farm subsidies, moves towards a common EU defence policy, and plans for a Union president and foreign minister.
Source: Telegraph - UK

Jewish leaders buoyed by EU interfaith meeting

June 4, 2006 - The European Union continues to foster interfaith meetings of leaders from various religions. EU politicians were also involved so that decisions made may be put into action.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Goodbye, Europe

Mar. 28, 2006 - This insightful article by Lowell Ponte is a stern warning that Europe's unity, financial strength, and future existence is threatened by the rapid growth of Muslim immigrants who are unwilling to adapt to their new surroundings, and are intent on establishing Shari’a law in their areas.
These Islamic enclaves are already taking on the character of conquered provinces that no longer belong to the European countries around them.
Read the entire article for powerful evidence of this movement, and an analysis of the causes and possible responses to the problem.
Source: Front Page Magazine
See: 'We're on the eve of World War III - In our Islam Section
Europe's Abandonment of Christianity May Spell Disaster - Crosswalk

Observers Foresee Europe Divided into Muslim / Non-Muslim

Mar. 17, 2006 - Due to the growing percentages of Muslims in Europe and the increasing tensions between Muslims and others, some analysts are saying that the only solution would be to divide the continent into Muslim and non-Muslim enclaves.
Roughly 10 percent of the population in France is Muslim -- percentages in Bulgaria and Russia, says IslamicPopulation.com, are even higher (12 and 19 percent, respectively). And in Southern Europe, there are considerably higher percentages in Macedonia (30), Bosnia Herzegovina (60), and Albania (70).
Source: Crosswalk

Blair hints at reviving EU constitution

Feb. 3, 2006 - British prime minister Tony Blair thinks it is time to renew discussions about writing a practical constitution for the European University. At a speech at Oxford University he said,
"I accept we will need to return to the issues around the European constitution. A European Union of 25 cannot function properly with today's rules of governance."
Source: EU Observer

EU constitution is dead, says Dutch minister

Jan. 12, 2006 - Dutch foreign minister, Bernard Bot, believes the European Union's Constitution is "dead". French and Dutch voters have already voted against its ratification. Some European leaders are still hopeful that the project can be revived.
Earlier this week Wolfgang Schussel, the Austrian chancellor, insisted that the constitution was "not dead, but in the middle of a ratification process".
Source:Telegraph - UK

European Union lowercases 'Christ'

Nov. 1, 2005 - A new grammar rule for the European Union treats "Christ" as a title, and stipulates that it should be spelled with a lowercase "c."
Canada Free Press noted the title of Javier Solana, secretary general of the EU, was still to be spelled with capital letters.
Source:WorldNetDaily

Blair tells EU to change or fail

June 23, 2005 - Beginning his 6-month term as President of the European Union, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair warned the Union that it must modernize and face the reality of globalization.
The European Union faces a "crisis in political leadership" and must change to win back public support, Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Euro MPs.
Source:BBC

French Voters Reject First EU Constitution

May 30, 3005 - French voters have rejected the proposed constitution of the European Union, humiliating their president, Jacques Chirac, and possibly setting plans for Europe's future back several years.
With nearly 96 percent of votes counted, "no" had 55.5 percent, with only 44.5 percent for "yes," the Interior Ministry said.
Source:NewsMax
French Reject Europe's First Constitution - Fox
French 'Non' puts EU in turmoil - BBC
"It is a severe - perhaps fatal - blow to the EU constitution, which needs to be ratified by all 25 member states."

French EU vote battle nears end

May 27, 2005 - The French will vote Sunday to determine whether or not to ratify the new European Union constitution.
The latest French opinion poll, by TNS Sofres-Unilog, suggest 54% of people intend to vote "No", with "Yes" on 46%.
Spain and Germany recently cast "yes" votes for the EU constitution. It has to be ratified by all 25 member states to become law. President Jacques Chirac has urged the French to support the proposed constitution. According to Chirac ratification of the constitution is vital for the "future of France and the future of Europe".
Source:BBC

Bush calls for 'new era of trans-Atlantic unity'

Feb. 21, 2005 - In a five-day trip to Europe, President Bush encouraged greater trans-Atlantic cooperation. He acknowledged the tensions between Europe and the U.S., but said, "No power on earth will ever divide us.” He also asked for greater support for the new government in Iraqi.
“Now is the time for the established democracies to give tangible political, economic and security assistance to the world’s newest democracy,” Bush said in a speech intended for both European and American consumption.
Source:MSNBC

Special Report: ''In The Days of These Kings''

Dec. 10, 2004 - There are now 28 member states in the European Union (EU), but there are still only 10 in the Western European Union. They are the first ten of the member states and the most powerful ones as well.
The WEU is, as of 2004, a ten-nation core of powerful European states in charge of maintaining Europe's military security. It controls NATO, the world's most powerful military alliance and it insists on retaining a separate identity to keep its voice from being diluted by that of the greater EU.
In the light of Biblical prophecy that the final world government would begin with "ten kings," this is a most interesting fact.
Source:Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter

EU leaders sign new constitution

Sept. 29, 2004 - European leaders took turns signing the new European Union constitution in the same room where the Treaty of Rome was signed to establish the EU in 1957.
The signing ceremony was held in the Renaissance splendour of the Campidoglio, the city hall inspired by Michelangelo in the centre of the capital's historic district.
The constitution must now be ratified by the 25 member nations. Some countries are opposed to plans for an EU president and a change in the voting system.
Source:BBC

World trade deal 'within reach'

July 31, 2004 - The World Trade Organization, meeting in Geneva, is trying to frame an international trade agreement that could involve 147 countries, and add some $520bn to the world economy by 2015.
European Union agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler said the EU was ready to agree to a draft agreement on agriculture - seen as the key to an overall deal.
Source:BBC

Constitution to be adopted in Rome

June 30, 2004 - The European Constitution, which was approved on June 18th in Brussels, is scheduled to be officially adopted in Rome in November.
Source:Eurobserver

EU leaders agree on first constitution

June 19, 2004 - Leaders of the 25 member states of the European Union celebrated after agreeing Friday on the first constitution for the reunited continent. They are not yet in agreement about how to choose a president. The new constitution will leave out any reference to God or of Europe's Christian roots.
Source:MSNBC

No Christianity in new E.U. Constitution

June 16, 2004 - The official draft of the Constitution for the EU will not contain a reference to Christianity. Instead, it will mention only the "cultural, religious and humanist" traditions of Europe.
The final text could be completed by the end of the week but needs to be officially signed by the heads of state and government to be formalized.
Source:Interest Alert
What the EU constitution says - BBC ((No longer on line)

EU Divided Over Jesus Christ

June 8, 2004 - The European Union is scheduled to adopt its new constitution later this month, but there is a great controversy over whether or not to mention Europe's Christian roots and heritage. The current draft leaves it out, but seven countries are asking to have it included. The seven countries are Italy, Portugal, Malta, and the former godless Soviet Republics of Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Having lived under a godless, secular humanist regime for a generation, they know what a government with no responsibility before God is capable of, and they want no part of it.
France, Germany and Great Britian all oppose the acknowledgement of their Christian heritage, and now Spain is also opposed since they were attacked by al-Qaida terrorist.
Source:OmegaLetter - Jack Kinsella
Is Europe the New ‘Dark Continent’? - Dale Hurd - CBN

Day of welcome for EU newcomers

May 1, 2004 - Celebrations all over Europe marked the first day of the expanded European Union. Ten new nations were added to the organization, making it the largest trading bloc in the world (See next article.)
The BBC's Tim Franks says some enthusiasts are describing the enlargement as a millennial event, comparable to the creation of great empires.
Source:BBC

EU counts down to historic moment

April 30, 2004 - At midnight tonight, 10 new nations will become part of the European Union, making it the largest trading bloc in the world with a population of 455 million in 25 states.
The sense of history is being most keenly felt in the eight former communist states - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Two Mediterranean islands, Malta and Cyprus, are also joining the E.U.
Source:BBC

Poles pave way for talks on EU superstate

Mar. 24, 2004 - Poland has agreed to a compromise concerning voting rights in the EU, reviving hope that a proposed constitution for the EU can be adopted soon. When adopted, the constitution will change the structure of Europe from a treaty-based grouping of sovereign countries into a single legal entity.
The EU - which will nearly double in size to 25 from May - will have all the trappings of a state, including an anthem, a currency, a military arm and a justice department.
Telegraph UK

EU to forge own policy on Middle East

Mar. 23, 2004 - Since The European Union and the United States do not have complete agreement on future policies for dealing with the Middle East, the EU will consider a proposal by the Irish Presidency, which currently heads the EU, containing 11 policy goals for greater engagement with the Middle East. They are especially interested in the creation of a "common zone of peace, prosperity and progress". US policy is more heavily focused on democratic reforms.
Source:EuroObserver

Prophecy Expert: Scripture Foretells
Europe's Rise as America Declines

Mar. 10, 2004 - Prophecy expert, Hal Lindsey recently re-affirmed the fact that the Bible does not mention a superpower in the role The USA now fills. He says that the dramatic rise of Europe as a world force is definitely prophecied, but it is unclear what will happen to our nation to make it relatively unimportant in the last days.
But what that dramatic turn of events will be, whether America as a nation will be destroyed or will merely be dramatically reduced in power, the author says he does not know. "But I do know that that power has to shift to Europe," he says.
Source:Agape Press

European Dominance: Fact or Fiction?

Feb. 10, 2004 - This May 10 additional nations will be added to the European Union, making it the largest economic superpower: 455 million people in 25 nations, with a combined economy greater than the US. However, the new superpower will inherit a built-in threat to its future: its low birth rate. Europeans consider it too expensive to raise large families, so the population is rapidly shrinking.
Source:CBN

Europe Wants to Rival US as Military Superpower, Says EU Parliamentarian

Jan. 7, 2003 - While the U.S. generally backs Israel in the conflict with Palestinians, the European Union backs the Palestinians. According to EU parliamentarian Ilka Schroeder, Europe does not want peace in the region as long as the EU is not a part of the process. In effect, this conflict is an extention of the struggle by the EU to unseat the U.S. as the only superpower.
"For me it is obvious that the Middle East has become one of the most important fields of European military superpower ambitions," Schroeder said.
Source:Crosswalk

The 'new' anti-semitism:
Is Europe in grip of worst bout of hatred since the Holocaust?

Nov. 25, 2003 - High-profile Europeans have expressed very strong anti-semitic views in recent months. An opinion pool of EU citizens indicated that Europeans consider Israel to be the greatest danger to world peace.
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon warned European leaders that they need to do more to combat a revival of old anti-semitic hatreds. He said that the rapidly-growing Muslim population in Europe posed a threat to Jews.
"Anti-semitism has become politically correct in Europe," said Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident and minister in Ariel Sharon's government.
Source:Guardian UK

EU Viewed by China as World Power to Rival US

Oct. 14, 2003 - A strategic policy paper published in China yesterday acknowledged the European Union as the world's rising superpower.
The Chinese government said the EU was transforming the global landscape with its successful currency launch and strides towards a joint foreign policy, defence, and judicial union.
Other aspects of the EU's greatness were listed:
Europe's 25-35 per cent share of the global economy
Projected population of 450 million after expanding into the former communist bloc next year
The Galileo global satellite system, described as a direct challenge to the American GPS monopoly in space
Cooperation with China on nuclear research
Source:Telegraph

European super-region plan touted

Sept. 24, 2003 - There is a proposal to create a super-region of closer integration within the European Union. It would basically be a reworking of the Austro-Hungarian empire, regions spanning four countries - Austria, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.
If it were to go ahead, the plan would pose significant problems for those countries in Europe who have traditionally sought to limit the powers of the regions, such as France and the UK.
Source:EUObserver

Giscard hailed as the Socrates of new Europe

June 14, 2003 - Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing is being compared to Socrates for his work on the draft constitution for the European Union. The draft has broad support from European countries, but will be thoroughly debated before it is approved next year.
Beethoven's Ode to Joy - Europe's anthem - rang out as the former French president was showered with accolades for producing a landmark document compared by some to the treaty of Rome that founded the EEC 44 years ago.
Source:The Guardian (UK)
EU Closer To Bible Prophecy Fulfillment of Antichrist Rule? - MitchNews.com

Atheist premier attacks lack of Christianity in EU constitution

June 4, 2003 - From a surprise source, the European Union has been criticized for leaving all reference to Christianity out of it's new constitution. The complaint was lodged by Poland's President Aleksander Kwasniewski. He said:
"I am an atheist and everybody knows it, but there are no excuses for making references to ancient Greece and Rome, and the Enlightenment, without making references to the Christian values which are so important to the development of Europe."
To illustrate his position, he added that in every European city and town, the most significant feature is either a cathedral or a church.
Source:Telegraph (UK)

Europe Launches Plans for Military to Rival U.S.

May 28, 2003 - France and Germany led the opposition to the U.S. attack of Iraq, and since then have been pushing for a EU military that will rival the U.S. Leading members of the EU agreed to sign a $23 billion contract to buy a fleet of 180 Airbus A400 military transport jumbo jets, with the capacity to deploy up to 20,000 troops far beyond Europe's shores in a single airlift.
Source:NewsMax

Euro hits all-time high

May 27, 2003 - The euro has reached a record high against the the dollar of $1.1932. The ratio signals confidence in the euro, but actually helps trade of U.S. exports
The European single currency was worth $1.1665 when it was launched on 1 January 1999 and soared to $1.1889 by 4 January, before beginning a long slide to a low of $0.8230 on 26 October 2000.
Source:BBC

EU constitution unveiled

May 27, 2003 - A proposed constitution for the European Union has been drafted by a 105-member committee, led by former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. The proposal will be considered by EU leaders next month. It calls for a EU President, replacing the current six-month rotating presidency, and a foreign minister to represent the union internationally. It would have a binding bill of rights, and would be a union of sovereign nation states. It would retain the name "European Union" instead of "United Europe," or "United States of Europe."
Source:UPI (Story no longer on line)

Solana's 'Theory of Relativity'
Jan. 9, 2003 - Hal Lindsey reports that Javier Solana, Europe's foreign policy chief, believes that the shared values of America and Europe are really little more than a political myth.
Specifically, he feels, America has "far too much religion." And the American view of religion is just too rigid.
He is not opposed to all religion, just the American brand of Christianity and the Zionist Jews. Lindsey concludes that, "Europe is perfectly prepared for the Antichrist to come and take them over."
Source:WorldNetDaily

EU clinches expansion deal
Dec. 12, 2002 - The European Union will absorb 10 more countries of into its organization in 2004, bringing an end to the divisions in Europe.
"For the first time in history Europe will become one because unification is the free will of its people," said Romano Prodi, the President of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm.
Source:BBC

Unveiled: the blueprint for United States of Europe
Oct. 30, 2002 - A bluprint for a new constitution for Europe, published by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president, has grand visions for the future of the European Union. One suggestion in the proposal is to rename the organization the "United States of Europe".
Source:Independent.co.uk

EU glows after Ireland ‘yes’ vote
Oct. 21, 2002 - In a second national vote, Irish voters surprised the European Union by endorsing the enlargement of the EU by admitting 12 more countries. This will expand the union form the Atlantic to the Black Sea.
With the Irish now on board, EU leaders are expected during a summit in December to issue formal invitations to 10 countries — Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Malta and Cyprus — to join the EU in 2004. Bulgaria and Romania are expected to enter the Union three years later, assuming they complete economic and political reforms.
Source:MSNBC

The Prince of the People
Oct. 21, 2002 - John Kinsella shows that the Book of Daniel is so incredibly accurate that some believe it must have been written after some of its earlier prophecies were fulfilled. Yet the evidence for its authenticity is greater than any other Old Testament Book.
The prophecies concerning a ten-nation final form of world government still applies best to the European Union even though it now has 15 members and plans to add another twelve or so.
The subsequent and proposed new members of the EU are offered associate membership, but only the original ten are full members of the Brussels Treaty of 17 March, 1948.
Source: (Story no longer on line)

Euro Reaches Parity Against Dollar
July 15, 2002 - The Euro, common currency of participating EU nations has reached parity with the dollar, giving it a boost in popularity, and making it a serious contender with the dollar as the favored currency of investors and central bankers.
Source:Yahoo (Story no longer on line)

Court for crimes against mankind opens in Holland
June 27, 2002 - The International Criminal Court will open in The Hague on July 1. The United States has not ratified it, but 69 other nations have (only 60 were required).
Fifty years after the United Nations called for "an international judicial organ for the trial of persons charged with genocide", the Rome Treaty establishing the ICC was signed by 120 countries in July 1998.
Source:The Telegraph - UK

France and Britain demand powerful EU president
May 18, 2002 - French and European officials are calling for the establishment of a permanent, more powerful EU president. If other Europeans could be persuaded, the post would be created in 2005 or 2006.
Source:euobserver.com

Solana proposes three types of EU summits
May 16, 2002 - Javier Solana, the secretary general of the European Union Council suggested three types of summits: official decisionn-making meetings, symbolic meetings on one political aspect at a time, and "fireplace" talks to discuss ideas for the future.
He also pleaded for changing the system of 6 months rotating EU presidency, which will become unsustainable after enlargement.
Source:euobserver.com

Historical Convention on EU future to kick off
Feb. 28, 2002 - Today the Convention on the EU Future begins to design a European constitution.
The Convention, agreed upon by the EU leaders at the Laeken summit in December 2001, has the task of reconciling the EU with the citizens and making the European Union work with 28 or more states
The convention has 105 delegates from the EU and from candidate states. They hope to present reform proposals before the end of 2003.
Source:Euobserver

Final day for euro changeover
Feb. 28, 2002 - This is the last day that old national currencies will be honored in the 12 countries of the Eurozone. The switch to the euro has gone very well, and no major problems are anticipated.
Source:BBC

UK wants EU 'super council'
Jan. 21, 2002 - Britain may propose a three-nation super council at the head of the European Union. The three nations, The UK, Germany and France, would function in a similar way to the Security Council of the United Nations. The proposal addresses the fear that when the EU expands from 15 to 25 members in 2004, decision making will be close to unworkable.
Source:Financial Times

Spain takes over the EU flag, pledges more Europe
Jan 1, 2002 - Spain begins its turn to have the presidency of the European Union. In a symbolic ceremony, the EU flag was passed from Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt and king Albert II, to the Spanish premier Jose Maria Aznar and the king Juan Carlos
The priorities of the Spanish presidency of the EU, between January 1 and June 31, are the fight against terrorism, the modernisation of the EU economy, a successful changeover to the Euro, and enlargement.
Source:EUobserver

Prodi predicts a united Europe
Jan. 1, 2002 - The launch of euro currency and coins in Europe kindles hopes for a European superpower. European Commission President, Romano Prodi says that the successful transition to a unified currency among the 12 participating countries of the European Union foreshadows a United States of Europe. Three EU nations - Britain, Sweden and Denmark - are not yet participating in the common currency.
Source: The Scotsman
Also: From Europe's leap into unknown - news.telegraph.co:
"It will be the first time since the Roman Empire that bread, wine and salt can be bought with the same coin throughout western Europe. "

Europe rings in the euro
Dec. 31, 2001 - On New Year's Day twelve European Union countries will begin use of the euro as common currency. They started using a non-cash version of the euro in January of 1999. Wim Duisenberg, president of the European Central Bank said that the use of the currency brings the dawn of the new era.
Citizens of the 12 nations "will benefit from having the same and stable currency conducive to growth and prosperity ...By using the euro notes and coins we give a clear signal of the confidence and hope we have in tomorrow's Europe."
Source:BBC
Euro Full Coverage - BBC

New laws will turn EU into a superpower, says Prodi
Oct. 13, 2001 - Romano Prodi plans to introduce new laws while he is president of the European Commission. These laws will strengthen the EU in the areas of government spending, foreign policy, defence and police. The aim is to transform the European Union into a global superpower.
Mr Prodi called for sweeping changes in defence and internal security, saying the terrorist attacks on September 11 had changed the political landscape and made it imperative to accelerate the pace of European integration.
Source:Telegraph.com.uk

France and Italy prepare for euro distribution
Aug. 27, 2001 - Millions of coins, weighing more than 100 tons are being shipped to distribution points in France and Italy, as European countries prepare for the use of Euro currency on January 1, 2002. The Euro has already been in use for some time, but only in transactions that do not involve paper money or coins.
On Thursday, as part of an overall strategy for introducing the single currency, the ECB will announce the final design and security features of the euro notes.
Source: euobserver.com
See also: Kohl: euro makes European unification irreversible

Greater Mid-East role urged for Europe
June 25, 2001 - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria are all pushing toward greater European Union involvement in brokering peace in Israel. They are concerned that the U.S. is biased toward Israel.
Source: BBC

The European Union: A Superpower in the Making
June 22, 2001 - Since its founding in 1951, the idea of a combined economic and political force has grown gradually in Europe. The EU presently has 11 members, and is considering increasing to 15. Beyond that there are bold plans for the future, and increased talk of "superpower" status for the Union.
The U.S. supports the growth of the European Union, but there is some concern that some EU foreign policies may show hostility toward America.
Source: CNN (Story no longer on line)

New Russia-Europe alliance developing
Apr. 10, 2001 - Russia and Europe are actually considering military cooperation.
Dr. Javier Solana, high representative of the European Union for common foreign and security policy, and former secretary general of NATO, exhibited "visible interest" in a close working relationship between the Russian military and the planned EU rapid reaction force during his recent meeting with top Russian officials in Moscow.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Treaty Signing Paves Way For European Union Growth
Feb. 23, 2001 - Next Monday, foreign ministers of the European Union will sign the treaty hammered out in Nice, France last December. It provides for the possible doubling of the number of nations in the union through 2004. Beyond that, some countries, such as Germany and Italy hope there will be movement toward a "United States of Europe."
Source: Fox News (Story no longer on line)

European Union backs PA on starting point for negotiations
Feb. 13, 2001 - See the summary in the Mideast War section.

Germany emerges champion of three countries; prepares to give ultimatum on alliance to France
Jan. 25, 2001 - There is a rift between Germany and France over last month's European Union summit in Nice, France. France is less inclined than Germany to see the European Union develop into a strong federal government. Three smaller nations (Finland, Belgium and Portugal) are very much in favor of it, and are looking to Germany to champion their cause.
Source: Weekend News

Schröder launches Brussels offensive
Jan. 23, 2001 - Germany is flexing its political muscle, pushing for definition of a federalist Europe at the upcoming Strasbourg summit . Their plan would strip EU members of sovereign decision-making.
Source: WorldNetDaily / The Scotsman (Story no longer on line)

Europe In 2001
Dec. 30, 2000 - The movement for a united Europe will grow during the new year, strengthening the Euro, fomenting trade wars, deploying a new military force, and possibly alienating the United States. Member states will continue to debate the nature of the union- whether it should be a superpower or a super state.
Source: BBC

Prince Charles 'concerned' over Euro army
Dec. 23, 2000 - Prince Charles reportedly told friends in private that the was concerned that the emerging European Army may harm relations between Great Britain and the United States. The royal family does not comment on political issues in public.
If the report is accurate, Charles was risking crossing swords with Blair, who has strongly endorsed the 60,000-strong European reaction force and Britain's role in it. The force was approved by the European Union at its summit in Nice, France, earlier this month.
Source: Virtual News (Story no longer on line)

EU leaders strike defence deal
Dec.8, 2000 - A declaration adopted by the summit of European Union leaders meeting in Nice, says that the EU Rapid Deployment Force is not a separate European army. It links the force to NATO, but some member nations want to persue greater military co-operation among European nations and independence from NATO.
Source: BBC

How the EU was built
BBC

Protests greet EU leaders
Dec. 7, 2000 - Protests have become violent in the city of Nice, France, where EU leaders have begun a crucial summit to pave the way for EU enlargement. Many of the protesters are critical of the EU's plans for a Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Source: BBC
BBC In-Depth Coverage

Secret plan for EU ‘superstate’
Dec. 6, 2000 - Italy and Germany have prepared a confidential joint paper calling for an inter-governmental conference (IGC) in 2004 “with a view to the further development of European integration”.
It immediately refuelled Eurosceptic claims that the EU is on the road to becoming a “superstate”. Francis Maude, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, called the document a “bombshell that shows the true agenda at the heart of Europe”. He claimed that the Government was “privately happy with this agenda, but publicly denies it is happening”.
Source:The Times, UK - Martin Fletcher and Philip Webster

EU draws up a draft 'constitution'
Nov. 29, 2000 - There is news from The European Union that it is working on a a draft treaty setting out its fundamental purposes. Some have accused them of secretly drawing up a Euro-constitution, taking the next step toward a federal superstate. Proponents of the document say that the document is intended to rationalize the principles already set out in the Maastricht Treaty and the Treaty of Rome, putting in plain language the fundamental aims of the EU.
Source: BBC

Euro rapid force may have HQ up by March
Sept. 19, 2000 - An official of the European Union rapid reaction force said that they would have their headquarters functioning by March of next year, and would probably be fully operational later in the year.
He also said up to 15 non-EU states, including some former Warsaw Bloc members, were expected to offer troops beyond the rapid reaction force"s target goal of a 60,000-strong expeditionary unit at a later meeting in Brussels in November. The headquarters staff will be the first operational unit of the full rapid reaction force which the EU has decided must be ready by 2003 to undertake operations in which the United States does not wish to participate.
Source: Reuters (Story no longer on line)

EU Prepares Financing For M.E. Peace
Sept. 16, 2000 - The European Union is discussing a multi-billion dollar peace plan, modeled after the U.S.'s Marshall Plan which was adopted after WWII to ensure that Central and South American countries could maintain democracy in the face of communism.
The aim of the EU plan is to extend Europe's values of democracy, human rights and economic liberalization into the Middle East and eventually make the whole area a free trade region with the EU.
Source: Middle East Newsline (Story no longer on line)

Sweeping Changes Coming To The EU
Oct. 18, 1999 - Romano Prodi, the European Union's new President has initiated plans which may result in the enlargement of the EU by adding a dozen new countries to the union, increasing the president's powers, and limiting the veto powers of member states! Read these articles:
'Wise men' unveil controversial EU plans - BBC
EU report urges huge increase in Prodi's powers - Electronic Telegraph (Story no longer on line)
Radical plan to reshape EU - BBC

Cook warms to the euro
Sept. 6, 1999 - In a speech in Japan, UK Foreign Minister Robin Cook, who has been openly skeptical of the Euro, the new monetary unit of the EU, praised it's early successes in a bid for continued Japanese trade with Britain.
Mr Cook stressed that "If the euro brings benefits to its members, we will not let Britain lose out by staying out".
Source:BBC News

EU In Crisis
Mar. 16, 1999 - All 20 Commissioners of the European Economic Union have resigned because of scandals. The action leaves grave questions about the EU and about it's newly-launched currency, the Euro. Source: BBC
See Also: EU struggles to repair image

Europe launches single currency: the euro
11 nations create economic giant
Dec. 31, 1998 - Eleven European nations make the very bold step of operating on a single currency, the Euro on Friday, Jan. 1. This economic partnership becomes the second largest economy in the world, second only to the United States. The eleven nations are: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. The four European Union nations which decided not to join at this time are: Britain, Denmark, Greece and Sweden. Actual bills and coins will not be issued until 2002, but electronic monetary transactions among the 11 nations will be conducted using the Euro. Bank cards and travellers checks will also be based on the Euro. Source: CNN
See also: CNN - Enter The Euro
Commentary: This is the biggest event since the founding of the European Union to demonstrate the possible fulfillment of the prophecy from Daniel 2:27-45 of the formation of one last form of human world government, (iron mixed with clay) starting in the very geographical area of the old Roman Empire (iron). Further study from The Blue Letter Bible on Daniel 2:27-45

Euro 'To spark political integration'
Dec. 29, 1998 - On January 1, 1999, eleven of the European Union's fifteen member nations will adopt a single currency, the Euro. According to Hans Tietmeyer,The president of Germany's Bundesbank, the event should be accompanied by more political unity. The eleven countries are being called "Euroland," or "the Eurozone." Source: BBC.
See also: BBC Euro Home

Europe: Charter Aims To Protect Minority Languages
Dec. 28, 1998 - This Radio Free America article considers the fact that Europeans use as many as 225 different tongues to communicate with each other. To protect Europe's linguistic diversity, the 40-state Council of Europe several years ago crafted the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, but there is a trend toward use of fewer languages. The article asks, "Is this Tower of Babel teetering?" (Story no longer on line)

Euro Up
Europe's central banks surprise everybody and make their last act a generous one
Dec. 4, 1998 - Top banks of Europe's 11 countries prepared for the launch of the Euro currency and the new European Central Bank on January 1 by slashing interest rates to three percent! Source: Time Daily (Story no longer on line)

A Place for The Church In The Millennium Dome
April 2, 1998 - There has been a considerable debate about the evident neglect of the importance of Christianity in the planned Millennium Dome in Greenwich, England. Assurances have now been given to the Archbishop of Canterbury that there will be a significant role for the Church after all. The original plans did include a "spirit zone" in which there will be a huge pyramid-shaped tent to provide "a haven of peace and tranquility." The plans reportedly did not include the symbol of the Cross. (Source: Electronic Telegraph)

11 Countries Ready to Launch the Euro
Mar. 25, 1998 - Eleven of the fifteen EU countries are approved for the initial launch of a single currency for Europe on Jan. 1, 1999. Participating countries will be: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. The EU countries which are not committed to the concept at this time are:Britain, Denmark, Sweden and Greece. (Source: Yahoo / Reuters - Story no longer on line)

Arafat calls for stronger EU role in peace process
Feb. 4, 1998 - During a stopover in Madrid, Yasser Arafat told reporters ``We want more European Union action and more initiative to advance the peace process.'' According to the article, the Palestinian President said that the United States was focused solely on Iraq's failure to comply with U.N. resolutions and was not concerned that Israel had ignored U.N. demands in the past. (- Story no longer on line)

The Euro: Are You Ready?
Jan 26, 1998 - Less than one year from now European countries and many American institutions which do business with Europe will need to be ready for the institution of the Euro, a common currency for all member nations of the EU. Many are working feverishly on the project. Many will not be ready. (Source: C/Net -- Story no longer on line)

Ministers Sign Accord to Build Eurofighter
Dec. 22, 1997 - Highlighting their plans to move on, past economic union to a military union, heads of four EU countries (Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain) agree to an expensive and controversial joint project. According to Volker Ruehe, Germany's Defense Minister, this agreement will help Europe's air and space industry compete with the United States. (Source: Yahoo -- Story no longer on line)

Turkey Threatens To End EU Bid
December 17, 1997 - Turkey, after taking a pro-Israeli stand against other Islamic nations, was disappointed by refusal of the European Union to consider it's long-standing request for membership. This could have serious implications for political alliances in the future. (Source: Washington Post -- Story no longer on line)

Agenda 2000
July 16, 1997 - European President Jacques Santer presented a detailed strategy for strengthening and widening the Union in the early years of the 21st century. He said Europe faced "an historic opportunity." (Story no longer on line)

EMU Would End Nationhood
The proposal for a European common currency by the end of the decade will have the effect of destroying the independence of member nations. (Basic Training Bible Ministries, March 5, 1997) (Story no longer on line)

The 15 European Union Nations
Europa's web site lists the 15 member nations, aims, and basic structure of the union.

Three Tiers for Europe?
This older article (1994) from "This Week In Bible Prophecy" shows the alignment of the 12 nations which then composed the European Union or "Common Market."



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We now have what you might call a United States of Europe. The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called "The Treaty of Rome," those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which we call the Common Market. Today the organization is known as the EU (European Union) In 1973 the United Kingdom or England came in along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became a member of the union. Spain and Portugal have joined in 1986, and in 1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden were added to the official list.

The success of this European unity is a further impetus to global unity.

U.S. Economic Instability

The total debt in America (Federal, municipal, corporate, real estate & consumer debt) in 1980 was about $2 1/2 Trillion. Presently it is over $17 Trillion! This means it has increased more than 600% in 15 years! We have a collapsing economy that is not capable of repaying that debt! This indebtedness exceeds the total real estate and corporate equities of the entire country! We're insolvent. We owe European bankers. The Federal government must borrow over a trillion dollars in the next 12 months - more than a billion dollars per day, just to pay the interest! (Missler, New World Order, Audio briefing package, tape 1)

When the United States gets into financial trouble it causes world-wide economic instability. We really do have an insurmountable problem, based on the inability to pay back our debt right now. What can we do now? Some are saying we will have hyper inflation- printing more and more money to pay old debts. This is what ruined the economy of Germany before World War II. The effect of this is that people's hard-earned savings will become practically useless. In Germany people had to take a wheelbarrow full of money to the store just to buy a few groceries.

Every time you charge interest you create a problem. Money has not been printed to cover that interest, so there isn't enough money to cover all the debts. Picture this simple scenario. Suppose there was $1000 in real money printed, and half of it was loaned out at 10% interest. The total amount of money now held or due would be $1050, but there would only be $1000 to cover it!. Imagine how this problem is compounded by the constant lending of the same money. Another way of looking at this is that if everyone demanded the money due them there would only be a fraction of that total amount available to meet that demand.

The Bible says we are not to charge interest. (Exodus 22:25; 25:36; Nehemiah 5:7-11; Psalm 15:5)

If we were strong enough morally, to stand alone, we could conceivably let the rest of the world do whatever crazy things they want to do, but we don't have that luxury, because we owe so much to foreign banks.

Our financial weakness also gives rise to trade wars and what might be unfavorable trade agreements, such as NAFTA and GATT. The GATT agreement is a 22000 page document which includes provision for a World Trade Organization (with no practical means of withdrawal). (Chuck Missler, New World Order, Audio briefing package, Tape 1)

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