Germany at odds with Europe...And the rise of right wing Europe

Steven LeBlanc

Germany is often described as a “reluctant hegemon,” a powerful nation that dominates Europe. This role is not something Germans are comfortable with; they much prefer to blend in as opposed to standing out in any political way. Germany admires the role Switzerland plays—a wealthy nation that keeps a low political profile.

Why is Germany afraid of the spotlight–Because the memories of Nazism are still too fresh, and many Germans simply do not want to be seen as “politically” powerful; to be politically powerful could lead to other European nations (their trading partners) viewing them as potential bullies—a label German leadership wants to avoid at all costs!

The conundrum is Germany finds itself at the center of Europe and once again it is forced to navigate another great European recession. German leader Angela Merkel believes it is in Germany’s best interest to see that the European Union remains united—she does not want to see a dismantling of the Union. Why? Because Germany does most of its trade with fellow European Union nations, a European Union split—would be very bad for the German economy, which relies heavily on German exports.

Strong dislike of Germany within Europe

Germany is not well liked within Europe on account of its attempt to impose a strong working culture and German thriftiness on the rest of the Eurozone. The German solution to the Eurozone’s ailing economies has been to impose bailouts for Europe’s worst-off economies, demanding stiff reforms designed to drive down wages to increase competitiveness. Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece have taken the tough German medicine (which has made them angry with Germany), yet the medicine is working! These nations are pulling out of recession and their economies are growing, but unemployment is still very high (For example, unemployment in Spain is at 25 percent).

Pressure is now being brought to bear upon Germany by the United States, France and Italy to stimulate the economy. These nations are taking turns to criticize German policies and urging it to spend more, both within its own borders and across the Eurozone. Germany hates the practice of expansion of credit and “throwing around” money. Germany abhors debt… But France, Italy and America believe Europe’s stagnant economies–stems from a lack of demand, do to the impotence or inability to spend thus depressing both the private and public sectors. They want to increase money supply, Germany could not disagree more it still has memories of horrific inflation from the 1920s. Germany is very much against printing more money to solve Europe’s problems. What is the European tug of war?

Spend your way out of the recession or attack debt with austerity…this is the disagreement between Germany and much of Europe including America. Chancellor Angela Merkel stands by her image as the “Heidelberg Housewife,” comparing national economies to households in which one cannot live beyond their means. The problem is most European nations have been living beyond their means for decades, and don’t want to tighten their belts.

Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed plans to raise an investment fund in Europe that could be used to stimulate demand. This solution met resistance from Germany. Europe’s battleground will revolve around whether German austerity (Government spending cuts) continues or will stimulus hawks (Italy, France and America) prevail forcing Germany to spend and print money.

Economic recession is once again plaguing Europe—this is leading to a rise in popularity of right wing parties (watch the above video).

We watch Europe closely because the Bible tells us that in the future a European –centered “beast” power is the final resurrection of the Roman Empire, one of the four great gentile empires of Daniels’ vision (Daniel 7)—it will be the final manifestation of the empire that fights Christ as His return (Revelation 17:12-14).

This European-centered “beast” power, as the Bible defines it, is the final resurrection of the Roman Empire, one of the four great gentile empires of Daniel’s vision (Daniel 7) that have largely dominated civilization through the centuries—and will again rise just before Christ’s return.

Revelation 17 gives us more details about this coming superpower: “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour [a prophetic reference to a short time] as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb [Jesus], and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings . . .” (verses 12-14).

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