Germany May Take on Google—the Whole Internet Watches

Germany’s parliament is considering a bill that could force Google to pay for using contents of German newspapers.

Google has long argued that it provides a free service to newspapers by bringing people to their websites. But German newspapers want Google to pay for their stories that appear on Google’s news page. Many see it as a test case in copyright law versus Internet freedom.

Such an issue might not have been so highlighted if German newspapers were running well. Business daily Financial Times Deutschland was forced to close early this month due to reported poor management and what the newspaper claimed was an impact from the Internet. It is no surprise that German newspapers aren’t happy with Google News.

“They want their piece of the big cake and they argue that it’s their copyright that is used and if anyone is using content for business then they should pay for it,” said Peter Zschunke, journalist, Networld at German Press Agency.

The battle between the search engine giant and the Eurozone’s most powerful economy will end in what will most likely be a global precedent.

“The whole internet is watching,” added Zschunke.

If German legislators get their way, watch for other countries to follow suit.

Biblical prophecy describes a rapacious economic powerhouse emerging in the end time that rules over global trade and commerce. Europe is rapidly stepping into that role and is increasingly demanding the world get in line. Read our articles “Bending the World to Its Rules” and “Financial Regulation in Prophecy!” for more understanding on this subject.

To understand the depth of Germany’s ambition and how far they will succeed, read Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

Germany—Filling the Gap

Germany—Filling the Gap

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The recent move by Germany to deploy military personnel and missile hardware to Turkey hastens the fulfillment of end-time prophecy on two fronts.

The Balkan Peninsula, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey. These are the stepping stones from Mitteleuropa, via the Mediterranean, to Jerusalem.

With the German Parliament finally approving the deployment of 400 troops, and multiple batteries of Patriot missiles to Turkey, this has further enhanced the strategic linkage between Europe and the Middle East that German elites have desired all along. It literally hastens the prospect of the prophesied king of the north surrounding Jerusalem with armies (Luke 21: 20). All that now stands between this deployment of German military strength and its marching a peace-keeping force into Jerusalem is the dislocating nation of Syria. And as has noted, Germany is well embedded in the process of influencing the outcome of the Syrian debacle .

Not only that, with this move Germany also strengthens its strategic process of surrounding Iran in preparation for its projected assault on that nation.

The whole process began with Berlin stimulating the Balkan wars of the 1990s by unilateral recognition of Croatia and Slovenia as sovereign states separate from greater Yugoslavia. The Vatican quickly seconded that move. Thus began the revival of the old Rome/Berlin axis which had caused so much bloodshed in the past, most especially in the form of the Holy Roman Empire.

Drawing Malta, Greece and Cyprus into the EU maw was a natural progression of German Balkan strategy. The acceptance of Greece and Cyprus into the European Monetary Union, when clearly neither had met the criteria for membership, only guaranteed their future economic enslavement by Berlin once their respective economies failed, which under euro criteria they were bound to do. As a consequence, as this scenario plays out, Germany, via the European Union, will soon have possession of some of the most militarily strategic locations en route via the Mediterranean to the Middle East.

Germany’s linkage with Turkey is slated to play out against the strategic interests of the United States, Britain and the embattled nation of Israel, according to Bible prophecy. Yet it also gives Germany a missile base on Iran’s western flank, a very handy position for it to be in to fulfill the prophecy of its soon coming against the king of the south like a veritable nuclear whirlwind! (Daniel 11:40).

The great hope in all of this is that it portends the greatest event ever to befall this planet—the return of its Redeemer to put down all rebellion against the Creator and finally bring world peace to an everlasting reality (Luke 21:28).

Study our booklet History and Prophecy of the Middle East for more prophetic detail on these events.

Germany Increases Military Involvement in Afghanistan and Syria

Germany has said it will continue to intervene in Afghanistan and Syria. On Tuesday, President Joachim Gauck met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. Gauck said that Germany will continue to play a major role in Afghanistan after it withdraws its combat troops in 2014.

Berlin says it will provide training for Afghan security forces, and that it will also help the Afghan people with development and reconstruction.

On Friday, the Bundestag voted 461-86 to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey’s border with Syria. The two missile batteries, along with 400 German soldiers, are part of a nato deployment that will last for one year.

Bible prophecy indicates that Germany will become much more involved in both Afghanistan and Syria. In both countries, Germany is looking to contain Iran’s growing influence. The Bible says that tension between Germany and Iran will ultimately lead to another crusade that will pit Catholic Europe against Iran and radical Islam.

To understand more about Germany’s prophesied future, request our free booklets Germany and the Holy Roman Empire and The King of the South.

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Germany Wins Battle Over Banking Regulation

Germany Wins Battle Over Banking Regulation

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Germany proves it controls Europe, and ensures things stay that way.

European Union leaders announced that they had decided on banking regulation in the early hours of the morning, December 13. European leaders hailed it as a great success. But a success for whom?

Germany got its way on just about every issue. These bank regulations demonstrate who controls Europe now, and will help Germany continue its control into the future.

Under the agreement, the European Central Bank (ecb) will oversee Europe’s largest banks. No eurozone members will be able to opt out. There are a lot of details, but the gist of the matter is that Germany wanted a small, impotent new bank regulator, and that is what it got. There are a few reasons for this:

  • Germany wanted its local banks free of the regulation. Some of these banks are dodgy—state-owned and lending money for risky, local government projects. They’re an important part of how Germany’s local government and companies are funded, and Germany doesn’t want an external regulator prying into that.
  • It doesn’t want to distract the ecb from its core purpose of preventing inflation. Germany is very concerned with inflation and it worries that giving the ecb more to do will detract from its main function.
  • Out of Europe’s roughly 6,000 banks, only 150 to 200 will be subject to the ecb’s regulation.

    But there is a more nefarious reason for Germany’s opposition. Currently, the eurozone is caught in a vicious cycle that drives nations to Germany. In Ireland, for example, the nation’s banks got into trouble. The government bailed out the banks, but this led to the government itself getting into financial difficulty. So Ireland was forced to turn to Germany and submit to its terms. The same process is going on in Spain right now.

    The ultimate goal of the banking union is to break this cycle. Instead of the banks getting bailed out by the government, they’d get bailed out by a central EU fund. If this was put into place, German money would bail out the banks directly. The national governments would remain solvent. Germany would get no control over nations.

    Handing over money without being able to control how it is spent is exactly what Germany is trying to avoid. From the German point of view it is quite reasonable—why hand over billions of euros if you can’t stop the nation you’re lending it to from repeating its mistakes and needing another few billion in a few years’ time?

    But, no matter how it looks to Germany, the process forces nations to hand over sovereignty. Once a nation is bailed out, democratically elected governments no longer make decisions about how taxpayers’ money is spent. European officials do it. It is a mild form of occupation.

    Last week’s deal will do nothing to stop this process. Countries whose banks get into trouble will still need to go to Germany for help. There may be some exceptions to this for the more “important” members of the eurozone. Spain, for example, was able to get a much better deal for bailing out its banks than Ireland.

    Allowing a central fund to bail out banks, something that would really stop the cycle, was kicked into the long grass. And Germany doesn’t want Europe to make any progress on this any time soon. “Angela Merkel has made it clear that Berlin is not ready to pay for the resolution of other people’s banks,” wrote the Financial Times’ Wolfgang Münchau.

    “The most I would expect is a small resolution fund, financed by the banks themselves—something too small to do the job,” he wrote.

    German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have called for something resembling a European superstate. This implies they will form a banking union with a real bank bailout fund at some point. But Germany doesn’t want it quite yet.

    A European superstate is coming. But it will happen on Germany’s terms. Any efforts at integration, like this banking union, that come at the wrong time for Germany’s liking, won’t succeed.

    Spain Has Committed Repeated ‘Acts of War’ Over Gibraltar

    Spain Has Committed Repeated ‘Acts of War’ Over Gibraltar

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    Spanish ships have sailed into Gibraltar’s territorial waters 197 times this year, it was revealed recently as a British member of Parliament accused Spain of committing an “act of war.”

    The British government’s figures show that Spanish state vessels entered Gibraltar’s waters 23 times in 2011 and 67 times in 2010. By the end of November this year, that figure was at 197.

    Spain is deliberately making an issue of Gibraltar right now.

    “I am sure that the entire House will be shocked, angry and dismayed at the continual incursions by the Spanish government into the waters around the British sovereign territory of Gibraltar,” Conservative M.P. Andrew Rosindell said in Parliament December 13. “This is an act of aggression. Will the leader of the House ask the defense secretary and the foreign secretary to make an urgent statement on what Her Majesty’s government will do to ensure that these illegal incursions into British sovereign waters are stopped forthwith?”

    In his reply, the leader of the House, Andrew Lansley, announced that two Spanish naval vessels had entered British Gibraltar territorial waters on December 10.

    Later, another Conservative M.P., Bob Stewart, stood to “gently remind the House that an illegal incursion into British Gibraltarian sovereign waters is technically an act of war.”

    “What is happening at the moment is wrong, and we should do something about it,” he said.

    However, Lansley indicated that the government doesn’t plan to do much beyond “making a formal diplomatic protest to the Spanish government making it clear that such incursions are an unacceptable violation of British sovereignty.”

    Britain has made 21 of these complaints already this year. They have accomplished nothing. Britain’s most muscular response so far has been to have the frigate hms Sutherland make a quick stop in Gibraltar on its way back from anti-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean.

    Spain’s persistence shows it is still committed to winning Gibraltar back. Britain came close to giving the Rock away in 2002. There’s little sign it values it much now.

    In fact, Bible prophecy says that Britain will lose Gibraltar, along with the rest of its sea gates. For more information on this, see the chapter “Changing of the Guard” in our free booklet He Was Right.