Is Europe’s Border Force About to Become Its Army?

Polish border guards serve at the European Border and Coast Guard Agency on March 28.

Is Europe’s Border Force About to Become Its Army?

The EU wants to create a substantial force it can deploy anywhere in the Union—even without the host nation’s permission.

The European Commission wants to dramatically expand the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, according to initial budget proposals released May 2.

The European Union launched the force in October 2016, and it is currently 1,500 strong.

As I noted last year, a 1,500-strong border force is tiny, “but the principles that this new force establishes are huge.”

“Today is a milestone in the history of European border management,” said Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, as it was launched. “From now onwards, the external EU border of one member state is the external border of all member states—both legally and operationally.”

The new force is authorized to deploy to an EU nation “on its own initiative.” Again, going back to what I wrote last year:

It can send in its soldiers, even if the country they’re going to does not want the deployment. EU nations are giving up the legal right to have a monopoly of force within their own borders. For the first time, there will be a pan-European military force with the right to go anywhere it wants within the Union.

Now that this border force has been created, ramping it up later would not be too difficult.

The ramping up has begun. The Commission released its budget proposals on May 2 for 2021 to 2027. It wants to increase its border force to 10,000 by 2027. The EU Observer reported that:

Details are sparse and won’t be revealed until mid next month. But clues in the terminology “standing corps” would suggest that the plan is to create [the] European border guard force within Frontex.

Frontex is the organization that became the border agency in 2016. Currently, the 1,500 border force is made up of border guards on loan from various countries. The outline of the Commission’s plans implies something more permanent. The Commission also wants to almost triple Frontex’s budget—the biggest increase to any item in the budget.

Frontex spokeswoman Ewa Moncure also noted that the organization wants to expand its freedom of action at sea. Currently, they can only send in boats when specific agreements are in place. As the EU Observer put it, “[T]hey want that changed so they can use the boat for whatever operation and wherever they deem necessary at a moment’s notice.”

So Europe is on track to have a 10,000-armed force it can deploy anywhere within its borders, even without the target nation’s approval. That looks pretty similar to an EU military.

Of course, this force won’t have anything remotely like battleships, tanks and fighter jets. But creating this force is another major step toward creating a military.

Europe is heading toward a military through a series of small steps. The German Army has absorbed most of the Dutch Army and is swallowing up substantial parts of Czech’s and Romania’s armies. It has created an EU military headquarters, albeit one only allowed to command training missions. These are small beginnings. But, as I noted last year, “the precedent has been set, and issuing a combat authorization or expanding staff—even drastically—is easier than establishing it in the first place.” We’re seeing this already with the coastguard force.

Europe has huge power potential. America is pressuring Germany to spend 2 percent of its gross domestic product on its military. If Germany follows through, it will have a military budget much larger than Russia’s. Start combining that with other nations and you have a force to be reckoned with. The EU has an economy roughly the same size as America’s. France is already a nuclear power. The Netherlands, Germany and Italy each house American nuclear bombs.

Herbert W. Armstrong warned of this military union for decades. In May 1953, he wrote that “10 powerful European nations will combine their forces.” In August 1978, he warned: “The Europeans are far more disturbed about their safety in relying on the United States military power to protect them than Americans realize! …

Europeans want their own united military power! They know that a political union of Europe would produce a third major world power, as strong as either the U.S. or the ussr—possibly stronger!”

Mr. Armstrong based his prophecies on scriptures in Daniel 2 and 7 and Revelation 13 and 17. These describe a European power comprised of 10 nations or groups of nations that would appear in this end time. Revelation 17 says that these kings have “one mind” (verse 13) and shall “make war” (verse 14).

Many other passages warn of a great war-making power in this end time. To read more about this power, and the strides Europe is taking toward becoming that power, read our trend article “Why the Trumpet Watches Europe’s Push Toward a Unified Military.”