A Political and Social Explosion in Germany Is Imminent
The convergence of three or four major crises is thrusting Germany closer than ever to full-blown political and social transformation—and not a positive one.
First, it’s now obvious that Germany’s economy is in real trouble.
The Ifo Institute warned last month that “storm clouds are gathering over the German economy.” On June 19, Die Welt declared that the “second German economic miracle is over.”
Economic growth in the first quarter of 2018 was half the rate of the previous quarter. The International Monetary Fund and other analysts have cut their forecasts for Germany’s economic growth this year and next. Demand for German goods is slowing, which is starting to impact German manufacturing and industry.
This is hugely significant: Germany’s political and social stability depends on its economy.
Of course, this is true of all nations. But Germany’s history with economic crisis, and the political and social changes an economic crisis can effect, is unique. History informs us what can happen when the German public is anxious, disenfranchised and hopeless.
Second, Germany is now very obviously engaged in a trade war with America.
German leaders and the media are laying the blame entirely on United States President Donald Trump, making Germans feel as if they are under assault. This creates anxiety, fear and anger—emotions that ultimately manifest in political extremes, nationalistic behavior and war.
Germany’s chancellor stated in the Bundestag yesterday that Europe and America were now locked in a “trade conflict.” In a speech delivered to German lawmakers but obviously aimed at the White House, Merkel stated that it was “worthwhile to prevent this conflict from becoming a real war.” The remark was nuanced, but Merkel clearly hinted that a trade war could evolve into something much more deadly.
Third, German politics remain in total and uncharacteristic disarray.
On Sunday, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the Christian Social Union and a key figure in Germany’s coalition government, threatened to resign immediately if the chancellor didn’t agree to his plan to fix the migrant crisis. His threat set off 24 hours of total madness. There was talk of government collapse, of Angela Merkel resigning, and of a new national election.
Spiegel Online wrote that this crisis “sounded the death knell of Germany’s party system.”
On Monday evening, Merkel and Seehofer met and agreed upon a plan to manage the migrant crisis, thus averting the crisis. But for how long?
Both the migrant plan and the deal between Merkel and Seehofer are full of weak or contentious points. Executing the plan in a way to satisfy all parties will be virtually impossible. The Merkel-Seehofer deal struck Monday was a plaster, or a Band-Aid—not a healing.
Merkel is a lame-duck chancellor, weaker than she ever has been. Her government is broken and the German people are increasingly disenfranchised with Germany’s political system.
Keep in mind that this is not just about Angela Merkel. Merkel is the embodiment of the European Union and all that it stands for. If Merkel falls, the EU as we know it falls.
While the collapse of the EU might sound appealing, you have to wonder: What will it be replaced by?
Events in Germany are some of the most important events unfolding in the world right now. They must be considered in the context of history and Bible prophecy.
Germany was responsible for both world wars and some of the most horrible suffering mankind has ever experienced. And the nation today is experiencing conditions similar to what it experienced in the lead-up to the Second World War.
Bible prophecy clearly forecasts another catastrophic world war, and that Germany will once again be at the center of this conflict. These prophecies can be found in passages such as Isaiah 10, Daniel 11 and 12, Hosea 5, Matthew 24, and Revelation 13 and 17.
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