Why Germany and Europe Are ‘Westless’

The Munich Security Conference teaches us something critical about U.S.-German relations.

World leaders gathered for the Munich Security Conference over the weekend in one of the most important military and foreign-policy conferences of the year. This year’s theme was “Westlessness.”

No, I haven’t developed a speech impediment. This is about a fundamental shift in world order. Since the end of the Second World War, “the West” has been one of the key players in world events. While not totally unified, the West includes the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Western Europe, with Eastern Europe joining after the end of the Cold War. This bloc has held similar values—freedom, democracy, relatively free-market economies—and is held together by a series of overlapping alliances, like nato and the European Union.

“Westlessness” is the end of this worldview. This bloc wields less power on the world scene. It is less unified. Parts of it are turning against its core values.

In focusing on “Westlessness,” the conference exposed one of the most important trends in world events.

With leaders from both the U.S. and Europe giving their thoughts on the big issues of the day, the conference exposed the massive divide between the two. “The two sides aren’t just far apart on the big questions facing the West (threats from Russia, Iran, China), they’re in parallel universes,” wrote Politico.

The one person who really drove the conference agenda was French President Emmanuel Macron. He wants a strong Europe with a strong military—a Europe that avoids being America’s junior partner and instead moves closer to Russia.

Not everyone in Europe agrees with this—and that disagreement was also on display at the conference. But Macron said he would be happy if a smaller “core” group of EU nations moved toward a military union; he would be happy to leave the rest behind.

Macron even raised the prospect of France helping this military union by sharing its own nuclear weapons. Currently, many European countries rely on American nuclear weapons for their nuclear umbrella. Macron wants to end that dependence. “We have to think in a European way as well,” he said. Shortly before the conference, he invited Germany for talks on the subject of nuclear weapons with France.

It is clear that “the West” is no more. There are two power blocs: a German-dominated Europe on the one side; the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the other.

Understanding this divide is fundamental to all the forecasts we make at the Trumpet. As Herbert W. Armstrong proved in his free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand—along with others, including the Jewish State of Israel in the Middle East—are descended from ancient Israel.

This European power, in contrast, is the force God is raising up to punish Israel. These two have fundamentally different backgrounds and different destinies. They appeared to be one bloc in the postwar world, because America was powerful and Europe, devastated by World War ii, was weak. But as Europe rises, the divide is clearer than ever—so clear that it’s obvious to the organizers of the Munich Security Conference.

This is the true source of “Westlessness.”

If you want to learn more about this split, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “France Is Resurrecting the Holy Roman Empire” is a great place to start.