Parliament Moves Right

From the July 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

Socialists within the European Union took a beating at the EU parliamentary elections last month. In a surprise result, the center-right People’s Party won power in the European Parliament. Contrary to this result, the current ruling parties in the EU’s 15 member nations are of center-left persuasion.

The European parliament, with its power newly strengthened by the recently enacted Amsterdam Treaty, is able to amend or even block European legislation proposed by the two other pillars of the EU, the European Commission (its executive body) and the European Council, which represents the member governments. The parliament is also the only body having the right to question board members of the all-powerful, Frankfurt-based European Central Bank.

The incoming president of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, in particular may feel the effects of the newly elected right-wing European parliament. It is Prodi’s job to appoint a new commission, following the resignation, en masse, of the former European Commission in the wake of devastating evidence of massive corruption. As the parliament has the right to accept or reject the 20-member commission as a whole, Prodi will feel the heat of the parliament’s wrath should the composition of the new commission be not to its liking.

Watch for the new European Commission to comprise members of more conservative political background than their liberal predecessors.

Bible prophecy indicates the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is imminent. Ultimately, the European Union and its supportive institutes will move to the right, just as the European parliament has now done.

Indicators are that imperial Europe, under German leadership, will become significantly national-socialist in its political outlook. German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has exhibited left-to-right swings of mood and mindset in the past. His chancellorship may readily accommodate this future swing in the EU, of which the recent European parliamentary elections are but a foretaste.