Germany’s Mali Mission

Germany’s Mali Mission

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Germany’s readiness to confront radical Islam in Mali is a whiff of things to come.

In early 2011, when America, Britain and France mustered a coalition to provide military assistance to rebels in Libya fighting to overthrow Muammar Qadhafi, Europe’s largest and most powerful country refused to participate. Germany sat idly by as its Western partners trotted off to war.

What a contrast Germany’s approach to Libya was compared to its current approach to Mali.

If you haven’t read it, Richard Palmer’s recent article “Europe’s African War” explains the scene unfolding in this North African country. Basically, Mali has descended into chaos in the wake of a March coup d’état by rebel forces. Islamist groups, which have long been strong in the region—including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (aqim)—have effectively taken over the north of the country. As the situation quickly deteriorates, the West, especially Europe, is growing alarmed and is gearing up to intervene.

This time, Germany is ready to rumble.

Berlin is already preparing to play a key role in what many say will be an inevitable conflict. On Tuesday, following a meeting with the UN special envoy to the region Romano Prodi, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle explained the need for Germany to pay attention. He warned that “if northern Mali falls, then terrorist schools will be created there … and then not only Mali and the region, the North African nations, will be threatened, but also us in Europe.

Westerwelle assured his people that there are currently no plans to dispatch German soldiers to Mali to participate in combat missions, but revealed that Germany is “discussing possible logistical, technical and financial aid” for Mali.

Germany’s chancellor has also recently set the spotlight on Mali and made the case for German intercession. “Free and democratic states cannot accept that international terrorism is finding a safe haven in the north of the country,” stated Angela Merkel on Monday at a conference of Germany’s armed forces. “We know Mali’s armed forces are too weak to act—they need external support and a European training mission is therefore thinkable, as is material and logistical support.”

Even Germany’s media, which has staunchly opposed German involvement in foreign theaters, especially since its participation in Afghanistan, is doing its part to sell a possible Mali intervention. Süddeutsche Zeitung, a popular, left-leaning daily paper, wrote that the German “government and parliament will not be able to ignore the EU’s call. In principle, no democratic society can have any interest in the further spread of fundamentalism and terrorism.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung recently told its readers that the “argument … that a ‘second Afghanistan’ cannot be allowed to take shape only 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) from the European continent, can’t simply be dismissed. If northern Mali were to become a safe-haven and an easily reachable training camp for young jihadists from Europe, then the security interests of every EU country would be threatened.” Handelsblatt, which usually focuses on business news, complained this week that “German foreign policy experts haven’t even made an issue of the fact that something akin to a new ‘safe harbor’ for al Qaeda and its ilk and a Stone Age Islamist regime is establishing itself there, right at Europe’s backdoor.”

German leaders discussing involvement in a military conflict is never insignificant.

Moreover, there is an unmistakable theme running through these editorials and the remarks from Merkel and Westervelle: Germany is concerned by the rise of radical Islam in North Africa and is ready to confront it!

It will be interesting to monitor the extent of Berlin’s involvement in Mali over the next few weeks and months. The way its leaders and its media are talking, Germany appears to be positioning itself to play a significant role in the imminent intervention. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if Berlin took control of whatever European force is dispatched. No doubt the U.S. and other European states will encourage this.

As we watch Germany’s involvement in Mali, it’s also important that we consider the full context of this story. The Mali crisis is no anomaly: Germany is vexed by the rise of radical Islam throughout North Africa and the Middle East.

The Mali mission is a whiff of things to come!

Let’s get back to Libya for a moment. When Germany refused to support the effort to oust Qadhafi, it seemed that Berlin had little interest in getting involved in North Africa. It was easy to conclude that Germany had a passive foreign policy and little desire to play any sort of leadership role in the international community. Truth is, such conclusions were wrong. Looking back on events in Libya over the past 18 months—particularly at the emergence of radical Islam as a formidable force in the nation—you have to wonder if perhaps Germany took the wisest route.

The Qadhafi regime was ugly. But isn’t the radical Islamist element gaining power there even uglier, and as four Americans recently discovered, one hundred times more dangerous?

Stay tuned to events in Libya, Mali and North Africa in general. The rise of radical Islam in the Mediterranean—the region Winston Churchill termed Europe’s soft underbelly—will serve as a powerful impetus for Europe, under Germany’s direction, to unite and ultimately confront this enemy. Be assured, events in Egypt and Libya and Mali are showing Europe that if it wants to survive as a unified power—if it wants continued access to energy and resources from Africa and the Middle East—if it wants to stop radical Islam’s war on Christians—if it wants to purge Islamic extremists from the Continent—then it must summon the political and military will and might to confront Iran and its radical Islamic proxies.

We need to pay attention to Europe, especially Germany, now more than ever. Europe’s window of opportunity to tackle radical Islam is closing quickly.

Germany’s Mali mission is just the beginning.

Guttenberg Plays Hard to Get

Guttenberg Plays Hard to Get

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In a classic display of gentlemanly restraint, the baron avoids any impression of a desire to rush back to politics.

You have to hand it to the aristocratic Karl Theodore zu Guttenberg. He’s one cool customer.

In response to Horst Seehofer’s publicly expressed wish to invite him back into active politics at high level, Guttenberg—demonstrating the very opposite of the brashness of youth that one might expect from a person his age—wrote his party a letter conveying contrition for past sins and denoting no real desire to reengage in German politics at this time, while at the same time indicating that he is firmly in charge of his own destiny. Guttenberg will call his own tune in terms of his future.

It’s a masterstroke of political genius.

On October 20, Suddeutsche published a copy of the letter, which begins:

I have in personal talks told our Party Chairman Horst Seehofer and the csu district chairman of my previous federal electoral district Kulmbach, that I will not apply in the year 2013 for a political mandate.It is not the right time. And I have to learn from my mistakes.Not each of my reactions and statements last year, that I felt as extreme, was wise. Looking back also during my last appearance in Germany, although it was not my intention, it appeared to many that I was staging a comeback.Also from this, I have my lessons and consequences to consider. However, this requires time and distance.The phase of the recovery from transgressions of one’s own fault, and my personal reorientation, involve also a necessary retreat from the light of the German public.So I will have to withdraw, unfortunately, from invitations for appearances at public events in Germany or existing commitments in the long term.

In one stroke, Guttenberg took the wind out of his opponents’ sails by the free admission of guilt to their charges, and at the same time expressed his desire to take time to demonstrate he has learned profound lessons from his fall from grace. By exercising restraint, he heightened the tension over the expressed desire of his supporters to see him return to the political fray at a time when Germany desperately needs a spark of real, decisive political leadership.

The result—as Germany continues to experience the politics of a dislocated Merkel coalition government before the 2013 federal elections—will inevitably be increasing clamor to bring back into the front line the man who was once the most popular of politicians in the Fatherland.

It’s a classic case of playing hard to get, and serves to heighten the prospect of Guttenberg being invited back, rather than being elected, to future high office in Germany. Perhaps even being flattered with an offer that he simply will not be able to refuse (Daniel 11:21).

It’s even more of a reason to continue to watch Baron Guttenberg closely in the months preceding German elections of next September.

11 Euro Nations Sign Up for Financial Transaction Tax

11 Euro Nations Sign Up for Financial Transaction Tax


Eleven eurozone nations received permission from the European Commission on October 23 to impose a small tax on all financial transactions.

Under European Union law, a group of at least nine nations can push toward “enhanced cooperation” on an issue, leaving the rest of Europe behind. Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain all desired to move forward with the tax, with Estonia jumping on board at the last minute.

The European Commission ruled that their request meets all the necessary conditions. It now needs approvals from the European Parliament and a qualified majority of EU nations.

This is the most significant instance of a small group of nations moving forward without the rest of the EU. The only other times the enhanced cooperation provision has been used is in simplifying cross-border divorces and cross-border patents.

Supporting nations initially pushed for a financial transaction tax to be introduced across the EU, but it was solidly blocked by nations like Britain and Luxembourg, which have strong banking industries, and by Sweden, which had a bad experience with the tax when introducing it in the ’80s.

That only 11 nations agreed to move forward with the tax is more proof the eurozone needs to shrink further to achieve closer integration as its leaders want.

Earlier in the year, 11 member states formed the “Future of Europe Group,” also known as the “Berlin Group,” to discuss ways EU nations could draw closer together. These aren’t the same 11 that signed up to the transaction tax, but it shows that European leaders realize that to get something done, they must form a smaller group.

The Trumpet has long warned, based on biblical prophecy, that 10 European nations would gather together to form a new superpower, five from the east and five from the west. In this respect, the composition of the financial tax group is probably closer to the final 10 than the Berlin Group was.

Irrelevant America

Irrelevant America


What we learned from the presidential debate

What did we learn from the third and final presidential debate on Monday? We learned what it takes to become president of the United States in 2012.

It takes assuring the American people—emphatically and repeatedly—they won’t be getting into any more wars. Americans have had it to here with wars.

It takes promising to get out of Afghanistan by 2014. It takes sticking to sanctions as the best weapon against Iran.

It takes proposing to fight terrorism with friendliness: boosting economic development in terrorist-producing nations with foreign aid; helping to remake them into “civil societies” by promoting the rule of law, better education and gender equality.

It takes saying that the solution is “to help the world of Islam … reject this radical, violent extremism,” and to do so “on its own.”

It takes promoting a sunshiny and very curious reading of the Middle East—one where America is doing everything essentially right. In Syria, Bashar Assad is sure to go eventually; we just need to keep doing what we’re doing. In Egypt, we were correct in ousting Hosni Mubarak; we’re better off with the Muslim Brotherhood in charge. In Libya, we did right in dethroning Qadhafi; Libya is progressing nicely. In Afghanistan, we’ve basically done our job; the locals can keep things under control now, so we can bring our boys back.

To become president, it takes saying that we’ve had enough adventures overseas and must get back to “nation-building here at home.” It takes getting the conversation off the rest of the world and focusing on how to make people’s lives better back here.

On all these points in the debate, the two presidential candidates were remarkably agreed. That’s because this is what it takes to win the presidency.

As George Will said of the two candidates after the debate, “They understand, both of them, that foreign policy is very peripheral to Americans’ interests today, and what foreign policy they want needs a lot less American involvement overseas.

“Tonight we saw two men who don’t really disagree all that much talking about subjects concerning which the voters don’t care all that much.”

Stunning. Particularly given the uncertain state of current events globally.

This is an astounding time for America to be losing interest in the world. Serious threats are growing, while America’s influence is shrinking—dramatically. The Middle East is being transformed, and in spite of enormously costly American efforts, it is descending deeper into radicalism. Europe is in turmoil, seized with unrest that, history shows, could be commandeered by extremists of a different stripe. Asia is being redrawn as China rises and actively undermines American interests. Latin America is also decoupling from the U.S. and playing host to more extremist and violent elements. Do Americans care?

In the debate, President Obama boasted, “We spend more on our military than the next 10 countries combined.” So what? The painfully obvious reality is that it gets us nowhere. The U.S. “no longer has the … basic ability to impose its will anywhere on the planet,” as Tom Engelhardt wrote recently on Real Clear World. “Quite the opposite, U.S. military power has been remarkably discredited globally by the most pitiful of forces.” Can Americans recognize this?

The time of American superpower is past; the world has lurched toward multipolarity. What does this mean? Authority and influence is bleeding out in several directions, toward powers unpredictable, unstable and troubling. Frankly, the proliferation of factors that could lead to devastating conflicts in this post-American world can numb the mind.

Are you seeing it? Analysts routinely note these probabilities with concern. Even popular culture is increasingly fixed on apocalyptic, end-of-the-world scenarios and themes.

But listen to the president. To hear his view of things, everything is under control. In fact, America has never been stronger and safer. We just need to stay the course. Keep doing what we’re doing.

And most remarkably—as the debate made patently clear—his challenger has made the tactical decision to take the same approach. Yes, Governor Romney alluded to some of these problems, but what does he propose to do about them? His solutions are really no different than those of the man he wants to replace. He has to assure voters he won’t alter America’s foreign policy much—in spite of what he himself has called the unraveling of that policy before our eyes. It’s not working, but what other choice do we have?

For this, conservative commentators praised him for being “presidential,” for passing “the commander-in-chief test.”

This is what it takes to become president of the United States in 2012.

This is a nation eager to pass responsibility for Iraq onto Iraqis, for Afghanistan onto Afghanis, for Israel onto Israelis, and for every other problem area onto its “partners” in the international community. And it is about to elect a man determined to further fix the nation’s attention on itself. When Bob Schieffer asked each candidate to describe America’s role in the world, Governor Romney brought his answer around to the problem of college students being unable to find work, and President Obama talked about the need for clean energy and for wealthy people to pay more taxes. They both managed to swing this debate onto weighty foreign-policy matters like hiring more teachers, reducing class sizes, and improving math grades. They understand that the nation’s role in the world is very peripheral to Americans’ interests today.

Well, guess what? More and more, America’s role in the world is peripheral to the world’s interests as well. America’s “ability to impose its will anywhere on the planet” is long gone. Its presidential candidates talk about exerting leadership, but the world is moving on.

Do you think Bashar Assad, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hu Jintao and Vladimir Putin were worried about the threats issued against them in Monday’s debate? Are the terrorists who killed four Americans and torched a U.S. consulate on the anniversary of 9/11 concerned about U.S. retaliation? Is Iran thinking twice about proceeding with its nuclear program based on anything it heard? Are the Taliban, or the terrorists in Pakistan, disturbed about what might happen to them after November’s vote?

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, the results of this election don’t matter. They are confident that whomever America elects, he will oversee the continued contraction of the nation’s international influence and power. America is becoming irrelevant. The U.S. is disengaging from the world, and the world is returning the favor.

But the story doesn’t end there. This development is going to have massive consequences. America’s preoccupation with its present domestic issues will soon prove to be an unaffordable luxury. Probably within the next presidential term, that multipolar, post-American world is going to produce some nasty shocks. The problems that emerge will explode to proportions far too great to ignore.

Random Shootings Place Michigan Residents on Edge

Random Shootings Place Michigan Residents on Edge

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Reports of 22 random, close-call shootings at vehicles in four Michigan counties have placed residents on edge and have disrupted normal routines.

The shootings in the Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties in Michigan began October 16 in Wixom, Oakland and have continued through the other counties along I-96. It has not yet been ascertained whether there is one or more shooters involved, but 15 of the attacks between October 16 and 18 are believed to be linked to one serial shooter.

Law enforcement authorities are on high alert and are collaborating in investigations. The Detroit Free Press noted that the Wixom police, Walled Lake Police, Michigan State Police, Michigan State University Police Department, Michigan Intelligence Operation center, the atf, and the Oakland, Livingston and Ingham sheriff’s offices have formed a multi-jurisdictional task force to hunt the shooter(s). Helicopter surveillance has also been established.

Authorities are urging the public to be more vigilant and are asking for tipster help. “If you see something, say something. We’d rather check out 10 false things than miss one real,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard told the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, normal life is being disrupted by these potshots. Edgy Michigan drivers are changing their normal routes. Five schools in Wixom are keeping their pupils off playgrounds during recess, and school officials are not sure for how long these “shelter in place” measures will remain. One mother expressed her concerns for her 12-year old daughter, who runs cross country after school: “The kids have to run outside, and a stray bullet, you know—I think about it a lot.”

The motivation behind the shooting is not yet known. So far no one has been injured, though there have been some “very, very close calls,” according to Sheriff Bouchard. One resident noted, “Either we’ve all been very lucky because he’s not a very good shot, or he is intentionally trying not to hit somebody.” Sheriff Bouchard and others fear that this shooting spree could devolve into something like the “senseless,” three-week Washington d.c. sniper shootings of 2002.

The Bible reveals that American and British cities will implode with terror and violence as consequences and punishment for breaking God’s laws. Our booklet Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet explains why this punishment is especially intensifying in our times, and the peaceful future that is soon to follow.

European Society Struggles Under Weight of Financial Crisis

European Society Struggles Under Weight of Financial Crisis

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As protests sweep Europe, and states threaten to proclaim independence, Switzerland is worried about mass unrest.

Switzerland staged military exercises in eight towns across the country last month, in preparation for a complete breakdown in Europe.

In the “Stabilo Due” exercises, Switzerland practiced dealing with spillover from warring factions from Europe or the sudden influx of refugees from Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.

The drill took years to organize and involved 2,000 troops from the infantry, air force and special forces. “I can’t exclude that in the coming years we may need the army,” said Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer.

Schweizer Soldat magazine reported that head of the army, André Blattmann, wants to station 1,600 soldiers around strategic points such as airports, manufacturing plants and the headquarters of international organizations in Geneva.

Some in Switzerland believe the army drills are just an excuse to justify conscription. Is Switzerland right to worry about unrest on its borders? Just consider the array of threats rising in Europe.


Riots and protests are becoming so frequent in Europe that they’re barely news. Here’s a summary of recent protests:

  • October 21: 100,000 march in London to protest government “cuts.” It’s important to note, though, that the British government isn’t cutting spending; it’s slowing the rate at which spending increases.
  • October 20: Tens of thousands protest austerity measures in Rome.
  • October 18: 70,000 march in Athens to protest wage and pension cuts. A small group attack police with stones and petrol bombs. A general strike shuts down public services, schools, hospital and shops and disrupts flights and public transportation.
  • October 15: Two thousand demonstrators protest and start a fire outside Portugal’s parliament building, the evening after the government announces its 2013 draft budget.
  • October 13: Thousands protests cuts to cultural projects in Lisbon. Thousands of trade unionists also march to Parliament to protest austerity measures. Two thousand march in Madrid to protest austerity measures.
  • October 9: Tens of thousands take part in the first nationwide protests since Franςois Hollande became French president. Police disperse protests with tear gas as they try to break into a psa Peugeot Citroen plant. In Athens, tens of thousands protest as German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits. Some dress up as Nazis and others throw stones at the police.
  • October 7: Tens of thousands protest spending cuts in 56 Spanish cities. Madrid is the focal point, with 20,000 protestors.
  • October 4: Transportation strikes in Portugal stop trains, underground rail and buses after the government announces tax increases. Shipyard workers in Greece, who are behind on pay, break into the Ministry of Defense grounds. Hundreds of farmers try to drive their tractors onto Crete’s airport.
  • October 3: Dozens of Greek parents hand their children to tax officials to protest the ending of tax relief measures for large families. (They did take their children home with them after the protest.)
  • September 30: Tens of thousands protest the European fiscal pact in Paris.
  • September 29: Tens of thousands protest in Spain and Portugal.
  • September 28: Up to 30,000 march in Rome to protest cuts. Health workers, trash men, professors and public employees, including staff at the Coliseum, go on strike.
  • September 26: Over 50,000 go on strike and protest in Athens. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that “hundreds of hooded youths” attacked the police with petrol bombs. Spain’s protests continue.
  • September 25: Thousands of protestors surround the Spanish parliament building. It takes 1,400 police officers to fight them off.
  • September 15: Hundreds of thousands rally in cities across Portugal to protest tax increases. Fifty thousand march in Madrid to protest tax increases and spending cuts.
  • September 11: 1.5 million demonstrate to call for independence in Catalonia.
  • These are purely protests caused by the economic crisis. Ethnic and religious tensions also sparked protests, with Muslim demonstrators denouncing the infamous Mohammed YouTube video, and women protest the light sentencing of gang rapists with Muslim-sounding names (media reports don’t mention the religion or appearance of the rapists, but those whose names are published sound Islamic). Roma gypsies staged international protests October 7.

    Bigger protests are to come. The European Trade Union Confederation has called for a pan-European day of action for November 14. Trade unions in Portugal, Spain and Greece will hold a general strike. Unions are also planning action in Cyprus and Malta. Millions will probably be out protesting that day.

    The protests are definitely getting more serious. Especially in Portugal. Reuters wrote that the nation had a “remarkably high level of acceptance for cost cutting.” But recently, something snapped. Now “that mood has changed dramatically in recent weeks, and support for the center-right government is crumbling.” Portugal’s “stoic acceptance of austerity, once much admired, has turned to anger,” Reuters wrote.

    Since the end of September, protests have occurred almost daily. Anger is surging across Europe. Already some of the protests are erupting in violence.


    Another symptom of this anger is the separatism spreading throughout Europe. In Spain, Belgium, Britain, Italy and even Germany, key regions want to split off from the whole. The rise of separatist sentiments across the Continent is too widespread to be a coincidence. As the French la Tribune elegantly put it: “It would be naive to believe that the winds which have advanced these movements in recent months are completely independent of the storm that has swept across Europe over the last two and a half years.”

    Across Europe, the richer regions feel they are being cheated by their national governments. Catalonia is one of Spain’s richest areas and an engine of growth for the whole economy. It generates more than enough money to finance itself, but under the Spanish constitution it has to subsidize the rest of the nation. Now Catalonia needs a bailout and faces the prospect of having to hand over hard-won regional powers to Madrid in exchange for getting some of its own money back.

    Last month, 1.5 million protested for Catalonian independence. Separatist leader Artur Mas is planning to defy the Spanish government by calling for a referendum on Catalonian independence. He has called regional elections for November 25, hoping that his alliance of parties will emerge as the clear winner, without the need for coalition partners. With solid regional support, he plans to call for a referendum. Polls indicate that Catalonians would vote for independence, given the choice. The Spanish government has said any referendum would be unconstitutional, putting Catalonia on a dramatic collision course with the federal government.

    Similar pressures are ripping Belgium apart. Last year, the nation famously set a world record by going 535 days without a government, as the bitterly divided Dutch-speaking Flemish and French-speaking Walloons failed to agree on a coalition.

    The period without a government ended last December, but the issues dividing the regions remain unresolved. The majority of Flemish want more control over their finances and government. They too are fed up with subsidizing the rest of the nation.

    On October 14, a separatist party, the New Flemish Alliance (n-va) won a shocking victory in local elections. The n-va wants more than just taxing power: It wants a gradual breakup of Belgium. In Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city, the n-va won around 38 percent of the vote. Its leader, Bart De Wever, will become the next mayor of the city.

    “In municipal elections six years ago, the n-va was a nascent party with few votes across northern Flanders,” wrote the Associated Press, “but by 2010 national elections it had become the biggest party in the region.” Now it has won the elections in 20 out the 35 districts in Flanders.

    Italy’s northern regions feel the same way as the Flemish and Catalonians, but separatist parties aren’t doing as well because of national politics. Many of their leaders were mired in scandal with the government of Silvio Berlusconi.

    Even in Germany, there are growing calls for Bavarian independence. Fueled by the usual grievances, Wilfried Scharnagl, a veteran Christian Social Union (csu) politician and long-time friend of former Bavarian premier Franz Josef Strauss, published a book called Bavaria Can Go It Alone. Despite Scharnagl’s influence, no major Bavarian party is calling for independence. But Bavaria and Hess have launched court cases to try and reduce the amount of tax money they send to subsidize the poorer regions.

    Across the Continent, the different separatist movements are all part of the same phenomenon, and are all caused by the financial crisis. The only exception is Britain. Scotland wants independence, but not because its tax money is going to England and Wales. In fact, some polls suggest Scottish independence is more popular in England than Scotland.

    At the Trumpet, we’ve noted before the parallels between today and the 1930s. European nations are under exactly the same pressures. Just as back then, the economic crisis led to mass anger and discontent with the current political order. And just as before, protests and separatism were one of the first symptoms.

    This anger will only get worse and turn to desperation as the economy worsens. Angry, desperate people are one of the most destabilizing forces on the planet. They’ll do almost anything if they think it will solve their problems.

    Already, in Greece a lot of that anger is being directed at immigrants. Many are voting for Nazis out of a belief that they can help the situation.

    Switzerland is right to be worried. But the threat is greater than it realizes. One of the reasons the Swiss cite for concern is military budget cuts. Under financial pressure, some European armies could no longer afford the modern systems necessary to keep their armies up to date, the Swiss defense minister argued. He warned that these countries could face “blackmail.”

    He’s right. Faced with mounting unrest, these nations could be forced to turn to the EU and to Germany for the money and equipment necessary to keep their nation together. This would come with tough conditions.

    The unrest and separatism could help force troubled economies give in to German control. The unrest could form part of the pressures that push key eurozone nations together into a superstate.

    “Social unrest and riots will eventually force Europeans to succumb to a strong united government of Europe, led ultimately not from Brussels, but from Berlin,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry back in 2009.

    This superstate is something that could really threaten Switzerland.