French President Emmanuel Macron wants to be seen as Europe’s strongman. Since his inauguration in 2017, he has portrayed himself as Europe’s great visionary. In doing so, his rhetoric has become much more aggressive and hostile toward the United States. But while Macron draws the media’s attention, he acts as a mouthpiece for Germany’s interests.
In November 2018, Macron called for a true European army to protect Europe from “China, Russia and even the United States.” Recently, he called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “brain-dead.” But while distancing himself from the U.S., he is promising France’s love to Germany. Clearly, Macron trusts Germany more than the U.S. But it was Germany that repeatedly sought to destroy France in recent history.
Macron’s statements against the U.S. and nato are unprecedented. But behind all his demands to reform and reorient the European Union hides another force. This force has worked underground for several decades.
Macron’s demands are, in many cases, what Germany has wanted for decades.
On Sept. 26, 2017, the newly elected French president delivered a passionate speech in Sorbonne, France. Macron made an unprecedented commitment of France to the greater European project. His speech wasn’t just about France, though; it was addressed to all Europe. He urged every member state to fight for Europe’s sovereignty rather than its own.
Macron said that those who viewed the European Union, headquartered in Brussels, as overly bureaucratic and powerless were “forgetting that Brussels is us, always, at every moment! … It is up to Europe to make [proposals], up to us to support them, here and now.” At the very beginning of his term, Macron was calling on all of Europe to get behind Brussels. But who controls Brussels?
Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in “Germany Is Taking Control of the Internet”: “Germany is the EU’s largest, most powerful and most influential nation. It is using the EU as a tool to stealthily fulfill its own ambitions. Anyone who has followed the European Union knows that nothing significant happens in Brussels without Germany’s sanction and endorsement.”
The EU’s economic strength hinges on Germany. Its whole system is designed to create a European superstate that is dominated by and dependent on Germany.
Germany is the largest net contributor to the EU. With around 83 million inhabitants and a gross domestic product of nearly $4 trillion, Germany is the EU’s most populous country and has the largest economy. For those reasons, Germany sends the most members to the European Parliament. Germany’s 96 members of European Parliament make up more than an eighth of the 751 elected members. That is a significant portion of the 28 member states.
Due to Germany’s dominance in the European Parliament, many Germans also fill various leadership roles in the EU. For example, the leader of the European People’s Party has been a German since 2014. The EU’s most powerful position, president of the European Commission, is also currently held by a German.
Read “Greece to Remain a European Colony Until 2060” and “Why Germany Conquered Cyprus” to learn how Greece and Cyprus have fallen victim to Germany’s rule. Britain is currently trying to escape Germany’s claws. In 2015, the British people voted to leave the EU, fearing Germany’s domination and regulatory suppression. As cnbc headlined in February, “Brexit Is a Revolt Against a German-Run European Superstate.”
Yet in 2017, Macron called on France and other member states to commit to this German dictate.
In a way, Macron is condemning Britain and calling on Europe to unite against it. Imagine if a German chancellor gave a speech like Macron did, asking all of Europe to shut the mouth of critics and support the dictate coming from Brussels. Germany wouldn’t dare to make such a proposal, right now, but Macron is speaking in Germany’s interest.
Since the end of World War ii, it has been clear to European leaders that only a united Europe could preserve the Continent’s peace and guarantee its future. But without Germany, Europe lacks strength.
France’s strategy is to empower Germany to strengthen Europe. But few notice that Macron is giving in to demands Germany made decades ago.
NATO’s Apparent Brain Death
Macron’s comments about nato’s apparent brain death are a direct criticism against the U.S. While the U.S. hasn’t led the military organization perfectly, European member states (including France) haven’t spent the minimum requirements on their military, as required by nato rules. So why does Macron so harshly criticize the leadership of an alliance that has provided Europe’s security for decades?
nato’s first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, described nato’s goals: “Keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” The U.S.-led military alliance has allowed Germany to rearm, but it also hoped to suppress Germany’s military ambitions.
Obviously, Germany is opposed to that goal. But it is France now that seeks to undermine that premise for Germany’s benefit. Macron has two choices: 1) call on Europe to support nato, or 2) call on Europe to form its own military alliance. Macron chose the latter.
The main difference between supporting nato and creating an EU army is government. In the first choice, Europe follows the U.S.’s lead; in the second, Europe submits to Germany’s rule.
The fact that Germany is the EU’s strongest economy makes it the natural leader when it comes to a common defense policy. George Friedman wrote: “Collaborating on defense budgets, with each nation contributing based on economic size, would mean that Germany would be both the leading economic and military power in Europe. Within the EU, Germany is first among equals. Creating a substantial military force would cement that.”
But as explained in “Europe’s ‘Underground’ Army,” Germany also has built a network of military schools that train European soldiers under German leadership. What’s more, Germany is already integrating various European combat brigades into the German Army. Add to that the fact that Germany is taking the lead in various nato exercises, and you can see who will ultimately lead an EU army.
Former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a strong advocate for a European army. “I also think the idea of European armed forces is worth pursuing,” he said. “To do this, however, one has to overcome national vanities. And the question arises: Which countries can lead?”
There are “actual and self-appointed leaders in Europe,” he said. “France, with Emmanuel Macron, has already taken the lead in this debate. I would like to see more impulses coming from Germany. However, one would have to overcome some understandable historical complexes.”
Once Germany gets its strongman and overcomes these “historical complexes,” it will be obvious to everyone who is the “actual” leader of Europe. For more than a decade, the Trumpet has predicted that it will be Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg who will lead Germany—and a soon-coming European superstate.
Until then, Macron is speaking in Germany’s interest.
Giving In to German Demands
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed with Macron that Europe needs its own army, but she has insisted that it will be in support of nato rather than independent of the alliance.
But leave aside what Germany officially states, and you can clearly see that what Macron calls for is what Germany has wanted all along.
Germany never really wanted to join nato. Its primary goal following World War ii was to regain military sovereignty and form a European army. In 1954, the French Parliament prevented it by rejecting the formation of the European Defense Community—because it feared a strong rearmed Germany would dominate and suppress its neighbors.
Even though Germany has neglected its army in recent years, it still dominates Europe. Imagine what would happen if Germany committed its industrial might and economy to its army.
Due to Germany’s currently weak government, it appears that France is Europe’s leader when it comes to all these proposals. But once Germany commits to taking the lead, no one will be able to stop it from dominating. This is especially true once Britain is out of the EU.
Macron doesn’t just want an EU army, he also wants to merge Europe’s arms industry and become independent from the U.S. Here again, Germany dominates Europe’s arms industry, so France would have to submit to Germany if it wants to get anything done. Fear of German control has stopped many European mergers before, but under Macron, France is much more willing to take that risk.
Consider also that any time German politicians have called for more arms exports to the Middle East, public outcry has resulted. For years, Germany has battled this in delivering weapons to Saudi Arabia.
As Germany’s and France’s weapons production increasingly merge, this topic is no longer solely a German question. France is now involved. In January, Macron demanded that Europe export more arms to Saudi Arabia. Despite receiving criticism, Macron continues to speak in Germany’s interest.
Another example is Europe’s relationship with Russia. German businesses are urging politicians to end sanctions against Russia and strengthen ties. But if politicians were to do so, there would be great public outcry within and outside of Germany. Unsurprisingly, the government is keeping quiet and avoiding criticism; meanwhile Macron does the dirty work.
In May, Macron said that he would like to see Russia remain a member of the Council of Europe. He also demanded that Europe reevaluate its relationship with Russia. He believes that the time of Europe-U.S. cooperation against Russia is over. “We are in a Europe where we left the arms issue under the control of treaties that predated the end of the Cold War between the United States and Russia,” he said. “Is that a Europe that thinks about its destiny and builds?”
There is a clear trend taking place: Macron demands what Germany wants and is willing to face criticism for it.
A Prophesied Betrayal
Macron’s betrayal of Britain and the U.S. was prophesied.
The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong, explains that France, Britain and the U.S. are part of the lost 10 tribes of Israel. Britain and the U.S. are the modern descendants of Joseph. The French people are descendants of Joseph’s brother Reuben. As Mr. Flurry explains in a series of Key of David programs about France in Bible prophecy, France is prophesied to betray the U.S. and Britain, just as Reuben betrayed Joseph.
Because France is empowering Germany, we are about to see the resurrection of a European superpower that has plagued the Continent for centuries: the Holy Roman Empire.
“France is going to end up suffering under this power like so many other countries,” Mr. Flurry explains in “France Rejects America—and Empowers Germany!” “It will be the greatest shame the French have ever experienced—betraying their brothers and turning to Germany. But Jesus Christ is going to smash that empire and rescue them from that shame.”
Mr. Flurry is referring to a prophecy in Daniel 2 that identifies this European superstate as the last empire to rule the world prior to Christ’s return. The Daniel 2 image shows the successive empires that would lead to the return of Christ. The last of which is represented by the 10 toes of the image. The 10 toes refer to 10 kings (Revelation 17).
Notice that it says in Daniel 2 that “the feet and toes” are “part of potters’ clay, and part of iron.” In Daniel Unlocks Revelation, Mr. Flurry explains: “The clay represents some of the lost tribes of Israel, and God wants to shape and mold them (e.g. Jeremiah 18:6). Yet Israel refuses. Here, in this beast power, Israel is mixed right in with the Gentiles. They are able to come together in an emergency, but the unity won’t last. It is a divided empire.”
Here we see France mixed in with this powerful German-led European empire. For a short time, they will have unity. But Jesus Christ will come and smash this empire. He will bring His government to Earth, extinguishing all other governments. His return will usher in a time of peace and happiness that this world has never experienced.
To understand the full prophetic context of these scriptures, request your free copy of Daniel Unlocks Revelation. France’s betrayal of the U.S. and Britain will soon bring great suffering on the Earth; only God’s Word can give us hope in the time ahead.