At the European Union Summit on September 16, 2010, where EU leaders gathered to discuss their helping the EU build a more common foreign policy, Council President HermanVan Rumpuy stated that the 27 nation bloc which accounts for 22 percent of the world economy “is punching below its weight.” He prompted leaders to discuss their common foreign policy message and deliver it effectively. This same comment was made at a speech at the Federalist Reserve in 2003 by Former Ambassador Guenter Burghardt who headed the delegation of the European Union in the US, that the EU was punching far below its weight.
Former Belgian Prime Minister and ALDE group leader within the EU Parliament Guy Verhofstadt stated in his article, “The Financial Crisis Three Ways out for Europe,” that the start of the Great Recession in 2008 marked the end of the bipolar world dominated by the US and is the official start of a mulitpolar world and the age of empires to which the non imperial EU exists as one of the poles. No doubt the EU with over 500 million citizens is punching below its weight and is on a crusade for the world’s nations to feel its weight.
For Bible prophecy watchers these are exciting times when we get to watch prophecy unfold before our very eyes and can also get specific on what we are watching. Having said that, with this multipolor shift and the new age of empires the EU is determined to throw its weight around on the world stage. The question is how will this impact its status in the current world institutional structure? The Economist predicted in the early 1990’s that the EU would end up by virtue of its size with the greatest say in the world institutions, but not so easy, at the IMF where several EU nations hold individual seats they should have one seat. Some politicians stated that given the size of the EU the many seats are justified. There is talk of reforming the IMF to reflect the new economic powerhouses. Argentina is one of the countries pushing hard for reform.
The EU is also pushing hard to upgrade its status at the UN to put it on par with the quasi –states such as the Vatican and Palestine, they want the UN to recognize their new unified foreign policy enacted in the recent Lisbon treaty. The resolution, if adopted, would give the EU its own seat and nameplate in UN General Assembly chamber and committees and allow it to take part in debates and co-sponsor resolutions — but not vote. The EU foreign policy chief, will be able to address the UN on behalf of the EU.
As a regional organization, the EU only holds observer status that relegates it to the end of the speakers’ list and denies it a seat. The EU as a grouping is not a UN member and its delegates sit alongside entities such as the Vatican, the Red Cross and the Arab League. EU diplomats concede that it will be “problematic” to demand upgraded status for the EU at the UN, an organization of nation states. On September 15, 2010,the UN General Assembly defeated the resolution that would have granted the EU extra rights in its proceedings. This decision embarrassed the EU. Its status as an organization of nation states and a regional grouping which lies at the core of the EU’s strength is a stumbling block to its making its weight felt in institutions created in a bipolar world run by superpowers versus empires. The EU will succeed, we know this from the prophetic forecasts concerning the Final World Empire, or would it be more correct to call it a Final World Non -Imperial Empire. Bible Prophecy Watchers will want to keep an eye on how the EU-UN saga will play out and how the EU will punch up to its weight.
For more on the EU and Bible Prophecy read my book the Seat of the Antichrist: Bible Prophecy and the European Union and for Bible Prophecy Updates visit my website at www.erikagrey.com or www.bibleprophecyupdates.com.