Merkel, Macron announce plans for new eurozone budget

DW – June 19, 2018

Germany and France have agreed to “open a new chapter” in European Union relations, after Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron met to finalize plans for sweeping reforms of the 19-member eurozone, including a new parallel budget.

Tuesday’s talks at Meseberg castle outside Berlin have a lot riding on them: Merkel’s political survival rests on her finding a European solution to prevent another influx of migrants to Germany, while both leaders have staked their reputation on further reworking the eurozone.

“We are working to make sure that the eurozone budget will be used to strengthen investment, also with the aim of strengthening convergence within the eurozone,” Merkel said.

http://www.dw.com

Iran poised to resume enrichment at deep Fordow facility

Debkafiles – June 13, 2018

After Iran warned it will leave the nuclear accord unless benefits are forthcoming, an atomic energy official in Tehran said that uranium enrichment would resume at Fordow – if that happens.

Iranian President Rouhani issued that warning to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. On Wednesday, June 13, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi stated in Tehran that new work would begin on the nuclear program on the orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “Currently the Supreme Leader has ordered that the programs be carried out within the parameters of the nuclear deal,” Kamalvandi said. “And when he gives the order we will announce the programs for operating outside of the nuclear deal for reviving Fordow.”

Fordow, one of Iran’s two big enrichment sites, is equipped with 8,000 advanced centrifuges capable of turning out in a short time uranium enriched to the 20pc grade, required for making a nuclear weapon. At Natanz, Iran’s second large enrichment site, the advanced equipment just installed is believed to include high-speed IR6 centrifuges. Much of Natanz is deep underground and Fordow is buried inside a mountain to keep them safe from aerial bombardment.

https://www.debka.com

Saudi Arabia Threatens War with Qatar

Tru News – June 4, 2018

King Salman has said Saudi Arabia would take military action to eliminate the Russian-made S-400 aerial defense system if it is installed in neighboring Qatar, which has reportedly entered into a deal to purchase several of the launch systems despite being home to a major U.S. Central Command base.

Accoring to Reuters, Salman “recently” wrote a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron that states, in part:

“The kingdom would be ready to take all necessary measures to eliminate this defense system, including military action.”

Saudi citizens are already banned from travelling to, residing in, or flying through Qatar. Diplomatic relations between the countries have been terminated since the former took Iran’s side in the regional conflict between the major Sunni and Shi’a Muslim countries.

The tiny Persian Gulf emirate is the second major Muslim-majority ally of the U.S. to turn to Russia for military equipment following Turkey’s decision to request the S-400 system last year. Yet it has been the home of the U.S. Central Command’s forward headquarters base, al-Udeid Air Base, since 2009.

https://www.trunews.com

EU army looms? Merkel backs Macron’s European Defense Force initiative

RT – June 4, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported “in principle” the idea of a joint European Defense Force proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. Germany’s opposition had been the main stumbling block for the much-discussed project.

“I am in favor of President Macron’s proposal for an intervention initiative,” the German chancellor told Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday.

“However, such an intervention force with a common military-strategic culture must fit into the structure of defense cooperation,” she said.

Merkel said that the German military, the Bundeswehr, “must, in principle, be part of such an initiative,” but added that her statement “doesn’t mean that we are to be involved in every mission.”

During his key speech at Sorbonne University last September, Macron proposed a European military “intervention force” that would protect the continent by taking action in hotspots around the globe. It’s a crucial element of the French leader’s defense reform, which is aimed at integrating European defense capacities.

https://www.rt.com

Time to ‘take fate into its own hands’: Europe can’t rely on US protection anymore, says Merkel

RT — May 10, 2018

Europe can no longer count on the US in defense and must take matters into its own hands, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who also said: “Something should be done.”

“It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us,” Merkel said in a speech honoring President Macron, who came to Aachen to receive the prestigious Charlemagne Prize. Receiving a round of applause, Merkel stated: “Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future.

Europe has to “act together and speak with one voice,” she said, as cited by Germany’s Die Welt newspaper. “But let’s be honest: Europe is still in its infancy with regard to the common foreign policy.”

Speaking after Merkel, Macron said that “We should not be waiting, we must do something right now. Let us not be weak,” added the French president.

https://www.rt.com

Emmanuel Macron’s coalition of the willing

– May 2, 2018

PARIS — Impatient with German foot-dragging on defense, French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together a 10-nation coalition of the willing next month designed to prepare European armed forces to take action together in emergencies, and to bind Britain into military cooperation as it leaves the EU.

Defense ministers of France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark and Estonia will sign a letter of intent in Paris in June, officials told me, pledging to develop a common strategic culture, share analysis and foresight on trouble spots that may require intervention and work to coordinate their forces for future operations.

Macron outlined the idea in his keynote Sorbonne speech on European integration last September, calling for a common European intervention force, defense budget and doctrine for action in contingencies where the United States and NATO may not get involved. France wants to recruit allies that could help share its military burden especially in Africa, where it intervened alone in Mali in 2012 to prevent Islamist militants seizing control of a weak state.

https://www.politico.eu

EU leaders brace for ‘defending’ against Trump’s trade war threats

RT – April 29, 2018

Be it warm hugs in Washington or unity over Syrian strikes, it all fades when money talks, and the leaders of Germany, France and Britain say they will “defend” against any US unilateral trade measures against the EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May had a joint phone call on Saturday and mulled potential retaliatory measures against Washington’s protectionist practices.

They agreed that the United States should take no trade measures against the European Union or else the European Union should be ready to defend its interests within the framework of the multilateral trade order,” a German government spokesman said in a statement.

https://www.rt.com

Germany and France to deliver eurozone reform plan by June

DW – April 28, 2018

Finance ministers from Germany and France committed on Saturday to deliver a eurozone reform road map in time for an EU summit planned for June. Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, said, “We are optimistic that we will be successful.”

Saturday’s joint announcement is seen as a breakthrough following German resistance to French President Emmanuel Macron’s earlier wide-reaching ideas for strengthening economic and financial cooperation in the single currency bloc.

Saturday’s promise of reforming the 19-member eurozone was announced despite earlier resistance from Berlin to Macron’s proposal of pooling financial resources. Many in Germany’s parliament believe it would likely see the country provide more financial resources to poorer neighbors — such as Italy and Greece — than it would receive from a collective fund. Berlin has also emphasized that such a fund should be linked to economic reforms.

http://www.dw.com

Will France and Turkey Go to War Over Syria Now?

TruNews – April 3, 2018

Now that President Donald Trump has made it entirely clear that he’s pulling U.S. troops out of Syria sooner than later, it seems a fissure has erupted in Turkey’s relationship with the West.

Reuters is reporting that France is now looking to increase its military presence in lieu of the U.S. to help the coalition that seeks to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. It quotes a source in the Elysee Palace that says French President Emmanuel Macron has warned his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that any attack on Kurdish forces currently backed by the U.S. in the Manbij region would be “unacceptable.”

Last week, Macron met with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces leadership, which included members of the Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey has designated as a “terrorist organization.” In that meeting, according to a “senior Kurdish official,” the French leader promised to send more troops to back the coalition effort, and to serve as a buffer between the Kurds and Turkey.

https://www.trunews.com

EU BOMBSHELL: Macron admits France would vote to LEAVE EU if country held referendum

Oli Smith – January 22, 2018

Emmanuel Macron has sent shockwaves throughout Europe after he conceded that French voters would quit the EU if France held an in/out referendum on the Brussels-led bloc.

No other European Union country has risked putting membership of the bloc to a public vote since Britain surprised member-states by voting to leave the bloc in 2016,

However, speaking to Andrew Marr on the BBC, Mr Macron admitted that he would lose a French referendum on EU membership.

Asked about the Brexit vote, the candid president told Marr: “I am not the one to judge or comment on the decision of your people.

“But, my interpretation is that a lot of the losers of globalisation suddenly decided it was no more for them.”

https://www.express.co.uk

Comment: John Durrad http://www.setapartbytruth.org

France is a key member of the European Union, but it seems the European Union is far from united! Opponents of the E.U have always claimed that a project that aims to make one set of rules work for the very different views of many countries is a recipe for failure.

They could be right, and the bombshell from France could be a precursor of a time when the E U will be whittled down to a stronger ten nation conglomerate.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet: but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. Rev 17:12

These ten kings, just as the EU is today, will not remain united for long, but will fracture and fall apart to make way for the Kingdom of God.

“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided, but there shall be in it the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay…but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Dan 2:41,43

It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the member states of the EU to number ten. When that happens the prophetic end-time events portrayed in God’s Word will be on the horizon.