"Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns 'democracy could disappear' in Greece, Spain and Portugal"
Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.
In an extraordinary briefing to trade union chiefs last week, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso set out an ‘apocalyptic’ vision in which crisis-hit countries in southern Europe could fall victim to military coups or popular uprisings as interest rates soar and public services collapse because their governments run out of money.
The stark warning came as it emerged that EU chiefs have begun work on an emergency bailout package for Spain which is likely to run into hundreds of billions of pounds.
Mr Monks, now head of the European TUC, said: ‘I had a discussion with Barroso last Friday about what can be done for Greece, Spain, Portugal and the rest and his message was blunt: “Look, if they do not carry out these austerity packages, these countries could virtually disappear in the way that we know them as democracies. They've got no choice, this is it.”
'He's very, very worried. He shocked us with an apocalyptic vision of democracies in Europe collapsing because of the state of indebtedness.’
Greece, Spain and Portugal, which only became democracies in the 1970s, are all facing dire problems with their public finances. All three countries have a history of military coups.
Mr Barroso’s warning lays bare the concern at the highest level in Brussels that the economic crisis could lead to the collapse of not only the beleaguered euro, but the EU itself, along with a string of fragile democracies.
Mr Monks yesterday warned that the new austerity measures themselves could take the continent ‘back to the 1930s’.
In an interview with the Brussels-based magazine EU Observer he said: ‘This is extremely dangerous.
The looming bankruptcy of Spain, one of the foremost economies in Europe, poses far more of a threat to European unity and the euro project than Greece.
This is fascinating to watch, and the scriptural, prophetic descriptions of the "revived Roman Empire" ring hauntingly true.
Over 2,500 years ago, the prophet Daniel described exactly what we are seeing today in Europe:
"Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom...so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle...And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay." (Daniel 2:41-43).
And we also know that this fragile Roman Empire revival will evolve into 10 Kings - the same 10 Kings who will exist to serve the antichrist during the Tribulation:
"The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom." (Daniel 7:24)
"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom but who will...receive authority as kings along with the beast. They will have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast." (Revelation 17:12-13)
And now comes the best part - the part that described the fate of the antichrist:
"They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of Lords and King of kings - and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers" (Revelation 17:14).
That last scripture is a reference to the Second Coming of Christ Jesus, as He returns to earth with the saints (Revelation 19:14). Christ Himself will end the unholy reign of the antichrist.
But before all of that takes place, we know that the EU/Med Union, aka the "revived Roman Empire" will morph into the 10 Kings stage.
Are we watching the evolution from the EU/Med Union into the 10 kings now?
I believe we could be. It could be a slow transition, or it could be abrupt. I am still wondering of the WEU will simply decide to condense down and form their own formal union, as they threatened during the Lisbon Treaty negotiations. Only time will tell, but with this much upheaval in the EU, it wouldn't be surprising to see the process of evolution begin to take place soon.
After all - it is a crisis. And we now know, all too well, what a "crisis" can lead to.