News Review - 4 Jan 2019

2018: Germany speaks for Europe… Germany activates the EU army… but the European Union has “troubles”… will the Euro collapse? … And are we alert and watching?

Are we Ready for… 2019?

For much of 2018, predicting the events of the next 24 hours — never mind a full 365 days — has felt impossible.

Some days have contained a week’s worth of headlines; some months have contained more changes to the worlds of business and politics than an entire calendar of years past.

Don’t expect 2019 to be any different.(

No Understanding Of World Events!

“This may sound incredible, but it’s true. Editors, newscasters, foreign correspondents do not understand the real meaning of the world news they report, analyze and discuss. Heads of government are utterly unaware of the true significance of the very world-shaking events with which they deal. They have no conception of where these events are leading. Incredible? Perhaps – but true!” ( The US and GB In Prophecy - Chapter 1)

The Warning Went Out!

“We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War II, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first – and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round – World War III!

The Bible foretells that third round – and it spells DOOM for us, as God’s punishment, because we, as a nation, have forsaken Him and His ways! The third round is termed, in prophecy, an invasion by ‘BABYLON’ – a resurrected Roman Empire – a European Union . I have been proclaiming that since 1927.( The Autobiography - Chapter 49)

German Leadership

Undoubtedly GERMANY will head the new resurrected ‘Holy Roman Empire.’ Who conquered the German armed fist twice – in the two great world wars? It was Britain with the United States pouring in the real knockout power! Who will they go forth to DESTROY? Britain and the United States!” ( Co-worker Letter - 14 August 1978)

Germany - 2019

As we go into 2019, we need to watch for signs of German leadership in Europe. Several Germans already hold key leadership positions in the EU.

Martin Selmayr, Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief of staff, is the Commission’s top civil servant.

Klaus Welle holds the post of secretary-general at the European Parliament.

Helga Schmid has the equivalent position at the European External Action Service.

Werner Hoyer is the president of the European Investment Bank.

Now - Germany Wants Permanent Seat On UN Security Council

“As Germany prepares to take up its seat next year as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that ‘expectations with regards to Germany are higher than ever’, and that Germany must be ‘utterly determined in advocating international cooperation.’

He says the current composition of the council was outdated. ‘I think the balance of power in the world needs to be reflected much more adequately than is currently the case,’ he told dpa, insisting that Germany should hold a permanent seat.(

Germany Speaks For Europe

Note the Germans said that the ‘US better not be thinking about stationing its intermediate-range missiles in Germany - or anywhere in Europe, for that matter.’

“Washington’s decision to drop out of the INF has fueled speculation about the return of a full-blown, Cold-War style nuclear arms race, as Russia has reflexively threatened to build up its tactical defenses along Europe’s periphery in the face of what’s expected to be a buildup of American intermediate-range arms.

But whatever happens between the two nuclear superpowers, Germany wants no part of it. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned this week that the US better not be thinking about stationing its intermediate-range missiles in Germany - or anywhere in Europe, for that matter.(

Germany Can’t Accept Being Treated Like An Occupied Country

“Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder didn’t mince his words about the incumbent US Ambassador to his country Richard Grenell, saying the US envoy’s treatment of the host country was insulting. Speaking with Reuters about Grenell, the veteran German politician said the ambassador’s actions suggested that he believed Germany to be occupied by America. We can’t accept being treated like an occupied country.(

Germany view: US Is A ‘Rogue Superpower’

“The former socialist vice chancellor of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, has described the United States as a ‘rogue superpower’, saying President Donald Trump sees the world as a ‘battleground’. The former leader of the Social Democratic Party, who was German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy until March, told Handelsblatt that the election of Donald Trump as President in 2016 was the trigger for him to write a book, where he describes the alienation of Russia from the West and the rise of China, and brands the United States a ‘rogue superpower’.” (

The Rise Of The Far Right

“Every Friday in Chemnitz, Germany, a crowd of far-right activists gather to denounce immigrants. ‘What do we with foreigners?’ a man calls into a megaphone. ‘Out out out!’ the protesters reply. Now, Germany’s political system faces a watershed moment.

A far-right party that openly calls for deporting immigrants is the third-largest in Parliament. And Merkel, a pillar of German stability for 13 years, announced that she would not seek re-election in 2021. Her retreat from the political stage marks the end of an era, and has left people wondering whether the political center in Germany is starting to cave.(

Germany’s Far-Right Rebrands

Way back in 1963, the warning went out:

Germany, and all Europe, would not escape unscathed in a hot trade war between the Common Market [EU] and the United States. Terrible economic disasters would result! And the result from such disasters? A NEW NAZI GERMANY!( The Plain Truth, December 1963)

The Nazi’s are back, they are the main opposition party within the German government.

“Christmas carols were playing and the scent of ginger hung in the crisp December air. Students sold organic plum compote and served mulled wine in biodegradable cups made from sugar cane. But then there were the postcards. ‘Islamization? Not with us,’ read one. ‘Defend yourself! This is your country,’ urged another. ‘Fortress Europe,’ said a third. ‘Shut the borders.’

This was no ordinary Christmas market, but one hosted by Generation Identity , a far-right youth movement under observation by several European intelligence services. Part hippie, part hipster, the activists of Generation Identity are one result of a broad image makeover the far right has tried to give itself in recent years.

Better dressed, better educated and less angry than the skinheads of old — at least in public — they see themselves on the front line of a counter-revolution fought by a loose but increasingly well-networked web of actors in politics, publishing, civil society and business who call themselves the ‘new right.’

Their aim: to bring down liberalism and rid Europe of non-European immigrants. The ‘new right’ seeks to distance itself from the ‘old right,’ which in Germany means neo-Nazis. Many analysts and officials consider this little more than clever rebranding. But they worry that it could allow groups like Generation Identity to act as a conduit between conservatism and extremism and draw young people into their orbit. ‘They have given extremism a friendly face,’ said Stephan Kramer, the domestic intelligence chief of the east-central state of Thuringia.” (

Angela Merkel: Nation States Must “Give Up Sovereignty”

Departing German Chancellor Mrs Angela Merkel is pushing for a United States of Europe. When she says that… “sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens”, that would seem to imply that what she is promoting is a dictatorship!

‘Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty’, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told an audience in Berlin that SOVEREIGN NATION STATES MUST NOT LISTEN TO THE WILL OF THEIR CITIZENS when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty. No this wasn’t something Adolf Hitler said many decades ago, this is what German Chancellor Angela Merkel told attendants at an event by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin.” (

US Demands EU And UK ‘Sort It Out’

America is worried that a “bad Brexit” could cause a global financial disaster…

“The reality of Britain exiting the European Union in March without a deal has hit home to politicians in the US who are fearing a global economic crash, as the British government awaits a vote on the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement in January. The likelihood of Mrs May losing the vote followed damning comments from President Trump – who also branded Mrs May’s deal as ‘a good deal for the EU’ and pushed the issue to the front of media agendas.

People are listening, the problem is no-one here really knows what to do.’ Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, warned back in October: ‘We’re concerned that a hard Brexit would have an immediate and significant impact on the global financial system, including US banks, which account for between 40 to 60 percent of activity in the global derivatives markets’.” (

Donald Trump Trade War

President Trump is threatening trade wars with Germany and Europe…

German car makers are fearing a ten fold increase in tariffs as Donald Trump’s negotiators refuse to back down over what the US President says are unfair trade practices. The organisation’s CEO, Bertram Brossardt, has desperately urged the US to reopen negotiations.

Mr Brossard told the German Press Agency: ‘The customs dispute shows that all parties involved must return to the negotiating table in order to end the uncertainty triggered by our companies as quickly as possible’.” (

EU Meltdown

Europe has many problems, both political and financial.

“Brexit supporter Gisela Stuart has warned the European Union has ‘troubles’ at home with domestic issues and are desperate to get Brexit over the line. She said: ‘Most of the European leaders at the moment are by far more troubled about the European elections which are coming their way. The kind of troubles they have got at home, just turn on your television sets and watch what is happening in Paris. These are domestic things, these are things the European Union has to resolve. It is as much in their interest to resolve Britain leaving in an orderly and successful manner, as it is in ours’.(

Will The Euro Collapse?

“The Eurozone’s twentieth anniversary celebrations have received a frosty reception from critics and experts after Jean-Claude Juncker and Brussels’ team lauded the single currency bloc’s creation. Richard Wellings, deputy research director at the free-market think-tank the Institute of economic affairs, said: ‘The euro has become a symbol of the EU’s economic malaise and internal divisions.’

‘The EU elite put the drive towards ever-closer union above the interests of citizens. One size fits all doesn’t work and the best policy now would be an orderly break up of the Eurozone.’ Steve Keen, a professor of economics at Kingston University, said: ‘The Euro has brought low growth, economic instability, and political discord to Europe.’

‘Yet Europe’s unaccountable leaders spin it as an unbridled positive, at a time when ordinary citizens of Europe are donning Yellow Vests and bemoaning their plight. The central bank of Greece would have never managed to burden citizens with so much debt without the euro.’ The ideal: private currencies. ‘Will the euro collapse? I think so, at [some] point’.(

Brexit Chaos

The EU is trying to make Brexit as unpleasant as possible for the UK in order to dissuade other countries from also pulling out. Yet again, note that the… ‘provisions are in Germany’s interests’.

“London’s government crisis escalated yesterday under the pressure of Berlin and the EU’s unaccomplishable Brexit requirements. Prime Minster Theresa May has barely survived a vote of confidence, which was ultimately triggered by the so-called backstop. Brussels insists on a regulation, which could indefinitely subjugate Great Britain to a customs union, without an option for a unilateral withdrawal and erect a trade border between two areas of the United Kingdom. These provisions are in Germany’s interests, but they will plunge Great Britain into chaos. The current government crisis in France is largely due to THE AUSTERITY PROGRAMS IMPOSED BY BERLIN ON PARIS…” (

Germany Reveals EU Army Is “Activated”

It’s interesting to note that this legal framework for the creation of an EU army was … hidden inside the Treaty of Lisbon”. Upcoming events in Europe have been carefully planned… As Mr Armstrong warned over 50 years ago:

Its leaders talk continually of POLITICAL union – which means, also, military.” ( US and GB in Prophecy – chapter 14)

“German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has revealed that the structures for a European Defence Union have been ‘activated’, sparking outrage among Brexiteers, whose persistent warnings of the secret creation of an EU army have been proven correct. Von der Leyen said that the EU has activated the ‘legal framework for a European Defence Union’ which she says ‘tells’ nation states where to deploy their troops.

The structures that have been “sleeping” for a long time inside the Treaty of Lisbon – now we have activated them,’ she told Uncut, a documentary for Euro News.” (

Launching Europe’s Military Union

The Germans are also pushing for an EU army to speed up European integration which they admit “… is difficult to achieve with civilian means.”

“The operational preparation for future military missions is influenced by a fierce power struggle between Germany and France. According to the German ministry of defense, the military union is not only aimed at reaching more ‘independence’ from the United States, but also at advancing EU ‘integration,’ which is difficult to achieve with civilian means. The idea of forcing the unification of the empire through war, reflects far back in German history, when in 1871, Prussia forged the German Empire - through its war with France.” (

German Army Grows

Pressure from the USA to make Europe meet its NATO commitments is pushing the formation of an EU army. As Mr Armstrong warned:

“We are building the Frankenstein Monster that is destined to destroy us!” ( The Plain Truth, June 1955)

“The German army will be strengthened with a sixth tank battalion in response to rising security concerns in Europe, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Thursday. ‘With this, the German army will grow for the first time in decades,’ von der Leyen said at a military base near the western city of Münster. The formation of the 500 soldier-strong battalion comes as Germany increases its defense spending in response to security threats from Russia and pressure from the United States to meet NATO defense budget targets.(

Europe’s future security:

Here is the main reason for an EU army. The EU now feels that it cannot trust the USA to protect them from the Russian threat, so they feel that they must “… summon up the inspiration and the muscle which will guarantee Europe’s future security.” Almost 40 years ago, Mr Armstrong was inspired to warn about this very situation:

“The nations of Western Europe had formed the Common Market, solely an economic union. But there was a growing FEAR OF RUSSIA; a growing DOUBT of US protection from Communist military might; a growing and desperate desire among European leaders to UNITE politically, to provide their own military force, which would make them a third gigantic world military power, perhaps stronger than either the US or the USSR [Russia].” ( The Plain Truth – January 1979)

“Post-Cold War Europe is facing unprecedented strategic challenges. The rise of China has become America’s principal foreign policy concern, to which its relations with its European allies will be increasingly subordinated. In this new superpower contest, Beijing will try hard to tempt Europe away from its American partner.

A revanchist Russia will seize every opportunity to split NATO and the EU. President Donald Trump’s own contribution is to undermine goodwill and trust between the US and its allies.

France and Germany, as the two key players in a post-Brexit European Union, must summon up the inspiration and the muscle which will guarantee Europe’s future security.(


“Events I have foreseen, proclaimed over the air and published in The PLAIN TRUTH for 48 years [now over 80 years], are at last suddenly falling into place. The gigantic new world power – the United States of Europe – the resurrection of the medieval ‘Holy Roman Empire’ – is about to blossom into almost unbelievable REALITY!

The unthinkable World War III – all-out NUCLEAR WAR – will soon follow. That war is described in Bible prophecy as the Great Tribulation, leading immediately to the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!” ( Co-worker Letter, 22 November 1982)

Germany rules… but what’s next?

BUT – The Euro is in trouble, and trade wars with the USA are looming, and many claim that the EU itself is about to collapse. So, where will they go for help in a crisis?

March 2017 - When The EU Needed Help – They Went To The Vatican!

Brussels chiefs are hoping the Pontiff can provide them with the ‘leadership’ they are lacking to help solve the debilitating crises tearing the bloc apart. The 28 heads of government will meet with Pope Francis on March 24, the day before they all gather in the Italian capital to celebrate the 60th birthday of the EU and launch its ‘rebirth’.

One pro-EU think-tank official said that, with Barack Obama gone from the White House, the head of the Catholic Church was the ‘only moral authority’ European politicians had left to follow.

Earlier this week Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, raised the prospect of consulting the Pope on which path to follow. He told delegates at a conference in Valetta that the Pontiff could ‘provide leadership that politicians miss’ as the bloc grapples with crises as varied as migration, terrorism, economic instability and Brexit. He added: ‘I do think he [Pope Francis] is the ultimate world leader that within the circumstances has the skills and the vision to say things that transcend the obvious and banalities we all say in politics’.” (

Back in 1982, Mr Armstrong explained:.

“On the Pope’s recent 10-day visit to Spain [1982], he made an urgent plea for a united Europe. He warned that Europe faces many crises in the immediate future. The solution, he said, lies in the affirmation of Europe’s Christian heritage. He told the audience: ‘Find yourself… discover your origins. Give life to your roots,’ which are Roman Catholic.

So even the Pope now comes out in public advocating European restoration of ‘the Holy Roman Empire.’ Religion, he contended, is the unifying balm for healing the differences between divergent languages and national aspirations.( Co-worker Letter – November 22, 1982)

The Warning went out… The Warning hasn’t changed!

The warning first went out - in 1927 - 90 years ago. Back in 1962, The Plain Truth stated:

“United within ancient boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire; united by the common spiritual bond of universal Catholicism; united in a burgeoning and booming industrial economy that dominates today’s world; united geographically in the most productive and industrial complex on earth — at least TEN NATIONS OF MODERN EUROPE will march onto the scene of world history as the greatest single human force ever seen by man!” ( The Plain Truth, March 1962)

The building blocks of the resurrected Holy Roman Empire are now being put in place! Germany is taking the lead. Europe’s leaders have already been to the Pope seeking from him the leadership which they lack! They regard him as the ultimate world leader who has the skills and the vision which they lack. That’s where they will go in a real crisis!


But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief… Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.(1 Thessalonians 5:4, 6)