EUROPE - So far 23 EU nations have agreed to join forces as part of a defence cooperation pact, driven by and whose leaders have long-campaigned for greater integration amongst member states. The agreement will add yet another convoluted deal to the bloc, with some nations taking part while others do not. The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) pact includes commitments to integrate armed forces, a boost in defence spending and the establishment of a joint HQ - and have set aside £4.9 billion (€5.5 billion) to fund research and development into new military hardware and the joint purchase of new equipment.

But so far the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal and Malta have yet to sign up to the deal, which is seen by some as the next step towards a fully fledged EU Army. After it is formally launched next month, PESCO will be another in a series of already complex relationships between some EU Member States and NATO. British defence chiefs have previously vowed to veto any creation of an EU Army, with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon saying in 2016 such a force would serve as a “rival to NATO”.

But the UK’s impending departure from the bloc has given France and Germany the opportunity to march forward with their plans. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: “It’s going to be quite a historic day for European defence.”

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Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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Listen to Me, You who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My Law: …I have put My words in your mouth, I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, “you are My people” (Isaiah 51:7,16)