Extract from Countdown book written in 2010
The most obvious candidate for being a Revived Roman Empire is the European Union. In 2009 the EU nations ratified the Lisbon Treaty through which the EU moved a step closer to the goal dreamed by its founders – a Euro state with its own President, foreign minister, laws, currency and flag. This was the end result of a process which began with the Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957, which looked forward to ‘an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’. Since the Treaty of Rome, the EU has added treaty to treaty, gradually taking over the powers of national governments. It has done this stealthily with most people unaware of what is going on to the point that it now decides far more of our laws and how we are governed than any mainstream politician ever dares admit. The Euro-sceptic journalist, Christopher Booker, described this process as ‘the most extraordinary slow-motion coup d’état in history’.
Under the Lisbon Treaty power has been given to the EU to make laws regarding public services, law enforcement, immigration, energy, transportation, tourism, sports, culture, public health, the EU budget, climate change, and so on. As it is a ‘self amending’ treaty new clauses can be added without the need for further EU treaties or referendums (Art. 48 TEU). This opens the floodgates to further powers to be shifted to the EU from national governments. Commenting on the acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty and appointment of the EU President, journalist Peter Hitchens wrote, ‘A great grey Tower of Babel reaches up to the sky over Europe, lopsided, full of cracks and likely to collapse in the fullness of time.’
In November 2009 the EU heads of state came together behind closed doors to choose the first President of the EU and its Foreign Minister. They came up with the relatively unknown Belgian, Herman van Rompuy for President and the even more unknown British peer, Baroness Ashton, for Foreign Minister. Interestingly Mr Van Rompuy said, as he accepted the post on 19 November:
2009 is the first year of global governance with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. … The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of our planet. … Our mission is one of hope supported by acts and by deeds.
This statement makes it clear that Mr van Rompuy approves of ‘global governance’. He identifies two main ways to bring this about – the financial crisis and climate change. The implication is that national governments cannot solve the problems of the world and that we now need an international body with power to make and enforce laws. Significantly Mr van Rompuy has been identified as a frequent attendee at meetings of the globalist organisations, the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Committee.
Mr van Rompuy has said that he wants to use the financial crisis sweeping the Euro Zone to ‘strengthen economic governance.’ This means control from the centre at the European Council over the governments and economies of the EU. This would be seen as a necessary step to stop the Euro from falling apart. On November 10, 2010, just before departing to Seoul for the G 20 conference, van Rompuy told an audience in Berlin: ‘The age of the nation state is over and the idea that countries can stand alone is an ‘illusion’ and a ‘lie.’ He equated Euroscepticism with fear, which eventually leads to war – echoing former French president Francois Mitterrand’s famous phrase that ‘nationalism is war’.
Van Rompuy is creating a situation in which the economies of countries in the Euro will be governed by the European Council working in cooperation with the European Central Bank. This means national governments surrendering power to run their economies to the European Council which would become ‘the economic government of the EU’.
The governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has stated:
Within the Euro Area it’s become very clear that there is a need for a fiscal union to make the Monetary Union work. Even though Britain is not in the Euro Area, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has conceded the EU’s right to ‘supervise’ the contents of national budgets, taking away much of the power that has been exercised by Parliament for centuries.
The EU summit meeting in October 2010 agreed ‘to establish a permanent crisis mechanism to safeguard the financial stability of the euro area as a whole and invite the President of the European Council to undertake consultations with the members of the European Council on a limited treaty change required to that effect.’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the results of this summit as a ‘quantum leap’ for the stability of the euro. She added that, ‘In the future, the Council will now really work as an economic government.’
Interestingly the European Union has used symbols which relate to the Book of Revelation and the Antichrist system. Outside the Council of Europe building in Brussels there stands a statue of Europa (a woman) being carried off by a bull, a picture of the Greek myth of the Rape of Europa. In other words it is a woman riding a beast (Revelation 17).
A poster was issued by the European Union, showing the Tower of Babel and carrying the slogan: ‘Many tongues, one voice.’ In case the point was lost, a crane in the background was shown rebuilding the tower. Above the Tower of Babel were shown the pointed stars of the EU flag, but inverted, as in witchcraft, with the central points downwards. The EU parliament building, which opened in Strasbourg in December 2000, is deliberately modelled on Brueghel’s painting of the Tower of Babel. When asked by a secular journalist, “Why the Tower of Babel?” an EU official replied, “What they failed to complete 3000 years ago – we in Europe will finish now.”
A number of influential politicians have seen the EU as a model for a New Global Order to be set up, based on regional blocks of nations, to face the new world challenges and bridge the gap between poor and rich.
The Club of Rome is a global think tank composed of scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, heads of state and former heads of state from all five continents, that deals with a variety of international political issues. It was founded in April 1968 and raised considerable public attention in 1972 with its report ‘Limits to Growth’. According to this report, the world should be divided into ten regions which should be loosely modelled on the European Union. The original plan, drawn up in 1972, divided the world as follows.
- North America
- Australasia and Pacific region
- South America
- Muslim Middle East
- India and region
Some of the boundaries have changed with recent developments, but the development of this idea can be seen in the modern world. Europe is the most advanced region in terms of integration. Russia has set up a customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan and is seeking to bring Ukraine into this union. In so doing they would succeed in recreating most of the former Soviet Union under Russian domination. China is large enough to constitute a region on its own. Others are moving in the direction of forming unions, some more rapidly, some slowly.
The North American Union is a proposed international body encompassing the nations of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The blueprint for this governing body was laid out in a 2005 report entitled ‘Building a North American Community.’
The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) was established on 23 May 2008, with the headquarters to be in Ecuador, the South American Parliament to be in Bolivia, and the Bank of the South to be in Venezuela. The Brazilian President Lula da Silva said that South American nations would seek a common currency as part of the region’s integration efforts following the creation of the Union of South American Nations.
Asian nations discussed plans at a major summit to ‘lead the world’ by boosting economic and political cooperation and possibly forming an EU-style community. The summit groups the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with regional partners China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.
The African Union was founded in 2002, and is an intergovernmental organisation consisting of 53 African states. At present it is divided: there are those who want to move rapidly towards a united Africa, led by Muammar Ghadaffi of Libya who wants a United States of Africa; but this has been resisted by South Africa and Nigeria, among others, who objected to giving the body too much power at present.
In 2005, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional trade bloc among Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced the goal of creating a single common currency. It was announced that, ‘the region’s central bankers had agreed to pursue monetary union in a similar fashion to the rules used in Europe.’ Although this region has a relatively small population compared to the others, it has massive wealth due to its oil revenues.
The world is not at the stage yet of creating a world government out of such groupings. Nations still act in their own interests and there remains rivalry between the great powers. There is a growing resistance to globalisation in many parts of the world. Despite this there clearly is a push in the direction of ‘global governance’ and there are a number of institutions working for this aim. In recent years we have seen world leaders coming together in groups like the G8, G20 and the Davos World Economic Forum to discuss management of the global economy and related issues. We will look at some of these in the next chapter.