With Germany in crisis, Europe-watchers contemplate an E.U. after Merkel

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NBC News: Germany has for decades been Europe’s pillar of stability, supporting the European Union through economic crises, pressures from immigration and the threat of a resurgent far-right.

But with Germany’s politics now in disarray — and the future of its chancellor Angela Merkel hanging in the balance — Europe risks losing its de facto leader, resulting in a power vacuum across the continent.

Europe-watchers are contemplating what protracted uncertainty in the country might mean for the E.U. and how it might fare if Merkel does not survive. more …

Opinion: Germany is in crisis = Europe is in crisis.

Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s largest news organizations, November 20, 2017: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next? 

With Putin in Russia, Xi JinPing in China, and the election of Donald Trump in 2016, a new trend of electing strong man leaders in Europe is emerging:

  • Emmanuel Macron of France
  • Sebastian Kurz in Austria
  • Sndrej Babiš the new Czech Republic

Germany is one of the top exporters of military armaments in the world, and the third largest exporter of goods. Its economy dominates the European Union.

As a single country, the US is the biggest economy in the world. But combining the economies of the EU, one could argue, depending on the metrics used, that the EU is the world’s largest economy.

Here are the world’s top seven economies, according to the 2017 IMF forecast:
  • U.S. – $19.4 trillion.
  • China – $11.9 trillion.
  • Japan – $4.9 trillion.
  • Germany – $3.7 trillion.
  • France – $2.575 trillion.
  • U.K. – $2.565 trillion.
  • India – $2.4 trillion.

The last time the Germans become anxious about world events, they elected a strongman to take the country. On January 30, 1930, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. The recent call for one leader to steer the European superstate at the same time that Germany’s government is up for grabs is ominous.

The ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them;
He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings. Daniel 7:24

Daniel’s kings are vying for position.