EU - European Commission Making Global Policy?

J. Froese

The European Commission presented some of the world’s most ambitious plans to confront climate change, aiming to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent below 1990 levels within less than a decade.

The European Union’s executive branch said it would make Europe “the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.” E.U. representatives urged the United States and other nations to follow.

The package of proposals—which consists of more than a dozen directives or regulations—was applauded by some environmental groups as a landmark effort. But it is unclear how many of the planned changes will remain in place after the bloc’s 27 member states and the European Parliament have examined and modified them in what is expected to be a years-long process.

If passed, one of the most significant changes of the “Fit for 55” package would be the creation of a “carbon border adjustment mechanism,” which would impose tariffs on some goods imported from non-E.U. countries with weaker climate laws. In practice, environmental groups hope, this could become a powerful incentive for other nations to follow the bloc’s policies.

“To the United States, I would say if you are so worried, then maybe it is time you come forward with very credible plans on decarbonization of your economy,” said Bas Eickhout, a European lawmaker from a Dutch green party. “We have heard a lot of announcements, but we have not seen many concrete policies.”

-www.washingtonpost.com, 14 July 2021

Commentary

Here again we are seeing the European Union taking on the mantle of global leadership that once belonged almost exclusively to the United States. As a unified trading block, it can “…impose tariffs on some goods imported from non-E.U. countries with weaker climate laws.” 

Furthermore, there are technical and practical ways that European law spreads globally. The best example is the GDPR data privacy law, which went into effect in 2018. We recall receiving a slew of GDPR notifications from numerous internet companies, simply because it is often easier for a company to treat all their customers across the globe alike.

However, we must reiterate that the final world empire will not just encompass Europe, but the whole world: “power was given him [Antichrist] over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7b). We have been on this road to globalism for a while now—first through British colonialism, then American dominance, and now we see the focus shift to Europe. Likewise, China is becoming influential through the immense amount of merchandise they both produce and, now as a relatively richer country, consume. A recent article from The Guardian shows how China influences the entertainment industry because of its role as a massive audience.

In 2020, the US arm of Pen International, an association of writers that seeks to protect free expression, published an explosive report on how decisions in Hollywood, including the content, casting, plot, dialogue and settings of films were increasingly “based on an effort to avoid antagonizing Chinese officials.” It wrote that during the past decade or more, “domestic patterns of censorship and control have extended beyond China’s borders.”

-www.theguardian.com, 15 July 2021

(By J. Froese)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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