EU - The Frontline Soldiers of the European Union

J. Froese

For most of its history, the European Union commanded no troops. It was not that sort of outfit. The idea of gun-toting Euro-soldiers was more a Eurosceptic bogeyman than a serious scheme. Yet on January 11th the bloc tweeted proudly that “[f]or the first time, the European Union has its own uniformed service.” A video, set to rousing music, showed a blue-clad, side-capped guard with the insignia not of any member state, but the star-circled flag of Europe—a member of the new standing corps of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, more commonly known as Frontex. But if the agency’s rise exemplifies the union’s march towards something resembling a state, it also illustrates how unsteady, and occasionally ugly, that advance may be.

As its coffers have grown, Frontex has set its eyes on fancier kit. Last year the agency signed contracts with Airbus and Israeli Aerospace Industries, and Elbit, another Israeli firm, to buy €100m-worth of advanced drones to be based in Greece, Italy and Malta. It is also pouring money into other technology, including artificial intelligence. “I think the European Commission sees that as a way of muscling into the sort of core defense sphere, like dual-use and border technologies,” says Roderick Parkes of the German Council on Foreign Relations. “They’ve really got Europol in their sights,” he adds, referring to the EU’s law-enforcement agency.

-www.economist.com, 28 February 2021

Commentary

For decades, we have been following the development of the European Union, as we believe this is the dominant part of the final, end-time world empire. Jesus first came during the middle of the Roman Empire, and now—as we expect His return—we see much of the same European territory coming together under this new umbrella called the European Union.

When looking at Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel 2, it is noteworthy that Daniel suggests this final empire will have both strong and weak elements: “His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay” (Daniel 2:33; cf. vv. 41-43). This latest step demonstrates one of the strong “iron” aspects, with the EU’s inability to sufficiently deal with corruption and rising populism in eastern countries. And, more generally, the continued assertion of sovereignty of member nations, shows some weakness (clay) in the Union.

We also included the excerpt about Israeli Aerospace Industries and Elbit, noting once again how Israel is at the forefront in so many high-tech fields. In this case, it’s border security and surveillance, which is understandable since it is surrounded by enemies. Like European nations, it is a rich country, which naturally attracts economic migrants. (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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