As EU leaders met in Brussels earlier this month, former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, thrashing the Europeans for their grandiose ideas and their chronic inattention and inaction. He noted, “One hundred years ago, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, setting in motion a swirl of events that brought decades of devastation to the entire continent. The historian Christopher Clark called the leaders of the time ‘sleepwalkers’ for their lack of ability to assess the larger, systemic consequences of their individual actions” (ibid.). Zu Guttenberg also laid out a four-point plan of action that Europe should take immediately, and warned, “Today we see the menacing signs multiplying, but we have not been willing to accept the fact that armed conflicts have come to Europe’s doorsteps again. Today’s sleepwalkers do not recognize the consequences of their inaction. It is time to wake up” (ibid.).
Bible prophecy indicates that a “strong leader” will arise on the scene in Europe. Ten other leaders (possibly nations) will give their power over to him (Revelation 17:12-14). Zu Guttenberg recognizes the need for such an individual; it remains to be seen who will fill that role.
For more on the future of Europe, read “Bible Prophecy and the European Dream.”