In a recent article analyzing the crisis in the Ukraine, former German Defense Secretary Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called for coordinated action by EU and the U.S., and he criticized their lethargy and dis-unified front. He also called for greater German leadership in the crisis: “My fellow countrymen will not be happy to hear this, but Germany will have to play a core role in this process. After all, Germany has more experience with Europe’s transition countries than probably anyone else” (The American Interest, March 12, 2014).
Mr. zu Guttenberg also commented, “Brussels and the [EU] member states should get back to highly disciplined coordination very quickly. The European Union lacks established mechanisms to deal with situations like the near-outbreak of a war on its borders. Instead, it is largely up to the ability of its political leaders of the day if the EU is to be capable of doing anything beyond issuing stern reprimands.” (ibid.). Speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin, zu Guttenberg warned: “His unwarranted saber-rattling can set a whole cascade of events in motion that has the potential to lead to a much wider and completely out-of-control conflict very soon” (ibid.). Troubles in the Ukraine could be a catalyst to further galvanize Europe. The conflict also highlights Baron zu Guttenberg’s interest in his native Germany, and also his vision of necessary and decisive action.
Bible prophecies reveal a “strong leader” will emerge in Europe just before the return of Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:1-8; 17:12-13). Time will tell who will fulfill these prophecies. For more on the coming European Beast Power, read our timely booklet The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor, or Soon-Coming Reality?