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The Coming European Superstate That Germany Plans To Cram Down The Throats Of The Rest Of Europe

A lot of people were puzzled about what German Chancellor Angela Merkel meant when she recently stated that the ultimate solution to the financial crisis in the EU would “mean more Europe, not less Europe”.  Well, now we are finding out.  A leaked internal German government memo entitled “The Future of the EU: Required Integration Policy Improvements for the Creation of a Stability Union” actually proposes the creation of a “European Monetary Fund” which would be given the power to run the economies of troubled European nations.  This “stability union” would be quickly followed by the creation of a full-fledged “political union”.  Essentially, this leaked memo proposes the creation of a “European Superstate” which will be crammed down the throats of the rest of Europe whether they like it or not.  National sovereignty would be a thing of the past and European bureaucrats would run everything.  Of course this will never be accepted by the people of Europe until they feel the bitter pain of the coming financial collapse, but we are starting to see that there is already a clear plan for what the Germans wish to implement in the aftermath of the coming crisis.

A lot of people have just assumed that if there is a massive financial collapse in Europe and the euro crashes that it will mean that end of the euro and potentially the breakup of the EU.  But that is not what the Germans have planned at all.

An article in the Telegraph has posted details about the leaked internal German government memo mentioned above.  It really is startling to see that a full-fledged “political union” in Europe is being discussed at the highest levels of the German government….

The six-page memo, by the German foreign office, argues that Europe’s economic powerhouses should be able to intervene in how beleaguered eurozone countries are run.

The confidential blueprint sets out Germany’s plan to tackle the eurozone debt crisis by creating a “stability union” that will be “immediately followed by moves “on the way towards a political union”.

It will prompt fears that Germany’s euro crisis plans could result in a European super-state with spending and tax plans set in Brussels.

Can you imagine what Europe would look like under such a plan?

National sovereignty would be a thing of the past.

Another article in the Telegraph says that the leaked memo proposes that immediately a “European Monetary Fund” should be set up that would have the power to take over and run the economies of European nations that get into too much debt.  But according to the memo this would just be an intermediate step toward a full “political union”….

The six-page German foreign ministry paper sets out plans for the creation of a European Monetary Fund with a transfer of sovereignty away from member states.

The fund will have the power to take ailing countries into receivership and run their economies. Even more controversially, the document, entitled The future of the EU: required integration policy improvements for the creation of a Stability Union, declares that the treaty changes are a first stage “in which the EU will develop into a political union”. “The debate on the way towards a political union must begin as soon as the course toward stability union is charted,” it concludes.

As the crisis in Europe has gotten worse, the Germans have become more aggressive about throwing their weight around.  At this point, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most important politician in Europe and she has been taking the lead in responding to this financial crisis.

As I have written about previously, there have been persistent rumors that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been “secretly plotting” to create a “new eurozone” that will fundamentally change the way that Europe is run.

For example, the following is from an article that recently came out  in the Telegraph….

France is drawing up plans to create a breakaway organisation of eurozone countries with its own treaty, parliament and headquarters – a move that could significantly undermine the existing European Union.

That same article also talked about the goals that France and Germany are hoping to achieve through all of this….

France and Germany are understood to want to strengthen the union between eurozone countries with new taxes and legal measures to stop nations borrowing and spending too much in future.

Of course it is important to note that there is no way that the people of Europe are going to go for any of this right now.

But after feeling the pain of a massive financial collapse for a while will they change their minds?

What is clear is that the status quo is not going to last much longer.  Something has got to change.  Unfortunately, Germany and France seem determined to push the rest of Europe in the direction of creating a European Superstate.

If you want to get a really good idea of what is happening in Europe right now, just check out this video of a recent speech by Nigel Farage on the floor of the European Parliament on November 16th, 2011.  Trust me, it is worth the couple of minutes that it takes to watch it.

But before fundamental structural changes take place in Europe, we are going to see an absolutely crippling financial collapse first.  With each passing day, there are more signs that things are rapidly unraveling.  The following are just a few of the noteworthy news items from Europe that have come out over the past week….

*In Italy there were violent clashes between protesters and police after Mario Monti unveiled his new austerity program.  To get an idea of how crazy things are getting over in Italy, just check out this video.

*Just like what happened when austerity was implemented in Greece, it looks like Italy is now headed down the road toward a major recession.  Industrial orders in Italy for the month of September declined by 8.5 percent.  That is really, really bad news.

*The EFSF has already been forced to buy up huge numbers of its own bonds.  That essentially means that the EFSF is already a bad joke.

*Dozens of big banks all over Europe have been downgraded in recent weeks.  Even German banks are getting downgraded now.  The other day, Moody’s downgraded the ratings of 10 major German banks.

An increasing number of people that work in the financial world are starting to get really freaked out about everything that is going on.

The following is what Mark Mobius, head of the emerging markets desk at Templeton Asset Management, had to say recently….

“There is definitely going to be another financial crisis around the corner, because we haven’t solved any of the things that caused the previous crisis.”

Willem Buiter, the chief economist of Citigroup, believes that if something is not done quickly, there will be a financial collapse in Europe in very short order….

“Time is running out fast.  I think we have maybe a few months — it could be weeks, it could be days — before there is a material risk of a fundamentally unnecessary default by a country like Spain or Italy which would be a financial catastrophe dragging the European banking system and North America with it. So they have to act now.”

Ann Barnhardt of Barnhardt Capital Management actually shut down her entire firm because she could no longer guarantee that the money her clients were putting into the futures and options markets would be safe.  Posted below are extended excerpts from the open letter that she recently released to the public.  Normally I would not post such extended excerpts, but in this case I believe that they are warranted.  What Barnhardt has written should be a huge wake up call for all of us.  It is refreshing (and a bit frightening) to get an honest assessment of the corruption in the financial world from someone that has made a good living in that world.  The following is how she began her letter….

It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty that I announce that Barnhardt Capital Management has ceased operations. After six years of operating as an independent introducing brokerage, and eight years of employment as a broker before that, I found myself, this morning, for the first time since I was 20 years old, watching the futures and options markets open not as a participant, but as a mere spectator.

The reason for my decision to pull the plug was excruciatingly simple: I could no longer tell my clients that their monies and positions were safe in the futures and options markets – because they are not. And this goes not just for my clients, but for every futures and options account in the United States. The entire system has been utterly destroyed by the MF Global collapse. Given this sad reality, I could not in good conscience take one more step as a commodity broker, soliciting trades that I knew were unsafe or holding funds that I knew to be in jeopardy.

So how did the MF Global collapse wreck the system?  Barnhardt went on to explain this….

The futures markets are very highly-leveraged and thus require an exceptionally firm base upon which to function. That base was the sacrosanct segregation of customer funds from clearing firm capital, with additional emergency financial backing provided by the exchanges themselves. Up until a few weeks ago, that base existed, and had worked flawlessly. Firms came and went, with some imploding in spectacular fashion. Whenever a firm failure happened, the customer funds were intact and the exchanges would step in to backstop everything and keep customers 100% liquid – even as their clearing firm collapsed and was quickly replaced by another firm within the system.

Everything changed just a few short weeks ago. A firm, led by a crony of the Obama regime, stole all of the non-margined cash held by customers of his firm. Let’s not sugar-coat this or make this crime seem “complex” and “abstract” by drowning ourselves in six-dollar words and uber-technical jargon. Jon Corzine STOLE the customer cash at MF Global. Knowing Jon Corzine, and knowing the abject lawlessness and contempt for humanity of the Marxist Obama regime and its cronies, this is not really a surprise. What was a surprise was the reaction of the exchanges and regulators. Their reaction has been to take a bad situation and make it orders of magnitude worse. Specifically, they froze customers out of their accounts WHILE THE MARKETS CONTINUED TO TRADE, refusing to even allow them to liquidate. This is unfathomable. The risk exposure precedent that has been set is completely intolerable and has destroyed the entire industry paradigm. No informed person can continue to engage these markets, and no moral person can continue to broker or facilitate customer engagement in what is now a massive game of Russian Roulette.

Even more frightening, Barnhardt says that the MF Global collapse is just the “tip of the iceberg” and that more collapses like this are about to happen….

I have learned over the last week that MF Global is almost certainly the mere tip of the iceberg. There is massive industry-wide exposure to European sovereign junk debt. While other firms may not be as heavily leveraged as Corzine had MFG leveraged, and it is now thought that MFG’s leverage may have been in excess of 100:1, they are still suicidally leveraged and will likely stand massive, unmeetable collateral calls in the coming days and weeks as Europe inevitably collapses. I now suspect that the reason the Chicago Mercantile Exchange did not immediately step in to backstop the MFG implosion was because they knew and know that if they backstopped MFG, they would then be expected to backstop all of the other firms in the system when the failures began to cascade – and there simply isn’t that much money in the entire system. In short, the problem is a SYSTEMIC problem, not merely isolated to one firm.

So what does Barnhardt say that we should all do?  She is actually recommending that everyone should completely abandon the futures and options markets….

And so, to the very unpleasant crux of the matter. The futures and options markets are no longer viable. It is my recommendation that ALL customers withdraw from all of the markets as soon as possible so that they have the best chance of protecting themselves and their equity. The system is no longer functioning with integrity and is suicidally risk-laden. The rule of law is non-existent, instead replaced with godless, criminal political cronyism.

Remember, a few weeks ago I warned you all that a massive derivatives crisis is coming.  Anyone that plays around with derivatives at this point is playing with fire.  Barnhardt says that she will never reopen her firm until Barack Obama is removed from office and fundamental reforms to the financial system have been implemented….

Finally, I will not, under any circumstance, consider reforming and re-opening Barnhardt Capital Management, or any other iteration of a brokerage business, until Barack Obama has been removed from office AND the government of the United States has been sufficiently reformed and repopulated so as to engender my total and complete confidence in the government, its adherence to and enforcement of the rule of law, and in its competent and just regulatory oversight of any commodities markets that may reform. So long as the government remains criminal, it would serve no purpose whatsoever to attempt to rebuild the futures industry or my firm, because in a lawless environment, the same thievery and fraud would simply happen again, and the criminals would go unpunished, sheltered by the criminal oligarchy.

We are on the verge of a financial crisis that could potentially be just as bad (or even worse) than the financial crisis of 2008.

Right now, 2012 is shaping up as a very, very bad year.

As I have written about previously, when European leaders proposed that private Greek bondholders should take a “50% haircut”, they massively undermined faith in the European financial system.

Now panic and fear are in the air and it is unlikely that financial markets will be calmed any time soon.

Already, there are early signs of the kind of massive credit crunch that almost brought about “the end of the world” in financial markets back in 2008.

For example, a CNBC article that was posted on Friday reported that the flow of credit in Europe is seriously drying up….

Fear over European banks’ exposure to risky government debt stalked markets and harried bank executives on Friday, as unsecured lending between banks evaporated and the cost of secured loans rose.

And as a recent article posted on Zero Hedge discussed, a similar thing is starting to happen in the United States….

The entire dollar funding market is now at levels not seen since the Lehman collapse and is effectively frozen. Only this time it is much, much worse as never before has the global central bank cadre been assumed and implied to be backstopping the global liquidity cascade. Ex-out the implied backstop by the monetary authorities, and liquidity is now locked up more than ever in the history of capital markets.

So what should we do about this?

We should take action and get prepared for what is coming.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of Americans seem to be “checking out” instead.  According to a recent Gallup poll, alcohol consumption in the United States has hit a 25 year high.  More than one out of every ten Americans over the age of 12 is on prescription antidepressants, and most American families spend endless hours staring at the television in an attempt to escape the pain and the frustration that they constantly feel.

Hopefully by working together we can help more Americans (and more Europeans as well) to wake up, to get off their couches, and to take action in a positive way.

Time is running out and the economic crisis is rapidly getting worse.

We don’t have any time to waste.

  • http://thecurrencycollapse.blogspot.com/ Vince

    It is all part of an agenda that the private central bankers are running behind the scene. In the end, anything on paper will be worth the paper it is written on. Just because the economy and the dollar are going to collapse doesn’t mean we need to be financially ruined as well. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Information and knowledge have never been more important.

    http://thedollarcollapse.blogspot.com/

  • http://courtroom-calvinball.blogspot.com Chris

    Germany doesn’t want the EU to go down in flames, but they also are fearful of hyperinflation if they just let the ECB print to their hearts’ content like everyone seems to want and expect.

    The only other option is to tie the failing EU countries to the one “solid” (and I do use that term loosely here) economy in EU: Germany. Germany, for it’s part, wants to be sure that if they go down that road, that the other countries it’s bankrolling aren’t going to just keep spending like drunken monkeys and take Germany down with them, so they want a say in how those countries spend the money they are going to borrow on Germany’s good name.

    Can you really blame them for this position?

    If a very good friend of yours who was notoriously loose with his money got into a bad financial situation and came to you hat in hand, begging for you to take out a second mortgage on your house to help him out financially, would you want some kind of assurance they weren’t going to blow it all on iPads and boxed sets of Survivor re-runs before you parted with your cash? Does that make you an evil overlord bent on stripping them of their family “sovereignty”? I think not.

    If the rest of the EU doesn’t want Germany meddling in their finances, they are perfectly free to piss off and starve in whichever manner they find most dignified.

    • knightowl77

      “If the rest of the EU doesn’t want Germany meddling in their finances, they are perfectly free to piss off and starve in whichever manner they find most dignified.”

      If the rest of Europe wishes to be bought and paid for with German money then who cares…If it were me, and I had any say (because increasingly we don’t) I would tell the Germans to piss off and we’ll take our lumps…German strings are too tight….and when we all fall down, so will Germany….

    • Ben Dover

      They won’t starve, but they WILL have to work for a living. Time to choose a path.

      If you take the king’s schilling…

      I expect a future doublecross of France by Germany. If Germany is pulling the load, they want all the spoils.

      The real wildcard is the Muslim immigrants. How will they try to capitalize on the chaos?

    • Sackerson

      Germany has eaten very well and doesn’t wish to pay the bill. If her servant nations left the Eurozone the arrangement would be less cozy for the Germans also.

      • Chris

        The EU version of “eat the rich”?

        “How dare the Germans be even slightly more fiscally responsible than the other EU nations! They should really start to pay their fair share! Lying on a beach all day is a human right! It says it right here in the EU charter!

        I DEMAND THAT THE GERMANS PAY FOR THE FOOD THAT I EAT AND THE HOUSE I LIVE IN!”

        Yeah, good luck with that.

  • DownWithLibs

    I think one thing is very clear in regards to the news of late…the curtain is closing on mankind. How did the bible put it…”the end of the age”. (Correct me if I’m wrong)

  • Matty

    Could it be that Germany will conquer Europe after all?

    • Ben Dover

      That was Germany’s goal all along. They entered the EU to dominate it, not to carry it.

    • JJ

      Economic weapons of (crushing debt, derivatives, hyperinflation, etc.)mass destruction can bring a nation to it’s knees far more effectively than nuclear weapons.

      If Islamic terrorists were to detonate a 30 megaton hydrogen bomb in the middle of Manhattan, Wall St. would of course be taken out, and millions would perish, but we would survive just fine as a nation. However, if a group of economic terrorists were to crash the dollar completely, the country would fall apart & descend into chaos fairly quickly. The DOW at 1,500 and unemployment at 50% would end this country.

    • lone survivor

      Yeah, why bother with waging war, when you can have German banksters take over other foreign countries. Give out loans to foreign governments and charge 18 to 25% interest-no way they can ever repay it. Then take over their country, no war, no soldiers. Sounds easy and nobody gets destroyed.
      I always thought that France and Germany didn’t like each other? Maybe it’ll be cross and double cross!

  • mark

    This started when the Obama Group stole money from the GM bond holders and gave the company to the unions. Hair cuts are coming in the bond markets. So if you like short hair, buy bonds.

  • http://www.saloforum.com niccolo and donkey

    Hi Michael!

    First of all, the Germans have been shown to be the most responsible member of the Eurozone. They are heavily invested in the concept of a united Europe due to their historical baggage. It’s only natural for them to seek greater integration as long as Anglo-America constantly raises the spectre of the 3rd Reich whenever they wish to attack the Germans.

    Second, Barnhart is a nut. Have you seen her blog? Her firm’s holdings in that market were tiny anyway. She’s a self-promoting type as evidenced by her past words and deeds.

  • Darren

    The European banking crisis in the mid 1990’s didn’t effect the US much then. Why will the European banking crisis effect the US this time?

  • Emily

    I went to my bank today and withdrew all my money. I will now use that money to purchase the last minute supplies I need. The time has come!

    One thing I don’t understand is, I would think Germany would be regrouping behind their own borders and shut themselves off from the rest of Europe. To commingle their economies with the PIIGS and the rest of the EU is financial suicide. That is unless they have a bigger plan for the union. Can anyone say SS

  • Sycophants & Quislings All Around

    Finally, The Fourth Reich emerges. After years of keeping a low and hidden profile the Old German Empire will once again march across the plains, valleys, and mountains of Europe.

    The Fatherland that for so long suffered such humiliation will once again dominate all of Europe.

    We should all take notice and pay attention to the Rise of the Fourth Reich.

  • Louise in MO

    Is this Germany’s third attempt to rule over all of Europe and perhaps beyond? Is it in their genes to seek power?

  • Colin

    Anne Barnhardt may know the market, but she doesn’t know what Marxism is. President Obama is not a Marxist. He is a disciple of President Reagan, and his economic policies are based on ones offered by this former president decades ago.

    I personally feel that many in the right wing need to spend a semester at a college where they can be straightened out on these political-economical systems so they can talk intelligently. Sadly, I feel this might not work for I believe these individuals are proud of their ignorance, and are not embarrassed to display their ignorance in public.

    (There is a twisted irony here. The right wing is calling the economic policies of President Obama as Marxist and Socialist, yet these policies are fundamentally the same to the ones enacted into law by their hero President Reagan. They are effectively labeling their hero with the very libels they are throwing against Obama.)

  • Howdy

    All this doom and gloom: seriously?

    Go occupy a job instead of repeatedly trying to scare people.

  • Jeff

    There is so many issues in all world economies. About Time to take notice

    http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

  • 007

    Germany is holding all of the debt ridden socialist countries hostage. They will not allow the ECB to print money to bail them out until Germany gets it’s way. Germany getting it’s way means Germany effectively running Europe.

    It makes me sick that Obama and his corrupt buddies are manipulating markets. Once again, he is bailing out his buddies and sticking us with the bill. If they are screwing around in the options and futures markets, imagine what they are doing in the stock market and commodities markets.

    It has seemed obvious for the past couple months that the stock market is being propped up. God only knows what would happen if the FED quit screwing around with it.

    Everyone get out of the markets now while you can. Let the FED buy your stock while you can!

  • tappedops

    Paging Jim Marrs… Jim Marrs… please come to the information booth…

    http://silencednomore.com/jim-marrs-rise-4th-reich/

  • 007

    Save you some time on what is going to happen in Europe.

    The European Union will eventually be comprised of the 10 strongest countries. It will ultimately be the most powerful economic entity in the world, for a brief period.

    It means that 7 of the EU countries will drop out. Those countries dropping out will likely be the PIGS. However, Italy will be part of the 10 that survive.

    Germany and Rome will lead the EU as the European super powers.

    The economic turmoil may well collapse our economy because Europe will be much more powerful than us when it is all said and done.

    This prophesy is brought to you courtesy of the book of Revalations. It is coming true before our eyes. Simply Amazing!

  • Ben Dover

    Europe will then closely resemble USA. Most Americans don’t realize that ours was supposed to be a union of soverign states (countries). “Honest Abe'” put an end to that.

    Ours was not really a “civil war” in that the southern states were not trying to take over, but to LEAVE the union. Kind of like East Germany killing people who tried to leave.

  • David M

    All the people who got their accounts looted need to get an army of lawyers working for them.

    Not that I’m optimistic we will last long enough for the class action lawsuit to finish.

    I may be wrong still. But have long felt that Hyperinflation won’t happen. We don’t have enough printers disbursing money in the banks all over. Something is going to break in the upper echelons of the financial infrastructure.

  • Highspeed

    I’ll trust The Lord with all my heart, prepare all I can, and hunker down.

  • T-Party Republican is an oxymoron

    Hitler’s dream come true.
    Financed by the U.S.

  • liberranter

    Germany (or at least its ruling political classes) might WANT to dominate Europe and the Germany of the last century COULD HAVE AND DID, at times, do so. Today’s Germany, however, has neither the stomach, the population resources, nor the popular will to do so, however much the German ruling classes might want to revive their dying nation’s past.

    Really, the “Deutschland Ueber Europa” angle is just a front. It is actually the Eurobanksters, a multinational click of kleptocrats, that is behind this memo and the movement it describes. Germany, being the most economically powerful of the European nations (which really ain’t sayin’ much in this day and age), is just the front to give the movement some momentum and legitimacy.

  • tha truth

    could this be the currency the countries will get on?instead of creating a new one maybe they are using this for people to get use to the one world currency. their excuse? “we must save ital, greece etc…”

  • DaShui

    Put the Swiss in charge would be better.

  • mondobeyondo

    Looks like Germany still has a desire to conquer Europe, if not the world.

    They’ve tried the military route a few times, but they won’t do that again. Bad press…you know, Hitler and so forth. A militarized Germany would not be a good thing. So they’re going to try the economic route this time.

    As for MF Global… how apropos! The entire globe is about to be ********************.

  • mondobeyondo

    …And now, back to our top story!

    The L.A. police department has re-opened the Natalie Wood case!

    Not that it matters much. Natalie Wood (an actress, starred in “Miracle on 34th Street” and “West Side Story”, for those who don’t know) drowned exactly 30 years ago. Great timing for a breaking news story!

    She’s still dead, by the way.

    The MSM will do anything – ANYTHING! – to distract the masses from what’s really happening.

    Read
    ——————
    between the
    ——————
    lines….

  • Suetonious

    Germany might very well end up running the Continent after all, sans the expense of another destructive war. In this case, though, one could hardly blame Germany for wanting to have some control over that which they’ve been hornswaggled into bankrolling for quite some time – their profligate free-spending Continental cousins that have been partying it up at their expense. “Let’s blow it all at Ibiza!! Woo-Hoo!!”

    How strange that this coincidentally plays right into NWO plans for consolidated political unification of Europe. This coincidence joins the 64,457,388 other coincidences that just so happen to further the emergence of the NWO.

    Just when you thought that the EU would blow apart from the insanity of their illicit fiz’cal union – along comes big Daddy PTB to force a shotgun political union to ensure that the Alien creature that will soon come clawing its way out of the EU belly has a name, and that would be “NWO”.

  • Kevin2

    The cream rises to the top. Germans are industrious, thrifty, hard working and disciplined. Their thrift prevented governmental overspending and their craftsmanship producing ultra high quality for a world niche market held off Chinese competition. I doubt if the average German is too happy having to share some of their hard earned and more importantly saved wealth with people they perceive as lazy spendthrifts.

  • Texan Patriot

    Very informative article as always!

  • frank v

    Chris –

    The problem with your “they’re just trying to do the right thing” argument is that many of us saw this exact scenario coming as far back as 2006 or earlier. Those of us who were warning people then that their currencies were about to be deliberately destroyed have been proven correct – a prediction impossible to arrive at by subscribing to any comforting “best interests at heart” notions.

    Once we grasp the long term agenda the script unfolds with the tedious predictability of a film watched far too many times.

    Economic and political union is impossible to achieve as long as wildly disparate economies exist. The poorer nations cannot be brought up to the level of the richer ones, therefore all must be dragged down to the same level. Deregulated speculative banking, open door immigration policies etc were all allowed to help bring this about.

    But the future isn’t sealed – and these are the most dangerous times for the Money Power (the people actually running the show). If they can keep their grip on the deception, they win. If not, we have a genuine chance at a far better world.

  • ryan

    I used to think it was all a stupid conspiracy theory but this is all planned to usher in one world government. Hitler tried by force, these guys are doing it by stealth. I do wonder why the UK didnt join the European union though if this is the agenda?

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog Rancher

    You all best be wrapping up your food and survival prepps. In many areas it could well be to unsafe to leave home…. Plus you cash will be nothing but trash.

    • Joel

      “Remember, Cash is Trash”, good old Robert Kyiosaki ^^

  • Zedge Hero

    The whole thing in finally coming to an end, an end that the Banking Cabel is trying to guide with it’s not so invisible hand anymore. Coup d tat in Italy & Greece, 1930’s anyone? This weeks episode regarding the protest in Greece, Italy and Ireland.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/zedgehero

  • Howdy

    Why do you continuously delete posts which threaten your worldview?

    • Michael

      What in the world are you talking about?

      Michael

    • Joel

      Howdy, I don’t remember Michael doing that. Not so long ago I made a comment completely opposing his point of view about an article on Europe. Yet, my comment is still there, not deleted at all, and still opposing is point of view, hehehe.

      By the way, nice article here Michael.

      • Michael

        Thanks – some people get confused when their comments don’t show up right away. I try to let everyone have their say as much as I can, but all comments do go through moderation first. Trust me – it works out a lot better that way.

        Michael

  • 1202013EndOfAnError

    When are the majority of Americans going to wake up to the fact that we are not just talking about a single election in Nov 2012 but rather a fight for our cherished albeit fragile way of life? We are fighting enemies from within, supported abroad, that are at best debilitating liberal/progressives and at worse dangerous Marxist/communists bent on the total destruction of the US Constitution and our true free market system. They despise individualism in favor of collectivism under the banner of “social justice” that is as disingenuous as it is futile.

    Never before in American history have the “progressives” (insert favorite word substitution here) been so close to meeting their global objectives then they are right now. Does anyone actually believe that they are going to simply let their strangle hold go so easily despite an approaching “free” election. So, as average Americans debate over which Democrat or Republican is the better debater we would all be better served deciding which individual is best suited for protecting our national sovereignty and preserving our freedoms. The 2012 election is just one battle in a very, very long fight ahead. Hopefully Americans will awaken from their slumber, put their remote controls down and become better informed and prepared. But then again it is much more fun to follow xFactor.

  • WarriorClass III

    Between the rattlesnak’s tail and its fangs. The crisis of legitimacy, the dearth of citizenship, the spectre of civil war and moral responsibility

    “…collectivist systems go to great lengths to spy out those who are “not of the body,” to convert, control, or failing that, to eliminate them. They build secret political police agencies like the NKVD, KGB, Gestapo, Stasi, and yes, FBI and DHS. They also build walls to keep people in, to prevent them from voting with their feet. These used to be made of concrete and steel like the Berlin Wall, but these days we are beginning to look at virtual walls created of surveillance cameras, computer databases, voice prints and facial recognition software, all marketed to us on the false premise of “counter terrorism.” Thus rises the “soft tyranny.”

    http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2011/11/between-rattlesnakes-

  • Concerned American

    It surely looks like things are beginning to come to a head but, never underestimate the ability for a politician or a bunch of politicians to pull yet another rabbit out of their hat to keep this going yet further down the road to deal with another day. ( as long as they get their own nest feathered in the process )

    They’ll change the banking laws, make credit default swaps not activate on a 50% haircut, the’ll keep the banks from marking to market… it has gone on and on.

    Every time I think…. this thing may actually come crashing down, it never does and, I’m completely dumbstruck at how it has remained going for so long.

    This looks VERY bad right now…

  • denny

    I fully agree with her except for her reference to the Obummer regime as Marxist. What an insult to Marx. At least he was honest about what he wanted to do. Obummer is simply another rogue, predatory capitalist if one can call what’s going on now capitalism. Obummer and the rest of the congressional, judicial and corporate machinery are pure thieves and it’s as simple as that. There is no longer any rule of law and the curtain is just going up on resistance to these sociopaths. Hold on tight because we’re headed for more war, deeper impoverishment, less of everything we’ve previously taken for granted, more and longer lasting illnesses and an even hotter burning contempt from the elites and their followers directed at US. Get to know your neighbors, stop watching t.v., adapt your psychology to having and earning less, a lot less and avoid buying corporate if you can. Communication and co-operation are the first two arts we must learn and relearn. Good luck. We’re all going to need it!

  • http://economicsurvivor.net Russell Cavanagh

    There’s an old Jewish joke about “loving Germany so much I’m glad there’s two of them”. Now, long after the wall came down and the communist East German elite are woven into the fabric of the current Deutsche state, we find that the Fourth Reich is alive and well.

    As many of us in the UK say to ourselves and others every Remembrance Day (which was less than a week ago BTW), “Lest we forget” …

  • ParisianThinker

    Europeans bet look for another passport outside of Europe before Germany decides we will pay on our “world wide income” even if we don’t live in Europe. Are we to become like the USA…serfs?

  • Publius

    Suppose for a moment that the USSR existed as a prototype for planet Earth. In this case the building up a global Soviet would be done by regional blocs serving as the SSR’s. In Europe the Germans would play the role of Russia in the USSR. The former Soviet Union is slowly being patched together by Putin and so Russia once more will be the center of the Eastern Eurasian bloc. Then in the West we have the North American Union and in South America we have another regional bloc being created. Africa of course will have some sort of neo-Colonial Union imposed and in Asia China is asked to be Hegemon. More to the point, after 100 years of a Global State will nationalism be a thing of the past? Will these power blocs need atomic weapons, large armies, nerve gas? I do not know. Nationalism with armies on a small plaent is dangerous and a global USSR is also.

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse David of OK

    This is incredible! Nigel Farage is sending a chill down the spine of many a bible prophecy nut out there. The European Community was supposed to contain Germany, instead it is looking like Germany is going to be running the show. I wonder if even now the Antichrist is orchestrating things behind the scenes. This should be interesting. Hang on to your hats.

    • Michael

      Wasn’t that speech by Nigel Farage amazing?

      Michael

  • Okie Dan

    While some will think Merkel is trying to create a German run Europe, I think her probable concerns are less sinister, although the banker’s concerns may be more cynical and they may be joined together. Here is what I think for my penny’s worth of insight. Germany is an exporting nation. It provides high quality manufacture goods. It is an export driven economy. Nationalism comes so often with protectionism. The PIIGS, on their own would likely try some form of protectionism. German manufacturers would see their exports dry up. Germany doesn’t want European nationalism to hinder its export driven economy.

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    As of September, 37% of the $1.5 trillion in U.S. money-market funds was invested in European bank bonds and CDs.

    Get your money out of money-market funds now!

    • Michael

      Wow – that is a very frightening statistic.

      Michael

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    Agreed that Germany’s power play is not in anyone’s interest, let alone Germany’s. So I would agree that the Eurozone nations should rebel against this plan and soon.

    But this Barnhardt character, she is part and parcel of what is wrong with the amerikan empire. She does know that the skids allowing hedge funds and brokerage firms to leverage up to 50 to 1 and the rules relaxing reporting requirement to the CFTC were greased back in 2004 and 2005, long before Obama even came onto the national scene. This broad is a fraud, if nothing else, because apparently she is not an insider and is simply waiting for a Spitt Romeny presidency to suddenly, “get back in business.” Gotta love the extreme lunatic far right when they try and discover “principles” when the democratic wing of the war party comes to power………….

    • Jeremy

      Um, the problem between the CFTC and executive branch began with the Clinton administration.

  • mondobeyondo

    There’s much to like about Germany. At the same time, there’s much to hate about Germany’s recent history. The past 100 years or so are testimony to how brutal human beings can be towards each other.

    Can we forgive Germany for the atrocitites of WWII?

    Well…. (thinking)

    Yes. It’s possible.

  • http://www.gasfast.org William Draper

    This article is very interesting…but 40years late! I was reading the broad picture of this in the ’70s in a magazine called ‘Plain Truth’except the picture is now in full focus.from the ashes of complete financial collapse will,initially by necessity but eventually by pre planned design, rise a very different Europe comprising 10, dominated by Germany. For reasons as yet to emerge, the USA will NOT be in a position to challenge this superpower. German led Europe will astound the world with it’s financial growth, stability and trade,it’s military (nuclear) might will intimidate all and for a few short years will prevail and prosper, but will eventually plunge this world into an also short but hellish time.You have been told.
    It cannot now, be too far ahead.

  • CitznKate

    I hope people out here in Fly-Over Land will see the wisdom in continuing to strengthen family relationships and avoid viewing combining or enlarging households as a negative thing. It could be that a group of related individuals with shared goals and at least a shred of familial loyalty will have a better chance of surviving and thriving under adverse conditions than an isolated individual or couple might have.

  • Lori

    Daniel Hannan – Germany no longer needs Europe
    (decentralization and the future of Europe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2j4oCDBbts&feature=player_embedded

  • Lori
  • Gary2

    Michael-its called the Fourth Reich. Google for yourself to see.

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    Euroland will finish the free lunch for americans , then the
    americans will must go back to work.

  • Roseleen

    Merkel – finishing off the mission the Luftwaffe failed to complete 60+ years ago……

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse David of OK

    William Draper says,
    “This article is very interesting…but 40years late! I was reading the broad picture of this in the ’70s in a magazine called ‘Plain Truth’except the picture is now in full focus.”

    So was I, the PT also said the end was coming in 1972 and it did not. That HWA would be the end time John the Baptist and now he is dead. What most prophecy nuts do is try to interpolate what is going to happen on the world scene by their interpretation of bible prophecy. Unfortunately it is all about their interpretation of bible prophecy and if that interpretation is wrong, their calculations about what is going to happen in the world are wrong. My feeling is that the Bible is not a newspaper in advance. God has purposely veiled prophecy so it will only truly make sense after it is fulfilled. God knows the end from the beginning and has veiled it from humans until after the event. Then we look back and say that God is Awesome, knowing the end from the beginning. The problem with Bible prophecy teachers is they get stuck on their particular interpretation and lead sincere Christians astray and convince them to follow them into other false doctrines. I was one of those impressionable young people and lost 30 years of my life to PT. My advise is to stick to the basics of the faith and leave bible prophecy to God and the lunatic fringe of Christianity.

    • Mark

      David of OK.. on this topic of Bible prophecy… what you wrote about Bible prophecy I could have written myself. It was almost eerie reading note because I’ve been saying the same thing for years but because you wrote it in a way that I would have.

      Your view is a very “Orthodox Christian” view, as opposed to a Western Protestant view. When it comes down to it the position (or internal stance) is one of humility as opposed to arrogance. When we look at bible prophecy arrogantly we believe we should have the interpretation simply because we’re Christians. When we look at it through humility we believe that whether the Holy Spirit reveals the meaning or not is His business.. in either case God Himself will be glorified through it and we will worship Him in our hearts knowing He is the Master of all things visible and invisible.

      On a practical note… I too watched for years many “bible prophecy teachers” be totally wrong in the end when trying to match current events with the Revelation, etc. If a book was written today about future events and some of those events were to take place 1000 years from now it would be the distant future. The Revelation was written 2000 years ago and although there are things written that are yet to come, in reality many of those things have already happened 1000 years ago and beyond (for the writer, John, it was the distant future, for us it’s the distant past). My point.. many people try to match the entire thing as things that are yet to come and it gets messy.

      I can go on but I wont :-D

    • ElCid

      You are wrong. Jesus told the people of His day that they should have known the day of His visitation because it was clearly written in His prophetic Word.
      I can go on with tons of scripture references but I won’t. That is up to you.

  • Patriot Alice

    Who else is supposed to lead and unite? Greece? Italy? Spain? Ireland? Portugal? France? San Marino? etc…It makes sense that Germany should lead Europe to some type of sanity….Our States in the USA had to do the same to create the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…Now we’ll have the U.S of Europe…

    • hawkeye

      All the states negotiated a union as sovereign colonies. Everyone had equal say. You should graduate your reading material from corn flake boxes.

      • Patriot Alice

        What do you suggest? The European split? Continue to bail out ths Socialists with Europe? Do you have any idea what will happen in the USA if they do? If you can’t lead, then you must follow, and Germany is their best leader…

        • grimreaper

          yeah right. Have you ever been in ANY country that is not part of “core EU” ? Germany ISNT the best leder.Maybe the best due to their ecnomic status, but everything else is just BS. Romania cant follow the rules of Germany, bneither can follow their economy growth or anything else.Imagine countries like Bolgaria, romania, slovenia(yeah my poor country),broke greece, soon to follow croatia and rest of ex YU countries, lithuania and rest of poor countries trying to cope with demands from germany.They just cant do it no matterwhat you do… So forcing those countries into something cales United countries of Europe is just stupid.Unless they want to have cheap, slavish working force (just like rest of the west use chinese and mexicans)…

  • oleguy

    The dictatorship of Europe without a shot fired. America is no Europe where you have 27 soverign states with different languaes, ethnicity and presidents and parliments. The problem with Europe is you have some countries that will not curtail their spending while others are supporting their prolifigate habits. People in the different states voted to join the USA union, unlike Europe where the people will not get to vote. A huge difference and that for your information is not democracy at work!

  • Old Man

    A hyper-ventilating Michael picked a hyped title with little European comprehension.

    The last thing Germany wants is political integration of the EU. It had enough trouble and pain integrating East Germany with the West. Germany is the first to be deeply sensitive about integrating ANYTHING in Europe, given the Nazi past.

    What Germany offering is solution proposals for all to consider. One such proposal is to replace the IMF with an EU version for EU countries. Guess what the IMF does – a country in deep trouble asks the IMF for emergency assistance money but in exchange it must agree to be supervised by the IMF on a mutually-agreed restructuring plan. Ignorant people call it ‘being run by foreigners’. Don’t like the IMF, then don’t screw up your economy. And don’t ask.

    An EU ‘IMF’ would obviously do similar supervisor role. A EU ‘IMF’ is nothing more than a plan to add regulatory function to the European Central Bank, expanding its role to be more like other G20 central banks.

    And what’s wrong with that? Nothing. It is the way to go.

  • Julie

    I wonder if the non-Euro EU countries will leave. Those are some of the strongest economies at the moment.

  • Sid Davis

    For the last 400 years we have experienced long term economic expansion fueled by exploitation of energy resources. The resulting industrial age allowed the population to expand from 1/2 billion to 7 billion, something unprecedented as it took hundreds of thousands of years to even reach 1/2 billion when we were previously supported by renewable energy (even wood, water, wind and animal power being very recent innovations in primate evolution).

    We are facing a new paradigm. Energy availability is entering a long term contraction phase as new sources fail to profitably replace depleting sources. We can expect the economy to incessantly contract for decades, halving every 20 to 30 years again and again, with the result that the current population will collapse and the political arrangements will violently restructure.

    The idea that political units will increase in size it the delusion of those in power who do not understand that the complexity of centralized control cannot be supported without huge energy input. It is much more likely that the 1990’s break up of the USSR will be the pattern of the future, repeated over and over again worldwide until political units are very localized. The US will not even exist as a nation, probably sooner than later, nor will many of the present European nations, each breaking up into even smaller parts.

    The thin veneer of civilization is already peeling away as energy desperate nations find excuses to forcefully take the resources of other nations, Libya being the most recent example. Revolution is in the air in the US already, driven by the increasing perception that the pain of the current system of plunder and control will soon be greater that the pain that is perceived to come from civil disorder.

    The skewed distribution of wealth, characteristic of a slave society, is becoming more and more evident, and as the collusion of government and special interests that has implemented this fascist system of slavery worldwide is becoming better understood the rage will come to the boiling point. How remarkable that so many people even today here in the US are beginning to understand government/corporate scams like the Federal Reserve System!

    If Europe becomes a superstate, it will be a temporary and desperate attempt of those in power to fight against the new trend of contraction and decentralizing.

  • ThePlan

    It becoming obvious, the plan for a very long time has been to remove democracy

    Their main weopon was to create lines of credit & enslave people & Governments in debt – eventually the takeover occurs by unelected officials

    What I can’t comprehend is where did people loose their zest for freedom – they had it in the 60’s….what the hell happened!

  • That Sojourner

    What is rapidly coming into reality is the fulfillment of Rev.17:12-13. Germany will lead this 10 nation confederacy. (In the light of this, the name Karl-Theodor zu Guttenburg will be front page news very soon).

    Extremely dire consequences will come out of this, especially for the USA,Great Britain and the country that we call Israel.

    • Marner Campbell

      You are so correct—-Guttenburg is here in Connecticut brain washing the students on campuses across USA along with Gorbochev that is doing the same—-but yes we are at Rev.17 12-13 and did you here that 1,000 Jews were baptized excepting their Savior for the first time since this 76 yr old Rabbi had visions of seeing Jesus–this happened on NOV 5, 2011 and that same group is evangelizing the synag. and churches in Israel as we speak—some wonderful things are on the way—sad we have to go through the PAIN and agony first–but for Christians it will all be worth it in the END!

      • Michael

        Do you have any other information about these visions of Jesus?

        Michael

  • John Baxter

    The article is excellent as far as it goes. The question it asks but does not seem to attempt to answer is ‘what to do now?’
    In Europe the EU needs to break up, but how can the US sort it self out other than to ditch the dangerous Obama?

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse David of OK

    You are very correct, Sid, but the problem will be that these superstates (America included) will not go quietly into the night. They will not go down without a fight. World War III will be the last dying flare-up of fires of modern civilization, using up what limited resources it has left, before the long night ahead of subsistence living for the billion or less people left in the world. It would be hoped that civilization would voluntarily take the road to subsistence living and do a controlled descent, but just watching the world around me reacting to peak oil, I have less and less hope that will occur.

  • Paul

    This German Superstate “Europe” is nothing new. It was already a dream in the 30s and 40s of last century, you know, when Germany occupied all Europe from the Atlantic to the Caucasus (or at least tried).

    And the western allies promoted this after the war with the Marshall Plan, because it was against Russia. Just like bin Laden was supported by the US against Russia.

    Now you get what you paid for.

    • Kolominas

      The idea of a European superstate in general is even older and not exactly German in origin: 1923 “Pan-Europa” by Coudenhove-Kalergi brought this idea to the political elite of that era

  • Jeremy

    Michael, while I vehemently disagree with you about the police state-type articles, I agree completely with you on this. You are right on the money.

    • Michael

      Thanks – and it is okay that we don’t agree 100% of the time. :)

      Michael

  • R. N. Paling

    sieg hiel i have won. ADOLF

    • comnenus

      More like the Kaiser, getting back all he won on 1918 with interest.

  • comnenus

    It’s just Germany getting back the spoils of World War I.

    Wilson and Black Jack Pershing cheated Germany the victory it won on early 1918. And divided up the lands Germany had won.

    As a result we got Hitler and all the problems.

    Now, Merkel is getting back all the spoils of war with interest. Obama and his “Black David” Petraeus can try to invade Europe again to cheat Germany THIS victory – I wish they actually try so they can show America is no longer weak.

    Americans only seem to be able to beat bush league dictators like Kadaffi. They haven’t really beat anyone worth their salt in the last few decades.

  • comnenus

    France can offer Alsace-Lorraine back to Germany, and other countries can follow suit. Unfortunately for Merkel, Poland which ended up with 1/3 of Germany after WWII is not in the Eurozone and won’t budge… Once again Poland stands fast when everyone else turns his back on her.

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse David of OK

    Mark says,
    “My point.. many people try to match the entire thing as things that are yet to come and it gets messy.”
    In more ways than you care to know, I am more Eastern in my leanings than protestant, but don’t tell my congregation.
    I went to seminary thinking that once I knew Greek and Hebrew, bible prophecy would become a snap. However the more I learned the mechanics of the these languages, the prophecies on which Tim Lahaye and his ilk based their elaborate interpretations got even more murky and impossible to understand. The English translators actually smoothed it in an attempt to make some sense of the passage (again, that is their interpretation), but the original language is not so obliging. So we are back to the theology that God does not reveal the event until after it is fulfilled. Until the event is fulfilled we cannot make sense of it enough to predict with any certainty how it is going to come out.

  • Mad Max

    The same is coming here. It’s only going to make things much worse because people won’t be able to survive evenutally.

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    OsiXs (Revolution 2.0 – The Smart Revolution)

  • http://www.gasfast.org William Draper

    Seems to me that whether one believes in prophesy or not, what we are witnessing in Europe is real enough and conforms to the scripural account.
    The entire progression from it’s humble beginnings has been linear.First iron and steel agreement, to the E.E.C then E.C. now E.U towards the federal goal.This intolerant, undemocratic entity has demonstrated where it is heading and only the naive or wilfully blind can state otherwise.
    The E.U. certainly passes the Duck test.

  • Informed

    The Holy Roman Empire re-emerges. Forgotten why Bismarck trumped Napoleon & why Ribbentrop saw the central power (Prussia) as being integral to Europe?
    German solution to market speculation- force duplicitous brokers to insure their transactions against loss- most highly penalized are futures, options & derivatives. Result= massive reduction in funny-money business.
    German solution to monetary instability- massively invest in their two satellite states: Austria and Switzerland- especially the latter due to its sovereign currency.
    Germans are industrious, highly intelligent (their state education system alone is far superior to any EU nation) and unfailingly methodical. Not to mention- their education system never dropped the Classics from study as being politically unfashionable.
    Arnold Deutschlander has remembered his Aesop and Grimm very well indeed- the tortoise has won once again to the capricious, frivolous and flamboyant mad hares of Italy, France & Spain.
    And to quote Kaiser Wilhelm, “You Englische are mad, mad, mad as March Hairs!”.
    Bismarckian Statism has trumped Keynesianism & Bretton Woods- and the developing economies- particularly colonised or US-UK war afflicted nations will certainly not be particularly welcoming to Uncle Sam or John Bull.
    BRIC?
    India is a basket case of 800 million beggars eking off $2/day- still without a lingua franca.
    China’s US-Export driven Industrialization model will implode- the US will massively decrease consumption, increase domestic protectionism and the EU blocks Chinese products as being unsafe.
    ASEAN will ignore trade agreements as all despise China and all will tariff Chinese imports to the rafters to protect native industry and their necks (to the very real threat of riotous mobs with torches & pitchforks).
    Russia and Brazil have real possibilities, as does Indonesia and the Next 11 (mainly Muslim)- as detailed by Louise Yamada on Bloomberg, August 22, 2011.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    just a well planned and carefully implemented grab of power by a couple of individuals who see a great opportunity to rule europe-reminds me so much of hitler,europe first,than the rest of the world.

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  • pAUL lYTLE

    wHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE FROM THIS AND A MONOPOLY?

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse Ronan Hutchinson

    A Federal European Superstate IS inevitable sooner or later and certainly within the century. Don’t get me wrong I’m proud to be British (even though I live in Ireland) but you can’t entirely blame the Germans for planning a “USE” because the peoples of the EU WANT an EU Superstate or else they wouldn’t keep voting “yes” to closer integration in the EU. Therefore whether you like it or not it logically follows that most people must therefore no longer care about the idea of the nation state or individual national sovereignty and the world is getting a much smaller place which is why, probably sometime this century, the EU will become a country and EU citizenship will replace, not “complement” EU Member State nationality which is why eventually, perhaps next century we’ll see a World Government with a World President as a result. Sorry!

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