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King Abdullah: EU has pivotal role in Mideast peace process
Sept. 15, 2008 - At a meeting between European Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana and Jordan's King Abdullah II, the king stressed the "importance of the European Union's role" in the establishment of peace and stability between Israel and the Palestinians.
- The European foreign policy chief arrived in Amman on Saturday night in the course of a Middle East tour which also took him to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Egypt.
- Source: YNet News
Mediterranean Union to be launched
July 11, 2008 - The Union for the Mediterranean will be launched on July 13. It will include EU member states and a number of North African and Middle East countries. The union is promoted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He said,
The union includes 44 countries – the EU's 27 members, plus Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey – as well as Mauritania, Monaco, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.
- "For me, the presence of all these European and Mediterranean heads of state in Paris in the name of Europe and the Mediterranean is something deeply moving and it's the best news for peace in the Middle East."
Libya's Muammar Gaddafi declined to join, calling it "another Roman empire."
- Source: EUObserver.com
Irish minister says EU vote lost
June 13, 2008 - Irish voters are apparently unwilling to ratify the EU's Lisbon Treaty.
Fourteen countries out of the twenty-seven members have completed ratification so far, but the treaty requires unanimous ratification.
- The BBC's Oana Lungescu in Brussels says EU leaders are bracing for defeat but are expected to press on with the treaty, which is meant to streamline decision-making in the now expanded EU.
- Source: BBC
Tony Blair popular choice as EU president
March 18, 2008 - a recent poll in Europe indicates that Tony Blair is a popular choice to become the first president of the European Union.
- Source: Telegraph U.K.
Split EU meets to debate Kosovo
Feb. 18, 2008 - Most major European nations are expected to recognize Kosovo's independence from Serbia, but others have reservations about the move.
Russia is opposed to Kosovo's independence, and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has the power to block their entry into the organization as a sovereign state.
- EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to seek a joint position on the matter.
President Bush was quick to acknowledge that "the Kosovars are now independent", but formal recognition will be guided by a UN-supported plan.
UN plan, drawn up by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, limits Kosovo's independence somewhat. It requires an international presence and provision for the protection of the Serb minority
- Source: BBC
- East-West divide over Kosovo move - BBC
Kosovo Declares Independence
Feb. 17, 2008 - Today Kosovo's parliament unanimously declared their independence from Serbia.
Serbia opposes the move, of course. In a later meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia opposed their independence, saying that a 1999 resolution had handed Kosovo to the UN.
- Celebrations went on into the night after Prime Minister Hashim Thaci promised a democracy that respected the rights of all ethnic communities.
- Source: BBC
I'll be president of Europe if you give me the power - Blair
Feb. 2, 2008 - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been telling some of his oldest allies that he might be willing to campaign for the new position of full-time president of the EU council. This role is characterized as "president of Europe".
Blair is currently serving as special envoy for the Mideast Quartet (US, Russia, UN, EU).
- Source: Guardian - UK
Solana, Blair to travel to Middle East next week to discuss Gaza border crisis
Feb. 1, 2008 - European foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Tony Blair, envoy for the Mideast Quartet, will travel to the Middle East next week to try to work out a solution for better access to Gaza.
- Source: Ha'Aretz
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We now have what you might call a United States of Europe. The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called "The Treaty of Rome," those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which we call the Common Market. Today the organization is known as the EU (European Union) In 1973 the United Kingdom or England came in along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became a member of the union. Spain and Portugal have joined in 1986, and in 1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden were added to the official list.
The success of this European unity is a further impetus to global unity.
U.S. Economic Instability
The total debt in America (Federal, municipal, corporate, real estate & consumer debt) in 1980 was about $2 1/2 Trillion. Presently it is over $17 Trillion! This means it has increased more than 600% in 15 years! We have a collapsing economy that is not capable of repaying that debt! This indebtedness exceeds the total real estate and corporate equities of the entire country! We're insolvent. We owe European bankers. The Federal government must borrow over a trillion dollars in the next 12 months - more than a billion dollars per day, just to pay the interest! (Missler, New World Order, Audio briefing package, tape 1)
When the United States gets into financial trouble it causes world-wide economic instability. We really do have an insurmountable problem, based on the inability to pay back our debt right now. What can we do now? Some are saying we will have hyper inflation- printing more and more money to pay old debts. This is what ruined the economy of Germany before World War II. The effect of this is that people's hard-earned savings will become practically useless. In Germany people had to take a wheelbarrow full of money to the store just to buy a few groceries.
Every time you charge interest you create a problem. Money has not been printed to cover that interest, so there isn't enough money to cover all the debts. Picture this simple scenario. Suppose there was $1000 in real money printed, and half of it was loaned out at 10% interest. The total amount of money now held or due would be $1050, but there would only be $1000 to cover it!. Imagine how this problem is compounded by the constant lending of the same money. Another way of looking at this is that if everyone demanded the money due them there would only be a fraction of that total amount available to meet that demand.
The Bible says we are not to charge interest. (Exodus 22:25; 25:36; Nehemiah 5:7-11; Psalm 15:5)
If we were strong enough morally, to stand alone, we could conceivably let the rest of the world do whatever crazy things they want to do, but we don't have that luxury, because we owe so much to foreign banks.
Our financial weakness also gives rise to trade wars and what might be unfavorable trade agreements, such as NAFTA and GATT. The GATT agreement is a 22000 page document which includes provision for a World Trade Organization (with no practical means of withdrawal). (Chuck Missler, New World Order, Audio briefing package, Tape 1)
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