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Germany’s Stealth Attack on the EU
July 16, 2009 | From theTrumpet.com

What it means for the future of Europe—and the world.

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court recently ruled that the Lisbon Treaty is compatible with the German constitution. On June 30, the court rejected complaints by some German lawmakers that the treaty violated the constitution, and decided that “the substance of German state authority is protected” in the treaty. EU leaders are so relieved Berlin said ja to Lisbon that they appear to have given little thought to a colossal caveat attached to the ruling. Germany’s constitution “says yes to the Lisbon Treaty,” stated presiding judge Andreas Voßkuhle in his verdict, which was televised nationally, “but calls at national level for a strengthening of parliamentary responsibility” (emphasis mine throughout). What does Voßkuhle mean by the “strengthening of parliamentary responsibility”? He means this: Before Germany ratifies the Lisbon Treaty, it must strengthen the German parliament’s influence on EU decisions made in Brussels. Therefore, a law is now being created that will demand members of the Bundestag approve any change to the Lisbon Treaty, or any expansion of EU power, before it can be imposed on Germany. By nature, this law essentially equips Germany with the power to HIJACK the EU! Peter Gauweiler, member of the right-wing Christian Socialist Union, spearheaded the challenge against the Lisbon Treaty. Although he lost his appeal and Germany is preparing to ratify Lisbon, Gauweiler was more than satisfied with the federal court’s far-reaching stipulation. “It’s a very sweeping decision on the Lisbon Treaty as a whole,” he told Spiegel Online. “In 91 pages, the Federal Constitutional Court expressly held that the treaty and its accompanying law must conform to Germany’s constitution, the so-called Basic Law ….” Germany has been chiseling itself a seat atop of Europe ever since its reunification in 1989. With its location at the heart of the Continent, its large population and its economic and political clout, it has been quite successful. This legal stipulation gives Germany unparalleled influence in Brussels. EU leaders will essentially be held hostage by Berlin; they will be forced to take the German constitution and German opinion into account when formulating virtually every law, every policy and every decision. Essentially, it will make Berlin, not Brussels, the EPICENTER of EU law and policy! The Germans are working fast too. In response to the court ruling, the Bundestag (the lower house of the German parliament) will meet in August to draft the new law. The bill will undergo a second reading in early September. Upon approval, it will be attached as an addendum to Germany’s official ratification of the Lisbon Treaty before national elections on September 27. EU leaders are tickled that Germany is being so

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he German high court is ambushing the European Union. Europe’s leaders don’t see it, but they will. Soon.

EU leaders are so consumed in dreams of European unity that they ignore

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expeditious in ratifying Lisbon. They hope Berlin embracing this EU constitution will provide fresh, much-needed impetus to Ireland, the Czech Republic and Poland, which have all yet to ratify the treaty. EU leaders are so consumed with dreams of European unity that they ignore the nightmare that could come with German ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

the nightmare that could come with German ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Even a cursory reading of the German media’s response to the court ruling ought to have shocked them into seeing reality. The federal court’s verdict “takes the German parliament to task,” observed the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung. “German politicians will need to become involved with every new law, no matter how small. … And with this decision European integration becomes part of Germany’s domestic politics. … This spectacularly clever verdict artfully says that European integration will not be stopped—but will be making a little detour through Germany, where it will benefit from some added democracy.” “This is the end of European integration as we know it,” wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Germany will support the Lisbon Treaty, but only under strict conditions. And anyone who wants to found a European state must now ask for the permission of the German people.” Multiple issues are already lining up, waiting for adjudication by the German court, the article said, and the “message is loud and clear: WE WEAR THE PANTS.” Observed Handelsblatt: The German federal court clearly sees the “European Parliament as a minor instrument which is ‘not suited to major political decisions.’” The German business daily continued: For Karlsruhe [the city in which the German federal court is located], democracy has only one important organ: THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION. And that’s not exactly an altruistic move— because by saying this, the Constitutional Court is also increasing its own claim to legislative power. Only Karlsruhe can stop Brussels from going overboard, only Karlsruhe can protect principles of democracy. AND THAT SECURES KARLSRUHE A LONG SOUGHT-AFTER
ADVANTAGE OVER VARIOUS

EUROPEAN TRIBUNALS.

Could this ruling be any more plain? When it comes to EU affairs, Germany considers the European Parliament a minor instrument, and the German national constitution, and the German federal court, the supreme authority! Under the new law, the German high court will often supersede the European Union courts. Take the European Court of Justice, for instance. If it makes a decision at odds with German national law, or if Germany perceives that it oversteps its authority, German citizens will have the right to legal protection by the Federal Constitutional Court, even against EU regulations. It must comfort German citizens to know they stand above EU law. But what about the lawmakers in Brussels, or the citizens of the other 26 EU member nations? Brussels will be forced to formulate laws and policies with the German high court peering over its shoulder, ready to shred any decision that doesn’t align with German interests or the German constitution. Citizens of other member states will have to stand idly by as the EU is stealthily subjugated by Berlin. That’s democracy, German-style! In its ruling, the German high court expressed concern that the EU in its current form is an undemocratic institution. It argued that this new law strengthening the role of the German parliament in Brussels would make the EU more democratic.

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Look at history. Could there be a more terrifying LIE? Yet most of Europe has fallen for it! In 1954, Herbert Armstrong wrote, “Nothing can prevent Germany from completely dominating Europe. Soon there will be the prophesied united Europe—the resurrected Roman Empire—with Germans in complete domination. IT’S PROPHESIED! It is hurtling on toward the destruction of America and Britain” (co-worker letter, Sept. 18, 1954). Mr. Armstrong was referring to prophecies in Isaiah, Daniel, Nahum, Hosea and Revelation 13 and 17, all of which speak about the emergence in the last days of a newly resurrected Holy Roman Empire—led by Germany! This recent ruling by the German high court is direct fulfillment of this prophecy. This new law will NOT make the EU more democratic. Germany will be the only member with a greater voice. It’s a stealthy ambush of Brussels that will only make the European Union even more German-centric, German-dependent and German-dominated. This legal decision will equip Berlin with far-reaching leverage over EU law and policy, and will ultimately advance Germany’s prophetic march to become the unchecked leader of a united European empire. If you haven’t already started, now is the time to begin studying Bible prophecy, specifically those prophecies relating to Germany. A German-led European empire is building. You need to know how it will affect America, Britain and the rest of the world, how powerful it will ultimately become, how its reign will end, and what will come after it is gone. We can help you answer these questions. Take the time to investigate and request the free literature offered to the right. Believe it or not, this resurrected German empire is about to touch your life! • Brad Macdonald’s column appears every Thursday. To e-mail Brad Macdonald, click here. Please note that, unless you request otherwise, your comment may appear on our feedback page. To read more articles by this author, click here.

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