The debt problems that Greece and other Europeans nations are facing have sparked off considerable discussion about whether the Euro will survive or not.
Part of this is due to the scepticism of Germany towards bailing out lesser performing European countries. Their hard won economic strength is at stake because of the failings of these other countries. To the extent that it is being reported that secretly Germany has begun to re-print the Deutsche Mark.
Daniel ch 8 emphasises the importance of keeping our eye upon the countries of south-eastern Europe and particularly Greece.
Daniel ch 8 is dealing with the time immediately prior to the return of the Saviour. The same period of time is in view in both chapter 7 and 8, cp. v17 … Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision; v19 Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be; v23 And in the latter time of their kingdom.
 He will speak against the most high, v25;
 He will persecute (wear out) the saints, v25;
 He will seek to change times and laws, v25;
 He will continue to do for 3 1/2 years, v25;
 Upon his destruction God gives the kingdom to His people, v26.
It specifically narrows the area down to south-eastern Europe. Daniel enlarges upon the persecuting zeal of this 'little horn', ch 8:9. He will wax great towards certain regions:
 He will be a super intelligent person. The little horn has ‘eyes’ Daniel 7:8 and understanding of dark sentences, ch 8:23;
 Energised by another power, ch 8:24;
 Subtle and crafty, ch 8:25;
 Ferocious in persecution, v23, fierce countenance, v25 destroy many;
 He will defy the Prince of princes, ch 8:25.
Is the Pope the final Antichrist? The teaching of Daniel in these chapters is one of the reasons why I cannot see the Pope as the final Antichrist. The Pope is most certainly an antichrist. He is the antichrist in the church [Westminster Confession of Faith ch 25 section 6].