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In Europe, new fears of German might
The Washington Post ^ | October 22, 2011 | Michael Birnbaum

Posted on 10/23/2011 10:51:37 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Edited on 10/23/2011 1:40:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

European leaders are at a crossroads: They must pull closer together or risk the euro currency project falling apart.

BERLIN — For decades, Germany’s role in Europe has been to supply the cash, not the leadership. With fresh memories of war, the continent was cautious about German domination — and so were the Germans themselves.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany
KEYWORDS: awwwww; europe; europeanunion; germany; noeuempire; poorlimeys; poorromans
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To: GeronL
The euro needs to be dumped

I don't know about the rest of the EU but I sure would like to see Ireland dump it.

41 posted on 10/23/2011 6:50:35 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: john drake

If George 3rd hadn’t been such an insufferable arbitrary tyrant, the colonies would quite likely have continued as they were. Not so much part of a pattern of decline as a madman in charge.

But I agree - it was WW2 that changed it from a third of the globe to almost nothing in 10 years. That’s the salient point


42 posted on 10/23/2011 7:46:34 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Chode

There are worse things than a Germany that dominates economically and politically, so long as they stay within their own borders and don’t open any death camps. I figure it’s Europe’s problem. Europeans suck at handling their own problems, but at least this time they won’t turn them into a world war. More likely they’ll be overrun with Moose Limbs.


43 posted on 10/24/2011 1:40:29 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
There's an old Yiddish joke which goes somewhat like that: Two Jews meet on the New York subway in 1935, one is reading the local jewish newspaper, while the other one is reading "Der Stuermer". Befuddled the first guy asks: "Good lord, how can you read that Nazi crap?". The second guy answers: "Well, if I read your newspaper it's all so depressing: progroms in Germany, violence in Palestine. When I pick up der Stuermer I get to read about how all Jews are rich, controlling the banks and media and basically running the whole world."


44 posted on 10/24/2011 2:23:38 AM PDT by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: WPaCon
...Germany and/or most other European nations are not tough enough to wage a large-scale war.

These days you don't need large scale armies to wage large scale war. You really don't even need nukes. The most powerful weapon in the American military arsenal is information! It's what all of our weapon systems are based upon. Whoever knows the most is the most is the one who wins the fight. How is Germany excluded from this paradigm?

45 posted on 10/24/2011 5:29:29 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Tonytitan
Whoever knows the most is the most is the one who wins the fight.

Hear, hear! The more accurate your weapons are, the less power they need. One reason the US didn't go in for a lot of 20MT blockbuster nukes like the Soviets did, is because our guidance systems were so much better we didn't need such big warheads to get the same effect.

The more accurate your delivery system, the less you need to "deliver". And since the Cold War, delivery systems have improved by several orders of magnitude.

46 posted on 10/24/2011 6:41:42 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Tonytitan

People in the industrial world are less and less willing to die for their country and make others die for their country.

Does this new paradigm make killing and being killed obsolete?

If not, I don’t see how it refutes my point.


47 posted on 10/24/2011 10:56:01 AM PDT by WPaCon
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To: Eleutheria5
affirmative... i am with you
48 posted on 10/24/2011 3:05:33 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MinorityRepublican
"In Europe, new fears of German might"

Third time's a charm.

49 posted on 10/24/2011 3:15:10 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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