Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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First off, the cold war is a long time over. Secondly, you don't seem to know much about European armies. On their own and compared to the US, individual European powers have small standing armies but together they form quite a formidable force.

I see. First, don't under-estimate the social consequences of the Cold War. The U.S. is still very much the primary guarantor of the E.U.'s territorial integrity, even if there's presently not any great external threat, and we don't talk about it much anymore. And second, how exactly would the entire E.U. stack up against the U.S. as a combined force? I'm pretty sure you guys aren't even second-place, and I think second place is also pretty distant, but I'd have to check to be sure.

If you seriously think that the idea of a unified European armed forces does not make the US nervous then it is you, my friend, who has a seriously warped view of the world. To think that trade negotiations of any kind are done without keeping thoughts of military power in mind is very naive and completely flies in the face of history.

Yes, I'm pretty sure that a combined E.U. military force doesn't frighten the U.S., because the U.S. and the E.U. are close allies. The U.S. is not threatening the E.U. here, and the E.U. isn't threatening the U.S. Nobody at the ACTA - or pretty much any EU/US trade discussion - is rattling sabers, I can all but guarantee you. You're pretty much the only person I've ever heard try to claim that the US and EU are menacing each other with displays of military might, double plus that we're doing it over a treaty about international copyright law.

I agree that the original point stands, but that was not what I was talking about. I was talking about the fact that the US uses it's military might in ways that are considered bullying by the rest of the world. The parent post was getting all huffy about Europe being protectionist. How can a US citizen claim protectionism by any other state or group of states and still keep a strait face? Just take a look at the WTO and the World Bank. It's the definition of hypocrisy to claim that Europe is protectionist when coming from a US centric point of view.

The U.S. isn't bullying Europe, nor is it engaging in protectionist practices. (I cannot wait to read your response to that.) The worst thing that we've done is dig our heals in and obstruct global climate legislation -- which is a bad thing, but hardly "bullying" on a grand scale. We're also an extremely open market. Like, to the point of shooting ourselves in the foot.

Honestly, you make it sound like the U.S. is actively threatening to annex mainland Europe -- which is just ridiculous.

Edited 2010-03-09 22:19 UTC

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