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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shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

You do know that two of the EU states are also Have Nuclear Weapons. Who are they?
Great Britain & France.

That is far more of a deterrent to the possible threats from the East of the EU than American power is.
The US has a habid of dithering when it comes to joining in an existing war. Vietnam did that. This is one of the major gripes that France has with the US.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Yes, I did know that. But, frankly, the point still stands. Why don't you guys have huge armies? Because we do, and we're your very good buddies; we're such good buddies, that we'll let you borrow ours, if you really need it.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I also believe that the British and French nuclear arsenals are a tiny, tiny fraction of the US's, aren't they? I want to say the British have all of one nuclear submarine?

Not that huge nuclear arsenals are a good thing, mind! It's just that - again, so far as I know, and I could be wrong - the French and British arsenals are more tokens than real and credible deterrents.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Europe does have HUGE armies, our totalled armed forces are similar in size to the US. We just spend 4 times less on it than the US (measure in percent of GDP). Remember it is not man-power that is expensive, the US is buying the latest and greatest and paying a huge premium for it. Think of it like this: The us buys the fastest 5GHz CPUs while Europe buys last years 4GHz CPUs four times cheapers.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Why don't you guys have huge armies?


Because Europe is made up of smaller countries as opposed to a single big one? If you add them all up it's not entirely unimpressive though.

Because we do, and we're your very good buddies; we're such good buddies, that we'll let you borrow ours, if you really need it.


Oh, you mean like when you need everyone else's help to take on Saddam's ragtag gang of hoodlums?

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