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  • Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany)

    58 45.67%
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    46 36.22%
  • Cinquième République de la France (Fifth Republic of France)

    12 9.45%
  • other

    11 8.66%
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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Gerstle View Post
    Epic, GET THE **** OFF OF MY THREAD! You asked if anyone was offended by your portrayal of the Reichskriegsflagge. The answer is yes, I was. I am ethnically, culturally, and by blood and citizenship a German. The Schwarz-Rot-Gold hangs in every corner of my room. Your talk of "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" deeply offends me. People like you are nothing but dirt who are a disgrace to the Fatherland. Embrace "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit." That is Germany.

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    I told him it would offend
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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    I told him it would offend
    I liked the "GET THE **** OFF MY THREAD." That was funny.

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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Arm Industry:

    Rank Country Spending ($ b.) World Share (%)
    — World Total 1464.0 100
    1 United States United States 607.0 41.5
    2 China 84.9 5.8
    3 France 65.7 4.5
    4 United Kingdom 65.3 4.5

    5 Russia 58.6 4.0
    6 Germany 46.8 3.2
    7 Japan 46.3 3.2
    8 Italy 40.6 2.8
    9 Saudi Arabia 38.2 2.6
    10 India 30.0 2.1

    hasta la victoria siempre

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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Switzerland---they got everybody's money, make great Chocolate, and manage to stay out of other Countries stupid Wars.---that is true power.
    "Don't be particular bout nothin, but the company you keep"

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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    Switzerland---they got everybody's money, make great Chocolate, and manage to stay out of other Countries stupid Wars.---that is true power.
    If only for the chocolate.
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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monsieur Nestor View Post
    Arm Industry:

    Rank Country Spending ($ b.) World Share (%)
    — World Total 1464.0 100
    1 United States United States 607.0 41.5
    2 China 84.9 5.8
    3 France 65.7 4.5
    4 United Kingdom 65.3 4.5

    5 Russia 58.6 4.0
    6 Germany 46.8 3.2
    7 Japan 46.3 3.2
    8 Italy 40.6 2.8
    9 Saudi Arabia 38.2 2.6
    10 India 30.0 2.1

    hasta la victoria siempre
    Facts are nice, but then you factor in the human aspect, and Germany emerges on top. Not to mention quality of forces...
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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    How ironic is it that France spends more than UK and Germany on arms?

    What do they use them for? Eating utensils?


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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    How ironic is it that France spends more than UK and Germany on arms?

    What do they use them for? Eating utensils?
    For the snails yes.
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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    How ironic is it that France spends more than UK and Germany on arms?

    What do they use them for? Eating utensils?
    As sales to anybody with a heart beat. France (and Germany) have always had a love affair for the safe and comfortable dictators. As one of the big three weapons suppliers (China and the Soviet Union being the other two), Saddam Hussein fought Iranians for years with French hardware. France (along with Germany) still seek Chinese bed mates. France has made it a mission to saturate Africa. According to a recent study, France is Africa’s leading weapons supplier.

    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/16055

    French Arms Sales to China


    Claims in arms case stir up the French -- latimes.com

    http://countrystudies.us/iraq/99.htm

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4297848

    France24 - Increasing arms sales ? but at what cost?

    The world’s top arms exporters are..

    1) The U.S.
    2) The U.K.
    3) Russia
    4) France
    5) Israel


    Out of these four, only France and Russia have no "rhyme or reason" to their exportation. France has been in a hurry to double and triple their arms exportation over the last decade. They've been trying to regain past glory and global power ever since the Swastika kicked them out of Paris. Old habits die hard.
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    Re: What is the most powerful nation in Europe?

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Gerstle View Post
    Epic, GET THE **** OFF OF MY THREAD! You asked if anyone was offended by your portrayal of the Reichskriegsflagge. The answer is yes, I was. I am ethnically, culturally, and by blood and citizenship a German. The Schwarz-Rot-Gold hangs in every corner of my room. Your talk of "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" deeply offends me. People like you are nothing but dirt who are a disgrace to the Fatherland. Embrace "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit." That is Germany.

    Lang lebe der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    This somehow reminded me of that Family Guy scene where Brain and Stewie were taking a tour of Germany.
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