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Originally posted by XphilesPhan
They dont have a clue, they dont remember the russians invading their sattelite countries to crush the demonstrations against the soviet government, etc. They think the US is bad? They obviously have no clue at how bad the russians are. They kill big mouths without any hesitation. The "down with our country" crowd would find themselves pulled out of their houses and shot in the back of the head if the russians were running the show.
And vitchilo, do you have any clue as how to economics work? Whast is this economic crash crap?
The report by the intelligence agency, which forecasts how the world will look in 2020, warns that Europe could be dragged into economic decline by its ageing population. It also predicts the end of Nato and post-1945 military alliances.
In a devastating indictment of EU economic prospects, the report warns: "The current EU welfare state is unsustainable and the lack of any economic revitalisation could lead to the splintering or, at worst, disintegration of the EU, undermining its ambitions to play a heavyweight international role."
It adds that the EU’s economic growth rate is dragged down by Germany and its restrictive labour laws. Reforms there - and in France and Italy to lesser extents - remain key to whether the EU as a whole can break out of its "slow-growth pattern". . . .
The report says: "Either European countries adapt their workforces, reform their social welfare, education and tax systems, and accommodate growing immigrant populations [chiefly from Muslim countries] or they face a period of protracted economic stasis."
As a result of the increased immigration needed, the report predicts that Europe’s Muslim population is set to increase from around 13% today to between 22% and 37% of the population by 2025, potentially triggering tensions.
Originally posted by Cthulwho
In my opinion a superpower these days only really needs to have a powerful economy, therefore the superpowers would be America, Japan, EU, China and possibly Russia (natural resources). Military means are not always the most effective way to project power.
Look at how Russia is using it's oil resources for political means, or how China is supporting states like North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba by propping up their economies (not so much NK, but China wants it to be unstable to use as a bargaining tool). Also, look at how Japan is bribing poorer countries to vote it's way in the whaling commision. Of course, the US is equally as guilty at using it's economic power to influence the world.