posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 03:36 PM
Europe has the US beat by population and total economy, but:
2011 military spending:
US: 741.2 Bil., 5.2% of GDP
France: 54.4B, 2.6%
UK : 51B, 2.4%
Germany: 42.2 B, 1.5%
Italy: 31.3B, 1.8%
Spain: 16.3B, 1.2%
Greece: 14.3B, 4.3%
Poland: 11.8B, 1.7%
Netherlands: 10.5B, 1.6%
Austria: 8.4B, 2.6%
Those countries make up the majority of the EU economy and military spending, and they combine for around a third of American military spending. Also,
you'll notice that military spending as a percentage of GDP in Europe is far less than in America.
Total estimates of European Union defense and security spending vary between $200 and 300 billion, depending on what is included. That might be
well under half that of the United States, but by some assessments it still outstrips both Russia and China combined.
So, the EU would hardly contend for overtaking the US as the worlds top military power if a single army was implemented, unless defense spending were
doubled. Doesn't seem likely in the context of budget problems.
However, there would be an advantage against other powers, namely Russia.
Even, so, it is probably in America's interests to oppose this because of the imperial history of Europe. If a single EU military were to happen, I'd
imagine a worldwide cringe would take place (especially in Asia and Africa). History shows that Europe is willing to be aggressive towards foreign
edit on 9/22/2012 by PatrickGarrow17 because: (no reason given)
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