EU as a union is the biggest and most wealthiest and powerful economical bloc in the world.
The eu has basically the same gdp as the U.S., a smaller gdp and ppp than China, lower growth rates, tons of internal conflict between factions of member states, the migrant problem, a flat currency, etc. The us has wealthier consumers and far more resources not to mention international clout, strategic depth and military prowess. Plus our markets are growing like never before. You can basically close your eyes and buy a random blue chip stock and youll make some money. Plus once you take out UKs 3 trillion after brexit (although it appears the cuckservatives are bungling it on purpose) the gdp of eu is far less than us. And besides, the eu is not some giant country with one leader following one specific economic or political path. No it is 28 different countries each fighting to get their slice of the pie - both within the eu and the rest of the world. And now the eu is more divided than ever with the nationalists and populists growing and expanding while demanding more sovereignty with western Europe's and Brussels Marxists in retreat. The eu has never had so many issues and such contention as it does today and it'll only get more divided. And the countries like germany holland belgium france uk if it stays etc will end up having their tax base propping up the ever exponentially multiplying middle easterners and africans. Germany already spends more on migrants than it does on education and that number is only going to grow - unless a politician with some common sense ends merkels 1500 eu a month reward for illegal border crossers, bogus asylum claimants and dudes with full beards adamant about being 16 years old. Poland, Czechy, Hungary etc will not have this problem because such countries are not naive enough to thinking letting in millions of unvetted people with two left hands from sh1thole countries who's existence revolves around Allah akbaring all day long and popping out more kids for taxpayers to support is somehow 'enriching the culture.' I still find it baffling how Merkel could go from we can do this, Islam belongs in/to germany, they enrich our culture, i will not accept an upper limit, TO: eu nations must show solidarity and share the BURDEN (but wait, I thought they were enriching the society? If they are such an enrichment for your country why you are asking other countries to take them? Somehow I doubt it's because Merkel is so generous that she wants every european to have their country 'enriched' whether they want to or not) not everyone who comes can stay, we didnt address the PROBLEM appropriately (but wait dont forget we can do this, islam belongs in germany, they enrich out culture, etc) and saying no go zones do exist - all within a span of about 2 3 years lolololol.
Russian gas for Germany or Western Europe has never been a problem before
That's because no president had the balls to step up and call germany out till now. Obama talked about the 'free riders' of nato but like usual it was all talk and no action with him. Us has the power and clout to kick germany out of NATO or start a trade war - which the us would undoubtedly win. Finally we have a leader who realizes how bad the us is getting ripped off. Us charges 2.5% tariff on European cars while they charge 25% on ours - 10x as much. Well hopefully that comes to an end and is renegotiated.
This is my last post on this topic in this thread... This.discussion about eu germany us Merkel putin etc should all belong elsewhere. This should be about Czechy, silesia etc. Aside from some brief comments tying in Czechy with v4 there isn't much discussion on the title of the thread....