The economic baby of the "Big4" has an economy **5 times larger** than that of Poland.

:)

Italy's GDP: $1.739 trillion

Poland's GDP: $0.69 trillion

Italian GDP looks like 2.5 times larger than Polish,

**not 5 times larger** :)

If Italy's economy were to shrink at the same level **for the next 50 years** (5%) and Poland

were to grow at the same rate (1.6%), **Italy would still have a larger economy**.

:)

Erm...

1. Take a calculator and start multiplying 1.739 by 0.95.

2. After 18 repetitions you will arrive at the figure of 0.69

3. It means that after

**18 years** Italy's economy at the 5% level of shrinking would

be equal to Polish economy.

4. That, however, if we assume that Polish economy would be at a complete standstill for 18 years.

but you said...

and Poland **were to grow at the same rate (1.6%)**

:)

1. Now, take a calculator in hand again and start multiplying 0.69 by 1.016.

2. After 14 repetitions - you will arrive at the figure of 0.86

3. That's more than you would get by multiplying 1.739 by 0.95, 14 times (0.84)

**4. That, my mathematically inept friend, means that at the same rates of shrinking**

(5% for Italy) and growth (1.6% for Poland), in 14 years Poland would have larger

economy than Italy.Militarily, Poland would need

I won't go into comparisons of both countries' armies, because the argument would

be bound to end up with people stereotyping soldiers, bravery and battle value of

both armies' units :)