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Submitted by Quentin H (Belgium), Aug 10, 2003 at 01:06

The European Union is more of an economic and political(very new) alliance. This article is right when it refers to the 'military pygmy' Europe, but while the Union exists and keeps expanding, not only horizontally, but also in strength, politically and economically, its most states are miltary not weak. The UK has a strong army, as France, a major nuclear nation. Russia is working to enhance its old-aged soviet military machine. All these mis-views are generated because of some disagreements on political level, but thereby many economical agreements are forgotten. Because of those disagreements, some low people try to picture Europe as weak and soft. European economy equals the US, and their diplomatic influence in the world is enormous. Handling Europe as irrelevant, could prove to be an unrepairable mistake, as the US would lose their strongest ideological and religious ally. Europe's poor military performance in Serbia in the 90's showed the EU's lack of military strength and the need for american support, and major european states have learned from it. Expect to see a strong Europe within a few years, fully recovered from the World War blows...

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