Who is the Most Powerful Nation in Europe? - Page 2




View Poll Results :Who is the Most Powerful Nation in Europe?
Russia 9 18.75%
United Kingdom 16 33.33%
France 4 8.33%
Sweden 0 0%
Norway 2 4.17%
Germany 14 29.17%
Italy 1 2.08%
Turkey 0 0%
Ukraine 0 0%
Switzerland 1 2.08%
Finland 0 0%
Poland 0 0%
Belarus 0 0%
Romania 0 0%
Bulgaria 0 0%
Denmark 0 0%
Spain 1 2.08%
Austria 0 0%
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Boots
 
February 16th, 2005  
Peter Pan
 
Germany was doing the best in Europe in so far as the economy went. In fact the Deutsche Mark was giving the Dollar a run for the money.

Its sorry state has only come after the re-unification for reasons best known that require no recalling.
February 16th, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 
The most interesting thing about the comparison is this: There is no obvious right answer. Europe is a place that has many nations that shine and many countries that are amazing in their own right. It is a collection of first-rate modern nations. Especially amonst the contries that were never part of the Communist Block, you seldom see one nation much greater than any other per capita.
February 16th, 2005  
Darcia
 
The Most Powerful nation in Europe is not one nation, it a a large gathering of nations, of course this would be the emerging Europeon Union. As it stands it has the worlds largest gdp, more people than America, and very possibly a larger combined arm forces.

As for the others:

Germany: Powerful gdp but the army has limits

France: Nice fighters, however most of the rest of the army is getting
kinda old and outdated, after all you can only upgrade something so much before it needs to be scrapped

UK: Powerful Economy however it has lost some ground in the last 20-30 years, they have one of the better europeon navies though.

Italy: Nice economy however the armed forces could stand a nice upgrade

Spain: The economy is okay and the military is actualy pretty good looking.

Russia: technicly less than half of it is actualy in Europe
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February 17th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
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Originally Posted by Cabal
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I'd have to say Germany, as they have the biggest economy and GDP, plus they have a great deal of influence within Europe. The UK would be 2nd as they have the best performing economy out of the major powers although they don't have the same influence as Germany. France would be 3rd.

Fairly obvious for those 3 IMO.
Unemployment rate is staggering in Eastern Germany although there are signs of economic progress within that region. Although I wouldn't consider any nation in Europe most powerful as each country has its own unique identity.
Yeah, I know the problems of recombining the 2 Germany's have been much more difficult than Chancellor Kohl said they would be back in 1989. It's had a serious effect on the German economy to the extent that the UK economy is now the best performing economy in Europe. Also, by sacrificing the Deutschmark in favour of the Euro you've had to basically lower your standards to a common level so to suit some of the weaker European nations. That hasn't helped your economy either.
February 17th, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 
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Originally Posted by Darcia
Russia: technicly less than half of it is actualy in Europe
Well, technically, WAY over half of its population is in Europe. As a nation, they identify themselves more as a European nation than Asian. But true, they are part of both continents. :P
February 17th, 2005  
SAINT
 
I think France...

France almost conquered Russia in the 1800s.

February 17th, 2005  
gingerbeard
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAINT
I think France...

France almost conquered Russia in the 1800s.

so did germany.
February 17th, 2005  
SAINT
 
Germany was defeated by the Russians on the eastern front.

But France was not.

France was defeated mainly by the English during that time.
February 17th, 2005  
Dark Ventrue
 
I would suggest the scandinavian countries. They all have strong economies.
They might not ever be abel to form a force good enough for attacks but defense shouldn't be a problem, the terrain is great for guerilla warfare. An attacker would not be abel to take those countries over night.
February 17th, 2005  
rocco
 
its obviously russia, they have eneugh nukes to make the whole of europe follow its neighbour atlantis in sinking to the sea...
but of the true european countries...

id go with britain... they got well trained for and more testicular fortitude than france and germany put together...

then id say germany... they have more leos than brits have challengers and germany have leclercs combined... they have better weapons, and im certain they can fight much better than their immediate neighbours.

italy next...