Why the word "Superpower" exists? - Page 2




 
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October 4th, 2004  
ACTaFOOL82
 
 
You forgot the biggest reason they wont unite, the language barrier. It is the hardest thing for all of them to speak the same language, and it is totally necesarry if they ever want to unite.
October 4th, 2004  
whosewar2000
 
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Originally Posted by Chocobo_Blitzer
Yeah a united europe is far, far off from becoming a super power anytime in like.... 40 years.

From my experience---many European are very internationlism, and, in fact, most of them can speak multiple language. they will unite finally,say in 20 years. When they start use the same currency, that means lots than just money---they have to comprise most important part (Economy) of each country to others if they want to use same economy policy, and that is the just exact first step to unite, not mentioning they can travel to each other without passport at all.

That could be a superpower. in my opinion.

by the way, ActAFool, your name is really cool,
October 4th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Yep. Very multilingual, especially Belgium. Those guys are language maniacs and I pride myself in having beaten every Belgian I have met in terms of languages LOL.
Most Germans will speak English. Dutch people speak excellent English. Belgium isn't that good at English though they are better than a great deal of people.
It was actually pretty funny. I had a Belgian girlfriend who's primary language was Flemish. Now her family's English is quite frankly, terrible s we have a bit of a language barrier. One day her uncle shows up and his English is much better but we end up speaking Spanish. His was a bit better though because he was learning it right there and then while I had 2 years to forget it. Still good stuff.

The Europeans are rather internationalist, but there is a limit to that. They like the ideas but when the reality hits, they mostly back off.

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Originally Posted by whosewar2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chocobo_Blitzer
Yeah a united europe is far, far off from becoming a super power anytime in like.... 40 years.

From my experience---many European are very internationlism, and, in fact, most of them can speak multiple language. they will unite finally,say in 20 years. When they start use the same currency, that means lots than just money---they have to comprise most important part (Economy) of each country to others if they want to use same economy policy, and that is the just exact first step to unite, not mentioning they can travel to each other without passport at all.

That could be a superpower. in my opinion.

by the way, ActAFool, your name is really cool,
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October 4th, 2004  
Big_Z
 
 
I dont think America is on the decline at all. We keep getting stronger and stronger. Of course we have problems like every other country but we always get over them. Im sure we will fall some day but im sure it will be long after my death. If you think about it we have set ourselfs up not to fall. Unlike all the old superpowers we have many many allies which i think was their fatal mistake.
October 4th, 2004  
doddsy2978
 
The rise and fall of superpowers - err! Empires??? are just the natural cycle of things. Yes! there will be the decline of the USA - not in our lifetimes, maybe, but it will occur and when it does - someone else will step in. I just hope that we do not re-enter a phase where we have a standoff as we did in the cold war, again. That situation held the possibility of removing the planet of most of its life.

As for China, I don't see China rulling Europe -ever! Does anybody else? I think that they will probably dominate more of asia - one day. At least I hope so - I couldn't eat rice, noodles and sweet & sour every day
October 4th, 2004  
whosewar2000
 
http://www.economist.com/displayStor...ory_id=3219358
October 4th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
All off-topic posts removed!

There are several members here who needs to adjust their attitude (a lot), and start to follow the forum rules!

One more flaming/off-topic post from you and you will get a permanent ban!
(You know yourself who I'm talking about!)


Keep on topic here from now on! Please!
October 4th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
The USA and China are the only two countries that have the capabilities to be superpowers, once american influence starts to wane then i expect china will take over especially in asia and perhaps africa but europe and the americas will probably stay more under the influence of the US. As for europe becoming a superpower it might happen but not for a while, germany, france and belgium might merge to become a european superstae but in countries like britain i think there is still too much nationalism, though this may well change.
October 4th, 2004  
whosewar2000
 
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Originally Posted by Shadowalker
The USA and China are the only two countries that have the capabilities to be superpowers, once american influence starts to wane then i expect china will take over especially in asia and perhaps africa but europe and the americas will probably stay more under the influence of the US. As for europe becoming a superpower it might happen but not for a while, germany, france and belgium might merge to become a european superstae but in countries like britain i think there is still too much nationalism, though this may well change.
what I found is that history proceed like "clock", make round circle geographically .

After all, China's GDP dominent the world from thousands years ago until 1860 ( I checked some websites, China's GDP was more than 40% of the whole world for long long time).

so, no surprise at all if China come back to become SuperPower again.
October 4th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Well personally I see Europe's power just kind of hovering. In terms of raw power, I can see China exceed Europe, but because they are so far apart, I don't see each side giving the other any problems.