March 26, 2014

Asia Needs America More than Europe

Harry White, The National Interest

The Associated Press

America’s allies in Europe are fundamentally more than capable of taking care of themselves, despite being disorganised. Western Europe’s major powers are formidable. Germany’s economy alone is much larger than Russia’s, and the EU’s GDP is more than six times the size of Russia’s. Russia’s economy is to the EU what Belgium’s economy is to Russia’s. Of course the exercise of military power is about more than economics, but economics is the foundation.

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TAGGED: Japan, China, Barack Obama, Europe, United States, Asia


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