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Old 08-13-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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They are the current leaders in the EU. The people of Germany have a history of being leaders. They think they are the best.

Is it only a matter of time until Germany tries to lead the world again?

I think the US bases in Germany are from 1945-2045.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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No. None of the European nations will become superpowers again.

Germany will remain a powerful and prosperous nation. But no superpower.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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No. None of the European nations will become superpowers again.

Germany will remain a powerful and prosperous nation. But no superpower.
How can you say this for sure?
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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It is not possible for this to happen, as long as Germany keeps the European stereotypical mindset of entitlements for all citizens.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:55 AM
 
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I don't know about superpower, but Germany is a very balanced country. They have a good economy and a healthy relationship between the public and private sector.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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Things can change over there politically.

One could make a case that it is heredity and at some point the Germans will have bigger ideas.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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How can you say this for sure?
No one can know for sure, that goes without saying. However, look over the course of world history and how many nations have achieved true superpower status, then receded, then achieved true superpower status a second time. Although history is certainly no guarantee of future outcomes, it's been a pretty reliable indicator anyway.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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How can you say this for sure?
Small European nations like Germany, Britian, France became superpowers at a period in history when the rest of the world was quite backward, thus their industrial advancements gave them a huge advantage.

Over time, countries with huge populations and landmasses caught up and far surpassed these countries in power such as the US and the Soviet Union. Since then, China, which has a far larger population and an equally large landmass has started to regain it's position as a pre-eminent superpower.

With the same access to technology everywhere, and knowledge being democratized, I don't see how these small countries can regain the advantage and overtake these huge nations with immense resources to become leading superpowers again.

Remember, being a superpower is far more than just a great power, being a superpower means you need to be globally dominant. China is already achieving that position economically, with economic wealth, military dominance can quickly follow, though I don't think China is stupid enough to wither away its prosperity through a military empire like we are doing.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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It is not possible for this to happen, as long as Germany keeps the European stereotypical mindset of entitlements for all citizens.
You really have no clue as to how well Germany is faring and not in spite of fair worker policies and strong unions, but because of them.

Economic Powerhouse Germany
High-tech niche ascendency and economic democracy propel the export star

Economic Powerhouse Germany | IP - Global-Edition (http://www.ip-global.org/2011/02/22/economic-powerhouse-germany/ - broken link)
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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It is not possible for this to happen, as long as Germany keeps the European stereotypical mindset of entitlements for all citizens.
Lol, sterotypical entitlements lead to highest quality of living in the world.
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