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Old 05-11-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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Pros & cons of every country,
European Union,as an entity & USA.

In terms of

economy,
employment,
housing,
transportation,
weather,
industry,
social services,
education system ,
justice,
crime & punishment,
income,taxes,buying power,
quality of life...
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:07 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by futexan View Post
Pros & cons of every country,
European Union,as an entity & USA.

In terms of

economy,
employment,
housing,
transportation,
weather,
industry,
social services,
education system ,
justice,
crime & punishment,
income,taxes,buying power,
quality of life...
Some snapshots

EU has bigger airport and subway (London), bigger harbour (Rotterdam), more people who use public transportation

Climate: EU from Dfc (subarctic) to Af (tropical rainforest);
USA from Et (Tundra) to Af (tropical rainforest).
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Koppen_Map.png

Industrial output is bigger in the EU
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/2005gdpIndustrial.PNG (broken link)

Education System is better as USA ranks below OECD average
Programme for International Student Assessment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Homicides in the USA are more frequent
Crime in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Income GDP/PERSON: USA has higher
List of countries by GDP (nominal) per capita - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taxes: USA has lower taxes than the EU
List of countries by tax revenue as percentage of GDP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Buying power: EU has a bigger puying power than the USA
List of countries by GDP (PPP) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quality of life: USA has a higher quality of life than most EU-countries, excepions are Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands and France
(Statistics - Human Development Reports (UNDP))
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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Interesting comment,with one mistake...

To calculate buying power,we take into consideration the income per capita,with PPP,not the GDP or GNP...

Therefore, Americans have far more buying power than the Euros...especially now with the enlargment of EU with poor east. European countries...
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Interesting comment,with one mistake...

To calculate buying power,we take into consideration the income per capita,with PPP,not the GDP or GNP...

Therefore, Americans have far more buying power than the Euros...especially now with the enlargment of EU with poor east. European countries...
You are right, Americans have far more buying power than us Europeans. Nevertheless, as a whole, the EU has more buying power, as there are more Europeans than Americans.
List of countries by GDP (PPP) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But the average European has indeed (3290000/46000=) 71% of the GDP PPP/person of that of the average American.

But what is good? If you look at the map at
Purchasing power parity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
than you get more for you dollar in the US than in North-West Europe.
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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Right on...
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Interesting how the comparison is all of Europe VS the U.S.A. instead of a single European country VS the U.S.A.
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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Only that way makes sense,300m Amers vs 420m (or whatever ) Euros ...
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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The USA is more democratic than the EU, according to The Economist.
Exceptions are Sweden, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Ireland, Austra, Germany, Austra, Malta and Spain.
http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/D...EX_2007_v3.pdf
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Ath,GR
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No offense but " Economist " is British antiamerican trash magazine,notorious for its false predictions in its annual publication. Totally unreliable.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:42 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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No offense but " Economist " is British antiamerican trash magazine,notorious for its false predictions in its annual publication. Totally unreliable.
Freedom House says (2006 figures) on Political Rights (PR) and Civil Liberties (CL) the US gets both a 1 (highest score) and as a result is called 'Free'.
The same is for the EU-members UK, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Poland, The Netherlands, Malta, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Germany, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Cyprus (Greek), Belgium and Austria.

Exceptions: Greece and Bulgaria have PR 1, CL2, and 'Free'. Romania has PR2, CL2, and 'Free'.

Source: http://www.freedomhouse.org/uploads/fiw/FIWAllScores.xls (broken link)

BTW I'm interested to hear what you think is a better newspaper/magazine and why.
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