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Is anyone following the strange case of the German Strangeloves?

Unless this is a hoax (I don't have free time for serious snopesing these days), it sounds eerily familiar:

Germany's most influential political think tank is demanding the comprehensive disempowerment of smaller EU member states in questions of foreign and security policy, as shown by the newly published strategy report of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The report promotes "Europe's" development of global power and contains numerous suggestions for the EU's formation, including the demand to establish an "EU Security Council" to supervise all of the EU's security policies. Only those seven countries with the largest military budgets will be permanent members. All other states, according to the Bertelsmann document, have to content themselves with a temporary and rotating membership. It is proposing comprehensive arms programs and is calling on the EU to compete with US power policy. Because the population of the EU is more concerned about the fight against poverty than the development of global power, the document's authors are calling for concerted propaganda measures and determined leadership.

Now, if the EU thinkers were proposing to contain US power, or to challenge US policy, that might be heartening.  But the word "compete" here is rather frightening:  what are they thinking, that the EU should be invading Iraq and stealing its oil?  That the EU should be nuking Iran?  Are they really trying to compete with -- outdo? -- the Yanks?  Heaven help us.

Perhaps our German correspondents can interpret this oddball position paper...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Sat Jan 26th, 2008 at 02:16:42 AM EST

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