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Human society, including economics, isn't natural. And an old name for the north sea in Britain was the german ocean. Anyway we could look at rivers: A federation of the Rhine would include Switzerland, Benelux, France and Germany. Almost the six founding members

That said, I just looked at current trade. And there Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia are more dependent on trade with Germany then any country in the Baltic, with the exception of Denmark. Austria e. g. 38.2% of imports came from Germany and 31.2% of imports did go there.

And of course the largest trade partner of Germany is still France.

German exports in 2012:

  1. France
  2. USA
  3. UK
  4. Netherlands
  5. China
  6. Austria.
  7. Italy
  8. Switzerland
  9. Belgium
  10. Poland

The first Baltic countries are Sweden (14) and Denmark (18). Out of the 8 european countries mentioned one isn't a member and two don't use the euro.

Now, if a North Euro without France or even Italy would make sense is another question, but the economic facts as of now don't hint to a Baltic Empire. The Hanseatic League won't rise again. :-)

by IM on Mon Mar 11th, 2013 at 05:57:49 AM EST
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