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    Default German army to be downsized

    Drastic cuts in both uniformed and civilian divisions of the German military have been proposed by an expert commission in Berlin, suggesting slashing troop numbers in the Bundeswehr from 250,000 to 180,000, and halving civilian support from 100,000 to 50,000.

    FT.com / UK - Drastic cuts to German military proposed

    I'm not sure how this fits into Future Taoiseach's vision of the EU as Reich IV about I'm sure I'll find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asknoquestions View Post
    Drastic cuts in both uniformed and civilian divisions of the German military have been proposed by an expert commission in Berlin, suggesting slashing troop numbers in the Bundeswehr from 250,000 to 180,000, and halving civilian support from 100,000 to 50,000.

    FT.com / UK - Drastic cuts to German military proposed

    I'm not sure how this fits into Future Taoiseach's vision of the EU as Reich IV about I'm sure I'll find out.
    About time - its a legacy of the Cold War and Germany has enough technical know how to compensate in more efficient weapon systems.

    As for the 'Fourth Reich' barb that is a political project born in the days of WWII when it became obvious that Germany could not control Europe through military might and without the co operation of other States - in particular France.

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    Damn. Spotty was hoping they'd invade France.

    Spotty hates the French.

    Mind you, they could probably send in 400 frauleins, armed with bratwursts, and the French would surrender. The French are cowards.

    Reminds Spotty of his favourite joke -

    Q. What's the difference between Frenchmen, and toast?

    A. Spotty could make soldiers out of toast.
    Spotty. A pimple on the arse of politics.

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    Spottys a bit of a racist! Leave the cheese eating surrender monkies alone!
    Us brave neutral irish will show em!

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    Zut alors! Surely the Treaty of Lisbon was going to force us all into a SuperEuroArmy and ramp up military spending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotty View Post
    Damn. Spotty was hoping they'd invade France.

    Spotty hates the French.

    Mind you, they could probably send in 400 frauleins, armed with bratwursts, and the French would surrender. The French are cowards.

    Reminds Spotty of his favourite joke -

    Q. What's the difference between Frenchmen, and toast?

    A. Spotty could make soldiers out of toast.
    Q: How many men does it take to defend Paris?

    A: Hard to know, it's never been tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotty View Post
    Damn. Spotty was hoping they'd invade France.

    Spotty hates the French.

    Mind you, they could probably send in 400 frauleins, armed with bratwursts, and the French would surrender. The French are cowards.

    Reminds Spotty of his favourite joke -

    Q. What's the difference between Frenchmen, and toast?

    A. Spotty could make soldiers out of toast.

    Q. Why are the streets of Paris lined with trees?

    A. So the German Army can march in the shade.

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    Q. Why do the new French Navy have glass-bottomed ships?

    A. So the sailors can see the OLD French Navy.

    Q. How can you spot a French soldier in the desert?

    A. He's the one with sunburnt armpits.
    Spotty. A pimple on the arse of politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotty View Post
    Q. Why do the new French Navy have glass-bottomed ships?

    A. So the sailors can see the OLD French Navy.

    Q. How can you spot a French soldier in the desert?

    A. He's the one with sunburnt armpits.
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    I will not break Godwin's law.
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