Germany was the world’s top exporter from 2003 to 2008. It truly was an economic powerhouse.
The Spanish had an empire once.
The French had Napoleon and kicked the rest of Europe around.
Alexander the Great kicked the shit out of Eurasia with the first major empire.
Nationalism is a very strong emotion within these fucks of prideful countries. Xenophobia is rampant.
A federal government, aka fiscal unity, aka the financial solution, is a long way off. Man the cannons, it’s time for war.