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  •  Interesting idea (14+ / 0-)

    The US is big enough to bully countries like Ecuador, but the EU as a whole is a completely different matter (500 million people with a bigger economy than the US). In some ways it would be harder to pressure the EU than Russia or China.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 06:36:52 PM PDT

    •  And they have a horse in the race (4+ / 0-)
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      kyril, CroneWit, adrianrf, BlueDragon

      Potentially, US spying could hurt EU countries in terms of getting access to communications about trade negotiations, trade secrets and information providing commercial advantages.  Taking a firm stand against US spying would provide some tangible benefit. Whereas Ecuador is a third party, with no horse in the race, and no potential benefit other than increased stature among countries that dislike the US.

    •  The EU isn't going to do anything (4+ / 0-)

      Charges filed with The Hague have no effect because the US isn't a member. Germany is going to file criminal charges against Barack Obama? Really? Germany, and the rest of the EU, will cry outrage to the press and perform a few episodes of political kabuki theater. Nothing substantive will happen.

      Snowden isn't going to go into any witness protection program. If he shows up in the EU they will arrest him and send him back to the US for trial.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 09:48:11 PM PDT

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