Thursday, 30 January 2003

Weasel/Non-Weasel Scoring

As a service to the Blogosphere, I will keep a tally of declared Weasels and Non-Weasels. Glenn Reynolds adds Albania and Slovakia, two current non-members of the EU, to the list of declared Non-Weasels, and this Radio Free Europe story adds 3 more, which makes the current list as follows:


  • Belgium (vassal Weasel #1)

  • France (or, West Weaseldom)

  • Germany (or, East Weaseldom)

  • Luxembourg (vassal Weasel #2)


  • Albania

  • The Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Hungary

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Slovenia

  • Slovakia

  • Spain

  • United Kingdom

For those keeping score at home, that's Weasels 4, Non-Weasels 13. Here's the tale of the tape for the Weasels and Non-Weasels (from the 2002 CIA World Factbook):

  • Population — Weasels: 154 million, Non-Weasels: 268 million.

  • Gross Domestic Product — Weasels: $3.97 trillion, Non-Weasels: $4.84 trillion.

  • Land Area — Weasels: 937,147 sq km, Non-Weasels: 2,070,853 sq km.

  • Military Expenditures — Weasels: $88.5 billion, Non-Weasels: $71.9 billion.

  • EU Council of Ministers Votes — Weasels: 74, Non-Weasels: 104

Now, exactly which countries speak for Europe again? The Non-Weasels out-muscle the Weasels in every major category except miltary spending. (Of course, this begs the question: why are the Weasels so unwilling to use their military power to support their fellow Europeans?)

The bottom line here isn't really about Europe versus America. Rather, as Steven Den Beste points out, the primary difference between “old” Europe and “new” Europe is that the latter has moved beyond the use of knee-jerk anti-Americanism as a substitute for establishing a thoughtful and responsible foreign policy.

Sean-Paul Kelley has a map which distinguishes the “real Weasels” from the temporary ones; if accurate, Jacques “the human weather vane” Chirac and Gerhard Schröder aren't going to be sharing tea and crumpets anytime soon.

I've updated the post to include three additional allies reported by Radio Free Europe.

Glenn Reynolds links to this TechCentralStation piece making a similar argument.