Olympic Medals and the EU Team: a comparison with East and West Germany

In these days some EU enthusiasts have shared on social media a table showing how a potential EU team would score if participating as one, instead of 27 (28?) countries. eu_medals

I appreciate such enthusiasm, but one should mention the fact that this prediction makes little sense. There is in fact a maximum number of athletes each country can send to take part of the Olympic Games. By turning 27 (28?) countries into only one, the number of EU athletes participating would shrink dramatically. Moreover, the table includes the United Kingdom, that performed very well but it is unofficially no more part of the EU. (After spending too much time listening to the campaigns of the anti-EU professional liars, some people might have got infected!)

A look at the performance of East and West Germany at the Summer Olympic Games makes this point clearer. As reported here, between 1968 and 1988 the two German countries participated with separate teams. If you drop out the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during the Nazi regime, the rise in Olympic medals is quite apparent. After 1990 the medal count dropped by more than half.

Would the European Union team beat the United States of America? Probably, but to find it out we should start having a bit more genuine enthusiasm for the EU project.


Medals won by Germany at the Summer Olympic Games between 1896 and 2012 (between 1956 and 1964 as the Unified Team of Germany and between 1968 and 1988 as a sum of medals of West and East Germany)


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