it is well past time those idiots stop leaning on us and stand up for themselves.
This is Europe you're talking about. When was the last time they stood up for themselves? 1215?
Singular or plural? Each has had their own "moments"...and depending upon your definition of "standing up" (kicking ass, not getting their asses kicked) you have to pick the right date for each as a nation...France and Napoleon (when winning) or Britain and Wellington & Prussia and Blucher & Russia and Alexander I (when it flipped the other way). As a Euro unit I don't think...ever. They've always assembled partners split down the middle and enjoyed kicking each others asses more than kicking anybody else's!