"Racko, I have to respectfully disagree with you. A larger market like Germany would indicate more market fragmentation, like the USA. The places where the A380 would be strong would be in single-airport-dominated countries like LHR, Singapore, NRT, not in places where airports and population are wide and dispersed."
Germany is (for this example only) similar to the USA with many big airports and a population large enough to support using many different airports. The A380 will work best where you have hyper-large airports serving virtually a whole country.
Well, Germany is big in terms of inhabitants, but counting the space it's quite a small country. America has about 3,5 times more inhabitants than Germany, but it is 26 times bigger! That's why there are so many airlines in the USA compared with Germany, here you can drive from the one end of the country to the other within one day, and a trainride from Hamburg (In the North) to Munich (In the south) with the ICE highspeed train takes less than 6 hours.
Germany has only 2 hubs at the moment, Frankfurt (~50Mio passengers) and Munich (~25Mio passengers), which serve the whole country with transatlantic flights - Frankfurt especially northern Germany, Munich southern Germany. There might be a third big hub in 5-15 years, Berlin, to serve eastern Germany - at the moment the ex-GDR is backward compared with western Germany and doesn't justify an own hub. Düsseldorf is big due to the holiday airline LTU. So currently there are 83 Mio people split up on only 2 airports.
That's why comparing the USA and Germany is like comparing apples and oranges.
"Also, I didn't mean to 'damn' Europe, but no amount of arguing will ever convince me that AF and LH would have ordered the A380 this early except for the fact that Airbus is important in France and Germany: especially when the other major players in the Atlantic market, the Brits and the Americans, and now the Dutch don't want it."
Political pressure might have played a role with the Air France deal, but I doubt that it was the main reason. About British Airways, they are in a worse condition than AF & LH at the moment, they had to fire thousands of employees after 11.9. while LH didn't fire anyone. I'm very sure that BA will order the A380 in the nearer future, as soon as there is a strong economic upturn.