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adrianxw
04-30-2004, 04:08 PM
EU members will know what I mean!

Lurker
04-30-2004, 04:11 PM
Hmm......sounds interesting.

Govtcheez
04-30-2004, 04:27 PM
Finally answer one of of those spam mails, adrian?

viaxd
04-30-2004, 04:37 PM
interesting indeed :)

DavidP
04-30-2004, 04:55 PM
happy and enlargment put adjacent to each other?

what have you been doing lately, adrian?

maes
04-30-2004, 05:12 PM
Same to you Adrian.
But personaly I think it's enough for a while. If it's too big, we won't be able to handle it

Lurker
04-30-2004, 05:14 PM
Whoza hubba wha?

golfinguy4
04-30-2004, 07:03 PM
The European Union just added some new member nations.

Ken Fitlike
04-30-2004, 07:11 PM
These countries (http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/candidate.htm) have chosen to be assimilated into the European Union. Accession occurs Saturday, May 1st 2004.

A little more information can be found here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/europe/2002/eu_enlargement/default.stm). This page (http://www.useu.be/Categories/US&EUEnlargement/) may provide a more US-centred view.

Still, a hearty welcome to the Euro-noobs - you, too, can discover (and pay for via your taxes) a whole new layer of pseudo-political bureaucracy of dubious merit that issues decrees on such world-shaking issues as banana curvature (http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31994R2257&model=guichett).

A more serious appraisal of consequences for new member states (http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:TxdLG6NTL1wJ:www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa489.pdf+eu+directives+EEC+2257/94&hl=en).

Govtcheez
04-30-2004, 07:12 PM
I can't believe the EU admitted Turkey after their recent crap.

anonytmouse
04-30-2004, 08:27 PM
>> I can't believe the EU admitted Turkey <<

They haven't, Turkey is a candidate country. The 10 new members, in this intake are Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Cyprus(effectively only the southern half), Malta, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

They add to the 15 existing members, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

EU member countries (http://europa.eu.int/abc/governments/index_en.htm)
Map of Europe 1 (http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/~aminet/pix/map/Europe.jpg) - 2 (http://www.trinity-cm.ac.uk/europe/em_large.jpg)

Glirk Dient
04-30-2004, 09:38 PM
Europe? Whats that...do you mean the US?

Waldo2k2
04-30-2004, 11:52 PM
Its another USSR...i know it...go away fitlike...ya stinkin red ;)

vasanth
05-01-2004, 01:11 AM
I wish this kind of unity could be formed in Aisa but that seems impossible for a few more centuries...

Glirk Dient
05-01-2004, 09:23 AM
So the domino theory is finally proving to be true...

DavidP
05-01-2004, 09:57 AM
>I wish this kind of unity could be formed in Aisa but that seems impossible for a few more centuries...

well, you never know....things could happen a lot faster than you think....

back in the 80's people thought the soviet union would probably be around for a long long time....then it collapsed....

nvoigt
05-01-2004, 05:03 PM
Happy enlargement ? What is that supposed to mean ? I just sent my account number to the friendly nigerian guy who needed it for some kind of transaction. I'm just happy that Visa found out that my card is used without my permission and wants my card number to stop that... oh, you mean that enlargement ? Yeah, thats nice. ;)

kermi3
05-01-2004, 08:57 PM
I heard an interesting bit about Estonia now being the most technilogically advanced country in the EU. It was on NPR - but I can no longer find the link....Anyway, I found that highly ammusing...

Dante Shamest
05-02-2004, 06:27 AM
>I wish this kind of unity could be formed in Aisa but that seems impossible for a few more centuries...

ASEAN (http://www.aseansec.org/home.htm).

vasanth
05-02-2004, 06:29 AM
>I wish this kind of unity could be formed in Aisa but that seems impossible for a few more centuries...

ASEAN (http://www.aseansec.org/home.htm).

well thats there only for name sake... can ppl travel without VISA, work without a permit in a member country etc etc.. NOT POSSIBLE...

whackaxe
05-02-2004, 07:32 AM
whoopee, we're even more in the s*** now! :p the EU is still majorly flawed and adding 10 members isn't going to improve things. oh well, at least prices should go down with smuggled goods :)

Dante Shamest
05-02-2004, 09:21 AM
well thats there only for name sake... can ppl travel without VISA, work without a permit in a member country etc etc.. NOT POSSIBLE...

But they have FTA (Free Trade Areas). Its a show of political and economic unity. That's the key thing.

Don't underestimate little things like cooperation. Its a start.

nvoigt
05-02-2004, 10:34 AM
I heard an interesting bit about Estonia now being the most technilogically advanced country in the EU. It was on NPR - but I can no longer find the link....Anyway, I found that highly ammusing...


Depending on how this was measured, it's perfectly possible. The new members may be best ... per capita any day. It's not that hard, because although 10 new members of 26 sounds a lot, if you add all ten new members populations, it does not even add up to the population of Germany. With a lot less people, per capita comparisons don't make much sense :D