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The countries that I find most fascinating in that list are:

  • Armenia is the only one of the 3 caucasian countries to have chosen a European international telephone code. Of course, they will probably have joined Europe because their whole population will have come here before the actual territory belongs to the union (the country is emptying itself currently);

  • Israel has an Asian telephone code, but belongs to UEFA and Eurovision. They also look like Europeans which, as seen in other comments, is a not unsignificant element for acceptance. I don't see them entering the EU or any intermediate structure without Palestine doing so at the same time, but I actually see that happening in my lifetime

  • Morocco is not on the list, but has already participated to the Eurovision contest (actually, the requirement is to be a member of the European Television Union, which includes most of North Africa, Syria and Lebanon). I also see them, and other Mediterranean countries, as being logical future members for an extended democratic union - also a lifetime span project.

My only question is - how fast? I see Morocco coming in before Ukraine. What do you think?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 01:59:53 PM EST

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