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My hopes are set for Ukraine, though. Although there was a critical post some time ago about Norway, as long as they can keep up their posture of "worlds" perfect country" and keep on staying one of Europe's biggest oil producers, I don't see why Norway would start considering to request entrance.

I see it like this. Entrance into the EU for Ukraine would greatly benefit the country and its people and bring greater wealth to it, like it did for Spain, Portugal, Greece. Entrance into the EU for Norway would bring mucho troubles and very few profits to counter-balance them.

by Nomad on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 09:53:15 AM EST
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there was a critical post some time ago about Norway

Would that be this by your sincerely? It was meant as satire...

I'm Norwegian myself and favor EU membership, chiefly because FAAPP (for almost all practical purposes) we are already members through the European Economic Area, but with no influence on the torrent of directives we have to implement. However, you're right that economically speaking it is probably better to stay outside. There are also the matters of sovereignty over the fisheries - perceived as important, since the EU countries have drained their seas - and the right to pursue an independent agricultural policy promoting small-scale farming in the interest of distributed settlement. These are the chief reasons why there is still no stable 'yes' majority.

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by Sirocco (sirocco2005ATgmail.com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 10:37:06 AM EST
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That's the one... Was that satire? Oh dear. Look, I'll read it again. Replying on this board is still rather new to me, I'm sure I'll slip more often. Didn't mean offense. Oslo is still one of the highest rated cities (of the world) to live in. I wonder how they come up with that list, though.

All good points - especially the agricultural policy and fisheries seem particularly important to me. We're in interesting times with EU now; I hope Euro Trib keeps a steady focus on the agricultural policy of the EU. I'm all for change, and it could happen in the coming period. Anyway, drifting off-topic.

by Nomad on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 06:44:59 PM EST
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