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You're right that there is no way of knowing if my predictions come true, all I have to go on is current trends which can always be interrupted. The beauty of the enlargement process, however, ensures that Turkey has to be ready (on the criteria set) when it comes to actually joining. I don't think it will be granted a host of exceptions, or if any exceptions apply I think it will feel the consequences (like not getting as many funds, not enjoying freedom of movement for its population, etc.)

There are sanction mechanisms within the EU for countries who 'break the bounds of propriety'. For instance, if Bulgaria doesn't clean up corruption in its courts a, it runs a very serious risk of being excluded from legal cooperation, which will be a slap in the face.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 05:24:45 AM EST
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