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Right on cue, an article comes out with regard to EU accession an following the rules.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/12/12/news/EU_GEN_EU_Summit.php

BRUSSELS, Belgium: With Turkey's membership talks partially frozen, the 25 EU leaders open a two-day summit Thursday where the bloc will signal to a half-dozen others waiting on the porch that they, too, should not bank on EU leniency if they want to get through the front door.

The no-pushover message became easier to give to aspiring EU members after foreign ministers overcame internal differences Monday and drew a line in the sand for Turkey for refusing to open its ports to trade with EU member Cyprus.

It makes me wonder, however...if you're not a pushover, then why the need to issue "no pushover" messages at all? Do future EU candidates really think the EU is a pushover? Isn't such a warning redundant?

by Upstate NY on Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 02:33:54 PM EST
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I think the "no pushover" warning needs to be given because of the way the expansion from 15 to 27 has been made, especially the way that Romania and Bulgaria have been given the go-ahead despite not being fully ready.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 07:02:05 PM EST
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