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It is hard for me to admit it, but I am not sure if Bulgaria is ready to join the EU.

I gained the same feeling just before Hungary and Slovakia and the other eight joined. Just for this reason:

...one year delay... I even believe it will be healthy for our politicians, and will sober up the government, which will be able to push up more reforms.

Indeed I do think more reforms are possible while a country still wants to join, after that the governments will want to push their self-interested (or even just hubris-laden) agenda, which unfortunately in most cases for the 10 new members proved to be not progressive. The Cyprus question, the second-class ethnic-Russian citizens in the Baltic, the large marginalised Gypsie minorities in most of Central Europe, and some more consumer, worker, environment protection and anti-corruption legislation would have been issues to push for the EU negotiators.

On the other hand, today's crew at the helm of the EU seems only interested in economic reforms...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Feb 21st, 2006 at 06:52:34 AM EST
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With the current crew at the helm, it's actually a good thing that the streamlined decision process from the "Constitution" is not in place yet.

Metatone Old Drum Technology ™ (used without permission)

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 21st, 2006 at 06:58:20 AM EST
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