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I support s postponement. The EU already made a mistake by going ahead too hastily with the accession of the last 10 member states. The "constitution", with the streamlined decision rules, trimmed commission, etc, was supposed to be approved before, not after, the accession. The ball was dropped. The accession of Cyprus was supposed to happen after unification. It didn't. Now we have Greek Cyprus in our midst with the power to veto any EU initiative to solve the Cyprus problem...

Public opinion, and the governments, are hostile to Eastern Europeans. I think it is a shame but you can't ignore the fact. Bulgarians and Romanians probably won't enjoy free movement in the internal market for a few years, just like the newer 10 states haven't enjoyed it in the west. Get ready for Central-Eastern Europeans, the same who have been legally discriminated against for two years, to come up with racist arguments why Romanians (because of gypsies) shouldn't be allowed to move freely.

We seriously need to sort out our house before we can expand to 27 members, and thereis a dearth of political vision to make it happen.

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 Mon Feb 20th, 2006 at 01:04:05 PM EST

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