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Ireland will follow where the UK goes. For CZ, think Vaclav Klaus; and Slovenia seems to take its marching orders from the US State Department.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:02:32 AM EST
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Come 'round here and say that.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:10:21 AM EST
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You won't go to Schengen because the UK won't. And your press is controlled by Murdoch, too!

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:12:36 AM EST
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Can't, not won't. Can't put passport controls on border with NI.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 09:45:28 AM EST
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Slovenia only differs from 70% of the EU by a local newspaper having made public that circumstance. Last I heard, most of the EU went along in the orchestrated independence declaration and recognition of Kosovo.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:05:13 AM EST
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I believe traitorous Spain still hasn't recognised Kosovo. Along with Romania, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, Malta and Cyprus.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:12:02 AM EST
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Leaving 74% of the EU-27. I wrote 70% :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:24:29 AM EST
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How about votes in the Council and population? (Thinking Qualified Majority rules here)

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:37:33 AM EST
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  1. I actually said differs from 70% of the EU, so I was even more precise on country basis (19/27 = 70.37%). At any rate, majority above the required 67%...

  2. Under Nice, the seven opponents have 79 votes out of 345, giving a 77.1% majority to the Kosovo recognisers, above the 74% limit.

  3. Population:  seven opponents have a combined population of 95.25 million out of 497.48 million, giving a 80.85% majority, well above the required 62%.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 03:09:27 AM EST
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It looks like just one more refusenik with 10 Council votes would have been enough to make a blocking minority on two criteria (number of member states and numebr of votes).

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 03:31:56 AM EST
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