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Well, the Balkans are already on the road to integration, so it's no either/or, but I think it's more likely that North African countries could be integrated than Russia or even former Soviet Republics like Belarus or Ukraine. These are more integrated with Russia, and I just don't see Russia joining the EU in any way, and subsuming its institutions and power in such an organisation.

I don't see Turkey doing it either, to be honest, and it would be a real question for Egypt.

But in a 50 year timeframe, cooperation and links will deepen between the EU and all of these, but it is more likely that the Mediteranean countries can be interested in joining the EU than the others. Turkey has pushed to get in for ages, but I'm not sure they really understand how much they'd need to subordinate their sovereignty to Brussels on many things.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 29th, 2010 at 03:40:31 AM EST
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