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As long as the European Union will remain open to new members, the risk of a new European empire will be low, because its normal expansion mechanism will be through integrating new countries in a democratic way. If the EU stops welcoming new countries, it might very well turn into an imperialist hegemon. That's one of the reasons I am in favour of Turkey joining the EU. In the longer term, I hope it will develop into a Euromediterranean union including North Africa (when they meet the Copenhagen criteria).

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 04:14:41 AM EST
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