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proximity and port facilities of partners to EU borders are the crucial criteria

That, and centuries of shared history, economy and culture. Add to that population mingling... Whereas the colonisation of Sub-Saharan Africa lasted less than a century.

"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 03:31:17 PM EST
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less than half a century? Really?

Darn. I've quoted B. Davidson more than once. My mistake. I should make myself familiar with Article 4 approved texts.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 04:09:30 PM EST
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Can't you read? I wrote less than a century. I was referring to the French (and British) colonisation that started in the second half of the XIXth century. Which means that, for inland countries, colonisation began around 1870-80 and ended in 1958.

By the way, the law created a public uproar and was finally repealed

"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 06:01:33 PM EST
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Ah! You are correct. You typed "less than a century." And the "the positive role of the French presence abroad, especially in North Africa" has been roundly disputed since the repeal of the law of official history.

Pardon me. I cannot read.

And I am a mediocre typist.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 12:24:13 AM EST
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