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In about 3 hours 10 new countries join the EU. excalibur - 30/04/2004 01:47:57 PM

And I would like to say congratulations and welcome .

I think this is a thoroughly good thing. That may surprise some of you that associate me with anti-EU posts. But I take each issue as it comes. I am against many of the EU initiatives, but expansion is not one of them.

From a British perspective:

I think the new countries will largely be allies of Britain, when we often look isolated within the EU. They are new markets for British goods and British investment. Immigrants coming into Britain does not bother me (as long as the come legally and work) - I believe they will largely do jobs that British people don't want to, for example, farm labourers and so on. There are the potential for some negative effects the exploitation of the NHS, but this is a problem with the way the NHS works as opposed to EU expansion.

From the new country perspective:

Whether it is good news for the countries I don't know. In some ways yes, and in others no. There will be investment in their countries, but I think there will be a brain drain, and profit drain. Good things and bad things. I would be interested in people from those countries (or anywhere else for that matter) viewpoints and any other views. .

For the time being welcome to the new countries, I hope it works out for you


Excalibur
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In about 3 hours 10 new countries join the EU. - 30/04/2004 01:47:57 PM 264 Views
Which ones? *NM* - 30/04/2004 01:50:27 PM 7 Views
ah... - 30/04/2004 01:54:48 PM 41 Views
Yeah....fun stuff... - 30/04/2004 03:02:00 PM 16 Views
What countries are they? Just curious. *NM* - 30/04/2004 01:51:20 PM 3 Views
the countries. - 30/04/2004 01:55:36 PM 53 Views
You beat me to it, but you missed Slovenia - 30/04/2004 01:57:51 PM 20 Views
my edit came before your reply to me - 30/04/2004 01:58:52 PM 16 Views
OK, well I feel like an idiot now, and won't be asking - 30/04/2004 02:47:39 PM 33 Views
Ask at anytime you need to know something. - 30/04/2004 03:37:06 PM 14 Views
Thanks. *NM* - 30/04/2004 03:40:29 PM 4 Views
Most welcome. *NM* - 30/04/2004 07:56:43 PM 3 Views
Yup, Well said Brad. *NM* - 30/04/2004 05:22:19 PM 5 Views
Thanks. *NM* - 30/04/2004 07:57:12 PM 3 Views
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Yeah. Those people... it's like they have a life or something... *NM* - 30/04/2004 04:28:42 PM 6 Views
Life? - 30/04/2004 10:04:30 PM 44 Views
~knocks over the high chair~ *NM* - 30/04/2004 10:21:28 PM 5 Views
I read the newspapers - 30/04/2004 10:43:16 PM 22 Views
How many time must I tell you? - 30/04/2004 10:56:48 PM 16 Views
How many times must I tell you - 30/04/2004 11:27:14 PM 19 Views
That was my point! - 01/05/2004 08:47:58 AM 8 Views
kittens get what they deserve - 01/05/2004 10:29:59 AM 6 Views
Yeah right - 30/04/2004 11:11:29 PM 28 Views
Well, we've already talked about this via AIM - 30/04/2004 11:40:48 PM 18 Views
Re: - 30/04/2004 11:50:42 PM 20 Views
well - 01/05/2004 12:19:02 AM 15 Views
The countries are ... - 30/04/2004 01:56:15 PM 27 Views
anyway - 30/04/2004 01:59:17 PM 20 Views
Good point - 30/04/2004 02:00:23 PM 18 Views
so how close are you to 10k? - 30/04/2004 02:04:13 PM 13 Views
Your assumptions would be correct - 30/04/2004 02:15:00 PM 13 Views
Well you have all weekend to think of something - 30/04/2004 02:16:26 PM 12 Views
Yeah, that's what I was planning. *NM* - 30/04/2004 05:19:54 PM 3 Views
Oh and congrats to them - 30/04/2004 01:58:20 PM 28 Views
not just Americans - 30/04/2004 03:19:02 PM 15 Views
please. - 30/04/2004 03:33:46 PM 22 Views
and you know this... - 30/04/2004 03:47:38 PM 19 Views
What a wonderfully well-written response. Thank you. *NM* - 30/04/2004 04:25:21 PM 4 Views
~is awash in sarcasm~ *NM* - 30/04/2004 04:59:56 PM 5 Views
Didn't mean to drip it on your shoes, so sorry. *NM* - 30/04/2004 05:55:24 PM 5 Views
I'll send you the shoe-cleaning bill *NM* - 30/04/2004 10:38:09 PM 3 Views
I will be sleepin' because I don't feel very well - 30/04/2004 02:02:25 PM 21 Views
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Great news for the UK in the EU, it's an increase in support for us - 30/04/2004 07:14:56 PM 9 Views
Hey, thats enough from you newbie - 30/04/2004 07:28:13 PM 12 Views
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If its caught up with me, I dread to think what it has done to you - 30/04/2004 08:11:43 PM 8 Views
Alcohol is a preservative you know - 30/04/2004 08:17:52 PM 6 Views
Only when you're brown bread . - 30/04/2004 08:19:44 PM 8 Views
And who said I wasn't? - 30/04/2004 08:32:31 PM 5 Views
You're dead? - 30/04/2004 08:44:00 PM 6 Views
Oi, the term is undead - 30/04/2004 08:54:55 PM 5 Views
I have only ever heard "Oi!" on Eastenders. - 01/05/2004 04:40:48 AM 7 Views
Don't mention that evil show near me! - 01/05/2004 08:25:55 AM 5 Views
It looks like you have found his weakness - 01/05/2004 09:40:22 AM 7 Views
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Ahem. - 01/05/2004 04:37:24 AM 8 Views
Nopes - 01/05/2004 09:38:09 AM 4 Views
Re: Cyprus' entry - 30/04/2004 09:41:58 PM 18 Views
Don't get started on that - 30/04/2004 09:46:09 PM 12 Views
Only the Greek half has been admitted - 30/04/2004 09:53:07 PM 10 Views
35% of Turkish Cypriots said No. - 01/05/2004 04:43:11 AM 8 Views
Eh... not really... - 01/05/2004 07:18:02 AM 6 Views
good news in a way - 01/05/2004 06:32:48 PM 6 Views