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Monday December 16, 2002
09:00 AM

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If you are from Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland the Slovak Republic, or from Slovenia, a warm welcome!

I think that enlargement may be difficult, but is the right choice for all parties. I hope we'll be able to close negotiations with the rejected countries soon enough, especially Turkey. If you gave someone a book on much of the 20th century history and then asked them if Europe was possible, he'd probably laugh. And yet we're doing it. I find that moving.

This is as strange as it is delightful. I was born in a country counting circa 55 million inhabitants. By mid-2004, there'll be 460 million of us. Nice demographics if you ask me ;)

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  • This is as strange as it is delightful. I was born in a country counting circa 55 million inhabitants. By mid-2004, there'll be 460 million of us.

    Do you consider yourselves as one country?
    • I do, others don't, most haven't asked themselves yet. Having asked around me, people tend to have a hard time finding reasons why it might not be a country. I'm pretty certain that, within a decade or so, that question will appear absurd.

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      -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

      • Interesting. I considered it more of a loose confederation, not a country, but I've never been to Europe, so ... Do you think this will encourage or discourage more nations from joining? :-)
        • Same history, same currency, common cultural body is already a lot. It certainly makes for more than "a loose confederation". For sure there's a wide variety of people, but that doesn't really matter. You'll find less difference between a guy from Marseilles and a guy from Naples than between that same guy from Marseilles and your average Parisian.

          It quite clearly doesn't qualify as being a nation, but the nation-state idea is so last millenium really ;)

          As for encouraging, hmmmm. At least fiv

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          -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

          • I generally don't like travel, even in my own country. Maybe someday.
            • Do you hate travel or do you hate taking a plane? IIRC you're in MA, so if you've been to the west coast, Europe's closer :-p

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              -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

              • I hate travel. Especially to places I don't know. I like knowing my surroundings. I hate plane travel too, but I hate travel in general. I used to live in California, and I occasionally go back there, but I always hate the trip.