For the first time ever, the EU is shrinking. Since the 1957 Treaty of Rome, “ever closer union” has gone hand-in-hand with ever larger union. From an initial club of six members, the ranks of the European community have swelled to include 28 states. The prospective loss of the UK, however, will see that number fall for the first time.

The irony is that the UK has traditionally been among the Member States pushing hardest for EU enlargement. With the UK gone, will the EU’s appetite for expansion abate? The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has declared that “no further enlargement will take place” until at least 2020… but could the moratorium on new members extend even past that date?

Enlargement is certainly politically controversial, but hostility is not uniform across the bloc. In general, older Member States are much more opposed to seeing enlargement continue, whereas newer Member States are more open to expansion. In Germany and Austria, for example, roughly 70% of people say they are opposed to enlargement, whereas in Romania and Poland that number is less than 30%.

What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Neofytos on our ‘Suggest a Debate’ page, asking whether neighbouring countries in the Western Balkans should join the European Union. And, if they do join, is that where enlargement should end?

Does EU enlargement still make sense? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!

Radical Left
Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL), Member of the European Parliament:

Greens
Terry Reintke (Group of the Greens), Member of the European Parliament:

Liberal Democrats
Marietje Schaake (ALDE), Member of the European Parliament:

Centre Right
Tunne Kelam (EPP), Member of the European Parliament:

Conservatives
Sander Loones (ECR), Member of the European Parliament:

Eurosceptics

Ignazio Corrao (EFDD), Member of the European Parliament:

Curious to know more about EU enlargement? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version). 
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    • avatar
      nando

      Absolutely true!

    • avatar
      Matthew Griffing

      I’m not saying you’re wrong, but it’s somewhat ironic that you’re saying this while smiling in front of Brandenburg Gate.

    • avatar
      João Pedro Meireles

      I’m a vassal of the German Empire. It’s important to always visit the capital of the Empire. It’s a pity that I didn’t see the Empress Angela Merkel.

    • avatar
      William McAlpine

      Are the people who were in charge of Germany 100 years ago alive today and ruling today?

    • avatar
      Ke Ny-Ski

      The EU is ran by Germany and lobbyist.

  1. avatar
    Fawzi Eyad

    Well, economically, eastward enlargement may be exactly what the EU needs to increase its sluggish growth rates. The new members are too small to act as the economic engine of a sluggish eurozone. However, the availability of a large pool of low-cost, highly skilled workers at their doorstep has helped West European companies to better cope with globalisation. And it has put pressure on governments in the old EU to make their labour markets more flexible and their business environments more attractive. However, politically the EU is still struggling to digest its biggest ever enlargem If the EU wants to restore enlargement as its most successful policy tool, it needs to deal with the misperceptions that fuel public opposition to enlargement. EU politicians, Brussels officials and the media need to make a much bigger effort to show how enlargement has benefited both Western and Eastern Europe. They need to explain that globalisation would have forced old Europe to change anyway, and that enlargement has helped many West European companies to stay competitive. They need to stop exploiting fears of Polish plumbers and instead pursue the kind of reforms that would allow their economies to benefit from a larger participation of East European workers.

    • avatar
      Paweł Kunio

      LOL. Have You seen and understood the gdp growth stats of eastern european countries over last decade i.e. exactly the time the west was in depression and had negative growths?

    • avatar
      Fawzi Eyad

      Says Paweł Kunio

  2. avatar
    Bobi Dochev

    Any new member is welcomed, but I wouldn’t advice any country to join the current EU – make yourself a favour join the Mafia instead!

  3. avatar
    Ângelo Do Carmo

    depending on the point of view. several regions have left EU, after gaining independency, like greenland and algeria, from denemark and france respectively and no one died. EU is good as it is and I believe it will be better after the brexit. scotland and northern ireland will make new referendums and will become independent and will join again EU, england and wales will be the ones who love from this brexit. they are already loosing.
    I would also suggest the remaining countries to follow germany lidership, they are the biggest and strongest economy of EU. stop measuring dicks and with that complex of inferiority.

    • avatar
      Andrea Scacchi

      How much is worth your freedom? A nazicandy?

  4. avatar
    Filipe Nunes

    The EU one step short of falling apart. It needs to solve its crisis before thinking on further enlargements.

  5. avatar
    Paul X

    You cannot be serious about the “For” arguments in the infographic?

    Open up new markets?….the markets are already there, the only thing preventing European countries trading with these supposed new markets is the EU itself
    Travel?…assuming people want to travel to these places, I suggest that probably won’t apply to 99% of the population
    Stable and peaceful Europe?…good joke that one

    Once the UK leaves only one third of the remaining countries will be net contributing so I would suggest if the EU wants to expand it needs to find another rich country willing to subsidise the rest in their profligate little club…good luck with that one

    • avatar
      James McManama

      “Open up new markets?….the markets are already there, the only thing preventing European countries trading with these supposed new markets is the EU itself”

      I think that’s misleading. After the fall of the Soviet Union, it was arguably the “carrot” of EU membership that helped encourage Central & Eastern European countries to transition from closed, socialist economies to liberal market economies. So, in a very real sense, EU enlargement helps to “create” markets.

      Secondly, the EU helps to facilitate trade by setting common standards. Without the EU, trade would take place, but at a reduced level because of regulatory divergence (note: I’m not talking about tariffs and the WTO, but rather things like certification and other non-tariff barriers).

      “Travel?…assuming people want to travel to these places, I suggest that probably won’t apply to 99% of the population”

      Again, this is misleading. According to the UN World Tourism Organization – http://www.e-unwto.org/doi/pdf/10.18111/9789284418145 – the number of international tourists going to new EU members is increasing rapidly year-on-year. Ukraine (not an EU member) has traditionally been a very popular tourist destination (all those Black Sea resorts). However, countries that have joined the EU (such as Poland and Croatia) have recently overtaken Ukraine. Obviously, the Ukraine crisis has had a large part to play in this, but even before the crisis the growth in the tourism sector has been higher in new EU member states than in Ukraine.

      Inside the EU, new countries have cultivated a tourism industry faster than they would have been able to outside the EU. So, you might be right that 99% of the population doesn’t want to go to these countries right now. But that would change if they joined the EU and became more attractive destinations.

      “Stable and peaceful Europe?…good joke that one”

      Again, look at the alternatives. Those countries that haven’t joined the EU (Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, etc.) have been plagued with conflicts. I’m not suggesting that Azerbaijan should join the EU anytime soon. I’m saying that (for example) the issue of ethnic Hungarians in Romania could, conceivably, have been a flashpoint in the 1990s or 2000s if the two countries had never joined the EU (see the ethnic clashes of Târgu Mureş, for example).

    • avatar
      Paul X

      I don’t dispute your points James but they are taken from the wrong perspective. There is no doubt that new countries joining the EU benefit greatly but in answer to the question asked as the topic of this thread, I would suggest any benefits to the EU are limited or even negative (unless of course, a net contributing country can be found)
      There are very few countries which are impossible to trade with just because they aren’t in the EU ( EU rules permitting) so I still say there are no new markets but I suppose if it said making markets more accessible it would be nearer the truth
      Likewise travel, there are very few countries it is impossible to visit if people really want to without needing them to join the EU, making things a bit easier for the few tourists certainly does not justify allowing free movement from poorer unstable countries
      …and stability, yes it may well help the country joining the EU to become more stable though them joining does not help the EU in fact on past experience it makes things worse, there is sufficient instability in Greece, France, Italy etc at the moment to cause concerns without importing any more

    • avatar
      James McManama

      Yeah, I see what you’re saying. However, I guess my point is “a rising tide lifts all boats”. It’s better for us if our neighbours are stable and prosperous. I think we’d both much prefer it if Syria were exporting olive oil to Europe instead of refugees.

      Look at the Arab Spring. That’s an example where a series of pro-democracy revolutions ended in (with a couple of notable exceptions) civil war, violence, terrorism, etc. It’s easy to imagine that the collapse of the Soviet bloc could have followed a similar path. I think the EU should get more credit for handling that transition (and facilitating such a transition was central to the logic behind the Maastricht Treaty and the euro – it was never purely about economics).

      Honestly, even though we’re heading out of the EU, the UK will still suffer if our neighbours are in chaos. We should wish the EU well, and hope they get their act together.

      But, at the end of the day, I agree that the EU can’t continue expanding indefinitely. The Western Balkan countries should join. And, I suppose I’m arguing that the historical enlargement of the EU was, after all, a good thing. Because the alternatives would have been much more destructive than what we have today.

  6. avatar
    Marcus Costa

    Keep enlarging it! It’s the way to it’s end! More differences to the mix! Oh yea

  7. avatar
    Andrea Scacchi

    We, the people of the country enslaved by germany and the other nordic country, must secede from this union.
    We must build a real federation of free states away from the germanic enslavement

    • avatar
      Wlodzimierz Gontarz

      Russian Federation is a federation, but try to leave it ;)

    • avatar
      William McAlpine

      I can’t tell if Andrea is joking. He sounds moronic.

    • avatar
      Andrea Scacchi

      I am, as a young man who know how to read and write, well aware of the necessity of an multinational organization in europe. (How will you compete with the brics otherwise).
      I believe could be this europe? No.
      I believe this europe is working in the interest of all the european? Hell no.
      I believe we should abandon this failed project and rethink about a confederation and not a union? Hell yeah.
      Democracy is yet struggling all over the world we don’t need more führer in europe. We need rapresentation for the south and we need to de-germanize europe. Otherwise i will be against it. Because it will be against me

    • avatar
      Virgil Cosma

      a separate federation of south will fail in hunger and chaos in matter of a couple of years or will completely surrender to the russians

  8. avatar
    Ângelo Do Carmo

    Andrea Scacchi as 1,75 m, black hairs, brown eyes and dark skin, I am totaly for the nazis… those who defended the superiority of the arians… people that have absolutly nothing to do with me. ?????? do you really believe all germans are nazis? then you are nothing but an ignorant idiot. so shut the fuck up.

  9. avatar
    Borislav Sotirov

    Certainly. Western Balkans must join as soon as possible. It is a matter of saving human lives and preventing wars.

    • avatar
      Borislav Sotirov

      EU is the only answer of so called Balkanization. Only this keeps Western Balkans not fighting.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Borislav Sotirov
      A tyrannical Yugoslavia kept the Balkans in check – a tyrannical EU will keep the nation states in check!

  10. avatar
    nando

    The EU needs to consolidate itself or else we will have no EU to expand!

    • avatar
      Ben Bijker

      Yes, to the edge of the cliff

  11. avatar
    catherine benning

    It never made sense and has been the ruin of the original concept.

    You have turned the European history, culture and civilisation into a thrid world anarchy similar to North Korea. And if the public dare to speak out against the its demise you want to stick duck tape across their mouth.

  12. avatar
    Codrin Cernăuțianu

    It’s not off the table but first it’s necessary to clean the house ! First solve the problems that the current EU have, than think of enlargement.

    • avatar
      Ke Ny-Ski

      And have more Eastern European countries? We should go back to it being a block for Western Europe only. The east only drives down salaries and living.

    • avatar
      Vadim Gruzdev

      Ke Ny-Ski Romania is the second country in Europe by the gold, oil, gas, stone, cement, salt resource amounts after Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine is going to be the biggest country of EU that has one of the richest soil in the world, with huge amount of zinc and iron ore, as well as agricultural friendly lands. Georgia has just found out about 10 billion m2 of gas, this is also a holy land of Orthodocs, also having a sea and mountains it is rich in mineral resources. Republic of Moldova has the highest level of soil quality in the world, with a high ranking school students achievements in the world. These are investition that will bring a bigger profit with years. Look at Germany today. The West side was so advanced during 2 WW period, while the Eastern communist part – poor and underdeveloped. Reuniting, the west Germany has lost twice in GDP, as today they gained a 7.6 times bigger amount of revenue. It’s an investment. Look at the Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations’ Book.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      If Romania is so rich why is it one of the top 5 net beneficiaries from the EU budget?

    • avatar
      Maia Alexandrova

      Paul X, because it needs to develop and build more than others, it needs more money. Why is UK giving foreign aid to the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world? Isn’t it to help them get better? It is the same with EU funding – the principle is solidarity with those who are in greater need than others. But it is another topic that many in UK hate Eastern Europeans (without even knowing who they are or anything about their countries beyond general statistics) and only want to help poor Africans and Asians, rather than Europeans. This is why they voted to leave the EU…

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maia, it’s time you took that big chip off your shoulder and stopped wallowing in self pity in the belief that the only reason the UK voted to leave the EU was “a hate of Eastern Europeans”
      You claim we “don’t even know who they are or anything about their countries beyond general statistics”……..correct, we don’t…….. and conversely, you do not know anything about why people in the UK voted to leave the EU beyond what you read in the right wing gutter press
      I suggest you put down the Daily Mail and accept the reality that many people in the UK voted to leave the EU because we don’t want to be part of a profligate, elitist political project, which is driven by arrogance, rife with corruption and cronyism and being run for the benefit of a priviliged few

      .(..and FYI, many also disagree with the size of the UK overseas aid budget but that is not a European issue and not relevant to this forum)

    • avatar
      Maia Alexandrova

      Paul, the British people only started hating the EU project once they understood it would not allow them to stop the free movement of workers from the former Communist countries. So it all comes down to that. It is unbelievable that you are ready to harm your economy and become poorer, only to limit the numbers of those workers into your country… Not that this will solve any of your problems… Salaries will not go up, so the exercise is all in vain and I will not be surprised, if shortly after UK exits EU, it applies for membership again…

      I mentioned the foreign aid because it is UK’s own equivalent of EU contributions, but to non-EU countries. The reason why Romania is a beneficiary of European funding is the same as the reason why UK is helping countries with foreign aid. What’s the problem with helping Romania?

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maia, you are 100% wrong
      Why did the UK have a referendum on continued EEC membership in 1975 if everyone was so happy with it?…
      In the 1980’s when the EU political leaning was to the Right the UK government was socialist, the EU started going to the Left the UK voted in Tories, EU and UK politics have always been at polar opposites
      Do you think everyone loved the EU during the crisis in 1992 when UK interest rates shot up to 15% and we were kicked out of the ERM?
      The UK has always had a large percentage of population that distrust/dislike the EEC/EU and if you think UK Eurosceptism only began in 2004 you really are seriously misinformed.

      And I have no problem helping Romania, but maybe you can explain why that help has to be channelled through the EU (where half of it is skimmed off to keep the Brussels bureacracy running) surely it would be far more effective for the UK to contribute direct to Romania from its foreign aid budget?

    • avatar
      Maia Alexandrova

      Paul, watch now how your government will take measures to increase immigration from USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and then tell me again that I am wrong! When they start coming, suddenly there will not be pressure on housing, hospitals and schools and there will be a place for everyone, the small island that is now supposedly full, will suddenly become empty… of unwanted Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian workers! And I seriously doubt UK cares so much about helping Romania with foreign aid. Bye-bye Europe and 21st century, hello British Empire and 19th century! This is what Brexit means. I will only accept I am wrong, if events in the next few years prove me wrong!

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maia, I said you are wrong in your claim that UK’s dislike/distrust (“hating” is a bit too strong) of the EU only started when the eastern European countries joined (2004)….

      I very much doubt many Americans, Canadians and New Zealanders will want to emigrate to the UK, historically it has always been the other way round and I cannot see anything the government could possibly do to to reverse that trend?

      ..and I fail to see why you think all the Eastern European workers (or any European workers for that matter) will stop coming to the UK. Brexit does not mean some “Trump type” ban on anyone from Europe entering the UK. If there is job opportunities with a local skill shortage then there is no reason applicants from outside the UK could not apply…..so they may have to fill in a form for a work permit so what?….no great additional effort for someone who is keen to work in the UK……this is actually in line with that great “cornerstone” of the EU as described in the Treaty of Rome where the original freedom of movement was for workers with a job or to take up an offer of a job…. so how can any Euro-fanatic object if it is as per the Treaty of Rome?

    • avatar
      Maia Alexandrova

      Paul, any EU workers that feel unwanted, unwelcome and harassed, will stop coming. All I can say is that with the decision in the referendum the British people cooked for themselves a soup that will be too hard to eat… But now they all have to eat it and there is no way out of this. Just imagine – you put chicken and vegetables in the pot, but other things start popping up – worms, bugs, eyes, god knows what… and you have to eat it all in the end! I would call it Brexit Surprise Soup…

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maia

      If you ever invite me for dinner I think I’ll pass on the soup… :-)

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Maia Alexandrova
      Hmm, is your soup a local delicacy?
      Does it come with chips?

    • avatar
      Maia Alexandrova

      Tarquin Farquhar, don’t you remember? You cooked that soup with the referendum, it is not mine, but a new British delicacy (compulsory for everyone in UK, whether they like it or not). This is because you have certain great expectations and aims for UK outside the EU, but you don’t know what the actual result of the negotiations will be (better or worse deal for UK) and what unexpected, unpleasant surprises may come up in the process (for example legal challenges, voting in the British and EU parliaments rejecting agreed terms, referendums on Scottish independence or unification of Ireland, further currency devaluation, etc. – everything is uncertain and unpredictable). Yet if the final outcome is worse for Britain, you can’t opt out – you have to take it and leave the EU anyway. This is what I meant by Brexit Surprise Soup – a reality created by the unintended consequences of unrealistic and overconfident expectations…

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maia, I do not disagree with anything you have written….well…. all apart from the last line that is….

      There is plenty of uncertainty, and as you correctly say, no one can predict what the outcome will be for the UK whether better or worse…so why do you finish by saying we have “unrealistic and overconfident expectations” when nobody knows?

  13. avatar
    Leon Depalmas Depalmas

    some countries will leave Europe some of them will want to be a part of this…must be like this otherwise will become a normal nation like any other nation in the world…

    • avatar
      Ander Anderson

      Tamara Jegorov There will be no Nexit or Frexit at all

    • avatar
      Tamara Jegorov

      Wlodzimierz Gontarz I did’t say I prefer some kind of federation to union.

    • avatar
      Ke Ny-Ski

      After La Pen amd Wilders, there will be.

  14. avatar
    Alf Bme

    No, because after every enlargement you need a longer consolidation period. There are things that are more important to tackle right now: an economic policy that is really an expression of solidarity, common defense as the NATO model seems to be fizzling out, integration of legal codes and so on. In fact, the last few expansions should have been kept on the backburner until some of those issues were resolved. On the other hand: the circumstances twisted the decision maker’s arms. Having an unstable Eastern flank would not have been very helpful either.

  15. avatar
    Andrea Scacchi

    I am, as a young man who know how to read and write, well aware of the necessity of an multinational organization in europe. (How will you compete with the brics otherwise).
    I believe could be this europe? No.
    I believe this europe is working in the interest of all the european? Hell no.
    I believe we should abandon this failed project and rethink about a confederation and not a union? Hell yeah.
    Democracy is yet struggling all over the world we don’t need more führer in europe. We need rapresentation for the south and we need to de-germanize europe. Otherwise i will be against it. Because it will be against me

  16. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    Not at all! Cant help, but to be reminded of:

    1876 Germany’s Richard Wagner: “The Ring of the Nibelung” or “The Twilight of the Gods” (“Götterdämmerung”). “The ring”- a symbol power- is- but losing it. Brussels “Valhalla” in flames & chaos!

    Further, the father of modern fantasy literature- British J. R. R. Tolkien 1954 “The Lord of the rings” presents a similar scenario. Saying to his son: ”it is distressing to see the press groveling in the gutter…..”

    “One Ring to rule them all (EC).
    “One Ring to find them (co-opted national politicians)”.
    “One Ring to bring them all (EU empty promises)”
    “and in the darkness bind them (EU Treaties).”

    Are we living in the shadow of Mordor where the flames of Mount Doom is spreading twilight over Middle earth? Political phantasies turn into nightmares- great literature becomes reality . Was that bygone foresight in hindsight?

  17. avatar
    Vassiliki Xifteri

    We need to realize why E.U is important and which values all nations will hold dear. Unless we do that there will always be a reason for some countries to leave.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      No, the EU needs to explain to the tax paying public why it is so important……..along with justifying all it’s decision processes, departmental expenditures etc etc

  18. avatar
    Tamara Jegorov

    Ander Anderson Once they told me that USSR will never fall appart,but we did it! And believe me,we’ll break down this terrible EUSSR even quicker than former Soviet-Union.

  19. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    Just a short comment on “Who do YOU agree with on this issue?”:

    TMHO, the only determined and precise answer came from Mr. Sander Loones (ECR)- within an all but only group of 8 pro EU parties. The rest was uncertain rumblings by insecure bureaucrats. There are no great ideas or alternative concepts emerging- just more repetitions & compliance to an old, inflexible pro EU agenda.

    And- any participation in voting should be private & confidential- without being asked/forced to disclose any details.

  20. avatar
    Jude De Froissard

    Yes….but with respect and democracy….not as it is now…with greed and humiliation. BUT Europe must remain european.

  21. avatar
    Shpetim Lezi

    No the EU should stop and never accept the only few Balkan countries which are not in yet. Let the Balkan countries start WWIII. It’s better for the EU. Does it make sense?!

    • avatar
      Cos Thee

      No. They have multiple worlds now

    • avatar
      Andi Ahmetaj

      Seriozisht e ke vllai ????!!!!! 😵😵😵

    • avatar
      Shpetim Lezi

      Andi Ahmetaj Jo ore, po e them me shaka. Vetem dy-tre vende nuk jane ne BE dhe ata duan te ndalojne zgjerimin. Ta besh kete gje eshte krim.

  22. avatar
    A_Strange_Idea

    Eu needs to consolidate its foundation, return to its original purpose, and expand carefully. The EU was a economic union and should’ve never become political. So, my opinion is that it should continue to expand in Europe, but wane its political power and focus only on economic partnership. It should only focus on the political sense where economy is concerned, in a unified sense, and not supervise and impose in other countries by promoting debt and enslavement through it.

  23. avatar
    Philip Spentzuris

    Don’t even have a plan going forward with the existing EU partners!! It’s falling apart at the seams!!

    • avatar
      Gheorghe Florescu

      It is not true, EU it is necessary to be powerful, otherwise another bad power could take all. We have to trust in God and to understand It’s will.

    • avatar
      Philip Spentzuris

      So in this case we all become slaves to the Germans, who btw are seemingly the only ones that are benefiting!! Which other bad power do you refer to???

  24. avatar
    Mike Grek

    European life and culture is degrading,we should clean up first on our own yard before welcoming the neighboors,or the globalist oligarchy just want more cheap work force?

  25. avatar
    alecs

    YES. Western Balkans, maybe Ukraine. And Scotland, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland if they want

  26. avatar
    Mircea Ionescu

    The enlargement is strictly necessary if we want stable and peaceful Europe. More than we have already many directives that are a stupid if we apply only in a part of Europe (such are those in nuclear energy)

    But it is obvious if we don’t reduce the difference between the standard of life from rich and poor countries in a medium period will be more eurosceptics.

    The reasons for and against enlargement there are some stupid. I believe that first of all it is a historical liabilities of west countries. Here in est countries we pay to much under Soviet Union keeping free West Europe. More than after 1989 West Europe win not only the market from East Countries, win also the market of those countries in the world commerce.

    Don’t forget what said Major in the case of Brexit.

    Anyway in the case that again West Europe will be selfish and will not be a real win-win cooperation it is obvious that the people of Est Countries have the pround and prefer as quick as possible to stop the game.

    • avatar
      Gheorghe Florescu

      It is not true, EU it is necessary to be powerful, otherwise another bad power could take all. We have to trust in God and to understand It’s will.

    • avatar
      Gheorghe Florescu

      It is not true, EU it is necessary to be powerful, otherwise a power will take all. We bave to trust in God and to understand It’s will.

    • avatar
      Martina Campo

      Sorry, I don’t believe in God.

  27. avatar
    Ken Pope

    Yes. Yes. And Yes. One day EU will mean ‘Earth Union.’ Our human problems can only be solved by unity, not tribalism.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Ken Pope
      One World Government ==> HELL ON EARTH!

  28. avatar
    cvm

    EU should reach Europe’s georgraphical size, without Russia and Turkey, for obvious reasons. So, including Balkan countries and Moldavia. Why? So simple. Would it have been possible for Europe to get as rich without eastern contributors? I think not. Could anyone imagine USA, ori China or Russia with o hole in the middle? I think not. Even the middle territories of those countries are poorer that the coasts. Any territory left behind will be swallowed by Russia and I think EU can’t afford this.

  29. avatar
    Virgil Cosma

    Can you imagine USA, China or Russia with a hole in the middle?!? I think not. Any territory left behind will be swalowed by Russia and EU can.t afford this.

    • avatar
      Marios Tsamandouras

      There is a so called union with a swiss cheese hole in its centre. Called EU 😁

    • avatar
      Stephan Kalchhauser

      And suiss has nocontracts with the EU?
      As a matter of fact, Suiss has many contracts with similar rights, pays a lit and has no voting right…but sure, swiss produces all the goods needed alone and autharc *face>desk*

    • avatar
      Virgil Cosma

      I have never thought about Suisse, it s like being inside. I was thinking about Balkans when reffering to the inner hole of EU.

    • avatar
      Arjen van der Burg

      We have a hole: Switzerland!

  30. avatar
    Vasilis Dimitriou

    instead of making a federation we made a stupid “thing” , I don’t even have worlds to describe this monstrocity !

    • avatar
      Gheorghe Florescu

      It is not true, EU it is necessary to be powerful, otherwise a power will.take all. We bave to trust in God and to understand It’s will.

    • avatar
      Vasilis Dimitriou

      so it’s powerful now ? it’s not powerful its a joke ! we should have gone to federation and a NOT enlargement !

  31. avatar
    Gheorghe Florescu

    Yes, unifying is a key of progress. If divide some “power” will obtain the main result. In EU the key will be cultures and religions. Economic development have to preserve and understand the environment. For that we have to understand GOD will. We have to trust in God otherwise the future, is cultural marxism.

    • avatar
      Philip Spentzuris

      You are naive!!! There are huge disparities in the EU!! As pointed out recently we have politics on the one side of the Rhine and rules on the other side!!! One country can never flourish at the expense of another and to date Germany is the only country benefiting from the Euro!!

    • avatar
      Iulian Sora

      Are dreptate tipu asta philip. Ii doare la bascheti pe vestici de estici.. suna bn uniti. Dar pol sunt f diferite de la o tara la alta.. uitate pe net la declaratiile celor dnla bruxelles… nau nici o legatura cu interesele estului…

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Rosca Rares-Bogdan
      LOL!
      Your comment is in and of itself RACIST!

  32. avatar
    Dimitris Orfanoudis

    According to Guy Verhofstadt statements EU is trying hard to find out its way for a better stronger and safe EE .Stabilize first of all and then go forward for enlargement with strick creteria for the countriew indent to assessed…

  33. avatar
    Bódis Kata

    The difference in the standard of living and the economic opportunities of the population will be even greater than in the case of the last new members. The last expansions resulted in the massive emigration of the skilled workforce from east to the west and the influx of cheap mass-production outplacing local production. The social coat to the new members is enormous.
    We need to take those lessons learned seriously. I think some of the economic compensation (subsidies) to the new members should be distributed more directly to grassroot SME’s instead of putting all of it into the big infrastructural developments.

  34. avatar
    Michael Sciam

    Not only it does not make sense but I think that the EU enlargement has been too quick and superficial.

  35. avatar
    Culcer Ruxandra

    Still enlargement ? Maybe with Turkey, since they became a truly muslim state under Erdogan and Europe does its best for the benefit of Muslims. Less for the benefits of UE countries citizens.

    • avatar
      Geoffrey Howard

      …says one who reads Pamala Geller and posts lies and “alternative facts” on their page. The story on your page about a kid being beat because he had blue eyes…is neonazi propaganda….. there are tons of such disinformation on the internet. Are you a Putin Troll? just asking?

    • avatar
      Geoffrey Howard

      Yes…back to “Little England”…..

    • avatar
      Wendy Harris

      Little things survived when dinosaurs perished.

    • avatar
      Richard Lock

      Sorry Mark it’s not a shambles it was formed to benefit German industry and French farming and that is what it does.

    • avatar
      Mark Lock

      The EU is not about co-operation, it is is essentially about who can get what from other countries, a bunch of faceless unelected bureaucrats who have to act like dictators in order to get any policy put through, as everybody is pulling in different directions. Little Britain, grow up, I want inmigrantes from all over the world to enter, not giving carte blanche to EU citizens, it should go con what skills person can bring, treating those outside the EU differently, is discrimination, in addition, having the EU as a middle man in tarde is absolutely absurd, the UK, survives on trade, EU bureaucracy only restricta this.

    • avatar
      Richard Lock

      Leaving is about more trade not less.The remoaners just don’t get it.

  36. avatar
    Adrian Chioveanu

    yes most definitively yes , the eu needs to get acros the ideea that if putin is fighting againts democracy , we are fighting for it and will stand with the ones willing to fight for it also ,now that there is no more ‘murika in the picture maybe the eu can do proper work in the world not just star wars (like ‘murika)

    • avatar
      Adrian Chioveanu

      Bria Alexandru Bogdan i meant trough ideeas ( like extending to countries who want and pursue adherence )

    • avatar
      Adrian Chioveanu

      Bria Alexandru Bogdan sunt pacifist frate :)

  37. avatar
    Stephan Kalchhauser

    And suiss has nocontracts with the EU?
    As a matter of fact, Suiss has many contracts with similar rights, pays a lit and has no voting right…but sure, swiss produces all the goods needed alone and autharc *face>desk*

  38. avatar
    James Beckles

    Even the most passionate EU enthusiast has to take stock and say the EU should not be expanding its borders at least for the foreseeable future.

    There’s a migration crisis, growing illiberal tendencies from the eastern States of the EU, high unemployment among young people, Brexit (I’m British) and shrinking economies.

    The EU needs to be introspective right now and solve these challenges and many more before it expands and integrates more states. work and cooperate closer with neighbouring states, help them reform their institutions and cooperate economically with them but approach expansion cautiously.

    • avatar
      Lefteris Kalaitzides

      For Turkey surely not in the next 30 years if u vote in favor of Erdogan in the referendum.. 😝

    • avatar
      Lefteris Kalaitzides

      Personally the next Countries that I would love to see in are Serbia & Albania

    • avatar
      Uğur Gönül

      I think they are Montenegro and (if they want) Iceland

  39. avatar
    Lambert Claude Timmermans

    No, time now to deepen and consolidate the core.

    The strategy of super enlargement including to Turkey, etc. was conceived by the people who wanted a large weak and paralyzed divided Europe.

  40. avatar
    Danny Boy

    Well given that we’ll soon be loosing one of the few members that are actually net payers into this lunatic asylum,why the hell would anyone want to bring in any more countries that will just take out of the system and export their unskilled workforce to other richer parts of the continent,
    The only reason these nations want to join is for the free money.

  41. avatar
    Karolina

    The whole concept of enlargement was that countries had to meet certain criteria before they could join but… for some reason countries whose economies were not up to speed were allowed to join. This has created a lot of problems. So, enlargement should follow this strategy and could either make sense or not. And countries should join the Eurozone when they are ready to rather than be given a date on the day they become a member.

    The people going on about Turkey, was anyone ever serious about that one or was the membership considered simply because it had to and it had to somehow be made obvious to Turkey that it doesn’t qualify because of itself? The country does not belong to Europe culturally. There are even countries outside of Europe that are more European than Turkey.

    I understand that Iceland is wanting to revive its membership, so perhaps it will be the next one to join. The FYROM has major internal issues which are causing issues with neighbours as well. It is not appropriate.

  42. avatar
    Lewis Paines

    Given that any treaty change requires unanimity amongst 27 states, any fundamental amendment to the EU’s constitution is now impossible. They might get unanimity on a change to the flag or anthem, but there will never again be any change to the fundamental balance of power between the Member States and the EU’s central bodies. They should have thought about reforming the unanimity/QMV rules back in the 80s when the EU was still of a manageable size.

  43. avatar
    Yiannos Phiniotis

    Yes but should include any countries of the Middle East which are non European and neither countries which do not meet EU standards

  44. avatar
    Mark Lock

    The EU is not about co-operation, it is is essentially about who can get what from other countries, a bunch of faceless unelected bureaucrats who have to act like dictators in order to get any policy put through, as everybody is pulling in different directions. Little Britain, grow up, I want inmigrantes from all over the world to enter, not giving carte blanche to EU citizens, it should go con what skills person can bring, treating those outside the EU differently, is discrimination, in addition, having the EU as a middle man in trade is absolutely absurd, the UK, survives on trade, EU bureaucracy only restrict this. However, what do you hear back, MSM propaganda, ‘Little Britain’, ‘unity’, ‘uncontrolled mmigration has no impact’, ‘more federalism’. It is no wonder so many are unable to think for themselves, taking into account the moral high ground of MSM, the política elite, the moral minority (all taken in by big business), rather than one of common sense.

  45. avatar
    IUlia Luca

    Yes, it makes sense for those countries whose people really want it and not for Turkey where the government only wants that.

  46. avatar
    catherine benning

    This video gives some insight into why further EU enlargement doesn’t make sense. It is simply an arm of the Globalist elite who do not have the welfare of Western citizens, or any world citizen, at heart. Their interests lay only in their continued amassment of personal wealth.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNj3nKoWUIk

  47. avatar
    Musa

    I think this questioned shouldn’t be addressed to an entity like the EU, the most successful peace project of our century. If we try to give a second thought to answer this question, the answer will be so easy.
    The EU is a big and complex regional integration never existed in the globe. The particularity of the EU is also to cope with complex issues, crises and at the same time focusing on the future for a better regional integration. Therefore, for the question of the enlargement, there has absolutely nothing to do with current problems challenging EU. Yes, true, not only the EU but the globe as a whole going through changes so the EU should focus on all side of problems by implementing better policies. Finally, if you really think that the enlargement is entering into a stalemate, that means the end of the EU and its mechanism.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Musa
      I think you mean NATO and not the EU!

    • avatar
      Paul X

      “The particularity of the EU is also to cope with complex issues, crises ” can you give any examples of complex issues or crises that the EU has been able to (successfully) deal with?…..not including ones of it’s own making that is….

    • avatar
      jacob boehm

      Not even then.

  48. avatar
    pauljb

    Let’s first of all go for a union core governed by majority voting, with an elected chairman of the union, who forms a commission limited to the core competences, in order to realise a deeper integration of its core member states / regions:
    > Common tax system, social regulations, monetary union.
    > Common migration policy, common border control, free movement within the core member states.
    > Common intelligence – defence – federal police – federal justice & foreign policy.
    > Common intelligent power distribution network.
    Member states who do not wish to attend to this core level of integration can remain part of an economic union (outer shell) with consultative voting rights.
    Potential new union members should first adhere to the economic union and prove their readiness for core membership.

  49. avatar
    Peter

    Of course, it does. Why exclude single European countries? Doesn’t make sense. Calm down and breath steady, nationalists :-)

  50. avatar
    João Machado

    Wanting to be self governed has nothing to do with racism… Turn off your TV, it will help

  51. avatar
    Jacob M Dix

    Had the EU federalized, so that EU Parliament, directly elected by the people of the member states, had law creating powers, and the Commission none, Brexit would not have happened. Brits would have had more direct influence over EU policies that affected them. And states not in the EU would be more willing to join. Now? It’s a failed project that probably won’t reunite unless forced to by war from an outside aggressor. I said the same 10 years ago!

  52. avatar
    Arjen van der Burg

    It may make sense for the candidate countries, but for the existing EU it would be stirring up xenophobic feelings and weaken the already weak governance structure of EU. Candidates have no good democratic track record, are poor and politically and ethnically very diverse. And Turkey is definitely too big to become a member and too much directed at illiberal, theocratic rule. I understand the candidature in the 1960’s but now its membership would be a big mistake. EU first needs reconstruction now, including debate on the future of the EURO and decison making structures.

  53. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    Given one of the few net contributors is leaving the EU is it really in any position to take on more financial basket cases just to make itself look more important in the world ?

    Obviously the EU is not but that won’t stop the empire builders in Brussels from doing it.

  54. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    Drop Turkey. The EU is enough as it is. The EU has special relationships with many other countries. Just create special trade relationships from now on.

  55. avatar
    Jorge A Lopes

    No! Enough is enough! First, EU need to solve a lot before moving on… if! Where’s the limit?

  56. avatar
    Joel Dominic Rodrigues

    In time yes. Right now I think the EU needs to re-enforce itself against threats internal & external to its principles and values.

    • avatar
      Diaconu George Razvan

      Shut up Putin troll , it makes sense now , that Putin has officially blessed Marie Le Pen …

    • avatar
      Matthew Wolfbane

      “Putin troll” oh my god, these people are serious aren’t they? :D

    • avatar
      Dino Boy Mican

      Hey Greek go kiss Putin’s butt. You love him. Greeks Europe’s spoilt beneficiaries are now turning to Russia as Europe wants to audit how they ve been spending its money

    • avatar
      Michael Paraskevas

      Some Albanian trash is putinophobic. Go suck Erdogans dick. He dressed your poor police after all!

  57. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    NO. What makes sense is to consolidate what we have, fix what is wrong, and make sure it works. Then we can think about expansions.

  58. avatar
    Marko Martinović

    EU cannot hold what it hass already. It is undemocratic, against freedom of speech, and even tyranical. It needs complete rework.

    • avatar
      Sophie Gaia Sala

      The fact that you can write such critic ( without any proof) on a public page implies that you have freedom of speech. If you want to be more credible you can base your assumptions on facts rather than adjectives that express a personal opinion

    • avatar
      Marko Martinović

      Depends about what. If i say something against migrants or feminism etc, i could be raided by the police as some have been already. We almost have blasphemy laws. One political stance is being more and more forced. I did not even get the chance to vote for most EU officials that are impacting my country, that is a fact. There is plenty of proof for my claims.

    • avatar
      Sophie Gaia Sala

      I have never heard of anyone being raided by the police for expressing their own opinion. Even extremists have freedom of association in the EU. Of course, if somebody wants to be misogynistic, xenophobic and blaspheme, then you can expect society to be against this, as this behavior does not correspond to modern values. I didn’t vote for many EU officials either but rather than concentrate on the negative aspects try to think about the positive ones, every country, even the smaller ones get a chance to speak. We haven’t had a war since 1945. We can live and travel anywhere in the eu without a visa. Poorer regions get economic help. Imagine all this gone, it would be a step back of 20 years in history at least

    • avatar
      Marko Martinović

      Tool used is broadening definition of “hate speech” to encompass everything ruling party wants. Yes there where homes raided for political facebook posts. Here both left and right use it against eachother. Even comedy shows got canceled because of it. Getting some economic health for a price of freedom is not a good trade

  59. avatar
    nando

    NO! What makes sense is to consolidate what we have, fix what is wrong, and make sure it works. Then we can think about expansions.

  60. avatar
    Любомир Иванчев

    Not in the near future. Deeper consolidation and integration of common policies and institutions is needed. The EU is too unstable even now, with further expansion it will become even more unstable.

  61. avatar
    Rob Eastham

    I’m a strong supporter of the EU project and I would be in favour of full federalisation of the Union modelled on the Australian constitution, whereby the main legislative and governing powers would rest with Brussels, however, the member states would have powerhouse parliaments with specific delegated powers and a high degree of self autonomy. We need to bring back democracy to the central foundation of the project to give it democratic legitimacy and accountability to the European peoples. I’m sick of unelectic baffoons like Junker thinking a 31 page white paper with 5 vague options for reform is acceptable – it is not and we need real leadership accountable by and for the European peoples.

  62. avatar
    Rob Eastham

    I’m a strong supporter of the EU project and I would be in favour of full federalisation of the Union modelled on the Australian constitution, whereby the main legislative and governing powers would rest with Brussels, however, the member states would have powerhouse parliaments with specific delegated powers and a high degree of self autonomy. We need to bring back democracy to the central foundation of the project to give it democratic legitimacy and accountability to the European peoples. I’m sick of unelectic baffoons like Junker thinking a 31 page white paper with 5 vague options for reform is acceptable – it is not and we need real leadership accountable by and for the European peoples.

  63. avatar
    Rob Eastham

    I’m a strong supporter of the EU project and I would be in favour of full federalisation of the Union modelled on the Australian constitution, whereby the main legislative and governing powers would rest with Brussels, however, the member states would have powerhouse parliaments with specific delegated powers and a high degree of self autonomy. We need to bring back democracy to the central foundation of the project to give it democratic legitimacy and accountability to the European peoples. I’m sick of unelectic baffoons like Junker thinking a 31 page white paper with 5 vague options for reform is acceptable – it is not and we need real leadership accountable by and for the European peoples.

  64. avatar
    Christos Mouzeviris

    Yes but only after deeper integration that will lead to political and economic stability, harmonization, and unification. If the internal issues are not solved, then there is no point of discussing further integration. What’s the point of bringing more voices in a union where there already a cacophony?

  65. avatar
    Matthew Wolfbane

    First you fix the problems with what’s already in the Union.
    Otherwise you’re just adding more to the chaos that already is.

  66. avatar
    Savas Ozyurt

    No, but in any case Norway should give the EU all their money in their Oil Fund, and then stay out of the EU.

  67. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    The EU needs to have the same wages and benefits EU-wide to stop greedy corporations exploiting weaker members. But enough enlargement with non-compatible countries. Just special trade agreements are enough from now on. Job availability has decreased in my country since joining the EU, which may be very clever of the pro-corporation EU in the short-term but if the EU doesn’t start serving the people too it will be its downfall in the long- term.

  68. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    The more poor Nations join the EU the poorer the whole becomes.

    The time to dismantle the failed European project is getting close.

    • avatar
      Fabrice Bordier

      Facts and figures. For the time being I do not see people becoming poorer in the east, every time I go there is ne infrastructure and their salaries increase.
      This is why Ukraine would like to Join, because they see how life has improved in Poland or Hungary since they have joint.
      This is by the way very hypothetical from their government to say that the EU didn’t bring anything. They would not dare leaving it

  69. avatar
    Fabrice Bordier

    I think it just makes sense to integrate the Baklans. No more. (If they want)
    As for Norway, Iceland, Switzerland this is their choice.
    Turkey has become incompatible with the EU.
    But for the time being, it is probably more important to finalize Brexit before any enlargement.
    There is also the question of the Eurozone. There are still 5 countries that have to join. We have to make the necessary work to continue their integration in the currency area.

  70. avatar
    Marco Peel

    Indeed, the Balkan States should be allowed to join as soon as they are ready. EU priority right now though should be democratic reform. Only when Norway, Switzerland and Iceland ask to join will the EU know it is on the right track. Russia is more European than Turkey, and neither can be considered eligible or viable for now.

  71. avatar
    Christopher Kealy

    The EU is an embarrassing re-run of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – too many different peoples, cultures and languages pretending to be part of the same country. It’s not natural. Europe is not like the USA, and nor should it try to be. The EU needs to be scrapped, and let individual european countries govern themselves. The best alternative is the EFTA – European Free Trade Association.

  72. avatar
    Christopher Kealy

    Does the EU still make sense ? Not really. It’s an old idea which has run its course. Europe should be an EFTA at the very most (Free Trade Association) and that is it. Individual countries shoud run themselves, and not t have most of their laws given to them by a false parliament by Brussels.

  73. avatar
    Jeremy Bornstein

    Yes and No, we need to counteract the degeneracy of North Western Europe and their moral imperialism ,however,I’m not sure expansion is the best way to do this

  74. avatar
    Adi

    EU has failed European citizens in every level from the rising unemployment, austerity to the destruction of the social Europe. Eurocrats have embraced neoliberalism at the full speed knowing they have no accountability to be held on. Europe is in vital need of representative democracy otherwise it will have the fate of Soviet Union. Great Britain is the first crack on this rotten ship

  75. avatar
    Marko Martinović

    EU has only illusion of democracy. It is turning in to tyranny. If freedom is not right of its countries, it will fall appart. Worst thing is that EU does not protects its citizens. It can be fixed, but i doubt it will.

    • avatar
      Imanuel d'Anjou

      You’re right, I also remember EU secret police bashing my door down, accusing me and my family of not being gay enough… Then when they searched our home, they found a Bible in my native tongue…

      They sent me to the camps for this. The EU must be stopped! Their dictatorship is like Nazi Germany!

      (I’m being sarcastic and you’re a cunt)

    • avatar
      Rui Ferreira

      And dumbs and stupids and so on

    • avatar
      Tin Knezevic

      Sad to see people “fight for Europe” while destroying european ideals…

    • avatar
      Rui Ferreira

      European ideals have nothing in common with islamization and with their culture… simple as that… since the refugee income the terror , the rapes and the lack of freedom in some parts of cities are common as day light…. stop close your eyes to very dangerous things that are happening every day… but you wont see in the night news for sure…

    • avatar
      Rui Ferreira

      You know what the judges say as a verdict to a refugee rape ? Miss culture understandig… don’t need to say more …

    • avatar
      Vitaliy Markov

      Where would you expel Muslims who were born in Europe? Fucking idiot.

  76. avatar
    Dimitri Fiori

    Let’s protect all the European countries which want to from the Russian threat. Ukraine and Georgia first !

    • avatar
      Paschalis Bourletsikas

      Georgia is not in Europe and neither European. You are basically trying to portray the EU like the US… You can’t be that dumb

    • avatar
      Dimitri Fiori

      Considering geography is the same in every country makes you dumber than me. In France, Caucasian countries are European (Im a geography teacher of you want to know)

    • avatar
      Ivan Burrows

      .

      Two more bankrupt countries to join the EU ?

      Suicide.

    • avatar
      Tin Knezevic

      Paschalis Bourletsikas – can you please define Europe and European?
      Georgia is a member of the Council of Europe. I guess there is a reason why.
      Also, have you been to Georgia? I have. Multiple times. And they are culturally as European as Bulgarians or Greek.

  77. avatar
    nando

    NO! Not only NO, hell NO!
    We need to fix and consolidate what we have before thinking of expansionisms!

  78. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    NO! Not only NO, hell NO!
    We need to fix and consolidate what we have before thinking of expansionisms!

  79. avatar
    EU nationals for Europa Britain

    of course it does, but let’s get that EU Border strengthened first to defeat external threats and better handle the refugee crisis. We must also get rid of internal threats like populists

  80. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    There is only one goal for Brussels. Enlarge their empire at any cost.

    But Europeans will repeat the mistakes of the past & the whole idea of a united Europe under one flag will fail as it did in 1945.

    • avatar
      Matteo Magnus Magni

      with Uk west balkans Caucasus,Norway,Micro states,Iceland and Switzerland

  81. avatar
    Rosy Forlenza

    how many times have we had this conversation, eu enlargement should only take place when the eu has got some fundamentals sorted. for whom is eu enlargement? for the west thatneeds low paid workers to increase corporate profits? that is not a good reason to enlarge. Again: (zero hour contracts…sort out asap; clear rules on resources needed to move country; no eu funding on eu companies that simply leave and go to where labour is cheaper;) and a lot more. enlargement for profit is not a good sign for a healthy eu at all.

  82. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    I know video opinions are trendy but if we are in a hurry we might want to just scan a text transcript version of what they said. But no to enlargement. Otherwise that is practically globalisation with an EU world government.

  83. avatar
    Alma Yael

    if we don’t do it Russia will take over the Balkans (if they haven’t yet)

    • avatar
      Goran Batovanja

      I am from Balkan if you want to ask me something , I shell gladly answer.

    • avatar
      Alma Yael

      Even if President Trump does not want to compromise an already fragile dialogue with the Kremlin and refrains from publicizing Montenegro’s accession to NATO, Moscow will still view the move as offensive.

    • avatar
      Goran Batovanja

      Alma Yael 1) do you know anything about history of Montenegro? 2) Do you know anything about economy of Montenegro? 3) Do you know anything about Albanian people?

    • avatar
      Goran Batovanja

      Than you know that Montenegro would not exist as state without Russia. That is history. Economy of Montenegro depend on Russian tourist. Also Russians have very great investments in Montenegro. We, people of ex Yugoslavia are old Europeans, like Spain people, we are not Slavic. Albanians come here in 1043. year – only few 1000 of them from Caucasus. Their closest relatives are Chechen people. From few 1000 they come to 6 milion people. They do not want to fit with us. They are under protection of NATO. They are factor of unstability here. Manipulating with Albanians, NATO can open new battlefield any time they want. To avoid that Montenegro in going into NATO – and doing it against democratic will of majority of people in Montenegro. This is truth, I do not know what informations are given to you.?

    • avatar
      Goran Batovanja

      Than you know that Montenegro would not exist as state without Russia. That is history. Economy of Montenegro depend on Russian tourist. Also Russians have very great investments in Montenegro. We, people of ex Yugoslavia are old Europeans, like Spain people, we are not Slavic. Albanians come here in 1043. year – only few 1000 of them from Caucasus. Their closest relatives are Chechen people. From few 1000 they come to 6 milion people. They do not want to fit with us. They are under protection of NATO. They are factor of unstability here. Manipulating with Albanians, NATO can open new battlefield any time they want. To avoid that Montenegro in going into NATO – and doing it against democratic will of majority of people in Montenegro. This is truth, I do not know what informations are given to you.😀

  84. avatar
    Tin Knezevic

    Absolutely yes.
    It should indeed work on two lanes, first is the internal integration (fiscal, political and even military) and second is enlargement.
    With Slovenia and Croatia being members of the EU, it is only natural for the rest of the region to join. This can be done in several steps, but is a natural process.
    As for other countries, it mostly depends on them. I could one day see Norway and Iceland joining (but in order for that to happen the EU needs to sort out the internal issues first) and countries such as Ukraine and Georgia see it as a long-term goal and should be encouraged if the people there decide so.

    Turkey is currently a difficult topic, but I have been there many times and know that the young generation feels a part of the Western culture and as such I believe that Turkey needs to decide its future on its own.

    And in the long term, the EU will probably develop special relations and possibly even a kind of membership with countries such as Tunisia, Israel, Lebanon…

    • avatar
      Andrea Scacchi

      The cee and ceca made sense. This economical butnotfiscal union makes zero sense.
      Confederation of free states. No union.

  85. avatar
    Rémi Martin

    Like each empire who ruled differents peoples, it needs to grow, if not, it’ll collapse.

    • avatar
      Coralee De Fréine

      Sooner or later it will fall like every empire before it.

  86. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    If the intention is to spread misery, decline and the destruction of democracy as far possible then yes it does.

  87. avatar
    Marko Martinović

    That will not save EU. Totalitarian politics are already destroying EU. EU must be reformed or abandoned. Metkel and her ilk must be jailed for aiding terror and crimes against humanity

    • avatar
      Marko Martinović

      Hundreads people have been killed and thousands assaulted and raped just so they would seem empathic. Those refugees where safe before entering EU and it was known from the start that they have ISIS fighters among them and that only small number where from Syria. It was clear that they are comming from culture that legally kills rape victims , gays, atheists and legally beats women also. Also FGM and child marriages. All of this was ignored and practically allowed.

  88. avatar
    Andrew Potts

    Europe is a defined space, we all know it and recognise it. Trying to expand it beyond is globalist social and business goals that has no place for EU citizens. The reason why it shrank is at least one member state had grave reservations about the EUs direction. Swooping Turkey for The UK is not European.

  89. avatar
    Dave Garrett

    It should be broken up not enlarged. EEC was fine after that it’s been a disaster and is now a massive mAchine overburdened by bureaucracy with a Ponzi scheme of a currency that has destroyed the smaller EU countries. Iceland made the correct decision by withdrawing its application.

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      Why not Russia? We’ve got a lot of things to share: And with history, Russia is linked with us, a lot of times!

    • avatar
      Christos Bossinakis

      We have many things that separate us also. There is an economic war between US and Russia, and we are just a small ally of the States. How can we forget that?
      The war in Syria is about the gas circulation. Russia provides gas to Europe, and us wants to stop this monopoly. States are struggling for their economy, it is in a bad state.
      I predict states and Eu against China and Russia the following years.
      I don’t really like anybody, (I mean the politicians and the decision makers)
      But I happen to live in EU.
      EU has lost the war with China during globalization, there is no room for expanding now,

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      Maybe those differences who you’re talking about will make us go forward with Russia and others, we’ve to open ourselves to East and the future market, grow is there!

  90. avatar
    Filipe Nunes

    We should worry on the consolidation of the current EU institutions. Then we can think about future enlargements.

    • avatar
      Luis Terra

      Destruction, You’re wrong.

    • avatar
      José Bessa da Silva

      Thank you for the correction and I am not wrong. I’m more than right. The EU is a useless corrupt institution, with some very undemocratic and imperialistic ways that would put off any bright person.

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      You can’t unite several peoples under a flag, a common currency and laws they didn’t vote for! The 27 don’t share nothing on a common point or feredal idea, EU, like each empire, will collapse as soon as it won’t grow, be sure!

    • avatar
      André Alves Figueiredo

      “I am not wrong, I’m more than right”. Said like a true dictator would !

    • avatar
      José Bessa da Silva

      Nop, a true dictator would say “do as you’re told”. Just like europhiles and eurocrats do…

  91. avatar
    Antonio Anastasi

    Seeing the experience of having Eastern European nations in the EU and their abuses in human rights the EU needs to seriously reconsider the terms of allowing them to join, or not give them the opportunity at all.

    • avatar
      Thors Ukonvasara

      What abuses are those and which nations are you talking about ?

    • avatar
      Pete

      Why?!

  92. avatar
    Paul Kuiper

    What we need is a stronger Union, certainly not weaker, We should head to a real federation as soon as possible, with a real Minister of Finance and a real Minister of Foreign Affairs. This would solve many of the current problems.

    • avatar
      Paulo Especial

      The ones around the Mediterranean if they so will it and We consider them ready for example.

  93. avatar
    Christos Boras

    EU should achieve the targets failed to achieve in the past.

    Convergence of the European economies is one of them spread to each and every european university teachinf economic science.

    This policy means both politicaly and geopoliticaly a high level of european political and financial autonomy.

    On the contrary EU is building a three gears economic structure North-Central Europe, Latin Europe and Balkan Europe, which means EU builds states-satellites of external and internal factors rather than equal political and financial entities.

    Which means EU lacks leadership. We left leadership to certain states rather than to the European Institutions.

    This Union should be desolved if it works with certain benefits for the financial development of certain countries and with unbelievable austerity against others.

    If they cannot carry out the economic convergence of the EU economies they should leave the Union rather than sieging it day after day in order to promote a single or a minor group of states self-interests. This is considered occupation rather than unity.

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      They said the same in USSR…

  94. avatar
    Ginster Plantagenet

    anything that strengthens Europe is good. We need to stay together in a world with Trump and other disturbing personalities

    • avatar
      Rémi Martin

      And how make they others who aren’t in UE?

  95. avatar
    Vicente Silva Tavares

    Where Europe finish? I wonder who was the silly guy that allowed Turkey to be a candidate. Why on Eurovision song contest is Turkey and Israel allowed? Since then they are European countries?

    • avatar
      La F Ham

      Lol well Australia was there too so who cares. Its just a song contest and probably one of the few times Europeans can let their hair down. Sometimes anyway XD

  96. avatar
    Georg Blaha

    Two kinds of questions: Where are the boundaries of Europe? What does Europe mean to others? History has no idea of the Europe we need today. Enlightenment resulted in national bloodshed. The Union was formed under the threats of the Cold War. It has so far not achieved the internal tasks to give it a solid political and social structure. It has no institutions to cope with Russia and USA on an even power-level. As an economic perspective it fails to answer the demands coming from its neighbours. Which kind of enlargement would make sense under these circumstances? More markets? More democracy? More human rights? More peace and social rights? If Europe is a geographical determination the question to enlarge makes no sense. If Europe is a political programme its ideas should make sense to attract others. How much of Europe is in the member states?

  97. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    Only if you like the idea of repeating the misery, destruction and death of the past and now Brussels has made it clear they will accept no rejection of their ‘ever closer union’ mantra we know what they will do if you do not compile with EU dictates.

    • avatar
      Vicente Silva Tavares

      It is typical of the fascism ideology to blame the others and wanting to return to the glorious times of the past. The problem is, you cannot go back and stop evolution. Britain wont be anymore the Imperial Power of the past. Isolating yourself won’t contribute for your development. And between us, Muslims will change the character of Britain and will put Britain further down since they do not like democracy, critical speeches, questioning and therefore will create a mentality of political correctness (you already have “hate crime”, your police is adapting to Muslim uses (there are policewomen using hijabs) instead of them adapting to your values and uses. In the future Britain will be the paria of Europe. A backward country that lost its financial power, it is loosing its industry (where are all the British car brands?). I am sorry for you, since I always liked the Poms, but you are going in the wrong path to the faillure. Yes, EU has problems, lack of democracy and bureaucracy, but the fight is within not leaving it. I bet in 10 years you will be back asking to get in again.

  98. avatar
    Max Berre

    For the moment, we need to worry about getting the EU’s institutional house in order. If we had gotten that done prior to the 2005 enlargement, we’d be in much better shape today, both economically and geostrategically.

    • avatar
      Ivan Burrows

      Will the peoples in the EU be asked if they want to be ‘united’ or will you just use the standard Brussels tactic. ignore and force it onto them anyway ?

    • avatar
      Dee O'brien

      Hitaj Iliev Nikola Sabina it’s not democratic,the cornerstone of any democracy is the people right to choose were they are governed from,by who and who makes laws that affect their lives.The EU has been foisted on the people without their consent through deception,it’s actually shocking that in this day and age they are getting away with it

    • avatar
      Hitaj Iliev Nikola Sabina

      EU — we should divide a little bit the conception of EU as a territory with a geografical and population number and the Representant Structures of EU Union
      Could be if some EU representancy is not making right choices at political tendencies —- we could start speaking about someone in personal. However I am alwayes pozitive and hopefull at EU plans. Critics are alwayes needed and brings much open ideas for improvement….. about the volontari of EU — they are chosen by the people from inside to outside everywhere almost …… except the kingdoms included. They are with another political construction mainly based on histori of families ect…. but their political organization changes not the meaning of EU…. Kingdoms are from the starter liders together with DE FR ect. ect..

  99. avatar
    Arjan van Eersel

    As long as the EU is malfunctioning expansion should be out of the question. Also most of the current potential candidates for EU membership, such as Ukraine and Turkey are countries that have no place in the EU because they can’t even get their internal affairs in order.

  100. avatar
    La F Ham

    Who the hell is really worth adding to the EU? EU expansion cost the Union one of its biggest cash cows. Norway and the Swiss are the most desirable states to add but I can’t see them ever being totally enticed. So whose left? More ex Eastern European States, Balkan ones, Turkey !?! XD XD

  101. avatar
    Björn Eric Ingemar Grahn

    Yes but we need to reinforce The rools. The EU memberchip should be that you Can get in to it once The memberchip requierments is fullfilled and not engosiated. Like memberchip normaly is.

  102. avatar
    Julia Hadjikyriacou

    The UK big wigs only wanted a larger EU when you left their huge network of tax havens alone. Special trade agreements make more sense. I have already met Germans leaving their own country because they don’t feel safe. I have met others leaving their family behind for better minimum wages than their own EU country. All this benefits business but makes EU citizens hate the EU expansion. Solution: no more expanding and an EU wide minimum wage, benefits, pension, Basic income, free education and free healthcare (Tax the rich, shut down or bypass legal tax avoidance loopholes, QE for the people-the EU can find the money if it wants to). You need EU cotizens to actually want to be in the EU and a more social EU is the way.

    • avatar
      Ivan Burrows

      Over tax the rich and the rich will leave then who will you tax to pay for your socialist utopia ?

    • avatar
      Julia Hadjikyriacou

      Leave what? Jersey, The Cayman Isles or The US Virgin Isles? I am sure a creative way to Tax them is possible like the transaction tax, stock exchange tax or some other brainy way to do it. I read a Penguin book that said the public should be paid dividends from corporations-that is also an option. Let economists figure it out. I think a group of them in Denmark actually did the maths of it and made it work. Subsidise green energy to free the public from subsidising big oil and decrease their electricity bills. Just needs some effort and creativity.

    • avatar
      Julia Hadjikyriacou

      Oh, and a socialist Utopia would be the Venus project not the crumbs required to abolish poverty.

  103. avatar
    Nicolette Ladoulis

    If everybody got a basic income and it was the same everybody could live where they choose to live and not wear it economically made sense then you might have a more perfect union

  104. avatar
    Magaly Morales

    I’ll love to have Moldova joining. Not so Georgia because they haven’t resolved their criminality and corruption.

  105. avatar
    Andrea Martano

    not one, se must first rebuild the idea of a united Europe against rising nationalism.not just euro and bank rules but a european welfare , law system and courts, army, public finance, a more careful redistribution of founds. for developement, more focussed policies to support families and disadvantaged individuals, common fiscal rules and tax rates . then se can open again, when stronger and more united. now we can’t just incorporate more differences.

    • avatar
      David Moody

      Ok, so to cut a long story short. the answer to nationalism is to create a big nation (United.States.Europe) to be nationalistic about? Sound logic…!

    • avatar
      Andrea Martano

      obviously you can’t get the point.

    • avatar
      Ivan Burrows

      With the EU being run by an unelected politburo I don’t think you are in any position to criticize others for a lack of democracy.

    • avatar
      Matt

      Ivan,
      As the EU is primarily a regulatory state rather than a federation of states, democratic deficit is expected. What I mean is the EU has no control over social or military spending – where as the Kremlin rules over the greater Russia. There is no comparison.

  106. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    Juncker and his unelected European Politburo are about to put sanctions on the ‘elected’ government of Poland so the die is cast and the future has two outcomes for the Nations in the EU. Either submit to your new masters in Brussels or leave the pointless EU and take back your democracy. We look forward to seeing you in the free world :)

  107. avatar
    Mary Mather-Leahy

    No, to big & doctorial, & no place for small poor countries, they have eaten us alive & no compassion.

  108. avatar
    Andrew Potts

    The EU has reached its geographical and cultural limit it’s time to address what is inside first and foremost. Any extension is driven by global business and NGO lobby groups running a undemocratic agenda.

  109. avatar
    Ivan

    No Europe is divided, germany help turkey against greece!!!

  110. avatar
    Julia

    What do EU citizens gain from more enlargement? Nothing. Enlargement is good for corporations and government agendas only.

  111. avatar
    Ivan

    Enlargement of the EU never made sense but then its all about power for pro EU fanatics and has nothing to do with the peoples of Europe.

    • avatar
      Tim

      Your out, so not your issue

    • avatar
      Péter

      Good god Ivan, you have a history of colonial oppression, and citing Viktor Orban is the bottom line of European politicans. Besides, he would never leave the EU, as long as tons of money comes from it. Not to mention the emigrating hundreds of thousands towards the West, whom couldn’t withstand “his” country. He wants to send us people away, too. Money in, intellectuals out, that’s why he needs the EU forever.

  112. avatar
    Edita

    To include other European countries, when they comply with the criteria, yes it makes sense. No Turkey though, it’s not Europe.

    • avatar
      Ntinos

      Even Europe is not “Europe”

    • avatar
      Rosy

      i do not think that that is a criteria for excluding Turkey, it has always been the bridge between europe and what we consider asia. I think the EU needs to be more thorough in its criteria and make sure new member states have done the hard work in getting themselves up to scratch both economically and socially/politically. Turkey has shown itself to be highly vulnerable, however we have also seen this from some of the newer accession states. I am against further exspansion because we need to consolidate and take a breath otherwise it does simply become a what suits the corporation, types of project which leaves all citizens disenfranchized despite the high ideals.

  113. avatar
    Stefano

    I think it don’t make sense .Hard to believe that so many countries who were trying to join the EU , now they’re joining the NATO too. So , once you are an EU partner , automatically you would be involved in a NATO ; what could it be? ; surprise! .

  114. avatar
    Shpetim

    If I wanted, I could disintegrate the EU in a matter of years, all by myself. Believe me, it’s a piece of cake now that Britain is out. All European (continent and islands) countries should be in the EU if that’s what they (the countries) want, because they can’t join the African Union, or the Asian Union or the American Union. So to ask the question if EU enlargement is good or not is in fact asking the wrong question. There are only a few more countries with small populations still out of the EU that should become part of it. So the EU should definitely enlarge with the European countries. Then, if this question is about Turkey, a mainly outside of Europe country, that is a different cup of tea. It should be left for last to be decided.

    • avatar
      Raileanu

      yet you live in the US.
      Eu is great. chill.

  115. avatar
    Gustav

    This is about the Balkan. Sure, there are plenty of problems there, but EU-membership is the most realistic way to a solution. This is definately long term, but Europe is forever, so let’s start now.

  116. avatar
    Saul

    NO, IT COULD NOT EVEN take CARE OF THE PRESENT DIMENSION.

  117. avatar
    Yiannos

    Enlargement where? With Turkey, Albania and the rest of the barbarian candidates? No thanks enlargement should be banned!!

  118. avatar
    Simon

    Please people keep in mind the historic, uniquely democratic power-play the EU has done when accepting 10 new states! At the time it seemed too early, but history has proven that it was just-in-time to counter antidemocratic Russia. Enlargement is the best tool the Union has to spread its positive influence, but do it slowly and carefully when possible!

  119. avatar
    Zap

    My dream is west balkans by 2030, Norway, switzerland and britain (full reeentry adopting euro) by 2040-45, turkey by 2060-70, Russia by 2070-2100, and this includes kazakhstan armenie georgia, etc. Maybe a peaceful syria and Israel? No membership for the US, canada or Australia, but a de facto one and hopefully by that time (2090) they will have their own union with mexico, the african will have their union, the latin americans as well (maybe the englizh speaking countries cpuld join the EU who knows) korea is unified, china has adopted democratic parliamentary communism and there is Visa free travel between india amd pakistan and iran and saudi arabia. (Imagine john lenon)

  120. avatar
    Lulzim

    The term Union refer that each country can join European big family which has fulfilled the condition required for integration. Enlargement for Balkan is more than important, all together is better because of historical past, some of the neighbors can make obstruction to the other country thus can be future dispute and another problem for EU.

  121. avatar
    Ivan

    You have no more than five years to keep the EU of 27 together, either return democracy to the peoples of the Nation States or carry on with your empire building and watch it fall. Trying to enlarge it will just bring about its end quicker.

    • avatar
      Ed

      So the answer is Yes

    • avatar
      Ivan

      Ed Hill Yep lol 8|

    • avatar
      Codrin

      What ever Ivan says but just the opposite !

    • avatar
      Martin

      If you would know Italian politics, you’d know this is just a tantrum of people that care more about their political goals than the best for Italy. How the recent events unfolded clearly proves that.

    • avatar
      Ivan

      Martin ‘A tantrum’ ? It’s that kind of contempt for the wishes of the people that got politicians across the EU into trouble in the first place. There will be another election and the margin of victory for the populist parties will be even larger making their exit from the Euro inevitable and possible even from the pointless EU

  122. avatar
    Armaghk

    The remaining Balkan countries have a relatively small population and should be integrated into the EU as soon as they are ready. The Macedonian name question should be resolved as it is a trivial issue.

  123. avatar
    Dave

    The uk are leaving hungry and italy arent happy thing need to change junker,tusker etc need to get real and stop empire building

  124. avatar
    Peter

    Да разбира се. Израел и Австралия вече са вътре.
    Yes, of course. Israel and Australia are already inside.

  125. avatar
    Chris

    You keep focusing on size the moment everyone knows that control and strength makes the difference.

  126. avatar
    Chris

    You keep focusing on size the moment everyone knows that control and strength makes the difference.

  127. avatar
    Andor

    “Think out side of the box ” –
    The only way to sustain an unstable system – not to integrate and develop but make it bigger so it will be more diversified. Congratulations..

    Why not simple tell them that bring an another 27 viewpoint which will collapse it entirely.

    No, the EU should recognize its fiscal and political power. If it acts like an elephant in a porcelain store / Like a bull in a china shop – well the answear is here. But I need to emphasize the clumsy behaviour – The EU should fulfill its role in the world map.

  128. avatar
    Yanis

    I think that the western Balcanes should eventually join . Maybe for the time being the EU should work on cohesion and then expansion

  129. avatar
    Julie

    Not now. There are problems within EU that need attending to. Many EU citizens are unhappy with EU so why complicate things even more?…

  130. avatar
    Franz M

    Depends on the country:
    Montenegro: tomorrow
    Serbia: Depends on Kosovo, Russian influence, corruption
    Bosnia: not in sight
    Albania: Depends on Kosovo issue, corruption, economy
    Macedonia: not yet, democracy, not another Orban please
    Kosovo: For obvious reasons not yet
    Turkey:
    When Erdogan is gone and
    the general development inverts itself afterwards (secularism, economic transformation from agriculture to manufacturing and services, democracy etc.) maybe in some decades
    Ukraine: earlier than Turkey, depends on Russia. Doese not have to be.

  131. avatar
    Gustav

    We need to get the rest of the Balkans under the umbrella. Sure, that will not be easy, but we could have much worse problems if they are left outside. Let’s chose the easy way here.

  132. avatar
    Pedro

    Of course! It has to be well prepared but the construction of a united democratic, peaceful and prosperous Europe has to include all the Peoples of Europe. The EU is a political project of solidarity, not an economic project of selfishness.

  133. avatar
    Oscar

    Who should join? And why would they join the bickering club.

  134. avatar
    Olivier

    Absolutely not… You Don t make kids when you are sick

  135. avatar
    Marius

    Not before restructuring the EU birocracy.

  136. avatar
    Virsta

    I wonder what would be the new frontiers? Asian? African?

  137. avatar
    Enric

    The EU, as it is now, should disappear. We need an economical union, (as it was), and send all politicians home. Close Brussels and Strasburg

  138. avatar
    Rumy

    Who in the right mind would want to join the EU?

  139. avatar
    Pietro

    Yes, we need to secure the western balkans in the first place.

  140. avatar
    Chris

    Enlargement with out strength lead to collapse.

  141. avatar
    Jozsef

    We must fill the hole after the Brexit ! :)😂

  142. avatar
    Martti

    Yes and no. European Union should wait before taking in new members. These new countries willing to enter would all need lots from EU and I doubt that these nations fill all the requirements. Sure accepting would make Balkans a lot calmer in many ways,but time is not really right.

    • avatar
      Rumy

      What new countries willing to enter…? Nobody in the right mind wants to join the EU anymore

  143. avatar
    Joris

    No it doesn’t. Fix the other problems first.. It went too fast too big without the intern structures it needs. That’s the real problem.

  144. avatar
    Max

    We really do need to focus on harmonization and institutional competence building at this time. And frankly, we need a stronger vetting process so that we do not get any more orbans or erdogans

  145. avatar
    Franck

    As long as we have in enough low wages workers in the eastern countries to delocalize productions at third world costs and small bankster countries to escape taxes from the places we sell the products, no need to enlarge, the agenda is perfect.

  146. avatar
    Sárdi

    Why? Do corporations need more cheaper labor force?

  147. avatar
    Chris

    All kind of balloons at the end…

  148. avatar
    Pedro

    Yes it does, but when candidates are ready.

  149. avatar
    Τζινα

    No more candidates..the Union as it is ,has so many problems ,so much diversities,actually it doesn’t seem like a Union any more ,is A German Union and we don’t want that !! England and Italy are a step out and more are following so ,firstly solve the internal problems and then enlargement..

  150. avatar
    Alexandre

    It does, if the countrys have rule of law, democratic system. No more to Hungary followers.

  151. avatar
    Valentin

    The decision is entirely economic. If ain’ t worth it, they would not so it.

    • avatar
      Max

      I disagree. Democratic accountability and corruption also matter. Orban and Erdogan are cut from the same bloc of wood. We need to make sure we don’t have any other failed-democracies in our club.

  152. avatar
    Manuel

    Meanwhile we have not clearly understood the motives of the BREXIT the EU can not enlarge any more.

  153. avatar
    Olivier

    That would be the most stupid thing to do… Except if you want to kill europe

    • avatar
      Max

      Rees Mogg: “The amount that I received is not for public disclosure.”

  154. avatar
    Craig

    Too much too fast has been the EU’s problem. Combined with letting countless non-Europeans in when most member-state citizens where just starting to get to know one another. Much work is needed all around.

    • avatar
      Max

      It’s not that we let them in. It’s that they came here. And no european country has either sufficient navy, nor sufficient troops on the ground in syria to do anything about it. Not when the numbers involved are 23 times the amount that it takes to overwhelm the US coast guard at sea.
      But what does that have to the European Union, or its enlargement?

    • avatar
      Craig

      Did I imagine Merkel’s invitation? It has to do plenty, as it is a main source of contention with many member states who are taking on the brunt of dealing with it. Italy, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Poland, CzechR, and populations large and small throughout the rest of the bloc aren’t happy by any stretch.
      This is a divisive issue that will not go away by treating these countries like vassal states the way the Merkel-Juncker gang has. I also must just be imagining the boatloads daily of “refugees” from Africa, and all the other “refugees” from all over the ME who are migrant workers coming over under the guise. Demanding they get sent and set up in Germany or Sweden and scoffing if not rioting should they not get their way.
      Now, whose high on the list for inclusion into the EU? Turkey is up there, now what do you think Turkey’s inclusion is going to include? Who else? The Balkan countries with their large Muslim populations. Albania?
      Do you think that’s going to calm already tattered nerves or make them want to head for the exit? Now that isn’t even going into the ridiculously despotic way the EU is set up.
      I mean, they just anoint Ursula von der Leyen the new President by what means exactly? It surely wasn’t democratic, it wasn’t even transparent. Since she’s Merkel’s girl what do you think her policies are going to look like? More of the same or a new, fresh approach?
      So when you ask me what does this have to do with expansion, the question really is what doesn’t it have to do with it?

  155. avatar
    Liri

    Yes it does. God has put us in the same place. We are all Europeans. An United Europe will be stronger in every aspect: economic, political, stability and security.

  156. avatar
    Andreas

    Lets work to strengthen the bridge before we put more weight on it. We need a stronger more powerful Europe to sustain the new threats economically and physically. It needs a strong single voice for foreign policy and a large army to support that policy.

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