Seems like Teahan's intention was to question the question "where are we going ?" (as a community) and the post drifted quite a bit due to a strong SE
...I will follow the drift
Pilotaydin, Greece did indeed receive big bucks in the 80's and 90's, if it was not for that you can safely bet that the country's infrastucture would still be at mid 20th C level (...and Gr would not have had the Olympics).
I remember also that the massive funding was unproperly checked and that quite a few individuals grew very rich overnight, obliging Brussels to put safeguards into place. Today, funds are allocated when appropriate projects are actually in place and every further step is double checked.
From the theoritical allocation, Greece is barely able to secure about 50-60%...
Yyz, no, the prospect of Turkey becoming a fellow member is not a big issue at this stage
The EU quite simply and logically (due to Turkey's size/weight and obvious disparities) wants and will put a number of safeguards into place, in order to insure that the fact of starting the process of admission does not automatically
lead to an admission, and even if successful, that immigration can be kept in check at any given time.
I do not see why Turkey should not be given its chance to enter the club, provided Turkey understands that the challenge can have two outcomes.
Not later than yesterday did Mssrs Schroeder (pm DL
) and Verhofstad (pm B) insist that the coming talks on Dec16-17 lead to a formal start.
Kirk, thanks for the humoristic touch.