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2004-05-13

EU like OECD? 

All four major Austrian parties are now against an EU-entry of Turkey. Chancellor Schüssel, who maybe still hopes to become the next president of the EU commission if the right wins the upcoming EU elections, has said that he is against an EU with 50 members like the OECD, because nobody would benefit from that.

Why? It would obviously mean that the national focus of EU decision making would become untenable, there is no way in which 50 prime ministers could sit around a table and have a meaningful discussion. But are such meetings needed? At the moment yes because the national governments cannot imagine to lose any more control to the EU, but I believe (as does TH) that the EU would benefit from the opposite.


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