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Old 28-04-2004   #1
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Welcome Poland to the EU

Sorry for the two new threads but having the news on has made me think of a second thing:

Can we all welcome my Grandfather's country to the EU from tomorrow please? It means I can much more easily visit it and should bring costs down if I would like to fly there :)

Considering some Fiats are built there, (correct?) it can't be a bad thing :)

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I think they should all be welcome to join and enjoy the benefits like the breaking down of import tax barriers. What I'm not impressed with is the way Britain as a richer country puts more money into the ECC/EU than it gets out, just to support poorer countries. As it stands we will lose out further when the new countries join.

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It is necessary for their prosperity in the long term though Dr Pepper - if they don't join they can't prosper from the relaxed trade rules that they will have. In the short term it's going to be a struggle and the fear of us being overrun with poor eastern europeans is a very real one. This is one of the arguments for a more federal EU with harmonisation on tax, welfare, imigration etc. Which BTW I am totally opposed to!

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I know - I did say they were welcome to join!

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We pay 17 per person in the UK to subsidise other EU countries, not much really considering. DOn't you agree with sharing or are you greedy?[^] (only joking, understand it's a lot more complex!).

Oh and for the record, 4.8% of people in this country are foreign, compared with 6.9 for france, 8.9 for Germany and nearly 16% for US. Disclaimer: these figures are only remembered from BBC news tonight. I.e. they aren't stealing all our jobs.

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No, I am just greedy:)

Point is our ancestors worked for where Britain is today, the new countries will get there naturally without ECC interference. (well that's the simplified view anyway)

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This is a bad viewpoint; yes, we have been a world power in the past but we are so insignificant (1% of world's population, tiny, few natural resources), give it 50 years and you might be begging for a bigger communnity of countries to be part of.

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I could think of far better things to do with my 17 pounds thanks. Can I have it back please? And if you give it back to me will it stop convicted criminals from winning money because they have to pee in a bucket? Awwwwww diddums.

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"our ancestors worked for where britain is today", sorry but thats bulls**t, every contry has something from some other one thats how we get on in life, im tired an this prob dunt make sence so i wont go making any ground breaking comments ;)

P.S i didnt mean tht to sound rude Pepper m8, jus making comments:D
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No probs:)

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Welome Poland, can I now easily meet the people who throw the Fiats together in the Polish factories!? Good, then I can slap em:D I used to be against the EU, but I do a hell of a lot of travelling in Europe and its a far nicer place to be than the UK, so maybe its our own government thats messing us about and the EU could make it better!?[?]

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Simple - a warm welcome to Poland.

I would love to live there - it's a damn sight cheaper than rip-off Britain :)

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welcome to the forum poland!


oh did i miss the point?

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Britain plundered more countries and raped more women to get where it is than any other country!

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True but many of them would still be in the third world if not for us and the technology + infrastructure we gave them.

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