Baltics rich only by world standards

  • 2003-11-06
  • By Morten Hansen
In December 2002 Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen concluded his speech at the European Council meeting in Copenhagen with the words: "To our new [EU] members I say: a warm welcome to our family. Our new Europe is born."And indeed it is. In less than six months the European Union will consist of 25 members - an increase of 10 - including the three Baltic countries. The process has been arduous. The Baltic countries applied for EU membership in 1995 (Latvia in October, Estonia in November and Lithuania in December), just two years after the so-called Copenhagen Criteria - i.e. th...
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