On January 1, 2007, the EU will be recruiting new members for the first time since the huge incorporation of Central and Eastern European countries in 2004, when ten countries joined. Romania and Bulgaria are on tour now, while new countries are queuing for membership. The EU has introduced a temporary halt in the recruitment of new members. Potential member states do not yet meet all EU requirements and opposition to enlargement within the EU can be an equally significant obstacle.
Professor Janne Haaland Matlary believes the EU needs time to absorb the ten countries that joined in 2004. Matlary is working on issues related to EU enlargement, at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
- The EU has expanded a lot in a short time, and there is great disagreement about Turkey's status. . .
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