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Reading this discussion gives me the feeling we are of-focus.
The real discussion is IMHO what kind of Europe we want?
The one for marketista multinatonal globalised profit seekers or the one confronting the real issues of improving everybody's life by tackling unemployment, poverty, global warming,income distribution, sustainable energy, food provision, health care, education.........?

I came acros this today ;

Bulgaria has earned a reputation as an anything-goes weapons bazaar where Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars, antitank mines, ammunition, explosives and other items are available for a price--no matter who the buyers are or how they might use the deadly wares. In the 1990s Bulgaria has been a weapons source for armed forces in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Angola, and Rwanda, among other countries. It has been implicated repeatedly in weapons sales to regions of armed conflict, countries under international or regional arms embargoes, and armed forces known to commit gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Bulgaria is an important source of small arms and light weapons, but it has also sold a considerable amount of surplus heavy weapons from its arsenal.

This is already making problems:

Russia accuses Bulgaria over illegal Kalashnikov sales
"Russia loses billions of dollars from illegal production of the Kalashnikov assault rifles in Bulgaria," said Sergei Ivanov, who is also deputy prime minister.
"We must take a tougher stand to protect the rights of our intellectual property owners," Ivanov said.  

 Do we want such bandits in the EU ?

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 06:00:38 PM EST

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