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Slovakia, Germany: EU enlargement should be put on hold

SLOVAK Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and outgoing German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder agreed in Berlin on November 3 that the EU needs a break before enlarging further.

Dzurinda, who was in Germany for a one-day official visit, said that the EU’s absorption capability has its limits and therefore neither Turkey nor the Balkan countries of the Balkans can expect to become members soon, the SITA news agency reported.

Dzurinda does not expect that the new German government’s to EU enlargement will be radically different than the previous one.

However, he does think that the EU should deal with the attitudes of France and The Netherlands, countries that rejected the EU constitution. He also said that dealing with the long-term financial perspective of the EU was important.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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