AS acts of international largesse go, the expansion of the European Union eastwards and southwards must rank as being one of the most generous in history. With research estimates claiming that the size of the EU budget will soar to accommodate the needs of the former communist republics, (plus Cyprus and Malta), we are talking Marshall Plan here; billions of Euro's being transferred from national coffers in western Europe to the east, via Brussels. Yet, despite these concerns and others trumpeted about the inability of some east European ...

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