New Kid on the Block
France welcomes Croatia to the European Union. From Le Figaro:
France is happy today over the referendum vote on the admission of Croatia to the European Union, and regards this as an example to follow for the other countries of the Balkans (…)
The Croats approved by more than 66% of the votes the admission of their country to the European Union. But participation (43.58%) was very low in this referendum deemed "crucial" by the authorities of this young republic, twenty years after its independence from the former Yugoslavia.
In a joint communiqué, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and European Affairs Minister Jean Leonetti declared:
"Yesterday, the Croats approved by referendum the admission of their country to the European Union. The results indicate that they made this choice unambiguously. We are particularly happy that they have decided to make their State the 28th member of the Union, marking thus their confidence in the European project."
At his blog Yves Daoudal writes:
"Welcome aboard the slave ship."