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Commenting article: Everybody Knew Bulgaria, Romania Not Ready for EU - Dutch Journalist

Bulgaria has not become an example of the European Union’s failure to initiate reforms in countries, which have joined not fully prepared for membership, says the only Dutch journalist, living and working here.

“Everybody in Europe knew that Bulgaria – just like Romania – wasn’t ready to join in 2007. So now we have to deal with the consequences. But let’s not forget that countries like Spain, Greece or Portugal were hardly ready either when they joined more than 20 years ago,” Dirk van Harten, correspondent in Bulgaria for Dutch national newspaper Trouw and press agency ANP, said in an interview for

Asked about the coverage that the latest scandal surrounding Bulgaria's EC nominee Rumiana Jeleva got in the Netherlands, the journalist pointed out that the media treated the subject in a balanced way.

Buddy - 26 Jan 2010 // 14:47:07

Well, everybody could write ever he wants on those site. But it also true that the Netherlands journaliist as well as his country are not predistinated to be the self proclaimed test authority for that which country is capable or not, to be a member of the European Union. Its said that such discussion are going on now for quit a time...

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