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Forum: Politics 29-08-2014, 09:29
Replies: 4,712
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Posted By alaninmcr
I don't understand why people say this. The...

I don't understand why people say this. The conditions for EU membership are well specified and even available online. What is unclear about them?
Forum: Politics 28-08-2014, 22:07
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
There are other criteria apart from the ERMII...

There are other criteria apart from the ERMII requirement. According to wikipedia these are:

* Maximum inflation rate of 1.7%
* Maximum budget deficit of 3%
* Maximum debt of 60% of GDP
* Maximum...
Forum: Politics 28-08-2014, 21:46
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
All countries in or joining the EU (except the UK...

All countries in or joining the EU (except the UK and Denmark) are required to have a route to joining the Euro. Amongst other things, they must have control over their own currency and have a...
Forum: Politics 28-08-2014, 12:14
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
No. In the real world, no other country cares...

No. In the real world, no other country cares what happened centuries ago; they care about their current international relations. For example, the Russian Federation is the successor state to the...
Forum: Politics 28-08-2014, 11:18
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
If Scotland votes yes and so leaves the EU, has...

If Scotland votes yes and so leaves the EU, has there been discussion about what would happen to the protection it gets for products with protected designation of origin? At the moment they are...
Forum: Politics 28-08-2014, 11:09
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
Indeed. The UK and Denmark have opt-outs from the...

Indeed. The UK and Denmark have opt-outs from the requirement to be on the road to joining the Euro. A new member state would be extremely unlikely to get such an opt-out.

A currency union between...
Forum: Politics 27-08-2014, 16:27
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
No it does not. It does not have a central bank...

No it does not. It does not have a central bank managing its own currency.
Forum: Politics 27-08-2014, 15:57
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
To become an EU member, a country has to have a...

To become an EU member, a country has to have a possible route to joining the Euro. That includes having your own central bank managing your own currency.
Forum: Politics 27-08-2014, 12:20
Replies: 347
Views: 9,194
Posted By alaninmcr
The Scottish government would also have to run...

The Scottish government would also have to run without any deficit unless it found a bank to lend them Sterling.
Forum: Politics 21-08-2014, 23:13
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
The full report is here...

The full report is here (http://www.futureukandscotland.ac.uk/sites/default/files/papers/Tierney%20and%20Boyle%20Scotland%20and%20EU%20paper%2020%20Aug%202014.pdf).

The "any period of time" is...
Forum: Politics 16-08-2014, 20:28
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
Australia has prospered as a union of six...

Australia has prospered as a union of six previously-separate states. I wonder how many would want to see that reversed?
Forum: Politics 16-08-2014, 14:16
Replies: 4,712
Views: 131,003
Posted By alaninmcr
Scotland cannot immediately join the Euro. It...

Scotland cannot immediately join the Euro. It would need a central bank managing a Scottish currency that was part of the ERM for at least two years. Only then, and if it satisfied the other...
Forum: Politics 15-08-2014, 17:27
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
Hungary and Slovakia appear...

Hungary and Slovakia appear (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28801353) to have broken ranks with the EU line on sanctions. I wonder how long Merkel will continue with it given the bad news on...
Forum: Politics 15-08-2014, 17:19
Replies: 22
Views: 1,045
Posted By alaninmcr
I doubt Putin will react. He already ignored the...

I doubt Putin will react. He already ignored the provocation of Ukrainian troops entering Russian territory. He plays the game as he wants, not as others want him to.
Forum: General Discussion 14-08-2014, 12:46
Replies: 143
Views: 5,228
Posted By alaninmcr
But if it is NO, there will be endless whining...

But if it is NO, there will be endless whining from the YES campaign and demands for another referendum.
Forum: Politics 13-08-2014, 23:50
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
The EU banned export of oil exploration equipment...

The EU banned export of oil exploration equipment to Russia. Meanwhile Exxon-Mobil (a US company) and their Russian partners are starting exploration of the Kara Sea using a Norwegian rig.
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 10:28
Replies: 87
Views: 5,080
Posted By alaninmcr
Depression is an illness - it is not the same as...

Depression is an illness - it is not the same as being sad/depressed about something. Depression makes people feel totally empty and that life means nothing. Feeling sad would be an improvement for...
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2014, 12:03
Replies: 21
Views: 1,209
Posted By alaninmcr
I've had couriers throw parcels over the high...

I've had couriers throw parcels over the high metal gate across my drive to the back garden. I expect the courier tried (and failed) to do something similar in this case.
Forum: Politics 09-08-2014, 20:47
Replies: 1,227
Views: 35,091
Posted By alaninmcr
They would get back what the pension was when...

They would get back what the pension was when Scotland became independent. They would not get any yearly increase.
Forum: Politics 08-08-2014, 15:18
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
Stop some EU countries from getting their gas...

Stop some EU countries from getting their gas supplies from Russia?
Forum: Politics 08-08-2014, 12:42
Replies: 66
Views: 2,069
Posted By alaninmcr
blue eyed guy did not claim that Russia has no...

blue eyed guy did not claim that Russia has no troops on the Ukrainian border. He said:
Forum: Politics 07-08-2014, 23:14
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
Finland will be asking...

Finland will be asking (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-07/russia-s-retaliation-inflicts-worst-euro-area-scars-on-finland.html) for help from the rest of the EU to offset the impact of the...
Forum: Politics 07-08-2014, 11:56
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
Also "considering banning transit flights for EU...

Also "considering banning transit flights for EU and US airlines, in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine".

That could be a big boost for Chinese airlines at great cost for Western ones.
Forum: Politics 07-08-2014, 10:45
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
According to the BBC, Russia is banning the...

According to the BBC, Russia is banning the import of food from the EU/US and also stopping Ukrainian airlines flying over Russia. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28687172.
Forum: Politics 05-08-2014, 00:34
Replies: 3,519
Views: 132,139
Posted By alaninmcr
It will be interesting to see how the West react...

It will be interesting to see how the West react to the 300+ Ukrainian soldiers entering Russian territory. Ukrainian forces seeking refuge (or defecting) and not being harmed does not fit well with...
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