New EU Candidates Referendum Dates
The ten candidate EU states are holding referenda in 2003 to decide whether their electorates wish to proceed with entry into the EU.
Cyprus - The North South Divide
Of course the north-south divide in Cyprus is far more serious than that in the UK. Since the Turkish backed invasion, Northern Cyprus is unrecognised internationally except by Turkey. The southern part of Cyprus has mainly a Greek population, Greek speaking and of Greek origin. There is EU and UN pressure on the North to reunite with the South. If this happens in time, then a reunited Cyprus will be considered for membership, if not, then only Cyprus, the Southern part will be accepted, leaving Northern Cyprus even more isolated than at present, and also potentially threatening Turkey's potential membership.
Of all the countries, Latvia appears the closest to a borderline decision. In recent surveys, only about 50% of the electorate would vote "Yes" for EU entry, however it is expected that the government will campaign to persuade voters to vote for entry rather than against. Latvia may also foolow the lead of Lithuania.
Euro Coins & Patterns from Candidate Countries