For some of these countries, joining the EU meant the beginning of positive changes, for others it was the beginning of disappointments. The protest movements against the European austerity measures and growing unemployment spread in many countries of so-called “old Europe.” Every day the voices of “Eurosceptic” get louder. May 22-25 will see Europeans elect the 8th European parliament, made up of 766 members which will work hard for the sake of a better future for more than 502 million people.
However, European problems remain unknown to the vast majority of residents of non-EU countries. For them, Europe is a fantastic world where all people are happy. Therefore, any movement of their countries towards Europe and the EU is perceived as a step to happiness.
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