Delo: Fewer Doubts
Ljubljana, 21 September - The French are dissatisfied with the results of the Referendum. A 51% majority indicates a deep cleft between those social classes who find only new faults with the Maastricht Treaty and the others who believe that this project would offer them new opportunities, writes Božo Mašanović.
The Maastricht Treaty doesn't contribute to Slovenia's future and the future of other East European countries applying for EEC membership. Being a part of this exclusive club is not guaranteed. While each European country has the potential to become a member of the European Union, it is evident (according to some statements of politicians and the rules of the game) that at present the EEC enlargement includes only the members of the EFTA. Other countries will have to be satisfied with agreements on cooperation, free trade and association. The realists will therefore choose more attainable frames of collaboration with the Twelve than the European Economic Area (EEA), which will be established early next year and will last at least five or six years.