“EU should not accept new members”

BERLIN -- German parliament Speaker Norbert Lammert has said that the EU is not capable of expanding in the immediate future.

He told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that “in light of the experiences we had with Bulgaria and Romania, Croatia is clearly not yet ready for membership."

Lammert pointed out that the EU still had a lot of work to do on consolidation and that the enlargement should not be a priority.

"I don't think the European Union is capable of expanding in the immediate future," Lammert, a member of the center-right Christian Democrats, was quoted as saying.

He pointed out that the countries of the former Yugoslavia could become EU members but that they needed to meet accession conditions on their own.

However, many potential Balkan member nations have not come close to meeting European Union membership criteria, Lammert concluded.