Can anyone explain the point of all this expansion of the EU. The original idea (so we were told) was to form a solid trading block that could compete on the world markets with huge economies like the US and japan. If that's the case why are we now inviting lame duck economies in who's only input seems to be huge national debts that we , the more prosperous nations, have to pay off . If you believe that there is a case for a common market do you think there is an optimum size? If not do you think we actually gain anything by staying in? I'll keep my views to myself at the moment and see what others think.