New Year Brings New Members to European Union

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The New Year's celebrations in Romania and Bulgaria also marked a new day for the two former communist countries. As of Jan. 1, they became part of the European Union The new citizens of the EU flocked to their capitals for fireworks, and celebrated in the streets. It took more than a decade of negotiating to gain admission to the EU.

RENÉE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renée Montagne.

The New Year's celebrations in Romania and Bulgaria also marked a new day for the two former communist countries. As of January 1st, they became part of the European Union. The new citizens of the EU flocked to their capitals for fireworks and celebrated in the streets. It took over a decade of negotiating, but both countries - now the poorest in the EU - have a lot to gain by joining.

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