Political Map of the European Union in the year 2004
On the 1st of May 2004 Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the European Union. Due to a failure to reach an agreement on the reunification of Cyprus, only the Southern half of the island was able to join (the North voted yes but the South rejected the reunification deal). All of Cyprus rather than only the Southern half is shown as part of the E.U. on the map because no country except Turkey officially recognises the Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus.
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