European leaders have hailed as historic a milestone agreement which will bring 10 new countries - mainly from the formerly communist east - into the European Union.
Delegates from EU countries and the candidate states spent two fraught days in Copenhagen negotiating a financial package for the poorer newcomers, with divisions at one stage threatening to stall proceedings.
With a funding deal finally in the bag, the 15-nation EU invited eight countries from Central and Eastern Europe, plus Cyprus and Malta, to join the organisation in 2004, declaring an end to lingering Cold War divisions.
"Today we have closed one of the bloodiest and darkest chapters in European history. Today we have opened a new chapter," said Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency.
This is just one more step to a one world government. No boarders and no religion too! John Lennon and his followers will have their imaginations come true, but fear not. The end is nearer than we think. God will bring about His kingdom as His prophets said "30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." (Matthew 24)