"The View from Europe
Published Date: 30 September 2008
EUROPE is getting bigger in more ways than one. Even if a newly right-wing Austria vetoes Turkish membership, the EU is still growing in terms of population. New data from Brussels shows that the union's population grew by 0.48 per cent last year – 2.39 million more people – and is now 497.5 million. Expect the commission to round that up to a crisp 500 million. That compares with the latest population estimate of 301 million for the United States."
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