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    Re: .EU?
    by yggdrazil on Tuesday October 08 2002, @04:53AM (#9631)
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    In some aspects, the EU is a sort of a country. It has its own currency. Citizenship. Parliament. Courts, which have power over national courts. There is free movement within its borders, much more so inside the EU/EEA countries that make up the Schengen area. The EU is getting its own military forces, like the eurocorps and european rapid reaction force. The Eu tries to coordinate its foreign policy and monetary policy (eurozone countries).

    What you americans learnt in high school on how Europe works politically is most probably obsolete now. The EU internal market is quickly becoming the world's biggest/second biggest market. 18 countries now, with 10 more coming real soon now.

    With respect to RFC 1591, "EU" is a reserved countrycode on the ISO-3166 countrycode list. Which is what is needed to get a ccTLD.
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    • Re: .EU? by Anonymous Tuesday October 08 2002, @06:43AM
    Re: .EU?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday October 08 2002, @02:27PM (#9665)
    Your puzzlement is by no means unjustified or a reflection on the merits of 'geography in high school':

    EU != geographic Europe (at least as far as some 'Eurocrats' are concerned)
    Dot EU = now 'European Union'

    Big difference!
    The same confusion (or correct interpretation of a proper abbreviation?) you sense is likely to be very common internationally. In fact the 'dot eu' has already been a bone of contention with some European countries, which are not members of the 'EU' and thus 'don't qualify'.

    Dot eu could also be considered little more than a marketing tool as you surmised.
    As mentioned elsewhere already here, I too believe, that it will kick off like a shining meteor (=> dot info/dot biz) amidst the token number of defensive and speculative registrations before it fizzles to 'reality' -
    with one difference to dot info/dot biz: the
    ensuing legal battlefield may certainly set a new DNS record (I don't think the 'eurocorps' and 'european rapid reaction force' our friend mentioned will have to be called upon however). Just little more than another 'let's bring sand to the beach' or 'coals to Newcastle' TLD in the end I suspect.

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    Re: .EU?
    by philipperodhain on Sunday October 13 2002, @01:56PM (#9724)
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    You should look into RFC 1591, which defines the dot eu as a reserved countrycode on the ISO-3166 ccTDL.

    Anyway, thank you for contributing to this debate.

    Philippe Rodhain

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