Third country

DG MEME proposed letting Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the European Union on the day Brexit happened and to change its name to United Kingdom of Bosnia and Herzegovina (UK for short). In that way we didn’t have to remove UK from official documents or changing 28 to 27 countries. According to the Court of Auditors this would have saved us more or less the IT and editors men days equivalent of one Bosnian GDP. It was a risk-free proposal, which was incomprehensibly rejected.

A third country (/θɜː(r)d kʌntɹi/) is a country that has not (yet) joined the European Union; or a country which, through some inexplicable act of self-harm, has left that same Union. In this latter case the term is often mispronounced as turd country (/tɜːd kʌntɹi/), but DGT ensures that this phonetic change doesn’t carry any diplomatic implication.

Third countries can become Member States through a form of administrative and diplomatic transubstantiation known as Enlargement.

Countries with the prospect of joining the European Union start as Potential Candidates (e. g. Bosnia and Herzegovina) and, depending on their capacity to apply the EU legislation (acquis) within their borders, they might become Candidate Countries.

An example of a Candidate Country is Turkey, which applied in 1987 and saw the negotiations (still ongoing) starting in 1999. Turkey is the EU Member State of the future. And always will be.