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So, those two Countries have been in it from day one and when it was first launched?
What is surprising is that most of the American continent is not in.
Australia and Israel have strong connection to Europe in term of their history and current majority values.
Europe has always sold itself based on universal values over borders and differences.
It's about a unity in universal values, with a geograhic dimension too of course (Russia, Turkey).
At the end if datt, these nations turned to Europe and saw the value in joining this contest, and Europe agreed.
What's the harm?
Not all these values may be as fulfilled by alk these nations