Why is the EU expansion getting less press?

While for the two waves of EU expansion I had experienced so far, in 2004 to get to 25 and in 2007 to reach 27 member-States, there was a huge hoopla around it, sometimes for years beforehand, it seems now that it has lost its media-appeal.

Clearly, the fact that in 2004 and 2007 it was expanding to old foes of the Cold War era might have been a good reason to gloat about it, but how come the latest EU entry made zero noise?

So, what happened with Croatia? Honestly? I tend to be reasonably well-informed, but I read about their entry (a warm welcome, by the way!) in the papers the day after! Not one article before the big day?

I thought it was surprising!

Simon Q.

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