Malta is closer to Sicily than any other place . . . and a lot farther west than Istanbul, never mind Cyprus.
Allmost all major things have exceptions, so why should this be any different, why would people suddenly start to follow their own rules, they never did before...
> and it's in the EU
Did Australians ever claim to be a part of Europe? Do any experts consider USA a European country? Is Canada in the EU?
Ignoring some arguments and destroying others is easy. But that's not how discussions should go
After all, Europe itself is mostly a politico-socio-economic concept rather a geographical one.
1- GDP per capita, so if a country has terrible income distribution, this result is misleading; 2 - for how many years their people study, without taking into account what is studied and the quality of the education; and 3 - for how many years its people should live, which does not take into account many problems like human rights violations.
Saudi Arabia, for instance, suffers from all these problems, but this is hidden from the formula.
In general, the HDI gives us a good insight into the quality of life in a country, because if you live long, study a lot and earn a lot of money, you are probably better off than most.
However, this doesn't mean that the information is perfect and that there are no problems with the methodology, the main problem being that the formula is purely quantitative, not qualitative.
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