graeme_p - 1:40 pm on Jun 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
Five, .eu is not a nation and never will be:-)
Nation is an ill-defined word - shall we say country? Having a parliament, a flag and laws that have more authority than those of its constituent parts should qualify it, and ICANN lists it on a page of ccTLDs [icann.org ].
In this context its size and nature make it reasonable to compare it the ccTLDs of large countries like the US, China or India, rather than with gTLDs.
I am quite surprised that it has that many registrations given that you do have a choice of using .eu or an individual EU states' ccTLDs.