Check if a country is an EU country in Magento

I you ever wondered how you can check if a Country, resp. a Country Code, is in the EU, i did the following:

Magento has a config value: eu_countries that lists all Countries of the EU.

You can find it in the backend under:
Configuration -> General -> Country Options.

Against this list you can validate your country code, f.e. that you got in an billing or shipping address of an order.

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how to not cache the footer in magento

With some advanced scheduled-post-voodoo i successfully managed to publish this post already yesterday with some completely unrelated queries and no text. this was not intended – please accept my apologies :P

Anyway: In the footer of my magento shop we might have a summary of the shopping cart,
which i simply put in the footer.phtml template file:
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