"EU: Foreign Ministers Breathe New Life Into Enlargement Process, But Threaten Sanctions Against Iran
By Ahto Lobjakas, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
EU foreign ministers, meeting in an exclusive holiday resort near the town of Newport in south Wales, have paved the way for important decisions on the membership aspirations of Turkey, Croatia, as well as other Balkan hopefuls. The twice-yearly informal discussion which traditionally takes place in a relaxed setting, appeared to signal that the EU is emerging from a period when enthusiasm for enlargement was flagging in the wake of the failed constitutional referenda. The ministers also indicated they are preparing to get tough on Iran's resurgent nuclear ambitions. Russia, meanwhile, remains an issue on which most new member states do not see eye-to-eye with their older counterparts in the EU."
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